The wait is finally over, Microsoft is bringing the Xbox One Kinect 2.0, which is the newer version of its famous motion sensing input device, to Windows PCs. The webcam-style add-on peripheral that will enable its users to control and interact with their computer without the need for a game controller is open for pre-orders on official Microsoft online store. According to the listing, the Xbox One Kinect for Windows V2 will launch on July 15, 2014.
Xbox One Kinect for Windows Available for Pre-Orders; Priced at $199 - Won't Ship With Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0
Microsoft may have separated the Kinect 2.0 from Xbox One console in a way, but it is ready to find new love with PC developers soon. Shortly after Microsoft revealed the Xbox One Kinect 2.0 alongside its latest video game console, the director of Kinect for Windows, Bob Heddle, announced that the next-gen Kinect sensor for Windows v2 will launch in 2014, and now looking at the listing on the online Microsoft store, it appears that the launch is just around a week away.
The new Kinect for Windows v2 features a similar design like that of the Kinect for Xbox One but it doesn't carry the console's logo. It requires a power supply and a hub to operate, which supports three connections, also USB 3.0 output to PC and power. The upcoming Kinect for Windows features a set of new shared technologies such as higher fidelity with an HD color camera and a noise-isolating multi-microphone array to filter ambient sounds. It delivers better depth sensing and 1080p resolution, and comes with several other improvements.
Looking at the price of the Kinect for Windows v2, Microsoft is charging a whopping $199 for the device, though this not the first time that the platform holder is aiming to empty your wallets, the Xbox 360 Kinect for Windows is priced at $149 for students only, and a huge $249 for everyone else. Right now, there is no update on whether or not Microsoft will launch a cheaper version of Xbox One Kinect for Windows.
The device can be pre-ordered from Microsoft Store for $199. Hopefully the newer version of Kinect for Windows will bring with it more Windows Kinect apps to download as Microsoft is inviting developers to publish their creations to the Windows Store.