Kinect 2.0 hits Windows on July 15th

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The second version of Microsoft's Kinect sensor, which was originally bundled with the Xbox One when the console launched late last year, is coming to Windows on July 15th.

Unlike the original version of the Kinect, used with the Xbox 360, Kinect 2.0 for the Xbox One doesn't use a standard USB port for transmitting data, meaning it has been incompatible with PCs since its launch. This new Kinect for Windows package gives the peripheral a standard connector while also ensuring full compatibility with the Kinect for Windows SDK.

Compared to the first-generation motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect 2.0 includes a newer 1080p main camera with a wider-angle lens, plus better depth-sensing capabilities and the ability to track more bodies in the one frame. Kinect developers will have easy access to publishing apps in the Windows Store, which should make it easy to find cool creations for the camera.

When Kinect 2.0 for Windows goes on sale on July 15th, it'll be available for $199. If you want to get it as soon as possible, pre-orders are still open through the Microsoft Store in 23 territories.

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