Kinect for Windows v2 now available for pre-order, ships July 15

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The team behind Microsoft 's Kinect for Windows yesterday announced that developers can pre-order the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor from the Microsoft Store for $199.The Redmond-based company promises that those who pre-order now will get access to the new sensor ahead of general availability, which is slated for a few months from now.

According to the Microsoft Store entry, sensors purchased during the pre-order phase will start shipping on July 15. At the same time, the company also plans to release a public beta of the accompanying software development kit (SDK) for the devices.

As far as features are concerned, the sensor sports increased depth-sensing capabilities, full 1080p video, improved skeletal tracking, and enhanced infrared technology.

“I love what the Kinect sensor and SDK can do. Getting the v2 sensor into the hands of more developers and getting the SDK more widely available is the next step”, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist Steven Guggenheimer said.

The v2 sensors will also be shipped in July to those who participated in the Developer Preview program. According to Microsoft, thousands of developers wanted to take part in the program, but were unable to do so. The company hopes that the pre-order option should address the sensor's demand before it's available to the general public.

Along with the US, the device will be available in limited quantities in 21 other regions. "So order while supplies last”, Microsoft warned.

The announcement comes nearly a month after the company announced that on June 9 it will begin shipping a $399 version of the Xbox One console that doesn’t include Kinect.

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wastedkill

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WTF $199 PER camera... Might as well buy an xbox one with kinect and sell the xbox one I will be able to get the camera for $100 then...
 
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negroplasty

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WTF $199 PER camera... Might as well buy an xbox one with kinect and sell the xbox one I will be able to get the camera for $100 then...
Except the Xbox One uses a proprietary connector to attach its kinect sensor, while this one is likely USB.
 

wastedkill

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Except the Xbox One uses a proprietary connector to attach its kinect sensor, while this one is likely USB.
So your saying your rather then spending 5mins to attach a usb connector on the end of the kinect sensor you would rather spend $99+ more and have microsoft do it... Ok your choice but I would rather just DIY a usb connector on the end of the so called "Proprietary connector"
 

negroplasty

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Except the Xbox One uses a proprietary connector to attach its kinect sensor, while this one is likely USB.
So your saying your rather then spending 5mins to attach a usb connector on the end of the kinect sensor you would rather spend $99+ more and have microsoft do it... Ok your choice but I would rather just DIY a usb connector on the end of the so called "Proprietary connector"
Just noticed the cable is removable, rather than DIY it I'd probably just try and track down the correct cable. I hate screwing around with connectors, whether they're Ethernet or otherwise... but that's just me being lazy.

picture: http://d3nevzfk7ii3be.cloudfront.net/igi/xVWlb6U2jbj6BiCT.huge

from: http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Xbox+One+Kinect+Teardown/19725
 
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