Microsoft is preparing to launch Kinect for Windows version 2 by July 15, according to a listing on the Microsoft Store. The new camera for desktops was developed sharing the same technologies as its console counterpart, but comes with some new improvements to boot.
The new Kinect for Windows has higher fidelity with a HD color camera and a noise-isolating multi-microphone array to filter ambient sounds. Other features include Microsoft's proprietary Time-of-Flight technology, an expanded field of view, enhanced skeletal tracking and new infrared. The design of the product itself resembles that of the Kinect for Xbox One, but requires a power supply and hub to operate.
Developers can pre-order the new Kinect for Windows v2 for $199 from the Microsoft Store. It's worth noting that the device does not ship with the SDK.
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