Microsoft’s store is currently accepting pre-orders for the Kinect V2 sensor for Windows, at a $199 price-point, and it will be made available come July 15.
Said release date coincides Microsoft’s upcoming virtual training event, which aims to showcase developers the Kinect v2, and demonstrate its speech, and gesture registering potential, and also show how it can be used in applications and experiences.
The new Kinect was designed with a shared set of features as its console counterpart, but features a higher-fidelity camera, and a noise-isolating multi-microphone array able to filter environmental sounds. The device also features an extended field of view, and improved skeletal tracking.
Xbox One was originally bundled with a Kinect until May, when Microsoft announced a Kinect-less version for $399, $100 less than the standard version with the motion-tracking addition. It’s worth noting that Kinect for Windows price-point is almost double.
Kinect for Windows v2 motion-tracking sensor does not come with any kind of software package, instead it’s intended for use with the separately licensed Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0, which developers can use to design and build applications.