Kinect v2 comes to the PC on July 15 for $199

Microsoft logoMicrosoft's push for Xbox One devices on PCs is full steam ahead today. Just hours after releasing drivers that enable Xbox One controllers on Windows PCs, the Microsoft Store unveiled a listing for Kinect v2 for Windows.

Priced at $199, the Kinect for Windows v2 Sensor is now available for pre-order with a release date of July 15. The listing notes that this version of the device "is intended for use with the Kinect for Windows software development kit 2.0," suggesting it's being targeted at developers and tinkerers, and not directly at consumers who might want motion or voice-controlled games and apps on the PC. In the meantime, Microsoft has yet to finalize release dates and pricing for the eventual standalone release of the Xbox One edition of Kinect v2, which will soon no longer be included with every system.

Kinect v2 comes to the PC on July 15 for $199

The listing mentions that the PC edition of Kinect v2 will still include four microphones and two visual sensors, like its Xbox One cousin, but it does not specify how the new device will interface with computers. The Xbox One edition includes a giant proprietary connector, while the original Kinect for PC, which included lower-power sensors and fewer microphones, required both a USB 2.0 connection and a power cable. We can only assume the newer Kinect will be more demanding of both data speeds and power.

Additionally, the listing stated that Kinect v2's SDK will require a "separate license," and no pricing for that SDK has yet been announced. It's also worth noting that the PC version's description does not mention which versions of Windows will be supported by the unit or the SDK. We have put questions out to Microsoft about these issues and will update this post accordingly.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Kinect, Microsoft

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