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Next-gen Kinect for Windows development kit applications now open, SDK costs $399

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Applications for software development kits for the next-generation Kinect for Windows are now open, Microsoft announced today.

Developers looking to get their hands on the new Kinect early have until July 31 at noon ET to submit an application. Accepting applicants will be notified by Microsoft in August and the program will begin in November. The SDK will become generally available in 2014.

The early-access SDK program costs $399 (or the equivalent in the developer's local currency) and includes direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team through private webcasts and forums, access to all API and documentation for the Kinect, an alpha version of the sensor and a final version of the new Kinect at launch next year.

The next-gen console-based Kinect was unveiled in May and will ship with the Xbox One. The new Kinect for Windows was announced later that week and is being developed alongside the Xbox One's Kinect with shared technologies.