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Kinect for Windows v2 to launch July 15

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Microsoft's Kinect for Windows v2 will launch July 15 for $199, the company announced today.

The new Kinect was developed with a shared set of technologies as its console counterpart and features higher fidelity with an HD color camera and a noise-isolating multi-microphone array to filter ambient sounds. Microsoft's proprietary Time-of-Flight technology, an expanded field of view, improved skeletal tracking and new active infrared are also integrated into the second version.

Featuring a design is similar to that of the Kinect for Xbox One, the new sensor requires the power supply and a hub to operate, which supports three connections, including the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC and power. Director of Kinect for Windows, Bob Heddle, revealed that the new-generation Kinect sensor was set to launch in 2014 shortly after Microsoft confirmed its existence the day of the Xbox One's reveal.

Developers can pre-order the device for $199 from the Microsoft Store. The product does not ship with the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 software as its license is sold separately. With the software and the peripheral, developers can create applications with C++, C# or Visual Studio Basic.