Microsoft’s team of engineers designated for the Kinect have announced that developers can finally pre-order the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor from Microsoft’s Store at just $199. Microsoft has also stated that customers who pe-order the new Kinect now will be able to receive it ahead of general availability, stated to be a few months away.
Information gathered from Microsoft’s Store indicate that customers pre-ordering the new Kinect during the pre-order phase will receive the device somewhere after the second half of July, having the company start shipping the new batch on the 15th of July. Microsoft is also said to plan a release of their public beta software development kit for the devices as soon as the first new Kinect devices start shipping.
In terms of specs, the new Microsoft Kinect is stated to come with increased depth-sensing features, full 1080p video support, improved skeletal tracking and enhanced infrared technology. The company also states that the v2 sensor will also start shipping in July to whomever participated in the Developer Preview programme, though not a lot of developers were accepted into it.
Microsoft also hopes that the pre-order option will address the sensor’s demand before it is made available to the public.
Microsoft also mentioned that the new Kinect is available in limited quantities spread throughout 23 regions, including the US and UK, being priced accordingly based on the respective region’s currency.