First unveiled with an early access offer in early June this year, Microsoft has now made its Kinect for Windows V2 device available to anyone for a price tag of $199.
Available via its online store, the PC accessory will be releasing on July 15 this year. The Kinect for Windows V2 does not ship with any consumer-facing software, making it a developer-focussed device. The new Kinect for Windows V2 comes with Windows SDK 2.0 so that developers get a chance to mould the functions of the audio-motion gesture recognition device according to their needs.
As far as the design goes, the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor is nearly identical to the Xbox One Kinect sensor in terms of its looks. The top panel now has a 'Kinect' printed on the device and the green coloured 'X' icon seen on the Xbox One's Kinect has been replaced by a simple white-coloured power indicator.
The Kinect for Windows V2 sensor features enhanced "colour fidelity, video definition, field of view, depth perception, and skeletal tracking," as compared to its predecessor. The enhancements are rated to deliver better response time and an improved voice and gesture experience for users. The sensor additionally includes full-HD video for quality augmented reality scenarios and wider field of view, improved skeletal tracking and new active infra-redetection for better tracking in low-light.
The sensor is also known to connect with a Windows PC via a power supply and computer interface hub that features a USB3.0 port. The bundled power supply with the Kinect for Windows V2 sensor will support voltages between 100-240 volts.