Microsoft opens pre-orders for Kinect for Windows v2, priced $199

It's been quite a while since we heard anything about the new Kinect sensor for Windows. As we reported back in March, Microsoft finalized the design of the sensor - with very few obvious changes compared with the Xbox One version - some time ago, but today the company has announced that pre-orders are finally open for Kinect for Windows v2. 

The new sensor will be available for pre-order in 22 markets from today: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

The device is priced at $199 in the US, but you can also check local pricing in other markets via this page on the Microsoft site. According to the Microsoft Store, it will be released on July 15, 2014, at which time Microsoft says it will release a public beta of the new Software Development Kit 2.0. 

The company also warns that its initial stocks of sensors are limited, and that once the pre-order inventory has been exhausted, those wishing to purchase the device will have to wait until later this year, when the device will go on general sale. 

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