Microsoft making Xbox One Kinect for Windows developers available for pre-order at $399

By Ural Garrett , Updated Jun 30, 2013 07:37 PM EDT

Every Xbox One comes bundled with the next-gen Kinect though Microsoft's stance on PC usage for the high definition microphone/camera peripheral has been quiet. That is, until now. 

Microsoft has recently announced a program allowing developers to pre-order the device for Windows development at the price of $399. 

"Can't wait for the new generation Kinect for Windows sensor" asked Microsoft. "You can apply to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program.   

According to Microsoft, the program will provide developers tools and a pre-release sensor in November of this year as a way to started development on applications before it becomes available sometime in 2014. 

Once the fee is paid, program benefits include

  • Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and exclusive webcast
  • Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release)
  • Private access to all API and sample documentation
  • A pre-release/alpha sensor 
  • A final, released sensor at launch 

The application deadline is July 31 at 9:00 a.m. PST and those accepted to participate will be notified in August. 

Both Xbox One and Kinect for Windows sensors are build on the same "shared set of technologies" Director of Kinect for Windows Bob Heddle said in a blog. 

"Just as the new Kinect sensor will bring opportunities for revolutionizing gaming and entertainment, the new Kinect for Windows sensor will revolutionize computing experiences," wrote Heddle.

Dubbed by many as Kinect 2.0, the device features a 1080p wide-angle camera with accuracy three times of the original and can be used in the dark due to a new IR sensor. The camera can also detect a player's heart rate, facial expressions, 25 individual joints and more. Its microphone can react to voice commands from the user when needed by being readily active at all times. Microsoft's next-gen console won't operate without the new Kinect. 

Microsoft's Xbox One is set for release later this year for $499. 

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