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Microsoft says new Kinect for Windows launching next year

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In addition to launching its new generation Kinect alongside the Xbox One, Microsoft also plans to again release a version of the powerful sensor that's geared for Windows. A post on the company's Kinect blog today confirms the product will be released next year, meaning it will trail behind its console counterpart. Both versions of the new Kinect have been built on top of a shared foundation of technologies, however. When the hardware eventually does reach the hands of developers, Microsoft promises it will "revolutionize computing experiences" thanks to higher fidelity, an expanded field of view, improved skeletal tracking, and other improvements. We were impressed with the latest Kinect during our brief trial at Microsoft's Xbox One event, and the company says developers will learn more about tapping into the sensor at Build in June.