Microsoft’s online stores in the US and UK have seemingly confirmed that its next-generation motion sensing Kinect 2 device will be available for Windows PCs beginning next week.

Although we knew it was on the way, we weren’t sure exactly when Microsoft would start offering the device to a wider audience. Now it seems we have that answer – it will go on sale from July 15 priced at $199 in the US and £159 in the UK. Pre-orders are open now.

en INTL L Kinect for Windows Commercial 74Z 00001 mnco You can pre order Microsofts Kinect for Windows now for $199 ahead of its July 15 launch

Originally conceived and launched as part of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console, the original Kinect was recognized as offering interesting touch-free system control opportunities for Windows users away from the console. The newer version offers a better camera, among other tweaks. Microsoft notes, however, that the unit arrives without any software and is intended to be used with the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 and will only work with apps designed specifically for it.

➤ Microsoft Store via Engadget