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Microsoft reveals second generation Kinect for Windows hardware

"We're getting closer and closer to launch," firm says

Microsoft has revealed the final form factor of the second generation Kinect sensor for Windows.

The sensor is similar in appearance to Kinect for Xbox One, but features the device's name on the top panel and replaces the console version's stylised green "x" with a more understated power indicator.

The hub accepts three connections: the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power. While power cables will vary by country or region, the power supply itself supports voltages from 100-240 volts.

"As this first look at the Kinect for Windows v2 hardware indicates, we getting closer and closer to launch," Microsoft said in a blog post.

Every Xbox One ships with Kinect, and Microsoft has consistently said it has no intention of releasing a sensor-free hardware pack. Most recently, Xbox UK marketing chief Harvey Eagle told Eurogamer: "As we've said from the very beginning, we believe Kinect is an absolutely integral part of the Xbox One experience."

Flagship Xbox One Kinect game Kinect Sports Rivals was originally scheduled to be a console launch title in November 2013, but was delayed to give Rare extra time to polish the game and release it without compromising its quality. In February, Microsoft announced a Kinect Sports Rivals release date of April 8 in North America and Australia, and April 11 in Europe.


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