Microsoft to discontinue original Kinect for Windows in 2015

Kinect for Windows v1

Kinect for Windows V1 will be phased out to make more room for V2.

A statement from Microsoft has announced that the original Kinect for Windows will be discontinued in 2015.

This announcement comes as the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor was launched in October this year, so the older version is being phased out.

"The move to v2 marks the next stage in our journey toward more natural human computing. The new sensor provides a host of new and improved features, including enhanced body tracking, greater depth fidelity, full 1080p high-definition video, new active infrared capabilities, and an expanded field of view," Microsoft said in the statement. "Likewise, SDK 2.0 offers scores of updates and enhancements, not the least of which is the ability to create and publish Kinect-enabled apps in the Windows Store."

Microsoft will do its best to fulfill orders from business customers for the v1 hardware, but once the stock is gone, that's it.

"We hope everyone will embrace the latest Kinect technology as soon as possible, but we understand that some business customers have commitments to the original sensor and SDK."

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