IN PHOTO: A new system update for the Xbox One has been released, bringing with it an onslaught of requested features. People play a Kinect boxing game on an XBox 360 gaming console at the Microsoft booth during the first day of the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2011. Reuters/Steve Marcus

Microsoft reportedly wants to phase out the original Kinect for Windows this 2015. It was announced on the company's official blog by the Kinect for Windows Team. Read on to learn more about it.

According to the Kinect for Windows Microsoft blog, it will be phasing out the original Kinect for Windows sensor in 2015.

"The original Kinect for Windows sensor was a milestone achievement in the world of natural human computing. It allowed developers to create solutions that broke through the old barriers of mouse and keyboard interactions, opening up entirely new commercial experiences in multiple industries, including retail, education, healthcare, education, and manufacturing," read the description of the original Kinect for Windows from the said blog.

The original Kinect for Windows will be gone by 2015 because the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and its software development kit, or SDK 2.0 has been publicly released in October 2014. The Kinect for Windows v2 sensor is available for $199. Check out the list below to see some of its new features.

Kinect For Windows v2 Sensor New Features:

1. Expanded field of view

2. Greater depth fidelity

3. Enhanced body tracking

4. Full 1080p high-definition video

5. New active infrared capabilities

The Kinect for Windows v2 Sensor is available at the Microsoft Store for $199.99. It develops interactive applications that recognises voice commands, natural movements and gestures of people. The Kinect for Windows v2 Sensor is compatible only with Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Embedded Standard or Windows Embedded Standard 8.1. Click HERE to learn more about Kinect for Windows. Click HERE to download the Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 from the official website of Microsoft.

Tech Times reports that aside from the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, Microsoft also has an adapter which is available for $50. The Kinect Adapter for Windows lets developers use the Kinect for Xbox One sensor to create Kinect for Windows applications.

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