[CES 2012]Kinect for Windows Up for Preorders,Releases on February 1

At CES 2012 what is supposed to be the last CES appearance (or a  pause),Microsoft announced that they will be launching the Kinect for Windows units by the 1st February.While the Pre Orders have already started at Amazon.com.Kinect for Windows is available for 249.99$ on pre-orders.

Kinect has been the USP for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console,with over 18 million Kinect sensors sold over the past year,across 66 million Xbox 360′s.

Today, we are announcing that the new Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be available on February 1st, 2012 in 12 countries (United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom), at a suggested retail price of US $249.  Kinect for Windows hardware will be available, in limited quantities at first, through a variety of resellers and distributors.  The price includes a one-year warranty, access to ongoing software updates for both speech and human tracking, and our continued investment in Kinect for Windows-based software advancements.  Later this year, we will offer special academic pricing (planned at US $149) for Qualified Educational Users.

Kinect for Windows will support Windows 7,Windows 8 developer preview with an added support for Windows Embedded-based devices.The Kinect for Windows sensor will be available in 12 countries at launch with a retail price of 249$.Though the availability would be limited for starters.There will also be special priced units for Qualified Educational Users at US $149 coming later this year.

Head Over to Amazon.com to Pre-order your Kinect for Windows unit :D