The price won't be cheap, though: $399. It includes, not just a pre-release second-generation version of the new Kinect, which includes an improved sensor set and microphone array, but early access to a new SDK, and the final device when it's ready.
The full list of benefits for those who are accepted to the program is:
- Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and exclusive webcasts
- Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release)
- Private access to all API and sample documentation
- A pre-release/alpha sensor
- A final, released sensor at launch
There are only a limited number of slots in the program, so what developers can do is apply to be included. Applications close on July 31, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time). Microsoft will then make the choice as to who does -- and does not -- receive a kit.
Microsoft will begin notifying successful applicants in August. The SDK will be released in September. The program begins in November.