Kinect more or less dead as Microsoft discontinues adapter

Microsoft has confirmed it will no longer be producing the adapter required to use Kinect on Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

The motion-sensing camera was bundled with the original Xbox One X back when Microsoft hoped to craft the console as an all-in-one entertainment system.

This didn’t go to plan, and thus the peripheral has dwindled in popularity with games and applications aplenty no longer supporting it.

“After careful consideration, we decided to stop manufacturing the Xbox Kinect Adapter to focus attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10,” Microsoft said in a statement to Polygon.

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The representative did not respond when asked if Microsoft ever planned to reintroduce the device in future, but reiterated it will “no longer be available to purchase.”

Kinect sold million upon its initial launch for Xbox 360 but a lack of support from developers beyond a few mildly engaging affairs kept things from truly taking off.

The voice recognition technology on Xbox One was pretty impressive, making it easy to switch between applications and navigate the user interface without a controller. However, these can still be used with a standard headset.

If anything, Kinect’s most impressive use has come from professions outside of gaming whether it be for educational, artistic or medical purposes. It’s a great bit of kit that never quite fulfilled its gaming potential.

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