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Microsoft Is Ending Kinect Production

Microsoft Is Ending Kinect Production

Microsoft unbundled the Kinect from the Xbox One in 2014, while following iterations of the console - Xbox One S and Xbox One X - did not have a dedicated port for the Kinect.

Kinect production has ended, Microsoft has recently confirmed. Kinect's short-lived run reminds me of trends like the dance pads for games like Dance Dance Revolution, and guitar controllers for Guitar Hero. Redmond will still support Kinect for Xbox users, but is no longer producing new Kinect devices, meaning the standalone device is going away after retailers sell their remaining stock. Microsoft has now made a decision to discontinue the Kinect for Xbox and PC. Back in 2011, it became the Guinness World Record holder of fastest-selling consumer device, as pointed out by The Verge. Microsoft originally positioned the Xbox One as an "all-in-one entertainment device" that could play games, video and music apps, and give you direct access to cable TV. Kinect 2.0 was created to be an essential part of the Xbox One, but Microsoft did a 180 following early negative reactions to the console.

However, the games produced for use with the Kinect sensor rarely hit the same quality as the technology behind it.




Once touted as the future of motion gaming, the Kinect has finally met its maker.

Through interviews with Co.Design, Microsoft shared the news of the Kinect's demise. Now, Microsoft is showing mercy, and pulling the plug on Kinect entirely. The Xbox One functions as a traditional, old-school gaming console plus high-end media service. He also noted at the time that "Kinect's depth-sensing camera and microphone ... kills any accusations of it being a Wii-inspired gimmick". When Microsoft first developed the Kinect, they licensed technology from the 3D tracking company PrimeSense. Now the focus is on the upcoming Hololens, which is essentially "Kinect, evolved".

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