Microsoft Ends Production of Xbox One Kinect Adapter
We’re not sure the Kinect was popular enough for its passing to be declared the end of an era, but, either way, Microsoft is ending production of the Kinect adapter essentially marking the end of the device’s lifespan.
Microsoft told Polygon that it wants to focus its efforts on “on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10.” The company declined to comment regarding the possibility of bringing the device back in the future, but did state that the current iteration of the adapter would no longer be sold.
This appears to officially mark the end of the Microsoft’s support for the Kinect. However, the accessory’s death was a long time coming. When Microsoft launched the Xbox One S in 2016, it came without the proprietary port needed to hook the Kinect directly into the console. When the S first launched, Microsoft offered the accessory for free to consumers who were upgrading to the Xbox One S, but discontinued that promotion in less than a year’s time. It did not offer a similar promotion for the launch of the Xbox One X.
The device is still compatible with the Xbox One S, PC and Xbox One X, but you’ll need to have the aforementioned adapter. Since Microsoft is discontinuing it, we expect it will become increasingly difficult to find.
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