Microsoft is discontinuing Kinect Adapter for Xbox One

Xbox One S Kinect Adapter

Eventually, Microsoft sold Xbox One units without the Kinect and updated games that required the peripheral. There simply weren't ever enough games that utilized the hardware to make it a compulsory purchase for an Xbox owner, especially when the second version of the Kinect launched on the Xbox One in 2013.

Brushing up the specs of the gaming machine, the Xbox One X can handle 4K HDR content and is powered by a custom octa-core AMD CPU clocked at 2.3GHz.it is powered by 2GB of DDR5 RAM, 8GB flash memory and 1TB of HDD storage. If you haven't been using it before, I doubt you'll be using it now.

The Kinect represented Microsoft's bid to bring Wii-style intuitive motion-sensing gameplay to its consoles and, while it contained some interesting technology (originally developed in Israel and intended for missile-guidance systems), it never really captured the public imagination.

The comapny previously announced last October that it had discontinued the Xbox One Kinect.


In a statement to Polygon, a spokesperson said Microsoft is going to focus on manufacturing accessories that are more requested than the Kinect adapter.

"After careful consideration, we made a decision to stop manufacturing the Xbox Kinect Adapter to focus attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10", a Microsoft spokesperson told Polygon yesterday. This meant people had to spend extra cash on buying a Kinect and an adapter to go with it. At the time, Microsoft stated it would continue to support Kinect users but it would appear that support is also beginning to wind down. This adaptor allowed Xbox One S, Xbox One X and Windows PC users to use the device without the dedicated port that was dropped after the original Xbox One.

Many Xbox One gamers expressed their sadness over the news, and Microsoft received some backlash from netizens. But with the death of the Kinect, voice control has been limited to the headset/controller, and this is a big missed opportunity for Microsoft. Without an adapter for Microsoft's current-gen consoles, it seems like the Kinect itself isn't long for this world. One third party seller has listed a new one for $300 which is more than the asking price for a brand new Xbox One S. You could still pick up an old one from EBay but that isn't cheap either. However, as Microsoft has been making the move to new SKUs and increased power, the focus on the Kinect has seen a steep decline.

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