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Goodbye, Kinect: Microsoft stops manufacturing motion-sensing Xbox camera

Goodbye, Kinect: Microsoft stops manufacturing motion-sensing Xbox camera

Though Xbox One S and Xbox One X do not have dedicated Kinect ports, you can still use the device on these systems if you have an adapter. Motion and voice commands in games felt tacked on, and the original novelty of the Kinect had faded. Microsoft said it will continue to sell the game sensor until it runs out of them, Fast Co Design reported.

The Kinect had already been slowly de-emphasized by Microsoft, as the Xbox team anchored back around traditional gaming to counter the PS4, rather than take its more experimental approach to entertainment.

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Unfortunately, Kinect's pricing ($149.99 for the Xbox 360) and set of features didn't really go so well with a lot of consumers.

Kinect was once hailed as the next big revolution in living room gaming, and was meant to be a big part of the Xbox One.

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There are no words to describe how I feel when I sit down in front of the Xbox One for a little gaming and it pops up "Welcome Eric!" because it knows me. It was also capable of detecting and recognizing faces using depth-sensing 3D sensors for the camera. Microsoft has reportedly sold over 35 million Kinect units since the first was released in 2010. Once again, the Kinect is meeting its end.

Through interviews with Co.Design, Microsoft shared the news of the Kinect's demise. In our May 2014 Xbox One review, PCMag's Will Greenwald noted that hand gestures felt "generally clunky" and he couldn't get Kinect to consistently let him perform certain functions.

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Microsoft was jumping into the motion-control fad that the Wii kicked off in 2006, just four years too late. The Kinect team, meanwhile, has already moved on to create other products, such as Cortana and Windows Hello. A prime example of this is the HoloLens, which incorporates a "next generation Kinect", according to Kipman's description of the mixed reality smartglasses.


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