The life of the maligned Xbox peripheral is drawing to an end, with Microsoft confirming they will no longer continue to manufacture Kinect.
Kinect 2.0 was initially touted as an integral part of the Xbox One experience, with a device included with every console. But this plan was soon ditched by Microsoft, with the company instead shifting focus to a more “traditional gaming” experience in an attempt to compete with the PS4.
Both the recently released Xbox One S and the upcoming Xbox One X lack a Kinect port.
According to Co.Design, Kinect has sold around 35 million units since its inception seven years ago, and Microsoft will “continue to support Kinect for customers on Xbox, but ongoing developer tools remain unclear”.
The company aren't completely abandoning experimental technology, however, as they are still working on the HoloLens AR headset, of which the Kinect sensor remains a part of.
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