Microsoft confirmed that the company is no longer producing the Kinect Adapter, a USB add-on that let users hook up the Kinect motion sensor to the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.
In a statement to Polygon Microsoft said that, "After careful consideration, we decided to stop manufacturing the Xbox Kinect Adapter to focus attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10[.]"
The adapter became necessary after the revised Xbox One S launched without the proprietary port required for the Kinect. The Xbox One X also did away with the port making the USB adapter mandatory for players who still wanted Kinect functionality with the latest line of Xbox One products.
We reported previously that the removal of the port seemed to indicate Microsoft shifting away from the Kinect. And now, after once offering the USB adapter for free to Xbox One S customers, even the required accessory to use the Kinect has been discontinued. This definitely feels like the Kinect is dead.
Still, the Kinect wasn't a waste of time for Microsoft. The sensor technology in the Kinect is being used to power other Microsoft products like the Hololens AR headset. As far as the Kinect in relation to the Xbox though, it seems like motion controls are no longer of interest to Microsoft's future game plans.
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