Microsoft’s Kinect sensor has sold millions of units with the Xbox 360 and Xbox One despite being subjected to frequent criticisms. But that sales won’t sore any further, as Microsoft has confirmed that it’s doing away with the Kinect sensors.
Ahead of the next earnings report, Microsoft has revealed that it has winded up the manufacturing of Kinect sensors. So all those units up now on shelves will be the last of the lot that will be made available by Microsoft. Once that runs out, don’t expect the slot to get replenished with new units.
The detail was revealed by Kinect creator Alex Kipman and Xbox Devices Marketing GM Matthew Lapsen while speaking to Fast Company. Microsoft will still continue to offer support for the Kinect. So players using the Kinect sensors needn’t have to worry for the time being.
While Kinect was launched somewhat dedicatedly for games, it has gone on to be used more in non-gaming services like for pausing Netflix through voice commands.
The revelation hardly comes as surprise. Microsoft has hinted of the future of Kinect with the launch of Xbox One S, which lacked any port for Kinect. Players were still able to connect existing Kinect through adapters. But an absence of official in-built was to be taken as the hint that it’s nearly the end. Kinect ports are also missing from the upcoming Xbox One X console.