Microsoft Officially Kills the Kinect

Thursday, 26 Oct, 2017

At the outset, it may seem as if Kinect didn't reach the heights as were made out before launch; the amount of research that went into improving the motion sensing device, however, is used by Microsoft in major projects elsewhere.

Obviously, the writing has been on the wall for Kinect for a long time, and according to a report from Co.Design, the axe has finally dropped. No further units will be produced and only the remaining stock of the units now in stores will be available for sale, though support for the device will continue for customers that now have it for Xbox consoles.

The camera was redesigned and packaged with the Xbox One at the launch of that console, but the lack of developer support has left it as a redundant device. However, this resulted in high price of the overall bundle, which meant while Sony was selling PS4s hand over fist, Microsoft was struggling to get the Xbox One off the shelves.

No further details were provided. "And like all product launches, you monitor that over time, you learn and adjust".

The biggest factor in the Kinect's demise may be that it just wasn't much fun to play.

While the Kinect as a camera peripheral is dead and buried, and highly unlikely to resurface either as a brand or as a standalone camera/motion controller, Microsoft hasn't given up on certain parts of the concept. The series Kinect Sports games from Rare and the Dance Central games were highlights but licenced titles failed to impress. This is worse news than you realize, because the Kinect has found a home outside of gaming. Many felt that the company was simply going to discontinue the Kinect eventually and that's precisely what it has done.

But many saw it as a gimmick, especially when big-name franchises like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto weren't adapted for the Kinect, Fast Co Design reported.

The downfall of Kinect could also be traced to a history of uncertainty within the gaming community, particularly regarding game support for the device. Will Microsoft continue to profit from the many ways in which the ideas presented in the Kinect were made Microsoft's own with the USPTO?

The Kinect will live on through its technology, which is used in Microsoft's Hololens headset.

Microsoft has stopped producing the Kinect accessory for the Xbox One.