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Xbox One Kinect adaptor officially dead now, too


Xbox One’s unloved camera accessory just died another death – the adaptor which let it work with Microsoft’s current Xbox One models has now also been discontinued.

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Dead.

Kinect itself was canned in October.

“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,” Microsoft has now confirmed (thanks, Polygon).

In a telling move, Microsoft left out the Kinect port in both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X models. Instead, you require a Kinect adaptor (sold separately) to use the camera.

Xbox One S initially launched with a now-expired offer of a free Kinect adaptor. Xbox One X did not – a sign the writing was already on the wall.

The Xbox 360 Kinect famously became the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in history upon its 2010 launch, but support dwindled and eventually died after Microsoft’s ill-fated push to bundle an Xbox One Kinect with each console.

The release of Xbox One Kinect games soon slowed to a trickle, and Microsoft eventually removed the accessory’s unreliable gesture support from the Xbox One dashboard.

It’s been a long time coming, but after flailing my arms at my TV and trying to enunciate “XBOX ON” in ever louder tones rather than simply pressing a button, Kinect’s death feels like something few will mourn.



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