Xbox Kinect Dead, Production Has Officially Ended

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One major reason for the failure of Microsoft Kinect among gamers was the absence of big games, like a Call of Duty, or Grand Theft Auto.

While the popularity of the device might have declined in the past few years, Microsoft still sold around 35 million units.

The Kinect was a camera and microphone created for use with the Xbox 360.

After going full-steam ahead when it launched the device for the Xbox 360 in November 2010, Microsoft drew back from it in later years to refocus its consoles more around traditional gaming. The Xbox One S launched in 2015 and the upcoming Xbox One X doesn't even have a dedicated port for the device.

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Manufacturing for Kinect for Xbox One has ended but it is not the end of the journey for the technology. In the beginning, the Kinect was integral to the Xbox One experience.

While Kinect was viewed by many in the "hardcore" segment of the gaming population as a gimmick, Microsoft trudged on and tried to improve the sensor in the Xbox One. "And like all product launches, you monitor that over time, you learn and adjust".

Microsoft is aiming to continue its research in motion sensing technology, virtually ensuring improvements in the Kinect sensor, at least for the foreseeable future. Regardless of Microsoft's plans, the vision behind the Kinect will continue to live on. VR headsets do help with immersion, but without accurate motion tracking, VR would be missing a pretty key component that makes it so appealing as a medium. Once again, the Kinect is meeting its end. The technology that made the Kinect possible is already being used on Microsoft's Windows Hello facial recognition system for Windows 10. A prime example of this is the HoloLens, which incorporates a "next generation Kinect", according to Kipman's description of the mixed reality smartglasses.

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

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