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Microsoft Discontinues Kinect Adapter For Newer Consoles

January 4, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Polygon reports that Microsoft has discontinued the Kinect Adapter, which made it possible to connect the Kinect sensor to an Xbox One S, Xbox One X or Windows device.

A spokesperson for Microsoft said: “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.

When asked if the product may be available in the future, the spokesperson said it “will no longer be available.”

This seems to signal that the Xbox One will no longer support the Kinect. In 2016, Microsoft launched the Xbox One S without the port for the Kinect, but the adapter enabled players to plug it into a USB port with the Kinect Adapter. Over the next eight months after the launch of the Xbox One S, Microsoft gave away the adapter to those who owned a Kinect and were upgrading to Xbox One S. That ended in March 2017 and didn’t return after the launch of the Xbox One X. At the time, Microsoft said “the adapter is available for purchase” for $39.99. However, it’s been out of stock at the Microsoft Store and retailers like Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop. A search for Kinect on the Microsoft Store’s website doesn’t even show the Adapter in results.

Due to the unavailability of the Adapter, third-party sellers on the secondary market (including Amazon) have been charging $300 (7.5x the retail price) for it. That’s actually more than the cost of an Xbox One S. Meanwhile, adapters on eBay have also been selling for hundreds of dollars. This caused a string of negative reviews on Microsoft’s website, with customers upset they can’t buy it for a decent price.

This means that any Xbox One games that require the sensor will now be unplayable. However, Microsoft has re-released some of their first-party Kinect titles with traditional controls, including Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure and Zoo Tycoon for Xbox One X. The Xbox One dashboard hasn’t supported kinect-based control since November 2015.

Meanwhile, voice navigation and use of Cortana never required Kinect so all commands will work with a headset microphone (except for “hey Cortana, Xbox on.”) Microsoft also has support for USB webcams as of last October, so that can still allow Mixer livestreaming and Skype video chat.

The comapny previously announced last October that it had discontinued the Xbox One Kinect. At the time it said that “it is not the end of the journey for the technology” because “Kinect continues to delight tens of millions of Xbox owners.”

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