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Microsoft Discontinues Production of the Kinect

Microsoft Discontinues Production of the Kinect

The news was reported by way of Fast Company's Co.Design, which spoke with Kinect designer, Alex Kipman, alongside Microsoft GM of Xbox Devices Marketing, Matthew Lapsen. Plagued by lag, a large living room space requirement for it to work, and too few must-play games in its library, the Kinect for Xbox 360 quickly became an expensive novelty. That meant getting the console at its most expensive time, as well as being force-bundled with the Kinect. While there were some clever games that utilized the Kinect, like Blue Estate and various iterations of dance games among others, there weren't any real big name franchises that jumped on board with the technology.

In May 2014, Microsoft announced that Kinect would no longer be included in Xbox One packages, dropping its price by $100 as a result. Anticipating voice command technology such as Siri, the Kinect could also process spoken commands such as, "Xbox, go to settings", and offered basic camera functionality for video chatting.

The Microsoft Kinect was first introduced back in 2009 at E3 under the codename ‘Project Natal and was launched next year after it was officially given the name Kinect at E3 2010.

Although production of the Kinect has been halted, it will continue to be used for different purposes. See also: iPhone 8 front camera could get Kinect-style 3D skills. The fact Xbox One S and Xbox One X do not have dedicated Kinect ports speaks volumes.

Microsoft has sold about 35 million Kinect units in the seven years, and in 2011 it was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fasted-selling consumer device ever. The Kinect sensor is an integral part of the Hololens' development, with an unannounced version making it miles better than the original at a fraction of the energy cost.

But if you haven't gotten your hands on one yet, there is still time.

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