Spy No More: Microsoft Ends Kinect Manufacture

James Marshall
Октября 25, 2017

The device is one that showed a significant amount of promise with its ability to track people and objects by only using cameras but after selling 35 million units, Kinect is no more. Developers just weren't willing to sink funds and research into creating games designed exclusively for the Kinect, and consumers weren't happy about Xbox One resources behind held back from developers in order to enhance the Kinect.

The time has come for the Xbox Kinect to give up the ghost. "That was our goal with the Xbox One launch", Lapsen said. Microsoft confirms that manufacture of the Kinect has ceased and it will not return after retailers sell out of stock, but its sensor and influence will live on.

Whether we'll ever see the Hololens or any of the Mixed Reality headsets head to consoles is still very much up in the air but games like Halo Recruit or the demoed version of Minecraft on the Hololens seem to suggest that it is on the horizon. "And like all product launches, you monitor that over time, you learn and adjust".

Microsoft will continue to support the Kinect for those who own one. Kinect with Xbox took the gaming world by storm and along with Nintendo Wii it ushered a new era of gaming.

In my opinion, the Kinect was not a runaway success or even all that influential for what it achieved.

Microsoft is aiming to continue its research in motion sensing technology, virtually ensuring improvements in the Kinect sensor, at least for the foreseeable future. The depth sensing technology, developed by PrimeSense, gave way for the likes of Faceshift, both of which were acquired by Apple. Players using the original Xbox may play with other players that are using Xbox One, Xbox One X, or Xbox One S.

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