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Microsoft's Kinect is officially dead as manufacturing comes to an end

26 October 2017, 12:43 | Camille Rivera

Microsoft Is Ending Kinect Production

Microsoft Has Finally Killed the Kinect Xbox Sensor

The Kinect was first launched back in 2010 during the Xbox 360's life as a way to integrate motion controls into its line of games and expand the system's audience to broader appeal. Microsoft gradually deemphasized its existence and focused exclusively on delivering a more traditional console gaming experience to better compete with Sony's PlayStation 4. The core sensor, which Co.Design have revealed a previously unannounced v5 version of, is one of the technologies used in the Microsoft Hololens, Microsoft's ambitious take on the world of augmented reality.

The new Kinect, despite its improved hardware, did not receive much love from gamers.

Microsoft has ended production of Kinect, its motion-tracking games controller.

According to the post by Co.Design, the Kinect's influence outside of Microsoft has been huge as well. Thanks for all the memories and good work you've done Kinect. Pressure from the gaming community and competition from its chief rival, Sony (which had its own console, the PS4, coming to market), forced Microsoft to eventually decouple Kinect and Xbox One. In it's lifetime, the Kinect sold around 35 million units. Now nearly exactly seven years to the date of its initial launch, Microsoft has confirmed that they are no longer manufacturing the Kinect.

After years of suspense of whether Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has actually stopped working on Kinect, the company has now confirmed that it is done with the accessory.

"When we introduced Xbox One, we designed it to have the best experience with Kinect". It was also capable of detecting and recognizing faces using depth-sensing 3D sensors for the camera.

This isn't surprising since there weren't a lot of games that utilized the technology in recent years. Plus, there was never a true killer app game for Kinect along the lines of Halo or Gears of War. In 2015, it dropped Kinect gestures on the Xbox One, stating that demand for the features didn't justify the investment needed to support them.

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