Microsoft Discontinues the Xbox One Kinect Adapter

first_img Microsoft is Finally Killing Off the KinectKinect is $50 more expensive to use with the Xbox One S Back in October of last year, Microsoft (finally) decided to kill off the Kinect camera. It should come as no surprise the Kinect adapter used to connect the device to Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and PC has now been discontinued. This is truly a sad day for fans of the notorious depth-sensing camera.In a statement to Polygon, a Microsoft spokesperson 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.” There doesn’t seem to be much hope of the adapter returning in the future either. The spokesperson declined to answer questions regarding Microsoft’s product roadmap, simply stating the adapter “will no longer be available.”The original Xbox One had a port for Kinect. Following iterations — namely the Xbox One S and Xbox One X — lacked this port. In order to use Kinect, users on newer Xbox One units and PC needed to use the USB adapter. The adapter was sold separately for $39.99. For a short time, Microsoft offered it for free to those who upgraded to an Xbox One S. Currently, retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and even Microsoft have the adapter listed as unavailable. Most folks who need the adapter likely already have it. However, those who want the device may have to pay anywhere between $150 to $300 to second and third-hand retailers.It has been a long time since Microsoft released a game that requires Kinect. Because of that, the end of the peripheral and its adapter won’t affect many Xbox One and PC owners. There are still a small number of folks who regularly use Kinect for its motion tracking and voice recognition features. They, and perhaps any future Kinect users, may want to try to find an extra unit along with the adapter in case anything happens. I think it’s safe to say the Kinect will now join the great pantheon of short-lived gaming peripherals. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img