For the longest time now, it seems that the Xbox’s Kinect accessory has been fighting an uphill battle. So much so that it appears that Microsoft has been slowly phasing it out.

The original Kinect was a fairly popular accessory for the Xbox 360, but when it was announced that the Xbox One would require the Kinect 2.0 to function, gamers loudly spoke out against this, resulting in Microsoft backing down and the Kinect reverting back to its original role as an optional accessory.

When the Xbox One S was released last year, it was announced that it actually would not come with a port for the Kinect at all, and if you wanted to use the accessory with your new system, you would have to purchase a special adapter.

Finally, it has just been revealed that Microsoft is now, in fact, discontinuing that adapter, as it appears that they have decided to stop pushing the Kinect all together. In a statement to Polygon, a Microsoft spokesperson stated that “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.”

In addition to the manufacturing of the adapter being discontinued, the spokesperson also confirmed that the adapter would no longer be sold. They also did not state whether or not Microsoft had any plans to bring the Kinect back in the future.

While the Kinect was not the massive success it was likely intended to be, the brand-new accessories Microsoft plans to bring to the table will likely pique their userbase’s interest.


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Noah Dominguez
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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.