The Kinect is officially dead

The motion-sensing and voice-recognizing device for Xbox One and Windows will disappear from store shelves once the current stock runs out. "That was our goal with the Xbox One launch, and like all product launches, you monitor that over time, you learn and adjust." shared Kinect creator Matthew Lapsen with Co.Design in an interview.

After years of limited interest from game developers, Microsoft has chose to kill its Xbox Kinect video game sensor. Microsoft had planned on making the Xbox One the all-in-one entertainment device with its gaming, television and multi-media needs, but the people who actually play video games were taken aback by the "TV! TV!" In 2011, Microsoft Kinect was also named the fastest-selling consumer device, and was applauded even by the Guinness World Records. With a shift in management at Xbox (Don Mattrick out and Phil Spencer in as Xbox chief), the Kinect became less of a priority as they listened to what the fans wanted (or rather what they didn't).

In November 2013, as part of a bundle with the Xbox One, Microsoft launched a second, more-improved iteration of the Kinect. Though it had a fairly good start, launching about half way through the 360's life-cycle, it was Microsoft's decision at the launch of the Xbox One that signalled trouble.

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But Microsoft said it hasn't entirely given up on the Kinect. In it's lifetime, the Kinect sold around 35 million units. The iPhone X will use PrimeSense's algorithms in the depth-sensing camera's Face ID system. The company announced today to Co.Design that manufacturing for the motion sensor input device has been shut down. It was May of 2014 that the Xbox One was re-released sans Kinect.

Support will continue to be provided by Microsoft for the Kinect, but the ongoing fate of its developer tools have yet to be made clear. Microsoft is already working on Kinect V5 to power the HoloLens.

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