It’s official: the Kinect is dead. Ahead of their earnings report later this week, Microsoft announced that they have put an end to manufacturing the motion-sensing camera.
In an interview with Fast Company, Devices Marketing GM Matthew Lapsen said that support for the device will continue. It’s currently unclear if developer tools will see further support.
Microsoft’s decision here is unsurprising. The device – which saw its first iteration on the Xbox 360 in 2010 – saw criticism from fans and press alike, due to its inaccurate motion and voice tracking.
In 2013 the company bundled a newer version with each Xbox One sold, forcing them to sell the system at an inflated price over the competing PS4. 2014 saw Microsoft pivot, removing the camera from all boxes and reducing the Xbox One’s price – all but officially distancing themselves from the hardware.
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