Let’s be honest, ever since its launch the Kinect has been a controversial piece of hardware. There are a few people who love it but then there are a lot of people that hate it and have never really used it. One of the many controversies surrounding the announcement of the Xbox One was the bundling in of the Kinect. The fact that only a handful of Kinect only games have been released since its launch in 2010 shows how unpopular the peripheral has been.
Now Microsoft have given us the first real indication that they are considering discontinuing the Kinect. The Xbox One S and Xbox One X need a special USB adapter to hook up the Kinect with the Xbox. Microsoft have now announced that they will no longer be making this adapter. “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,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
This move cannot really come as a surprise. We started to get the impression that the end was near for the Kinect when they launched the Xbox One S without the required port to connect the Kinect to the Xbox.
In recent months the adapter has been getting harder to find and they have been fetching exuberant prices on sites such as Ebay. This sounds a little familiar to the debacle surrounding the adapter for the Xbox One headsets but this one isn’t going to come to an end.
What do you think, is this the end of the Kinect or will Microsoft launch the hardware in another form?