Microsoft has now discontinued the Kinect Adapter for the Xbox One console. The Kinect adapter that was offered for free with the Xbox One S (however not with the Xbox One X), has been discontinued, too. Microsoft will continue to provide support for the Kinect for Windows SDK via our online forums, premiere and paid technical support. While Microsoft hasn’t revealed when pre-orders will go live in India, it has confirmed that the Xbox One X will be available starting January 15 2018.
The Kinect was discontinued in October a year ago, but now the final nail has been struck into its coffin.
Despite making a splash when it launched for the Xbox 360 in 2010, the Kinect never seemed to find a foothold in the market. While Kinect was originally sold as a necessary component for the original Xbox One hardware in 2013, it was unbundled from the box by June of 2014.
Xbox One X made its global debut at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 event, Los Angeles Convention Centre, and was first released in the USA in November. The Xbox One S lacked the proprietary Kinect port on the back. Now, the final nail is being hammered into the coffin, with Microsoft pulling the Xbox One Kinect adapter from sale. The adapter was on sale after that, but it’s been out of stock at most retailers (including the Microsoft Store) for several months. That’s actually more than the cost of an Xbox One S. Meanwhile, adapters on eBay have also been selling for hundreds of dollars. Microsoft did launch new updates to make sure Kinect games are playable without the Kinect. That means you won’t be able to play games like Fantasia: Music Evolved or Dance Central Spotlight, or have an easy way to use the Xbox One’s voice controls.
The original Xbox One had a hard launch for a myriad of reasons but one of the biggest has to have been the Kinect.