Microsoft has ended production of the Kinect Adapter, the USB accessory that is required to connect the Xbox One Kinect sensor to an Xbox One S, Xbox One X or Windows device.
The Kinect got released back in 2013 and was at the time a very hyped device but unfortunately the hyped didn’t last at the product quickly died a long and painful death.
The first signs for its end was when Microsoft announced the Xbox One S system back at E3 2016. A smaller system and slightly more powerful compared to the original base Xbox One that was released in 2013. Microsoft added a lot of new features in the new machine like for example HDR gaming or 4K video but they also removed something that seemed irrelevant at the time… The Kinect port.
Microsoft solved that problem by giving out free USB adapters for the Xbox One S, so users of the Kinect could use it on their new system. They did this for eight months after the launch of the system and ended the promotion in March 2017. After that you were still able to get it in stores for €39,99 but things have changed. The adapter isn’t out of stock for months now making people wonder if Microsoft stopped production.
In a statement, Microsoft reacted: “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.”
Okay sure, the Kinect has been dead for years now but there is one thing that Microsoft misunderstood. Many Xbox One consumers didn’t get the Xbox One S when it launched back in 2016 and waited for the Xbox One X system. The more powerful “ultimate xbox”. Now these consumers are out of luck.
This caused outrage on social media about the fact that Microsoft stopped production way before the launch of the Xbox One X. Time will tell how Microsoft will react about the matter. Maybe they will produce a limited run to quickly fill the gap.
As a side note, the Kinect itself stopped production in October 2017 Microsoft said.