Microsoft pulls the plug on the Kinect

Xbox Kinect Dead, Production Has Officially Ended

While a variety of games were designed around the device, the Kinect faced problems that hindered players' control while also needing a large amount of space in front of the TV in order to work. That investment will finally pay off (or not) with the iPhone X. Inside the phone's notch is the Face ID system, a depth-sensing infrared camera that relies on Kinect-like algorithms to map faces. We've seen the writing on the wall for some time now.

The Kinect went on to become the fastest selling consumer device in history, something it holds a Guinness World Record for. This is good news, because some people still use it for non-gaming projects, including the Studio for Creative Inquiry. As a result, the company had to unbundle the Kinect from Xbox One, notes The Verge. "And like all product launches, you monitor that over time, you learn and adjust".

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Once a popular device among gamers and developers alike, there were signs of Kinect's demise over the past few years. Numerous games were unresponsive and it was clear gamers were more interested in more traditional gaming experiences.

In reaction, Microsoft removed the Kinect from the Xbox One package and left it out as a separate peripheral. However, the company will no longer produce it once retailers are able to sell all of their remaining stock. VR headsets do help with immersion, but without accurate motion tracking, VR would be missing a pretty key component that makes it so appealing as a medium. The Hololens uses version 5 of the Kinect's core sensor. Back in 2013, Apple acquired the Israeli company PrimeSense, which developed the 3D tracking technology that Microsoft licensed for the original Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360. Kinect technology is also integrated in Windows Hello, a security feature that gives users access to computers after the front-facing camera scans their faces and verifies their identity.

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