Kinect is officially dead, as Microsoft ceases manufacturing

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Let’s not beat around the bush. Kinect has been dead for ages – but now the motion-sensing experiment Microsoft and Xbox started back in 2010 is now officially in the ground. According to new reports, production on Kinect cameras has come to a halt, bringing the slow death of the peripheral to an anti-climatic end. The Kinect hasn’t been a core part of the Xbox experience for some time now, but its experimentation and use in the real-world has shaped the future of Microsoft’s Augmented and Mixed reality futures.

The Kinect, which was first launched during the Xbox 360 cycle, never found real footing. It may have sold loads, but it was a mixed bag of hardware that couldn’t deliver on the lofty promises of its announcement, susceptible then to middling software support and shoddy attempts at games. There’re a handful of Kinect titles that you could easily recommend to players, and a multitude more to stay very far away from. But despite that, the camera become a core part of the Xbox One launch, with the console initially launching with the camera as a standard.

Where Kinect might have failed in a mainstream sense, it certainly didn’t in experimental circles. Hackers and developers tore apart the camera to see how it ticked, with many attempting to make revolutionary game (and otherwise visual) experiences with the depth-sensing technology on offer. Kinect even started to be used in visual art installations, allowing viewers to interact with the pieces on display. This sort of malleable design is what Microsoft could never tap into themselves, and makes the death of Kinect slightly depressing.

For all its faults though, I truly believed in the idea of what Kinect might have promised. And that idea hasn’t gone away, it’s just shifted. HoloLens is a new way in which visual processing and depth sensing are melded into a more consumer understandable product, and its likely Kinect had a huge influence on its direction. So no matter how many times it accidentally rebooted or Xbox or how many hours you spent fiddling with weird motion-controlled games, Kinect was important in its own way. But it certainly won’t be missed by many.

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Last Updated: October 26, 2017

Alessandro Barbosa

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  • Alien Emperor Trevor
  • VampyreSquirrel

    “Kinect has been dead for ages” and I was wondering when M$ would get to this point.

  • Spathi

    Thank fuck.

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      Was about to type this till I saw this. Beat me to it

  • Hammersteyn
    • MonsterCheddar

      XD

    • MonsterCheddar

      That GIF.

      Thanks so much Hemmir. Now I can’t stop staring

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

  • Pieter Kruger

    Think I can hear Don Mattrick sobbing somewhere….. Does this mean MS will be using cheaper/better 3rd party options for tracking in VR/MR? Take note Sony, those PS4 Move controllers are old AF!

    • Hammersteyn

      They may be old, but they’re still being made and sold along with VR helmets. I’m seriously thinking of getting one for Christmas. New VR games are popping up every week.

      • Pieter Kruger

        The original PSVR has already been discontinued. Although Sony had a great oppertunity now again to up the tech they once again opted for minor improvements only(member PS4Pro?) with only the HDR pass through being fixed and better headphones. Rather wait for the PS5 and the PSVR that will undoubtedly come with it then. By then it should be worthwile regarding hardware & software(proper AAA game support/4K/High res textures etc.) But if you have cash you must burn……

        • Hammersteyn

          Already have Resident Evil 7 in my backlog, plus a few PSVR games we got for free. So the time’s getting closer.

  • MonsterCheddar

    As dead and gone as @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus ‘s childhood memories from the 1920’s

    • Hammersteyn

      I heard he’s like Dr. Manhattan. Past, present and future is the same for him. Also he has a beard instead of a dope ass six pack.

      • MonsterCheddar

        LOL

  • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire
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