Yes, Microsoft’s beloved motion-sensing peripheral, Xbox Kinect is now dead.
Microsoft decided to put an end on manufacturing the Xbox Kinect. Which also means the production of Kinect adapter has also ended. Owners of these consoles who happened to not have adapters won’t be able to use Kinect at all. Windows 10 users also need the adapter so they’re affected as well.
Owners will definitely have a hard time looking for Kinect Adapters. If you’re lucky to find one on the secondary market, the prices will shock you. In Amazon, Kinect Adapters are worth $300 for a new one. It is 7.5 times the original price of the accessory. Second-handed adapters also costs hundreds of dollars ever since the halt of production. Customers are furious for them needing to spend a hundred dollars in order to use Kinect.
Is this the end for Xbox games that require Kinect too?
Nope. Microsoft is working on these games to make them playable with or without the Kinect. Traditional controls are added to some Microsoft re-released games like Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure and Zoo Tycoon.
According to a Microsoft Spokesperson, they decided to stop manufacturing Xbox Kinect Adapter to make way and to focus on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming accessories across Xbox One and Windows 10. Plans for the future? The representative refused to discuss about it, but the adapter will not be available anymore.
As for Cortana fuction, she doesn’t require Kinect, but it is needed for “Hey Cortana, Xbox on”. Commands will still work with a headset and microphone. USB webcams will be also enabled for Mixer Livestreaming and Skype video chat.
Microsoft gave their statement to Polygon saying, “It is not the end of the journey for the technology” because, in part, “Kinect continues to delight tens of millions of Xbox owners.” Xbox Kinect, you will be missed.