Microsoft to stop making Kinect Adapter for new Xbox One consoles

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https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/2/16842072/xbox-one-kinect-adapter-out-of-stock-production-ended

Back in October 2017, Microsoft stopped making the Kinect. In what can be best termed the final death knell for the product, Microsoft earlier this week confirmed that it has now stopped the production of its Kinect Adapter for the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X and Windows 10 PCs. This in effect means that users who do not already own the Kinect Adapter will no longer be able to buy one to use on their new Xbox consoles. The Kinect adapter was also used by a large number of Windows 10 users and prospective new buyers will not be able to buy one in the future. The news of Microsoft ending the production run of the Kinect adapter was first reported by Polygon. A Microsoft representative was reportedly quoted saying the following to Microsoft.

“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.”

When the Xbox One S was released, Microsoft initially gave the Kinect adapter for free in order for them to use the Kinect with the newer version of the Xbox. This, however, was a promotional offer that ended soon. Microsoft later started charging$39.99 for the adapter.

In case you are planning to buy one, note that the Kinect Adapter is already out of stock on most major retailers. At this time, it is not confirmed if these stores will replenish their stocks soon. In case the adapter does not return to the shelves officially, users will have to be dependent on second-hand units sold online at inflated prices.

 


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