Microsoft Officially Unplugs the Kinect

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One of the biggest application of Kinect technology is being seen in Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset. After new game releases have slowly trickled to a stop, buyers wondering whether or not the company still has plans for the 3D camera, and a lack of fanfare in general, it looks like it's curtains for the once innovative Xbox 360 and Xbox One accessory. "We're in the fifth year of the cycle and you would expect that units to be down, although we have some positive mix because of the new launch of the Microsoft Xbox One X console, which is a higher ASP product for us". Dwindling sales figures forced Microsoft to ditch the Kinect and sell the Xbox One as standalone at cheaper rates. But, this doesn't mean Kinect didn't taste the sauce named popularity; more than 35 million units were sold since its release in 2010. Microsoft will continue to support Kinect for customers on Xbox. Kinect was popular because of its innovative features like motion control camera, voice commands, hand gestures, and face-recognition technology. Then came the Xbox One S, a slimmer version of the Xbox One which came with no Kinect port. Eventually, Microsoft realized the error of its ways and the stopped bundling the Kinect and bringing the pricing of the Xbox back into line with its competition. Using a series of infrared dots for room mapping and the ability to recognize 31 different body parts, the device's incredible tracking ability absolutely dwarfed the technical prowess of both the Wii and the PlayStation Move.

Video games designed for Kinect, it was not so much.




If you're anxious you can no longer use Kinect, fear not. Microsoft is also working on the Hololens, which was developed by Kinect creator Alex Kipman. If (for some reason) you're in the market for a Kinect, you may want to snatch one up now before they're all gone.

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