R.I.P. Xbox Kinect

Well it finally happened, the somewhat popular yet controversial Xbox Kinect Censor has officially been discontinued by Microsoft. According to Gamespot, Kinect creator Alex Kipman and Xbox Devices Marketing GM Matthew Lapsen shared the news in an interview with Fastcodesign. Microsoft has revealed that it has officially put an end to the manufacturing of the device but that the remaining Kinects still on store shelves will continue to be available for purchase. So if you’ve ever wanted a Kinect to go with your Xbox One or Xbox 360 now is the time to buy one. Personally I have never owned one and after Microsoft tried to shove it down our throats with the launch of the Xbox One, I never will.

Originally created for the Xbox 360, Microsoft’s watershed depth camera and voice recognition microphone sold ~35 million units since its debut in 2010, but Microsoft will no longer produce it when retailers sell off their existing stock. The company will continue to support Kinect for customers on Xbox, but ongoing developer tools remain unclear. The Kinect had already been slowly de-emphasized by Microsoft, as the Xbox team anchored back around traditional gaming to counter the PS4, rather than take its more experimental approach to entertainment. – fastcodesign

Motion controlled games were all the rage back in 2010 and many people thought that it was the future of gaming. However in 2017 motion controlled games are all but dead and now with it the motion control peripherals. Honestly I’m not really sad to see it go and I think, ambitious as it was (even if Microsoft did rip off Nintendo) the Kinect will go down as a failed attempt to redefine gaming. As always we want to hear from you Nerd Nation. Are you sad to see the Xbox Kinect die out or do you think that it was a little overdue? Be sure to let us know you thoughts on this by leaving us a comment below or hit us up on any of our social media pages!

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