The Kinect is officially dead

The last motion it detected was a wave goodbye from Microsoft.

Microsoft has confirmed that that manufacture of the Kinect has stopped, officially killing it for good.

The news was first reported by Fast Company and marks the end of Microsoft’s experimental game design with the device. First introduced for the Xbox 360, the Kinect has lived a troubled life. Struggling to find a suitable gaming purpose, the device was largely left for use in managing menus and media through voice command. Many users weren’t too happy with the idea of a camera watching their homes at all times, either.

Microsoft has been scaling back work with the Kinect for some time now to compete with the PS4’s traditional gaming focus, but all is not lost for the unusual device. The main sensor used in the Kinect plays a big role in Microsoft’s augmented reality, Hololens, and the device itself saw plenty of use in research fields beyond gaming. Its time in gaming may be gone, but Kinect has certainly had an impact in the technology sector, and voice controls are now commonplace in smartphones and home devices.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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