As some of you might recall, Microsoft officially threw in the towel for the Kinect back in October last year where they stopped the production of the device. Now it seems that in addition to killing off the Kinect’s production, they have also announced that the adapter for the Kinect has now been discontinued as well.
In a statement provided to Polygon, a Microsoft spokesperson was quoted as saying, “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.”
For those unfamiliar, the adapter basically allowed the Kinect’s sensor for the Xbox One to be connected to other devices and consoles, like the Xbox One S, the Xbox One X, or a Windows device. The discontinuation of the adapter means that should you lose your existing adapter, or if you don’t own the adapter but have a Kinect, then you won’t be able to use it with other devices save for the Xbox One.
While the Kinect might not necessarily have revolutionized gaming the way Microsoft had hoped, the sensor did find a lot of use outside of gaming, where some industries (such as the medical industry) have leveraged it for other purposes.