Microsoft halts production on Kinect for Windows; moves focus over to Xbox One Kinect

Kinect for WIndows

Microsoft have today rung the death knell on the companies Kinect for Windows peripheral, instead choosing to focus on their flagship console version of the device. Instead, Microsoft will continue to sell the Xbox One version of the Kinect, while supplying an adapter to make it usable with Windows PCs.

The announcement came from the Kinect for Windows blog post, where Microsoft explained their reasoning for ceasing production. “Over the past several months, we have seen unprecedented demand from the developer community for Kinect sensors and have experienced difficulty keeping up with requests in some markets.” stated Microsoft.

“At the same time, we have seen the developer community respond positively to being able to use the Kinect for Xbox One sensor for Kinect for Windows app development, and we are happy to report that Kinect for Xbox One sensors and Kinect Adapter for Windows units are now readily available in most markets.”

So it’s not all bad news, just that Microsoft are condensing down the two versions of Kinect. Customers who have already purchased a Kinect for Windows can still seek support for the foreseeable future too.

If you’re interested in picking up the new adapter, you can buy it from the Microsoft store for £29.99 and $49.99 respectively.

Cheers PC Gamer!