Microsoft has ended production of the Kinect Adapter, the accessory that is required to connect the Xbox One Kinect sensor to the latest consoles; Xbox One S & Xbox One X.
Microsoft wants to focus its efforts on “higher fan-requested gaming accessories,” a spokesperson told Polygon. In short: there wasn’t enough demand for an adapter to support a peripheral that had been discontinued.
In theory, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to many seeing as the Xbox One dashboard hasn’t supported Kinect-based gesture controls since November 2015. I mean, lets be honest, many customers who wanted the adapter more than likely already have it.
“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,”
Without a Kinect, you wouldn’t be able to play any Xbox One games that require the sensor. This is more than likely why Microsoft re-released some first-party Kinect games without the Kinect features, such as Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure and Zoo Tycoon, for the Xbox One X launch.
The Kinect Adaptor is already out of stock at almost every major retailer and has been for quite some time now.
Just as a clarification; Kinect devices will still work, it’s just that Microsoft has discontinued the adapter for newer consoles.