Microsoft has officially discontinued the adapter that allows players to use Kinect sensors on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.
The two newer models of the console didn’t come with ports that allow players to plug their devices into the machine, meaning gamers keen to use the motion-sensing peripheral had to buy an £40 adapter if they wanted to use compatible games.
However, last week Microsoft officially discontinued the hardware.
Previously, if you owned both a console and S or an X, you could have claimed a free adapter by sending off both unit’s serial codes to the company.
This is no longer an option, and it looks like Kinect is therefore officially dead.
Listings on Microsoft’s official website, as well as Amazon, Best Buy, or other retailers around the world have disappeared.
If you’re keen to use the Kinect features, you can still at least use voice commands via most compatible headsets to navigate the Xbox home screen. It’s something, at least, but not ideal.
This comes after Microsoft ended Kinect production.
Ahead of the launch of its mid-range console, Microsoft made the decision to ditch Kinect support on the Xbox One S, losing the dedicated Kinect port and replacing it instead with the rather pricey adapter.
And the Xbox One X took the same path.
“Since port arrangement is based on Xbox One S, there’s no return for the original Xbox One’s Kinect port (a USB adapter is required) but the HDMI input is retained,” Digital Foundry mentioned in its Xbox Scorpio (now called One X) hardware reveal.
If you own the adapter and the Kinect hardware, it’s still usable with the consoles – as MS pointed out to Polygon in April last year:
“Kinect will be compatible with Project Scorpio via the Xbox Kinect Adapter and the experience will not change due to the connection.
“The Xbox Kinect Adapter program was a limited-time offer, in tandem with the launch of Xbox One S in August 2016, to ensure that gamers who own a Kinect for Xbox One could seamlessly enjoy all the same Kinect benefits on the Xbox One S via a free adapter.”
Your best bet to nab the hardware now will be second-hand stores around the nation.
This comes after Microsoft suggested it could soon be adding a highly requested feature to its Xbox One family of consoles.
Microsoft shares a pool of console players with PC veterans – thanks to its crossover game sharing feature, Xbox Play Anywhere – and as such, the fanbase has long requested mouse and keyboard support for the console.
Thanks to a post that was seemingly published early by Microsoft Poland, it looks like the feature is in the works.
The company’s Polish arm sent out a statement that suggests we could see the alternative control solution added to the Xbox One relatively soon.
“Some players prefer to conquer the virtual world with a pad in hand,” reads a translated post hosted over at Windows Latest.
“Others, above all, value the precision of the mouse movements. Others, however, can not imagine playing on anything other than a keyboard.
“Now, owners of Xbox One consoles (including Xbox One S models and the latest Xbox One X) can choose these accessories and decide for themselves what they will use.”