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The life and times of Microsoft's Kinect

The life and times of Microsoft's Kinect

After going full-steam ahead when it launched the device for the Xbox 360 in November 2010, Microsoft drew back from it in later years to refocus its consoles more around traditional gaming.

When Microsoft began preparing for the launch of the Xbox One, the Kinect was first planned to be a required part of the console.

Despite being integral to the Xbox One experience initially, the Kinect has suffered quite the dramatic fall from grace, and Microsoft has finally confirmed that it's put the add-on camera out to pasture.

The technology behind the hardware has been adapted and improved in Microsoft's HoloLens, an augmented reality device, and in security functions that will allow users to unlock computers with scans of the user's face, The Verge reported.

While many gamers are probably thinking "it's about damn time", a Windows version of the Kinect is also used extensively by researchers for various research activities.

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For a trip down memory lane, check out our 2012 roundup of The Best Kinect Games.

Unfortunately, Kinect's pricing ($149.99 for the Xbox 360) and set of features didn't really go so well with a lot of consumers. See also: iPhone 8 front camera could get Kinect-style 3D skills. The Xbox One S launched in 2015 and the upcoming Xbox One X doesn't even have a dedicated port for the device.

Another road into the future starts with former-Microsoft Kinect team engineer Jonny Chung Lee. The device was eventually integrated for Windows PC and was included in the initial run of Xbox One consoles. It was May of 2014 that the Xbox One was re-released sans Kinect.

Many could label Microsoft Kinect as a failed product, but the truth is the hard work behind the accessory has helped the company develop many other products. If (for some reason) you're in the market for a Kinect, you may want to snatch one up now before they're all gone.

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