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The Kinect Is Officially Dead

Jack Gardner



Remember the bright future of motion controlled gaming painted by Microsoft? It doesn't seem like it will be coming to fruition any time soon. In an interview with Co.Design, Alex Kipman, the creator of the Kinect, revealed that manufacturing of the Xbox 360/One accessory has shut down. Stores will be selling off their remaining stock of Kinects and that will be that for the device once heralded as the future of video games. 


After being introduced to the world in 2010, the device has sold over 35 million units. Despite an array of features and abilities, not many developers were ready to trust to the device for their games anything more than gimmicks like voice control or simple gesture recognition. In fact, the biggest success for the Kinect seems to have been outside of gaming in academia for the purposes of research and development of new technologies and techniques. 


What do you think? Was the Kinect too ahead of its time or was it simply a good idea that never really worked as well as it was supposed to?

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