They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that may be true. But, that also means that we get some shameless spinoffs, clones, and other words that define stealing an idea to try and make it your own. When Nintendo brought the Wii into existence, no one thought motion controls would be popular. Except they were, and Nintendo dominated the market because of it. This prompted Sony and Microsoft to make their own versions of motion controls. Sony made the Move, and Microsoft made the Kinect.
While Sony’s was literally a ripoff of the Wiimote, Microsoft tried to go bigger and better with Kinect. For not only did it have a camera to sense all your movements, you could use it to control every aspect of your Xbox 360. And they even brought it over to the Xbox One when it launched. However, though it had potential, it was never fully realized, and now, one of the key accessories for the Kinect has been discontinued by Microsoft.
Originally, the Kinect was attached to the Xbox One at launch, but fans didn’t like that at all. So, Microsoft made an adapter so that those who had a Kinect could attach it to the Xbox One. But that was popular either, and now, a representative at Microsoft has told Polygon that they’re discontinuing the adapter:
“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.”
More than likely, the adapter wasn’t producing enough sales to make the adapter profitable. Not surprising as the Kinect was never a very good gaming peripheral. Developers had to work hard to make it register every move. And while games like Just Dance worked perfectly on it, many other titles failed to make even decent use of it. Sorry Microsoft, you tried at least.