Xbox One Kinect Adapter Discontinued by Microsoft, Prices Skyrocket

For those who bought an Xbox One X or an Xbox One S, if you’re still hoping to get a free adapter for the Kinect, you’re out of luck. Microsoft has ended its free USB adapter program for the Xbox One.

Not only that, but Microsoft is discontinuing the manufacturing of the Kinect adapter! This means that those who want to own an Xbox One S or an Xbox One X and wants a Kinect connected to it, must either find a retailer that has a few stocks left, or check online for second-hand units.

Here’s what Microsoft had to say regarding the Kinect adapter situation.

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.

As one might expect, would-be entrepreneurs have already posted their Kinect adapters for exorbitant prices. Over on eBay, people are listing it for $199 and above, with some even going past the $230 mark.

This means the Kinect experiment is now officially over — at least for the Xbox One. Mind, it’s to be expected especially when Microsoft stopped bundling the device with the Xbox One S. And to think we all thought this was the future of gaming back then, no?

My take? Don’t splurge a few hundred bucks on something trivial as this. If you haven’t been using it before, I doubt you’ll be using it now. Don’t cave in to scalpers since there’s a lot of better stuff to splurge money on.

Will you be posting your Xbox One Kinect adapter online to get some cash for something that’s no doubt sitting in your closet? Or are you still using it even today?

Source: Polygon, ComicBook

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