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Microsoft has officially stopped manufacturing and selling the Kinect for Windows peripheral. Instead, it's consolidating its effort into the Xbox One version and selling a PC adapter alongside it.
Kinect apps are now available to download straight from the Windows Store. Microsoft is hoping that this will help developers and boost adoption of the motion-tracking peripheral.
With $50 off, you'll be able to buy the Xbox One with Kinect for $449, in a limited-time promotion available at Microsoft Stores and major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Microsoft has announced that it will stop selling the first version of Kinect for Windows in 2015, to push the second generation which supports the latest SDK and many more features.
Coinciding with the launch of its festive ad campaign, UK retailer John Lewis teamed up with Microsoft to create a 'Magical Toy Machine' for kids to interact with 3D versions of their favourite toys.
Microsoft has announced a new adapter that will let you use your Xbox One Kinect with your PC, which may give the peripheral a bit more life since the device is no longer bundled with the console.
A proof of concept project from Microsoft Research shows how the Kinect can be used along with projectors to make any room an interactive display experience.
Every so often, we see Microsoft build projects that are not necessarily for sale but to show what can be done when barriers are knocked down; the Cube is an art project with a lot of cool technology.
Microsoft has announced three holiday bundles aimed at enticing potential Xbox 360 customers. The bundles all retail at $249 and contain various games, console colours, Xbox Live Gold access and more
If you bought an Xbox One and it didn't come with Kinect but you would still like to buy the sensor, you can do so in October - it will set you back $149 but does come with a free game.
A team inside of Microsoft Studios has rebranded itself as the "Leap Experience Pioneers". The LXP team is believed to be an in-house game development studio working on future Kinect projects.
You can now create a more realistic 3D model of yourself that can be inserted into games, using software designed to take advantage of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows v2 motion tracking sensor.
A Microsoft Research team has managed to transform cameras, including a regular webcam and a smartphone shooter, into depth-sensing, Kinect-like devices. It may be a glimpse into the near future.
Xbox One sales have "really improved in the past weeks and months" according to Xbox UK marketing director Harvey Eagle, although just how great that improvement has been remains unclear.
Some of us take it for granted, but technology can genuinely help to improve quality of life. For one man, paralysed from the neck down, a Surface Pro and Xbox One have given him the freedom to more.
In the wake of Microsoft announcing that the Xbox One could be purchased without the Kinect hardware, GameStop has revealed a trade-in deal for users who no longer want to use the accessory.
Oculus, the virtual reality headset maker, is set to acquire the award-winning Carbon Design Team, which helped design numerous Microsoft products including the Xbox 360 controller and Kinect.
Microsoft's move to free up resources reserved for Kinect, seems to have caused some confusion among users. Despite what you may have heard, removing the peripheral doesn't help performance at all.
Microsoft believes that the Kinect for the Xbox One offers a premium experience and is not giving up on the peripheral that has an install base of several million units.
The recent horsepower upgrade Microsoft provided to developers by giving them access to the Xbox One's Kinect reserves won't impact system voice commands such as "Xbox, record that."
Microsoft may be in our heads, but they won't be selling tech that's on our heads. Not yet anyway, shelving plans for virtual reality glasses due to patent restrictions within Kinect's technology.
Commands spoken in Microsoft's TV ads for the Xbox One are activating consoles in users' homes again, with the latest ad, which features Aaron Paul saying "Xbox, On", switching on their devices.
Microsoft's E3 2014 press conference was all about games but one thing that was not given a starring role was the Kinect add-on for the Xbox One and it appears the device is no longer a focus.
Microsoft is developing new 3D touch and gesture support for Windows Phone, taking touch sensitivity beyond the display. This feature will launch exclusively on its upcoming Lumia flagship this year.
Microsoft has begun selling its Kinect-free Xbox One, after first announcing plans to do so last month. The stand-alone console is now available for only $399, on par with its competitor, Sony's PS4.
Microsoft has announced that Kinect for Windows v2 is now available for pre-order in 22 markets, priced at $199 in the US. Delivery will begin on July 15, 2014, but supplies of the device are limited.
Walmart is currently selling the Xbox One with Kinect for its normal price of $499 with a free digital download of Forza Motorsport 5 and a free extra game on disc from a list of 18 titles.
Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will launch in Japan on September 4th, with the console selling without the Kinect add-on for 9,980 yen ($392) or with the sensor for 49,980 yen ($490).
GameStop president Tony Bartel said today the retailer has seen a "stronger demand" for Microsoft's Xbox One console since the announcement of the Kinect-less version for $399.
Microsoft's Carl Ledbetter, who lead the design team behind the Xbox One, stated in a new interview the group toyed with, and then abandoned, an idea of putting the Kinect sensor inside the console.
Microsoft can easily blame consumers for not wanting to pay an $500 for an Xbox One with Kinect when the PlayStation 4 costs just $400, but the problem is Microsoft's lack of support for the sensor.
Microsoft studio Rare, developer of "Kinect Sport Rivals," has laid people off due to disappointing sales of its new game. This comes at the same time as Kinect's future has become uncertain.
Microsoft Xbox leader Phil Spencer says their UK-based developer Rare, which has made Kinect exclusive titles for the past few years, is "evaluating what they want to do next".
Microsoft sold only 115,000 consoles in the US according to the NPD numbers and this could be a big reason why the company has de-bundled Kinect from the console.
The idea to bundle the Kinect sensor with every Xbox One console was a strategy that ultimately didn't work and Microsoft's move to fix that also removes the legacy of Don Mattrick's poor decision.
Microsoft's Xbox marketing lead Yusuf Mehdi said in a new interview future updates for the Xbox One will help users navigate on the console better with the controller and without the Kinect sensor.
Microsoft will release a version of its new Xbox One console without the Kinect sensor for $399 on June 9, the company has announced. Previously, Microsoft said it wouldn't unbundle the sensor.
A new forecast from research firm IDC predicts Microsoft will unbundle the Kinect add-on from its Xbox One console sometime in 2015, even though Microsoft claims that will never happen.
A newly revealed company called Nod is taking pre-orders for a motion gesture device that centers on a ring-like gadget that lets the user control Windows, Android, iOS and more with finger movements.
Microsoft has started rolling out the latest Xbox One system update for all current owners of the console, with a number of improvents and additions such as friend notifications and more.
Microsoft has revealed the final look of the hardware sensor for its Kinect for Windows v2 product, which is based on the Xbox One Kinect sensor and camera device.
Microsoft will help launch its long awaited Xbox One game Kinect Sports Rivals with a global online tournament that will offer the grand prize winner $10,000 and a choice of trips.
Microsoft has said it will release a preview of the next Xbox One update "in the next few days", with improvements promised for Kinect, notifications, video playback, call audio, and more.
Microsoft has filed a new trademark for "LXP" which has since been discovered to stand for Leap Experience Pioneers, a game studio recently named by the company.
According to new documents from Edward Snowden, the GCHQ explored the Kinect's potential for spying on its targets.
A BBC insider claims that issues with Kinect have been plaguing the development of an iPlayer app for the Xbox One, and accuses Microsoft of offering little assistance to help resolve the problems.
Microsoft has long implied that Kinect is a big part of its console's future, but its strategy with the device dictates otherwise. Can the rumored "Cortana" digital assistant change that?
Microsoft has announced it now has 500 additional Kinect for Windows v2 developer preview kits for purchase at $399, allowing more people access to the hardware and software.
A new rumor claims that Alex Kipman, Microsoft's general manager of Xbox incubation projects, is leading a team to create new wearable products that run on Windows.