Xbox One X won’t be getting a free Kinect Adaptor, according to Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg. Via Twitter, he confirmed that Xbox One X users won’t get a free Kinect Adaptor. The Kinect Sensor has been a failure since 2013 and failed to reach a notable install base.
Since the install base is small, developers never supported Kinect nor did Microsoft. It makes sense why Microsoft isn’t pushing Kinect with Xbox One X.
The console is releasing in November for $499 and brings 4K Gaming to console gaming. Kinect is nowhere to be seen which means no hardware will be spying on you out of the box. Speaking of the box, Xbox One X is the smallest Xbox ever made and “with 6 Teraflops, 326GB/s of Memory Bandwidth and advanced, custom silicon, the Scorpio Engine is the world’s most powerful console gaming processor.”
We provided free adapters for a good part of last year following X1S launch, but that program has ended.
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) September 30, 2017
Kinect needed games and developer support but as far as the console itself is concerned, developers are liking what they see. Some even call it “truly incredible.” According to Sledgehammer Games:
The new generation of consoles is truly incredible. Each year, our technology and techniques are evolving, just as the new hardware evolves. This opens the door for more innovation, and more immersive experiences. From our new physics system, new AI system, new lighting and rendering techniques, and new audio features, we’re able to do so much more than we’ve ever been able to before.
Xbox One X is expected to sell 4 million units by 2018.
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