Microsoft has final­ly decid­ed to put the Kinect up on the chop­ping block, 7 years after its ini­tial release back in 2010. With­in that time peri­od it has sold over 35 mil­lion units, count­ing both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One ver­sions. It will no longer be man­u­fac­tured and any retail­er left with this mer­chan­dise will have the last of its kind to sell.

This news came direct from the cre­ator of the Kinect, Alex Kip­man, and Xbox Devices Mar­ket­ing GM, Matthew Lapsen in a intri­cate inter­view with Fast Com­pa­ny. Kinect sup­port will con­tin­ue, for now, but don’t expect sup­port indef­i­nite­ly.

Microsoft Finally Decided to Stop Making the Kinect

The Kinect was orig­i­nal­ly launch half-way through the life cycle of the Xbox 360. It sold mil­lions of units, prompt­ing Microsoft to include the Kinect with every Xbox One they pack­aged, sky­rock­et­ing the price to $500 at its launch. For obvi­ous rea­sons, the Kinect became an option­al choice lat­er on, instead of a forced deci­sion. This was an attempt to brings sales down to com­pete with the PS4 (which is still ahead, for now).

Microsoft Finally Decided to Stop Making the Kinect

It should have been very clear that the Kinect was being pushed out when the Xbox One S was built with­out the prop­er port to use the Kinect. Hav­ing to use an adapter if you want­ed to use the Kinect. The Xbox One X shares the same anti-Kinect agen­da, so this shouldn’t have been a sur­prise.