In a rather astonishing turn of evens, Microsoft is officially discontinuing Kinect.

A technology way ahead of its time, Kinect’s sophisticated motion-sensing hardware originally helped Microsoft set Xbox 360 apart from other rival gaming consoles.

The Windows maker confirmed to Fast Company today that manufacturing of the Kinect add-on has now shut down.

Microsoft will no longer produce it when retailers sell off their existing stock. The company will continue to support Kinect for customers on Xbox, but ongoing developer tools remain unclear.

Microsoft shared the news with Co.Design in exclusive interviews with Alex Kipman, creator of the Kinect, and Matthew Lapsen, GM of Xbox Devices Marketing.

Originally bundled with the Xbox 360 console before later being sold as an optional accessory, Kinect sold 35 million units since its debut in 2010. Like Apple’s TrueDepth camera, Kinect uses infrared cameras to detect faces and motion.

This is of interest to Apple fans because Kinect was based on advanced technology Microsoft licensed from PrimeSense, an Israeli startup Apple acquired for $345 million in late 2013.

PrimeSense know-how is thought to have enabled the Cupertino firm to engineer and build a tiny TrueDepth camera sensor powering Face ID and other 3D-sensing features of iPhone X.

Like Face ID, Kinect sprays the room with invisible infrared dots. Taking advantage of machine learning, Kinect’s infrared receiver measures the size of each dot as it lands on various objects, which allows it to map the user’s room in 3D space and track the human body.

It also includes microphones, allowing it to recognize a user’s voice. Microsoft even said future updates would enable the motion-sensing device to distinguish individual fingertips and understand complex hand movements, including sign language.

Still, Kinect’s core sensor lives on, powering Microsoft’s augmented reality HoloLens.

  • Starfall88

    My friends enjoy those Kinect games. It is good for a party.

  • Steve Harold

    So much potential wasted. I’d like to play games with my hands, just not my body, and based on what they described sitting and using hands would have been so feasible and fun. And using fingers and everything.

  • Rowan09

    I remember when they released the Xbox One with the Kinect camera and I told my friend who bragged about it they would drop the price of the system and get rid of the camera and he laughed. I’m not surprised they will stop making the Kinect, while it’s a great piece of hardware it’s a little expensive for just a hobby for hard core gamers. Most people won’t used the camera or even use it to its true potential. RIP Kinect.

  • Iskren Donev

    First Windows Phone and now Kinect… Microsoft is failing its consumer products one by one. I wouldn’t be surprised if in ten years’ time Microsoft completely transitions into a cloud provider with Azure at its heart.

  • yoshstreetbgr

    I remember when they released the Xbox One with the Kinect camera and I told my friend who bragged about it they would drop the price of the system and get rid of the camera and he laughed. I’m not surprised they will stop making the Kinect, while it’s a great piece of hardware it’s a little expensive for just a hobby for hard core gamers. Most people won’t used the camera or even use it to its true potential. RIP Kinect.

  • Chris Roach

    My kinect has been boxed up for 2 years. Good gimmick but unless you play dance games it’s completely un necessary.