Microsoft Suspending HoloLens Launch Plans Because of Kinect’s Failure

‘The Kinect was not a pleasant experience.’

Posted By | On 24th, Feb. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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In 2010, Microsoft launched the Kinect for the Xbox 360- the Kinect went on to have an enormously successful launch, selling 10 million units worldwide in just 60 days. So successful was Kinect, in fact, that it informed the direction of Microsoft’s first party efforts, as well as the development of the Xbox One console, which was originally supposed to be inextricably tied to the usage of the new Kinect.

But Kinect ultimately fizzled out- sales slowed to a halt, games stopped coming in, as developer realized that it was cool technology ultimately unsuited to games, and consumers roundly rejected the Xbox One with its Kinect trappings, leading Microsoft to decouple the console from the camera in an attempt to boost sales.

Perhaps afraid of having a repeat of something like this, Microsoft will be suspending launch plans for a consumer version of HoloLens, their next new exciting piece of technology, until they feel it, and consumers, are ‘ready.’

“When I feel the world is ready, then we will allow normal people to buy it,” Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said on Thursday, speaking to reporters at the TED conference in Vancouver, reports Re/Code. “It could be as soon as we say ‘yes,’ and it could be as long as a ‘very long time.’”

Kipman went on to explain Microsoft’s reasoning for this decision. “If a consumer bought it today, they would have 12 things to do with it,” he said. “And they would say ‘Cool, I bought a $3,000 product that I can do 12 things with and now it is collecting dust.’”

$3,000 is, of course, the price of the HoloLens dev kit at the moment.

Kipman’s words recall the kind of problem that Kinect had- where it was expensive new technology that sold itself on some gee whiz technical wizardry, but then had no real practical applications. That is exactly the scenario that Microsoft wants to avoid this time around.

“[The Kinect] was not a pleasant experience,” Kipman said. “It was just not ready to go sell 10 million units in 60 days, which is what it did.”

It seems like a sensible decision, but I am still bummed- what we have seen of HoloLens looks extremely cool, limitations and all. Hopefully it is released to consumers sooner rather than later.


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  • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

    We have asked them not to release it and let Sony recover though VR sales more.

    Kinect wasn’t a failure, we wanted it at launch.
    More people choose it over the Sony eye, with 100% of people wanting it with thesystem for the first 2 years.
    Sony eye was close to 3.9% LOL

    Then we decided didn’t want Kinect TV media system anymore and asked Phil to take over and make games for us now. They listerned and we had a game system now with more unlocking to come.

    +12 and we stand stronger

    • Doggystyle

      LOL. FAIL. FAIL FAIL.

    • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

      Yeah ,LOL Sony eye has been an #epic fail

    • Mark

      Ahahaa. He’s always trolling like this dude. But he’s good at it imo lol

    • Truth™

      Much like the PSVR, Wonderbook and Dildo controllers

      Console cucks. lol

    • Mark

      +10

    • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

      We aren;’t using DX10 now.
      +12 only

  • Mr Xrat

    Unsurprising considering how much of a total failure Kinect was. HoloLens isn’t up to much either, and won’t be for many years.

    • efnet

      lol jesus how many names do you have lol

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    • One With Shadows

      It’s not that funny.

    • Truth™

      Going to be amazing watching PSVR be a total flop when Sony tries to shill their low rez VR headset with no games at E3. Wonderbook 2.0

      Even LG and Samsung’s mobile VR is higher resolution and with better displays. At least Vive and Rift are doing it right and the price will come down in the next gen. You should just quit claiming PSVR has any hope and get back to defending why Uncharted 4 got downgraded for the third time 🙂

  • One With Shadows

    MS has become so indecisive about what they want to do this gen its pathetic! I mean Bill Gates must be rolling over in his retirement!

  • textomatic

    This is actually good news. Those that have tried it have the common complaint that the field of view is too small and a consumer version would have probably come to market at a very high entry price. Putting it on hold gives Microsoft time to see how the market reacts to this year’s VR trend and lets them improve their AR product for a better consumer experience and hopefully a lower price.


 

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