Xbox One S Kinect Port Omission Explained By Microsoft

But they still won’t discuss whether or not it will be on the Xbox One Scorpio.

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


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When Microsoft announced the Xbox One S this E3, it truly seemed to be the definitive version of their newest console, at least until Scorpio comes around and completely rethinks it from the ground up. And it would have been, too… except for one omission.

Look, a lot of us may not care for the Kinect, and Microsoft may have over time completely reduced any use that it might have had, to the point of all but officially dropping support for it, but it definitely is a feature on the Xbox One, and its omission from any Xbox model is troubling. And yet, here was the Xbox One S, which lacked a port to hook up a Kinect entirely. I mean, true, there was an adapter that you could use if you were so inclined, but the fact of the matter was, this seemed to be another nail in Kinect’s coffin, which at this point is full of nails that Spencer has hammered in over the last few years.

In a statement issued to GameHeadQuarters, Microsoft explained their reasoning for omitting the Kinect port. “We wanted to make the Xbox One S as small as possible, something that all our fans will appreciate,” they said. “To create the slimmest form factor and include an internal power supply, we made the decision to remove the Kinect port. Kinect for Xbox One will still be compatible with Xbox One S via the Xbox Kinect Adapter and the experience will not change due to the connection. For fans that currently own a Kinect for Xbox One, we are offering a free Xbox Kinect Adapter to use with Xbox One S.”

That free adapter is definitely much appreciated, and a very nice gesture on Microsoft’s part- but hey, since the Scorpio will definitely be a bigger console (what with it being the world’s most powerful console and all), maybe it will have a port for the Kinect, right? But Microsoft weren’t willing to commit to that yet.

“We have nothing further to share [about a Kinect port on Scorpio] at this time,” they said.

The Xbox One S is due to launch later this year, while the Xbox One Scorpio will be releasing Holiday 2017.


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  • Mike Greenway

    Kinect ‘Mountain from Mole’ stuff not withstanding, the Kinect still works with the free adaptor and those that don’t want Kinect don’t have to pay for a dedicated port they don’t use. this is the right way to do it.

  • Dotcum22

    Why still discuss about this I haven’t seen anybody complain that it will be missing on the slim version.

    • Doggystyle

      LOL. Hilariousness.

    • Dotcum22

      What exactly? That I don’t care for a feature I and I think most x1 owners never used.

    • kee1haul

      Trying to get a headline for some reason…

  • Doggystyle

    Kinect is being fazed out. It is being silently swept under the rug. They knew all along that the Kinect was a $150 scam, just like the Elite controller is a $150 scam.

    You never needed a $150 Kinect camera for simple voice commands, but MS somehow managed to convince Xbox loving idiots everywhere to defend themselves constantly getting screwed over by MS.

    “Xbox on” (stupid people)

    “Xbox ON” (really stupid people)

    “XBOX ON!” (omg freakin god)

    “EX BOX ON!!!” (omg. what an idiot. would you look at this idiot? I don’t even know why I even came over to his house now.)

  • wookietim

    That doesn’t make sense… It’s not like the Xbox One slim is so tiny that they just had to drop a single port from it. It’s still roughly the size of a DVD player – more than roomy enough to have the port.

  • hiawa23

    MS really did not need to say anything to the haters. The goal was to make the console as small as possible, whatever reason, MS, deemed for removing it, who cares, they offer a free adapter, so what is the problem? I love my kinect and use it for everything, but they offer an adapter so why is this even a story, other than to question or bash MS.

    • Doggystyle

      ‘why is this even a story, other than to question or bash MS.’

      Those are both good enough reasons. Why complain? If you don’t like what you’re reading, you could either move on, or pluck thine eyes out. You’re not obligated to defend MS in these comment sections, but the article’s author still has the right to report about what is happening in the gaming industry, and question Microsoft’s intentions.

  • Eugene

    So I think Microsoft is going to introduce a newer version of the Kinect for the Scorpio. It will be smaller with better resolution (4k) and it may be wireless with Bluetooth. Recorder video was what the Kinect did best.

    • kee1haul

      Not a chance. Current model will still be compatible, but this experiment is over.


 

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