Production of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor has now ceased. Coming some nine months after the $200 PC-compatible variant of Xbox One's powerful motion-sensing camera first began shipping, Microsoft says the move is designed to allow it to “consolidate the whole Kinect for Windows experience around a single sensor": the $150 Kinect for Xbox Onecamera.
It was only a matter of time before the original Kinect for Windows sensor would be set aside once Microsoft had released the Kinect for Windows v2. The new device was released in October and now Microsoft has announced that it is discontinuing the original Kinect for Windows in 2015.
Have you ever been browsing through your Windows Media Center library, stopped on your significant other's stockpile of Jersey Shore episodes, and wave your hands dismissively before continuing on to Netflix? Some new tech lets that disgusted gesture alone speed you away from Snooki's yawn-inducing antics. The straightforwardly named "Kinect for Media Center" software taps into Kinect for Windows and adds both voice and gesture controls to your Media Center browsing experience.