Has it really been 17 years? The past, present, and future of the Xbox

From "DirectX Box" to "720," it's been a long, strange trip for Microsoft's Xbox gaming console. Here is what happened, from its odd beginnings to the rumored Scarlett console with streaming.

Xbox Off — Microsoft ends production of Kinect adapter for Xbox One

Hoping to attach an old Kinect to the new Xbox One X? That might be easier said than done. Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect Adapter, the accessory that allows the sensor to connect to the Xbox One S, Xbox One X, or Windows PC.

Kinect is discontinued, but developers haven’t abandoned it yet

Microsoft has stopped manufacturing its Kinect camera, but Virtual Air Guitar doesn't plan to stop developing games for it. Its latest project releases in December, with another on the way in 2018.

Once the future of gaming, Microsoft’s Kinect has been discontinued

Microsoft has discontinued Kinect for Xbox One. The peripheral originally launched with every new Xbox One console, but has been used by developers less frequently in recent years.
Smart Home

The Kinect finds a second life helping rehab patients heal at home

Reflexion Health wants to help rehab patients stick to their exercise regimens by using accountability and feedback via the Microsoft Kinect. It's called the VERA Solution, and patients seem to respond well to it.

Use your Kinect as a webcam thanks to a new update

Your Kinect just got a bit more connected. This weekend, Microsoft announced two major new updates to its popular sensor, making good on promises the company first made in May. Now, you can use the Kinect as a webcam.

Microsoft issues refunds for purchases tied to soon-to-be-defunct Xbox Fitness

Users on online gaming forum NeoGAF are reporting that Xbox is sending out emails with refunds for Xbox Fitness purchases. The service is set to shut down on June 30, 2017.
Emerging Tech

The Kinect might not make great games, but it makes great music videos

It's difficult to name more than a handful of half-way decent Kinect games, but now you can point to a music video as a great source of artistic beauty that's only possible because of the Xbox camera.
Smart Home

Swipe left for a blanket: Digital Hand uses Microsoft’s Kinect to design furniture

Created by industrial designer Nate Asis, the Digital Hand uses Microsoft's motion-sensing Kinect device to uniquely design home furniture. As of now, the project allows someone to design a table, plate, and blanket.
Emerging Tech

Microsoft Kinect camera helps assess symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients

Researchers at McGill University have created a motion-recognition algorithm that lets the Microsoft Kinect camera help evaluate walking abnormalities in patients with multiple sclerosis.
Health & Fitness

Microsoft shutting down Xbox Fitness service in 2017; no word on refunds

Microsoft announced that it will discontinue support for its Xbox Fitness service in 2017, permanently closing off access to its associated Xbox One app and rendering user-purchased content inoperable.

Grimes curates new exhibit that lets fans touch her song from the inside

Famed Canadian electronic musician Grimes has partnered with Microsoft for a special exhibit at this year's Moogfest, allowing fans to physically mold the sound of one of her singles.

Kinect developers face extinction following Microsoft Studios website update

Microsoft has removed many of its partnered development houses from the official Microsoft Studios website, suggesting that the company has more closures in mind following its recent shuttering of Lionhead and Press Play.

Kinect will be the only way to speak to Cortana on the Xbox One

If you're planning to use voice control to access Cortana on the upcoming Xbox One Dashboard update, then you're going to need a Kinect too, according to Microsoft's promotional material.

Calm down! Like dogs, the first Intel RealSense games can sense your fear

Intel's RealSense system not only senses gestures like Kinect, it can detect your pulse to read your emotions, opening the door for games that know when you're scared -- and respond accordingly.

Kinect for Windows is dead, long live Kinect for Windows

Microsoft has announced that while the Kinect will no longer be sold for Windows, developers don't have to worry about its availability for the platform thanks to an adapter that allows the Kinect for Xbox One to connect to Windows PCs.

Body Labs wants to create your virtual doppelganger, and bring it to life

Imagine scanning yourself into a videogame or virtual world. Think of the design possibilities for tailored goods and services if companies had a realistic 3D model of your body. We had a chat with Bill O’Farrell of Body Labs to find out…

Xbox One Kinect coming as a $150 standalone purchase in October 2014

Microsoft confirms that the Xbox One's Kinect camera sensor will be sold separately as a $150 package that includes Dance Central Spotlight, starting on October 7.