Microsoft has stopped making Kinect sensors seven years after releasing its first model in 2010.
Microsoft officials confirmed to Fast Co Design on October 25 that manufacturing of Kinect has officially shut down. Microsoft officials said they've sold about 35 million units of the device. Microsoft will continue to support those who've purchased the device but the Kinect software development kit will likely no longer be refreshed, officials said.
Microsoft officials say the core sensor in the Kinect will live on in side the HoloLens. Microsoft decided last year to drop a planned 2017 refresh to its HoloLens goggles, and instead emphasized the company's Mixed Reality software and third-party mixed (virtual) reality headsets.
Microsoft is working on a next-generation HoloLens device, however, and has been touting the "AI" coprocessor inside of it. Microsoft officials haven't said when the next HoloLens will debut but it could be late 2018 or even 2019, sources have said.