Whether Microsoft’s Xbox One S console is a necessary product is up for debate. However, it is the sleekest console the company has made, 40% smaller than the original Xbox One. Microsoft solved some issues, such as placing the power supply within the unit, but these changes came at a compromise. The company removed the Kinect port.
Sure, Kinect was sold as an indispensable piece of the original Xbox One puzzle. It is a love it or hate it piece of hardware that was not quite as important after-all. Redmond started offering the Xbox One without the motion and voice sensor quickly after launch.
But what about the users who actually like Kinect and want to use the motion sensor on their Xbox One S? Well, Microsoft has them covered. A new Xbox Kinect Adapter plugs into the console via the USB port, and Microsoft has made it available for pre-order today.
- “Experience the convenience and versatility of the Xbox One Kinect Sensor on your Xbox One S or Windows PC
- Play games where you are the controller on Xbox One S and instantly capture screenshots or game clips
- Connect to a Windows PC via USB 3.0 and craft experiences that are more natural, personal and engaging
- Advanced skeletal tracking and enhanced noise isolation
- Wider field of view with the 1080p HD camera”
If you are upgrading from the original Xbox One and already have Kinect, then Microsoft will give you a free Xbox Kinect Adapter. This little adapter also works with Windows PC too, so you can hook up the sensor to your computer.