Even so, you can still pick up an Xbox One console with a Kinect in a special $400 bundle with three games — even though most gamers agree that there's no great reason to own one, now that most of the support has dried up and extremely few new Kinect games are coming out.
Late last week, Xbox Community Manager Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb reaffirmed Microsoft's support for the unloved peripheral in a comment to GamesIndustry.biz on the holiday Kinect sales.
"Kinect sensor owners are regularly among those reporting the highest level of customer satisfaction. We are also continuing to invest in Kinect, and are looking forward to launching the Cortana personal assistant on Xbox One in 2016," Hryb told the site.
Still, it seems like a pretty flimsy reason to buy an Xbox One with the pricey Kinect accessory, especially since Cortana will also work with the more standard microphones that plug into the Xbox's controllers for online multiplayer voice chat.
Otherwise, Kinect's best uses are for gimmicks like saying "Xbox, pause" while watching Netflix. And if Hryb's comment refers to other kinds of support, like, say, new Kinect games from Microsoft itself, they haven't been announced yet.
Regardless, you'll be able to buy the Kinect by itself for a limited time price of $100 (down from $150), or that bundle with the console and three downloadable Kinect games — Kinect Sports Rivals, Dancc Central Spotlight, and Zoo Tycon — for $400, down from $500.