Microsoft will begin to phase out sales of its first Kinect for Windows hardware sensor. based on the hardware first released for the Xbox 360 Kinect add-on, sometime in 2015, in favor of the recently launched Kinect for Windows v2, based on the Xbox One version of the hardware.
The company celebrated the original Kinect for Windows device in a blog post today:
"The original Kinect for Windows sensor was a milestone achievement in the world of natural human computing. It allowed developers to create solutions that broke through the old barriers of mouse and keyboard interactions, opening up entirely new commercial experiences in multiple industries, including retail, education, healthcare, education, and manufacturing. The original Kinect let preschoolers play educational games by simply moving their arms; it coached patients through physical rehabilitation; it gave shoppers new ways to engage with merchandise and even try on clothes. The list of innovative solutions powered by the original Kinect for Windows goes on and on."
Today's announcement did not give an exact date for when sales of the first Kinect for Windows sensor will end.
Source: Kinect for Windows blog