Microsoft added the Kinect motion capture and voice sensor into every Xbox One console when it first launched in November 2013. Less than six months later, the company decided to offer the console without the Kinect sensor, making it an optional add-on device. Now, Mike Nichols, the head of marketing for Microsoft's Xbox division, says that the "vast majority" of Xbox One owners who also have the Kinect sensor are still using it on a daily basis.
In a chat with Polygon, Nichols stated:
"I can say that the people with Kinect still make up a very, very sizable portion and that those people do use it quite frequently. Less for games, but a lot more for biometric sign-in and user interface."
Nichols would not reveal exactly how many Xbox One owners still have the Kinect sensor, and he also would not comment if there were any upcoming games that will use the add-on. As previously reported, Kinect will be required to use Cortana when the digital assistant is officially added to the Xbox One in 2016.