Microsoft has confirmed that its Kinect device will not be natively supported by the upcoming Xbox One S console. With no outlet to plug the Kinect directly into, owners will have to seek out a USB adapter if they wish to use it with the new model.
General Manager of Marketing for Xbox Devices Matt Lapsen stated through the Xbox Wire that this was done to keep the size down.
In order to make the Xbox One S as compact as possible and make all of these updates, we removed the dedicated Kinect port from the back.
Microsoft will be offering the $49.99 adapter for free, but only to those who have an Xbox One and Kinect when the new model launches. Those who meet the requirements can register on the official website.