With almost 12 years gone since the Xbox 360 landed on the marketplace, support and features for the system are in a steady decline. Just recently EA announced a massive server shutdown
. Microsoft has even begun to disable their own first-party features — on Friday, July 28th it was announced that support for the Kinect Share feature has become officially disabled.
Kinect Share was a service that allowed gamers to share pictures, clips, awards and other accomplishments with other players. The feature also allowed players to connect to Facebook and share their content there. Unfortunately no advance warning was given — aside from players starting to notice
they were unable to connect to Share in certain games in the weeks and months prior — which would have allowed gamers to clean up any of the affected achievements. The service was closed on the very day Microsoft announced
This is a list of the games that were affected, which includes nearly the entire Fun Labs series
, Kinect Adventures
and more. Keep in mind some of these may have already been flagged as discontinued before this official announcement due to gamers reporting they were no longer obtainable. This is, however, a definitive list and we can now confirm the achievements are gone and will not be returning.
Update: As of this writing, users are currently still obtaining the Sharing is Caring achievement in Kinect Adventures
. While it may not be obtainable by uploading a photo, according to commenters, uploading a statue seems to be working for the time being.
Update: According to commenters, these achievements are still popping despite receiving error messages. It seems the act of attempting to share triggers the achievement even if nothing is actually able to be shared due to the service no longer being accessible. User Zalexzy
gives the advice to "Just click share, wait and ignore 'error' message and share 10 different awards."
For the record, Kinect Fun Labs: Mars Rover Landing
is the only Kinect Fun Labs game that is unaffected by the removal of Kinect Share. Other Kinect games, such as the Kinect Sports series
, utilized the Share feature but luckily do not possess any achievements for it.
Microsoft has also closed down KinectShare.com as well as the official Facebook page of Kinect Share. They signed off their announcement of Share's discontinuation with the affirmation that "we will continue to support Kinect on for Xbox One."