The Kinect certainly has momentum behind it. Today, Microsoft announced that it has sold one million of the video game peripherals in only 10 days. If this pace keeps up, it is on course to easily break its holiday sales projections of five million. It did not, however, provide any details on how the units were sold. Customers can buy the $150 Kinect add-on camera alone or as part of a bundle with the Xbox 360. Still, it is unlikely that the PlayStation Move or Wii have sold a million units in the last 10 days. A win is a win is a win for the Redmond company, and Kinect appears to be a win.
Dennis Durkin, corporate VP and chief operating and financial officer of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, said that units are being sold as fast as they can be manufactured, according to CNET. Microsoft is spending $500 million to advertise the new device over the holidays.
Microsoft’s Kinect allows users to play games without any controller at all using a unique combination of cameras to accurately detect depth and movement. The experience is Microsoft’s answer to the Nintendo Wii. Sony, for its part, launched it’s own Wii-like motion wand, PlayStation Move, this fall. Not sure who to root for? We’ve got a full comparison between Move and Kinect, and reviews of the Kinect and its launch games.
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