One Million Kinects Sold in Just Ten Days

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One Million Kinects Sold in Just Ten Days

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Microsoft has sold one million Kinect units in just ten days and says that sales are on track to meet its goal of moving at least five million by the end of the year.

Microsoft said all the way back in September that Kinect would be the "biggest platform launch ever" and predicted sales of three million units over the holiday season. Then in November, it upped the ante even further, projecting holiday sales of five million units. It was a bold statement, but one that also appears to have some merit.

Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, announced earlier today that one million Kinects had been sold worldwide just ten days after it hit store shelves in North America. "This is a great start to the holiday season, and we will continue to work with our retailer partners to keep pace with high demand and deliver against our plan to sell more than 5 million Kinect sensors worldwide by the end of this year," he said.

GameStop Senior Vice President of Merchandise and Marketing recently predicted that Kinect would outsell the PlayStation Move over the holidays, even though Move came out nearly two months before Kinect. Sony announced in October that it had sold roughly 2.5 million Move controllers in North America and Europe, a very respectable number in its own right, but had taken a month to do so.

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That's not a bad number honestly. Its nothing major sure, but for a console add-on that was a major risk, it isn't bad. But it doesn't matter how fast you run out of the box, but how fast you finish. Move and Kinect still have a long way to go.

Like I've said before, I'm torn between wanting Kinect to succeed and fail.

One part of me wants it to succeed on it's technical merit. Kinect is a very interesting piece of technology that has many potential possibilities hidden within it.

However, another part of me (the fanboy part I guess?) wants Kinect to fail just to tell Microsoft to shove it. They really have no idea how they're approaching the Kinect, with few if any "hardcore" games being announced, let alone released for it, and aren't pushing the true potential of the hardware.

Regardless, I guess I'll just conglaturate Microsoft for this. A million in 10 days is nothing to scoff at, so let's see if they'll hit that 5 million.

So far I'm having fun with it. If the hardcores wanna cry about it, Dance Central is every bit as hardcore as any FPS.

maddawg IAJI:
That's not a bad number honestly. Its nothing major sure, but for a console add-on that was a major risk, it isn't bad. But it doesn't matter how fast you run out of the box, but how fast you finish. Move and Kinect still have a long way to go.

It's not bad? Are you serious? It's insanely good! Keep in mind here those things have OVER 100% MARK UP!

Microsoft is making a mint.....actually, more like 100 mints.

NOOOOO!!! If people buy it, it wont go away! Crap!

Well you have to take into account the one million in one week is most likely a. people who want it asap and b. parents buying it for kids for the holidays.

I would expect the sales of the kinect to come close to that of the PS move after one month.

A million? That's hard to believe.

I see a lot more plastic paperweights coming soon to living rooms all over the world. Just like the Wii, except now in black.

World, I am disappoint.

I would've gotten kinect just for dance central but $150 just for the kinect is too much to warrant just a one game purcase... I would've loved to play that game drunk with friends!

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I wanted it to fail so badly!

bismarck55:
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I wanted it to fail so badly!

I did too.

This is just the wrong direction for games to go in. And since this is a raving success, no doubt everyone is going to copy this abomination and continue this awful trend of waving your body all over the place to play games.

Good job Microsoft. Maybe Kinect has real sales potential.

Still not gonna buy one, because I have no interest in the software... yet. Maybe now that sales are good we're gonna see some more interesting titles coming out for it.

This is going to be a lot more interesting than I thought.

It's an impressive piece of hardware.

Congrats Microsoft, let us all laugh at the nonbelievers.

It will be just like the Wii's all those people bought now gathering dust.

God damnit.

Now they are gonna think its necessary to put in popular genres like CoD and Halo.

They are already selling on Amazon for no less then $195. Expect this to be a hot item especially if they use scarcity marketing it like the Wii did its first year.

Considering picking up several units for resale.

Shouldn't that headline read, "One Million Kinects Broken in Just Ten Days"?

Sober Thal:
It's an impressive piece of hardware.

Congrats Microsoft, let us all laugh at the nonbelievers.

No it's not. it's Eye-Toy deluxe.

Move, get out the way!

Well, I wish I had one, Dance Central is awesome. I would go as far as saying it's "Hella Good."

Some of the stuff people are doing with it on PC is pretty cool.


I'd say it's not just an "Eye Toy Deluxe."

Well I've always said I'd rather like something then hate something, its more fun to enjoy things then it is to be angered by them after all. Who knows, maybe I'll give Kinect a try, I can't see it being used for hardcore stuff, but not all Casual is bad. I mean hell look at Tetris.

bismarck55:

Sober Thal:
It's an impressive piece of hardware.

Congrats Microsoft, let us all laugh at the nonbelievers.

No it's not. it's Eye-Toy deluxe.

What's an Eye-Toy?

NONBELIEVER!!!!

HAHAHA!

Seriously tho, it's still impressive, 1 million in 10 days, do the math.

DynamicPenguin:
Well I've always said I'd rather like something then hate something, its more fun to enjoy things then it is to be angered by them after all. Who knows, maybe I'll give Kinect a try, I can't see it being used for hardcore stuff, but not all Casual is bad. I mean hell look at Tetris.

Dude, trust me, when playing with friends, Tetris can get pretty hardcore, especially if it's Tetris DS.

Sober Thal:

bismarck55:

Sober Thal:
It's an impressive piece of hardware.

Congrats Microsoft, let us all laugh at the nonbelievers.

No it's not. it's Eye-Toy deluxe.

What's an Eye-Toy?

NONBELIEVER!!!!

HAHAHA!

Seriously tho, it's still impressive, 1 million in 10 days, do the math.

Wow, I'm 16 and I know what an eye-toy is... Now I feel old... Also, 1 million in 10 days is like 100,000 a day. In the grand scheme of things, it's not that much.

I hope to God this piece of garbage crashes and burns. The less motion control crap we have to deal with, the better if you ask me.

Responses that I was expecting before reading the comments.

*cough*

"Why are people so dumb for buying this piece of turd!? Don't people see how terrible it is? It deservers to be left on shelfs to rot along side COD: Black Ops and Halo: Reach! People are so dumb!"

It looks like that my prediction was correct.

*edited for a sourpuss*

bl4ckh4wk64:

Sober Thal:

bismarck55:

1 million in 10 days is like 100,000 a day. In the grand scheme of things, it's not that much.

I guess we agree to disagree. Good day sir.

Tdc2182:
God damnit.

Now they are gonna think its necessary to put in popular genres like CoD and Halo.

God forbid Valve jumps on this train of thought.

"Half Life 3, Move edition"

OT: Well it sure looks like we're in for a lot of terrible games. Damn.

*looks at controller*

I'm just going to keep living in 2005.

Good for them.
I'll stick with my controller, but really, I'm curious to see a combination of Kinect and controller.
(It was mentioned somewhere, perhaps in the news section?)

I don't buy it. I don't know anyone who has bought a Kinect, and THEY don't know anyone who has bought a Kinect.

Call me paranoid, but I think Microsoft is just covering their little mistake.

What the hell aren't we in the middle of a recession and all that.
Ok fine I guess if the Kinect and move did fail it would be a huge blow for the industry. I'll just hope it's made to get the casual people in and that they won't make hardcore games exclusive to it.

[quote="Jumplion" post="7.245225.8957304"
However, another part of me (the fanboy part I guess?) wants Kinect to fail just to tell Microsoft to shove it. They really have no idea how they're approaching the Kinect, with few if any "hardcore" games being announced, let alone released for it, and aren't pushing the true potential of the hardware.[/quote]

Actually, I would say that the lack of a large number of hardcore titles announced so far shows that MS knows exactly how they are approaching Kinect. It may not be scratching your particular itch, but by focusing on simpler, family fun style games instead of shoving Kinect support into every 360 title that gets shipped out MS is obviously focusing on both expanding the 360 player base and showing off what Kinect does best right now. Once developers have had more time to focus on integrating Kinect properly into more standard game types then I don't doubt MS will begin a real "Kinect for hardcore gaming" push.

I would guess we're going to see the reveal of a hardcore Kinect in the spring and wide Kinect support in more traditional games will be the focus of next year's E3. It will be interesting to see at that point just how well Kinect does handle more hardcore ideas, success or failure.

Fills me with glee to see the luddites crying about its success. I feel like writing a series on where next gen gaming is gonna go perhaps after finals. Motion and 3d are where its going btw lol.

That thing's selling faster than hot cakes.

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