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Kinect for Xbox 360 and Playstation Move  (Source: digitaltrends.com)
The company's original target was 5 million

In the first 60 days since its launch, Microsoft sold over 8 million Xbox Kinect's, which not only surpassed the company's own target, but also trumped the sales of Sony's competing system, Playstation Move, by about 4 million units.

Microsoft's Kinect is a controller-free, webcam-style gaming experience made for Xbox 360, where gamers have the ability to manipulate the actions of on-screen characters through a series of spoken commands and physical gestures. Sony's Playstation Move is a motion-sensing game controller platform made for Playstation 3. 

Sony's Playstation Move launched first on September 17, 2010 in North America, and the company sold 4.1 million units within the first 60 days. On the other hand, the Kinect launched on November 4, 2010 in North America and sold over 8 million units within the first 60 days. 

To buy the Playstation Move, the controller is $50 or $400 when purchased as a Playstation 3 bundle. Or, if you're more into the controller-free gaming experience, the Kinect is $150 by itself or $300 when bundled with the 4 gigabyte Xbox 360. 

While crushing the sales of a competing opponent is a great victory for the company, it isn't the only Microsoft-related news Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer, had to share at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. In addition, Verizon Wireless and Sprint will carry phones based on Microsoft's "fledgling Windows 7 Phone operating software from this years first half." 


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RE: I'd like to know...
By therealnickdanger on 1/7/2011 8:07:49 AM , Rating: 3
To their credit, Microsoft is releasing an update that will allow for a massive resolution upgrade - which will allow for reading of facial expressions as well as individual finger movements and overall better motion capture. I think that developers will be able to do a LOT more with that. Spellcasting in RPGs, for example, could end up being a very organic experience without having to navigate spell menus or use button combinations.

I was of the opinion that Kinect was half-baked upon release. That opinion was based upon demoing the product first hand. The above-mentioned update proves I was correct - they still had tweaking to do. Now I'll just wait for it to get below $100 and I'll be more than happy to buy one. :)


RE: I'd like to know...
By lolmuly on 1/7/2011 7:17:26 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not saying the hardware isn't great, it is, they put a lot of time and money into developing it, and from what i've heard the firmware for it operates without issue.

However Kinect is part of a larger development path, and won't be worth anything for another 5-8 years. Until it is combined with the rest of the peripherals they are developing it won't be useful in a game. By the time that happens this version of it will be outdated and you'll have to buy a new one anyway.

They are selling this as a marketing gimmick, and you're all buying into it, the only reason they are selling this now and not putting it on the shelf for a few years is so that they can make money back on the development of the hardware and make it look like a win on their quarterly report.

Hands free gaming is a ridiculous concept. Combine the kinect with other pieces of hardware, say an emotiv epoch, a stereoscopic head mounted lcd display, xbox live headset, and some sort of hand held controller (or glove controllers?). Once you do this you will have a SERIOUS gaming platform.

If you're buying this as a developer to toy around with, cool, but it's a sh*t deal for consumers. Hope you're happy with your 100$ marketing gimmick.


RE: I'd like to know...
By retrospooty on 1/9/2011 10:05:17 AM , Rating: 2
"They are selling this as a marketing gimmick, and you're all buying into it, the only reason they are selling this now and not putting it on the shelf for a few years is so that they can make money back on the development of the hardware and make it look like a win on their quarterly report."

You have no clue what your talking about. I own one, and I can tell you its selling well because its fun. To be honest, its not really my thing, I like FPS games, but for kids and sports games, this thing rocks. My wife and daughter are monopolizing my Xbox and loving it... You cant wpie the smiles of thier faces when they are playing, and my wife isnt even a gamer. As a gamer myself, I realize this is just the first round of games. Give it another year or two when all the really great developers start doing some more creative things with it. #1 on my wish list - fight night round 5, or a similar boxing game. Kinect sports has boxing, but its avatar based and not too well done like fight night round 4 is. Combine fight night round 4's gameplay with Kinect and you have some serious awesomness.

Another great use is excercise. The fitness uses are limitless. Your shape fitness evolved has tons of potential. You watch, 4-5 years down the road you will see that this tech changed everything.


RE: I'd like to know...
By Smilin on 1/10/2011 6:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
Agree 1000%

All of it.

And yeah the Kinect Fight Night is going to be the absolut shiz. Kinect Boxing is competitive enough to start real fights already.


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