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Microsoft has scored a "flawless" victory with Kinect sales

Playstation Plus is giving gamers a bit more value for their dollar with online savegame storage
PlayStation online game save storage will be released March 10

A couple of huge announcements have been released in the gaming world today as Sony broadens its features for the PlayStation Plus and Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360 receives the Guinness World Record for Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Device. 

Sony will launch online storage for PS3 game saves tomorrow, which will be part of the annual $50 subscription. This new feature provides users with 150MB of space in the cloud available for 1,000 save files, and copy-prohibited files can be backed up as long as users only restore deleted files from their system once a day.

In addition, games to be released in the future will be able to save directly to the PlayStation Network. This will be released tomorrow in PS3 firmware v3.60, allowing users to completely bypass their local HDD. 

While PlayStation gamers celebrate the new features unveiling tomorrow, Microsoft has some celebrating of its own to do.

Microsoft announced today that the Kinect for Xbox 360 has been named the Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Device by Guinness World Records. To date, 10 million Kinect sensors have been sold worldwide, with another 10 million standalone Kinect games sold globally to date. 

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RE: Color me...
By Solandri on 3/9/2011 8:13:09 PM , Rating: 4
In all honesty, Microsoft "accidentally" stepped into an entire new market with Kinect.

Well, not entirely new. Lego Mindstorms have been camped in that market for nearly 15 years now. The Kinect replaces the cheap but slow and inaccurate sonar-based acoustic rangefinders commonly used for collision avoidance during 3D navigation.
I wouldn't be surprised if we were to see a "professional" version of Kinect with higher resolution cameras, mics, etc, for use on PCs only, within the next year or so.

I'm skeptical a "pro Kinect" would sell that well. The current Kinect sells well because it's a consumer device. Microsoft knew they'd sell millions of them, so they were able to keep the unit price low via massive manufacturing contracts and amortization of R&D across those millions of units. If you make it a pro device with probably fewer than 100k expected sales, the price would skyrocket.

For an example of that type of market segmentation, look at digital SLRs. The consumer-grade camera bodies sell for ~$500. But the pro bodies sell for ~$5000. The vast majority of hobbyists are going to consider the consumer version "good enough" rather than pay 10x more for a pro version. In the DSLR market, the pro models are kept alive because casual photographers look up to pro photographers who use those models thus ending up upgrading to prosumer-grade and sometimes pro-grade equipment, and because Nikon and Canon are constantly competing for bragging rights on the "best" high-end camera. Neither of those forces would be present with a pro Kinect model.

RE: Color me...
By Alexvrb on 3/9/2011 10:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think he meant professional in the same way you're thinking. It basically would just be a slightly upgraded Kinect with a higher-resolution RGB camera. I don't think you'd even need to upgrade the depth components or audio side. I'm thinking around $100 more than a standard Kinect.

RE: Color me...
By theapparition on 3/10/2011 8:49:05 AM , Rating: 2
Don't even need to do any upgrading.

The camera on the current Kinect is much higher resolution that what MS software limits it to. MS is working on an update right now that will release the full resolution of the camera.

RE: Color me...
By Mitch101 on 3/10/2011 1:17:34 PM , Rating: 3
The camera in high resolution mode can read sign language. This may not seem important but to someone who is learning it could be. Also shows how advanced it can get.

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