Microsoft’s Kinect gaming system has racked up 2.5 million sales since it went on sale earlier this month. A spokesman for the company said figures were expected to double by Christmas, reaching five million by the end of the year.
The hands-free controller console, which uses a camera to translate players’ movement into on-screen action, has been popular with families as well as traditional gamers. Strong Black Friday sales, the day after American Thanksgiving known for pre-Christmas bargains, have been largely responsible for the impressive uptake so far.
The sales tally includes only the stand-alone Kinect sensor – retailing at around £129 – and not bundles where the system is sold with an Xbox 360 console.
Though there have been concerns that there could be a shortage of the console in the run-up to Christmas, Microsoft has reassured consumers that it is working hard to “restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand”.
Microsoft is also reportedly considering a subcription television service which would be delivered through the Xbox 360 console, and is currently in talks with broadcaster HBO to secure rights to shows. The move would challenge competitor Apple’s Apple TV, along with Google’s TV service which recently launched in the United states.