Microsoft’s 2.5 million Kinect sales expected to double by Christmas



The Kinect Xbox add-on allows for controller-free gaming

The Kinect Xbox add-on allows for controller-free gaming

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.

Comments & Debate

  1. December 1, 2010 at 12:22 am Rex Commented:

    “On Tuesday morning, Sony issued a press release headlined: “PlayStation Move Motion Controller Sales Reach Over 4.1 million Units Worldwide.” That followed an announcement from Microsoft on Monday evening boasting that it has sold 2.5 million units worldwide of Kinect”

    Well seems the kinect isn’t as popular as the Move! You should include those figures in this article! Free movement will always beat jumping around like an idiot in your front room!

  2. December 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm Viral Commented:

    A brewery has to address both audiences and the is exactly what Microsoft is trying to do. Maybe Kinect will never have hard core games (which I doubt) but that in no way makes Kinect less special. People who are banging the drums hard about no hard core games do not have to buy it or buy it only when hard core game do become available.

    Oh, and we tested out the Xbox Live feature with the ping-pong and boxing parts of Kinect Sports and were pleasantly surprised at just how well it worked. 

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  3. January 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm TechMan Commented:

    GO MOVE! GO MOVE! GO MOVE! GO MOVE!

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