Microsoft Kinect: 1 Million Units Sold In Just 10 Days?

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Microsoft has just come out of a press release that says that they have sold more than 1 million units of Kinect for Xbox 360 in just 10 days since the Wii/Move-like gadget was launched last November 4.

Aside from that, Microsoft also plans to heighten the sales to 5 million by the end of the year and hopes to be the biggest seller in terms of game consoles that use body as its controller. This 1 million units sold are just in the US, as Kinect is yet to come on almost the whole of Asia by November 18 and on Japan on November 20, so the company is expecting more customers lining up stores to avail of the their new product.

“This is a great start to the holiday season”, according to the president of the Interactive Entertainment Business of Microsoft, Don Mattrick, “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 the year.”

Kinect has also been receiving positive reviews and have a solid game line-up that would get the attention of other people who still does not have the game console. One of the reviews is from Chris Homesiter, the senior vice president and general manager of Best Buy. They said thatb they have seen great excitement from customers who wanted the Kinect for Xbox 360. On the night of the launching, a lot of customers lined up to buy the product, and more people want to try it.

“It’s no surprise Microsoft has already surpassed 1 million units sold, and we expect Kinect to be one of the must-have gifts at Best Buy this holiday.” Homeister said.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is a game console that is sort of like Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation Move where you use your entire body as a gamepad where there is a limb-and-torso command center. It detects your movements to know what it will do in your game. Microsoft’s goal is to make it more family-friendly with the disappearance of game controllers and other gadgets that make games complicated for other family members.

There are some people though who doubt that Microsoft has sold 1 million units, as this could be part of another false marketing. But, it is still too early to tell as the holiday season has just started. Maybe the verdict will be decided after the holidays and we’ll see who have won.


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