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Microsoft's Kinect sells 2.5 million in 26 days

Microsoft's Kinect sells 2.5 million in 26 days

Microsoft's Kinnect sells 2.5 million units in just 26 days

Microsoft has announced that it has managed to sell 2.5 million Kinect units worldwide in just 26 days on sale - and expects to reach sales of 5 million before the hectic Christmas shopping season is over.

'We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect,' said Microsoft's president of the Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick.

'With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 26 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this Christmas.'

Gamers seem to be voting with their wallets, with Kinect hardware already difficult to source in various retail outlets.

'[We] are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand,' continued Mattrick

We got our hands on the Kinect controller just a short while ago and you can find out our thoughts in our full Kinect review.

Let us know your experiences and expectations in our forums.

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exceededgoku 30th November 2010, 14:05 Quote
Genuinely surprised by this as I literally have no interest in this Kinect whatsoever. However, I do understand that approaching christmas this is perhaps the perfect thing to get your kid along with a new xbox. Well done to Microsoft here!
wuyanxu 30th November 2010, 14:09 Quote
amazing stuff in hacking community. not surprised since it's a wonderful piece of engineering.
Aracos 30th November 2010, 14:33 Quote
Spelling mistake: "in our full KNNECT review"
Second last line.
Unknownsock 30th November 2010, 14:37 Quote
But just like the Wii, how much will people play it after Christmas?

Also i believe sales do not represent quality nor functionality.
Marketing is a powerful tool.
cool_dude 30th November 2010, 14:38 Quote
awesome, should knock the wii out... :)
memeroot 30th November 2010, 14:39 Quote
its a great system... BUT SORT IT OUT SO IT WORKS FOR STREAMING!!!!
Xir 30th November 2010, 14:44 Quote
Doesn't rock my boat...woohoo, we're selling the eyetoy.

WII's can't be doing too bad, there still isnÄt a bundle out there that comes with what's needed for TWO players
A WII, two double controllers, + 2 precision-enhancement plugins...ist that such a strange request?:?
Omnituens 30th November 2010, 14:59 Quote
Well if you want a full controller, you are looking at £70 (Wiimote + nunchuck + motion plus)
mastorofpuppetz 30th November 2010, 15:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
amazing stuff in hacking community. not surprised since it's a wonderful piece of engineering.

As in crap you mean? Laggy, limited, the tech pit falls of this tech are well documented. Strong initial sales do not equal quality, I think thats obvious.
mrbens 30th November 2010, 15:39 Quote
2,500,000 x £129.99 = £324,975,000!! :D

or £12,499,038 per day!

I'm in the wrong business lol
mi1ez 30th November 2010, 15:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
amazing stuff in hacking community. not surprised since it's a wonderful piece of engineering.

As in crap you mean? Laggy, limited, the tech pit falls of this tech are well documented. Strong initial sales do not equal quality, I think thats obvious.

But how much of that is due to the hardware of the Kinect, and how much down to the hardware of the 360?
memeroot 30th November 2010, 15:43 Quote
I think the kinnect is a great piece of tech - kids love it, wife loves it etc....

you might as well argue that consoles are crummy because of the game pads lag - looking at you ps3 pad ... or say that wireless mice are rubbish due to lag.... he says from his pc with wired mouse and keyboard taking another headshot.
wuyanxu 30th November 2010, 16:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
As in crap you mean? Laggy, limited, the tech pit falls of this tech are well documented. Strong initial sales do not equal quality, I think thats obvious.
i haven't seen any of those thing in actual gameplay.

im talking about hacks. 3D scanning, web browsing concept. Project Natal, the bit of hardware, as really opened up people's imaginnation. the hardware is great.
Th3Maverick 30th November 2010, 16:14 Quote
urgh. a significant portion of the problems with the kinect come from the fact that the firmware and software need to be better optimized, not because the hardware is particularly lacking. MS is promising solutions--I'd have to search for the link to their statement again.

Personally, I say props to them for being innovative and taking a HUGE financial risk with a major, rather expensive peripheral. And then they opened it up to hackers (admittedly, after a change of heart).

Hopefully this whole thing is going to be a self-reciprocating cycle. If this sells enough units, then more third parties are going to produce quality games, then MS will be willing to invest more into making it better, Kinect gets better, more people buy the product, even more third parties get involved, etc, etc, ad infinitum.
Th3Maverick 30th November 2010, 16:17 Quote
Ah. Also, it's fun. A couple of games are a little laggy, but on the whole they're hugely enjoyable. True, it's not for everyone, but as a "core" (God, i hate that term) gamer, I've found myself playing Kinect Adventures more over the past week than Black Ops.
Tulatin 30th November 2010, 16:18 Quote
I too enjoy looking like a muppet when playing videogames.
Pliqu3011 30th November 2010, 17:15 Quote
They're really advertising everywhere, they want everyone to become part of their brain-dead Xzombie-legion.
Didn't really realize how bad it was until a saw literally a whole comic in the Donald Duck magazine devoted to Kinect. We have been subscribed for 10 years now I believe, but I've never seen such shameful advertising before. What has the world beco-ALL HAIL TO THE KINECT
mastorofpuppetz 30th November 2010, 18:38 Quote
500 million on advertising, yet selling no faster then MOVE and sony's 2.5 million advertising. This si why I am not a fan of MS, they literally just throw money around, make no forst party games., spend gross amounts on advertising.
Skiddywinks 30th November 2010, 18:55 Quote
Move = 1 million in one month
Kinect = 2.5 million in 26 days.

Let's just hope this means a lot of developers feel the need to really embrace the technology and do something successful and innovative, rather than millions more Wii shovelware games being put in to development.
Nexxo 30th November 2010, 19:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wuyanxu
i haven't seen any of those thing in actual gameplay.

im talking about hacks. 3D scanning, web browsing concept. Project Natal, the bit of hardware, as really opened up people's imaginnation. the hardware is great.

Absolutely. There is some impressive hackage going on:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-11/16/kinect-hacks-already-yielding-impressive-results

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/11/kinect-running-on-multiple-platforms-looking-cool/

Initially Microsoft was not too pleased, but after seeing some of the results it is warming to it now. After all, it has made the device a huge success already and new creative ideas for unexpected uses are developing all the time. Meanwhile one company bought a few thousand of them as a cheaper alternative for the sensor arrays of the semi-independent robots they manufacture.

Oh, and Minority Report, anyone?
mastorofpuppetz 30th November 2010, 19:18 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Move = 1 million in one month
Kinect = 2.5 million in 26 days.

Let's just hope this means a lot of developers feel the need to really embrace the technology and do something successful and innovative, rather than millions more Wii shovelware games being put in to development.

Wrong, move hit 2.5 million WW in 1 month, US is not the world, move is now at 4.1 million, in 2 months, not much diff considering the massive marketing blitz MS put on.
M7ck 30th November 2010, 19:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
500 million on advertising, yet selling no faster then MOVE and sony's 2.5 million advertising. This si why I am not a fan of MS, they literally just throw money around, make no forst party games., spend gross amounts on advertising.

Oh wow a self confessed MS hater that uses bs arguments. Where are you getting your figures from?
veato 30th November 2010, 19:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
Wrong, move hit 2.5 million WW in 1 month, US is not the world, move is now at 4.1 million, in 2 months, not much diff considering the massive marketing blitz MS put on.

Move figures are skewed though as there's more than one component. Dildo remote + nav-thing + camera + another dildo if you want to play The Fight properly.

So if someone buys the move starter pack (dildo and camera) that's one sale. Then they go back a week later for the nav controller, another sale. Then they decide they want to play with a friend (oo'er) or play The Fight so go back for another dildo, sale number three.

I dont know if it does work like that, I'm just speculating, but given the numerous components it's highly probable.
cgthomas 30th November 2010, 20:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbens
2,500,000 x £129.99 = £324,975,000!! :D

or £12,499,038 per day!

I'm in the wrong business lol

Let's join forces and start something up in the loft (an operating system or new pc oem or somethin)
Skiddywinks 30th November 2010, 20:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Move = 1 million in one month
Kinect = 2.5 million in 26 days.

Let's just hope this means a lot of developers feel the need to really embrace the technology and do something successful and innovative, rather than millions more Wii shovelware games being put in to development.

Wrong, move hit 2.5 million WW in 1 month, US is not the world, move is now at 4.1 million, in 2 months, not much diff considering the massive marketing blitz MS put on.

My mistake, I hadn't made the distinction.
Quote:
Originally Posted by veato
Quote:
Originally Posted by mastorofpuppetz
Wrong, move hit 2.5 million WW in 1 month, US is not the world, move is now at 4.1 million, in 2 months, not much diff considering the massive marketing blitz MS put on.

Move figures are skewed though as there's more than one component. Dildo remote + nav-thing + camera + another dildo if you want to play The Fight properly.

So if someone buys the move starter pack (dildo and camera) that's one sale. Then they go back a week later for the nav controller, another sale. Then they decide they want to play with a friend (oo'er) or play The Fight so go back for another dildo, sale number three.

I dont know if it does work like that, I'm just speculating, but given the numerous components it's highly probable.

The Starter Kit and the Move Wand are both considered "Move" as far as Sony is concerned. Any individual Wand or Starter Kit sold counts as one Move unit.

Sony us also using figures for units shipped to retailer, rather than sold at retail. To be fair, don't know which MS uses though.
jimmyjj 30th November 2010, 21:49 Quote
I must be getting old, I could never imagine buying one of these in a million years (or even a console).
Wingtale 1st December 2010, 10:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrbens
2,500,000 x £129.99 = £324,975,000!! :D

or £12,499,038 per day!

I'm in the wrong business lol

Microsoft have to pay for the parts and they don't sell it for that much to all the stores. Then theres all the adverstising which they spent millions on so it isn't that big but its still enough to last me a life time :)
Xir 1st December 2010, 11:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Omnituens
Well if you want a full controller, you are looking at £70 (Wiimote + nunchuck + motion plus)
And if they'd be selling bad, there'd be a bundle compromising of twice this set and a WII :D
veato 1st December 2010, 17:56 Quote
It has now been reported that the Sony 4m+ figure isn't sold to consumers. It's shipped to retailers. Sorry fanboys.
M7ck 1st December 2010, 18:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by veato
It has now been reported that the Sony 4m+ figure isn't sold to consumers. It's shipped to retailers. Sorry fanboys.

Reported where?
Random Octopus 1st December 2010, 23:00 Quote
I'm enjoying Kinect, Dance Central and sports are good enough but the potential is huge. The hardware itself seems really sound and once more 3rd party games come out, for hopefully p.c. games too, I think Kinect or the next incarnation of it might change gaming, might be wrong though, I often am.
Skiddywinks 1st December 2010, 23:43 Quote
From Sony?
veato 2nd December 2010, 06:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by M7ck
Quote:
Originally Posted by veato
It has now been reported that the Sony 4m+ figure isn't sold to consumers. It's shipped to retailers. Sorry fanboys.

Reported where?

Here

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/30/sony-ships-4-1-million-playstation-move-controllers-to-retailers/
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