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Microsoft Kinect Sells 1M Units in 10 Days

Monday Microsoft announced that it has sold one million Kinect units for the Xbox 360 worldwide since its launch ten days ago. The Redmond, Wash.-based company added that--based on sales over the last ten days--the Kinect is currently on schedule to sell 5 million units by the end of the year.

The PlayStation Move numbers weren't quite so impressive in its first ten days. Launched on September 17, Sony's wand-like motion sensing device only racked in 300,000 units during the same time period, however Sony later claimed that it actually sold one million units in the first month of its availability on the American market.

Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA, told Reuters that consumer demand is "outstripping" supply, and that the company won't have enough units on hand until February. "We had to go back and increase production twice, we're absolutely maxed out right now," Tretton said.

But based on the numbers provided by both Sony and Microsoft, the hands-free Kinect appears to be the clear winner this holiday season, achieving in ten days what Sony's PlayStation Move did in a month.

"We are appreciative of the response we have seen from consumers that has culminated in sales of more than 1 million units in the first 10 days on the market for Kinect for Xbox 360," said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "This is a great start to the holiday season, and 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 this year."

Microsoft may see more Kinect devices fly off shelves than anticipated. Recent third-party contests have proven that the PC and Linux sectors are eyeballing Microsoft's device as well, creating unofficial open source drivers and applications. However Microsoft is poised ready with the legal hammer for anyone attempting to hack the device and its software--aka product "tampering."

"Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products," a company spokesperson said.