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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.

  • rohitbaran
    Kinect is to Xbox what Modern Warfare was to Call of Duty.
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  • bourgeoisdude
    "Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products," a company spokesperson said.

    I doubt they could do anything about drivers on your computer though--no modifications to the actual hardware there.

    I have a 360 but not Kinect yet, waiting for the "killer" games to come out first. I definitely see it as higher potential than Move though, especially since MS said in interview with GT that you can use both the 360 controller and Kinect at the same time.
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  • Yuka
    1M worldwide? What about retailers? Is that number from retailers?

    Cheers!
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  • Anomalyx
    However Microsoft is poised ready with the legal hammer for anyone attempting to hack the device and its software--aka product "tampering."
    And what law do they plan on using? Never heard of a law that allows a company to restrict at will what you can do with a product.

    I'd probably have a Kinect if it were a little cheaper. At $150, I'm not sure I'd spend the money. Maybe $100. It's certainly a much better innovation than the Playstation Wii... I mean... Move.
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  • wydileie
    Just because M$ doesn't condone it doesn't mean they are going after people in the legal scene. Once you own a product you can do whatever you want with it. They can restrict services to you but they have no legal ground to stand on if you want to use it on your computer or in another application.
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  • kingnoobe
    They'll probably only gonna go after people who try and make money off mods or apps.
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  • alextheblue
    kingnoobeThey'll probably only gonna go after people who try and make money off mods or apps.Bingo. Homebrew hackers are probably fine. I'd really like to see some official Kinect interface support in Windows 8, though. This would be especially nice for a HTPC setup!

    As Scotty would say:
    "Hello, Computer."
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  • eddieroolz
    Kinect certainly breathed fresh air back into the oldest console of this generation. Congratulations Microsoft.
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