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Microsoft: Kinect Will Be Biggest Ever Hardware Sales Launch

Microsoft have been blowing their own trumpet again by saying that Kinect for the Xbox 360 will push aside the iPad, merely trampling on it while it expresses its technology to the world. It will sell more and be bigger and better than the Xbox 360 itself. Not to mention the PS3 Move, Microsoft say that “this is going to be the one consumer electronics purchase this holiday.”

And they are not just talking about the console market either, they are talking on a whole consumer level.

Microsoft Game Studios corporate president Phil Spencer recently spoke to Edge, where he made his bold claim and also said “So this, for us, is bigger than Xbox launch, bigger than 360 launch – this is a big deal for us. How many units are we going to sell? We’re completely goaled in investing as if this were the biggest console launch ever, and that’s our expectation.”

But what have they got to back up this argument? MCV spoke to numerous retailers who had said a lot of pre-orders for Kinect had gone through the roof, but this is of some contrast to the PS3 Move who have decided that the Move is an “evergreen product,” something that is not like World of Warcraft Expansions or Halo: Reach where the consumer needs it on day one.

“Pre-orders are always important, but Move is not necessarily a pre-order product. It’s not like Halo or World of Warcraft expansions, where people want to get hold of it day one. It is an evergreen product. And whereas pre-orders are very important, it is not necessarily the key focus,” Sony UK marketing manager Adam Boita said.

Although I am very impressed with Kinect as a whole, I think Microsoft maybe over hitting the expectation a little bit, don’t you think?

Source: MCV

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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Dave
Dave

There is a title for Kinect coming out for gamers called Fighters Uncaged, where you have to use your body as the controller and fight with every muscle of your body – it will help boost sales of Kinect

matt
matt

kinect woo hoo no gaystation move

Harry Butt Ox
Harry Butt Ox

Now that the Move is out it’s already established most people are very impressed with the accuracy and lack of lag. Move has proven itself. It has already turned many skeptics into believers. I’m one of them. Move has proven itself to the most important, the people who bought it. Now the pressure is on Kinect. Two friends of mine were skeptics of Move. After using my Move, now they’re both getting one. That’s how Move will sell. Move will sell slow. Even Sony said it would and now I know why. Sony isn’t spending a lot on ads. They… Read more »

rick
rick

Move's limitations will not affect it's performance NEARLY as much as kinect's limitations will affect kinect's performance. Go on Youtube, type in Harry Potter Kinect and watch the live stage demo. their characters run literally when they stand still upright, and in a direction that the GAME CHOOSES for them. The user has NO CONTROL of the camera. Game's already have a problem being linear but Kinect will take it linear to-the-max. no control of where they are going or what they are looking at, it's it is like playing Time Crisis but with lag there was so much lag… Read more »

David
David

I have no problem with Kinect or the Move succeeding, I can evaluate the difference and decide which style of gaming is for me. I do not understand why any gamer wants Sony, Nintendo, MicroSoft to fail. The more success the better for variety and games. As to the specifics I have not tried Kinect yet, but I have the Wii and The Move. The Move is more accurate than the wii, and it has a depth of field (moving in the 3d space forward and back) that doesn't exist on anything I have played on the Wii. Also as… Read more »

GordonShumway
GordonShumway

The Kinect camera is good technology, but did MS have to go 100% controller-free? Anyone who has ever held a sword or had a single fencing or kendo lesson knows that the Star Wars game that MS showed off would be better on the Move, or even Wii. Kinect is not going to detect your wrist angle, unless it has some magical sensors that can see your bones through your skin. Motion sensors like those in Move or Motion Plus are more accurate for subtle movements and angles, why go 100% controller free except to score marketing points? Maybe they… Read more »

Jasen
Jasen

As long as Microsoft puts a cool spin on something and makes it look inexpensive people will buy it. It never fails…how many people have purchased a PC in the last 10-15 years?! Now, how many have you purchased?! Well, if the first 2 or 3 crashed and stopped working…why did you go buy ANOTHER PC to run windows?! Oh…b/c you say Macs are to expensive?! Well, iahve a feeling buying 3 PCs in the span of a few years its more expensive than buying 1 Mac. I just don't know how Microsoft has all these people wrapped around their… Read more »

Jasen
Jasen

Sooner or later Kinect will be at the end of its rope…there is only so many ways to have fun running and jumping and yelling at your TV. Looking at the 5 Core Kinect Games listed above…they do not sound that exciting. They all sound like on-rail horror arcade shooters?! Aside from them you have liek what…5 dancing games?! Some workout games…pet the animals…raft down the river…not what I'm looking to do in order to be entertained…but again if that's what you want…just tell me how your going to play CoD with your hands?….tell me! Yelling "FIRE" or "SHOOT" and… Read more »

Jasen
Jasen

Kinect on the other hand looked amazing when the first announced it…now it looks like it's going to struggle in a lot of areas. As far as I'm concerned, Wii is not on my radar. It had it's time in and that time has passed. Even if you going to say Move and Wii are the same…at least I have a huge line-up of games I can play on my PS3 using my dualshock or Move controller and I'm not stuck with Wii Sports or Mario or any of that shit…I'm not 8 years old. And at least the games… Read more »

Jasen
Jasen

I have Move and I think it's great. Anyone who has used it knows that it is crazy accurate and feels great when you playing. One thing I have to agree on is the quality of the camera image…far from HD, but it gets the job done perfect. The Kinect is going to have the same quality camera…again not a huge deal, but the Eye is $40…and Kinect is like what $150?! That's pretty expensive…plus it needs its own power supply…it large and will be hard to fit on top of a TV to get it out of the way…unless… Read more »

Nick
Nick

Sure smells like 360 fanboyism in this here comment section.

Seriously though, I hope kinect doesnt become the next big gaming flop, otherwise they are going to look pretty silly now.

Gary
Gary

kinect will sell. however it will fail. why would huge publishers develop a game for kinect when they could hit 2 birds with one stone by making a shit game for the ps3 and porting it over to the wii therefore getting sales from 2 platforms. tone also has a good point. this will be a shit fad like the first eye toy!

marhorn
marhorn

Will you do an article when Kinect outsells the move? no you wont, because you luuurrrrvveeee sony! I and a lot of people I know are getting Kinect on day 1!

tone
tone

how do you fire a gun accelarte or break with kinetic

Pizza
Pizza

Kinect = future of gaming come on guys use your imagination you really think this is going to fail?

Noob
Noob

I think they're pushing their luck and they better make sure it doesn't suffer from any technical problems. I do believe it will be a big launch, but not necessarily the biggest. Why? Because Xbox 360 attracts mostly hardcore gamers and Kinect doesn't have much to offer for the big portion of players. In conclusion, it will be like the Playstation Move, where it is not a necessity for day one, but it may become one in the future. Even though I fall in the category of "hardcore gamer," I might be picking up a Kinect around Christmas. Cheers!

The Kinected Gamer
The Kinected Gamer

I believe that Kinect will outsell every electronic this Holiday season. Already over in the U.K. I heard that there will not be any stock Kinect because the pre-orders are being ordered at such an alarming rate that it will be very hard to get enough out there to have left over stock for stores. I am a hardcore gamer, but Kinect does not mean goodbye hardcore games, it means hello future where there will be some hard core games released on it, just give it time, until then, all you hardcore gamers complaining about how this will fail, stick… Read more »

Steve
Steve

Kinect sales will crater like halo reach sales have. Once the fanboys have it, sales are finished.

VinTheDean
VinTheDean

True Max but I think that Kinect is limited by not having a controller with buttons. Don't get me wrong I think the Tech behind is cool and it's very appealing to just drive a car with your hands and stuff but I just don't think that it will last. Unless they get the major developers (The EA's and alike) to get Kinect support on major titles I don't see it going very far. I know that they will have Kinect support for EA Active 2 and those dancing games but is that it. Excersize, Dancing, and shovelware type games.… Read more »

Max

I think Kinect is different from Move and Wii since there is no controller. Kinect will have a larger market share where Wii and Move will compete with each other.

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