When Microsoft launched the Kinect last November, its success was not a forgone conclusion. However figures release this week show that it has entered the Guinness Book of Records having passed the 10 million mark.
Microsoft also announced that more than 10 million Kinect-specific games have been sold worldwide making the Kinect an undoubted success. So fast has the rate of sales been, that the Guinness Book of Records has named the Kinect as the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history. Following its launch, the Xbox 360 motion sensor sold one million units within ten days and sales volumes have not fallen much since. Gaming editor for Guinness World Records, Gaz Deaves, said: "The sales figures here speak for themselves. According to independent research, no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, which is an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector." In a bid to keep sales figures up the Kinect price has dropped below £100 for the first in recent days.
In related news Microsoft has also posted a number of jobs on professional social networking site LinkedIn which have been linked to the next generation Xbox console. While the Redmond-based company has said the Xbox 360 will be around until at least 2015, the jobs listings mention some of the duties the new recruits will have include “defining and delivering next generation console architectures." A graphics hardware architect, a design verification engineer as well as audio and video hardware architects are all sought with the positions based at the company’s Mountain View research campus.
While we await more news about some next generation console from Microsoft, which probably won’t be coming anytime soon, we will have to make do with the Kinect and its arm-waving, leg-flicking fun.