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Microsoft Kinect and Playstation Move Selling Well

David Gilbert


Microsoft Kinect and Playstation Move Selling Well

It appears that people around the world are embracing the motion control phenomenon with both hands – and arms, legs, heads and every other part of their bodies for that matter.

Earlier this week Microsoft announced that it had sold 2.5million units of its motion sensor, the Kinect since it was launched earlier this month. Selling a huge 1million Kinects in just the first ten days, Microsoft are not resting on its laurels stating it is still aiming at hitting the 5million unit mark before the end of the year.

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

We then heard yesterday reports that Sony had sold 4.1million units of its attempt at motion control domination, the Move. However Sony has since issued a confirmation to this figure stating that the figure is the number of Move units shipped to shops around the globe. "While we don't disclose our exact sell-through number, the key is that our retailers continue to ask for more Move units and are taking every unit we can supply them with based on their sales," said the company.

The Move’s two handsets – the Motion and Navigation controllers – are available for purchase separately or as part of a Starter Pack and are used in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye camera. Sony stipulates the figure of 4.1million units is “cumulative” and “does not include sales of stand-alone PlayStation Eye camera or stand-alone PlayStation Move navigation controller” units. The Move has been on sale since mid-September in the US, Europe and Asia and since October 21 in Japan.

The battle between the Move and the Kinect is sure to hot up as people get down to some serious Christmas shopping in the coming weeks and the eventual winner of this battle is unlikely to be known for some months yet.


December 1, 2010, 5:16 pm

There is a big glaring typo in the article

Selling a huge 10million Kinects in just the first ten days, Microsoft are not resting on its laurels stating it is still aiming at hitting the 5million unit mark before the end of the year.


December 1, 2010, 6:01 pm

I see Kinect winning easily as it is much more than a game controller, I want one but not to control games.

Move is the better game controller as it does not suffer as bad from lag.


December 1, 2010, 6:38 pm

The Move looks hilarious in comparison to the Kinect but I bet both will be successful - although the Kinect is clearly superior no faffing about with a giant plastic lollypop lol.

Kids seam to love all that jumping about esp since is so cold and dark this time of year.


December 1, 2010, 7:39 pm

Move has limited very application outside games, but it is way more adept as gaming controller then Kinect.

Kinect has very limited potential for gaming outside party games. But it has great potential as communication tool until people figure that its way more efficient pressing few buttons then flapping your arms around. Unifying mobile phone and personal center controller is way to go. Not flapping around and talking to screen (even less without voice imprinting).


December 1, 2010, 7:41 pm

Funny you should put this up now, I read this article the other day about how its wrong to compare the kinect and move since they are not aimed at the same market (and when would a PS3 owner EVER consider getting a 360 for the kinect, and vice versa). Interesting stuff



December 1, 2010, 8:01 pm

I cant see past Move being only Wii with better graphics. That might be enough for some but Sony appear to be using 4/5 year old tech in an effort to give the PS3 an extra couple of years.

Kinect has failed to deliver all of what it promised but having had a sneaky shot of my soon to be main xmas pres from the other half I have to say I loved every minute. Shouting commands at the xbox and using hand signals was very Star Treky! I loved it!

both will sell well - I just feel Kinect pushes the boundaries a hell of a lot more.

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