Kinect hits 4 million units, outpacing Nintendo in same launch period

For the week of December 11th, Microsoft surpassed the 4 million unit sales mark for its Kinect sensor unit. If current sales trends continue, Microsoft will be on track to sell 6 million units before the year is through. This bodes extremely well for Microsoft's fledgling "gaming" technology and even more so for the potential that the technology holds.

Only 40% of all Kinect units sold have been bundled with Xbox 360 consoles. This means that existing Xbox customers are jumping on the motion bandwagon and scooping up the majority of Kinect units. In the same amount of time since launch, Nintendo only managed to sell 2.9 million units, while Sony is taking up the rear with a hair over 900 000 Move devices. It's too early to tell, but even with Nintendo's shortages, Kinect is outpacing both competitors at a good clip.

With so many units being sold in such a short time, and the pace expected to continue, the potential for Kinect hacking and development can only grow. Impressive demos have already hit the scene, and so much more could be heading down the pipe. Only time will tell just where this technology will lead. With rumours of motion controlled operating systems and even uses in the medical field, now is the time to start thinking more and more about combining augmented reality with motion control.

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In other news, Apple hits 2 million bumpers sold outpacing Nokia 1100 phones in the same launch period (dude, since when are we comparing sales numbers of an accessory against a full console?)

gonchuki said,
In other news, Apple hits 2 million bumpers sold outpacing Nokia 1100 phones in the same launch period (dude, since when are we comparing sales numbers of an accessory against a full console?)

You can't buy a wii without a wiimote
You can buy kinect without a console
You can buy a Move orb controller independant of a move orb controller.... wouldn't it be safe to assume that move is unsucessful in the marketplace, since it's numbers should be exponentially larger due to the redundancy required in the number of orbs?

1 kinect = fun for 4+
1 Move = oh wait you need two orbs for some games.....
1 Wii = 1 wiimote

So yeah, I think the numbers are accurate, regardless.

I just got my Kinect bundle a few weeks ago and it's my first console experience since the NES. Needless to say, wow!! Kinect is simply incredible and Dance Central is the most entertaining game I played in the last couple of years. (together with ambitious friends and some tequila )

never thought I would ever buy an xbox, but got 1 3 days ago for christmas and loving it. Kinect is great a bit tiring though with all that jumping about.

Soldiers33 said,
never thought I would ever buy an xbox, but got 1 3 days ago for christmas and loving it. Kinect is great a bit tiring though with all that jumping about.

it is a bit of a workout, but in the end, that is a good thing right?

Wii Shortage, hardly. I was at Baby's R Us; that's right, you read that right and they had over 30 Wii's instock. I started laughing asking why they sold Wii's there? I guess they are a hit with Mommy's + Wii Fit. I asked how many were bought; the sales person said, funny enough, none.

Nexus69 said,
Wii Shortage, hardly.

Uh, hello? This is about the Wii just after launch, and there were indeed massive shortages.

gawicks said,
Any idea what the best kinect are?

There's barely anything out for Kinect at this time. A crappy game called Kinectimals and some Wii Sports knockoff called Kinect Sports. I am absolutely surprised at these sales figures. I had pre-ordered a Kinect and got it on day 1. I returned it the next day for being an utter disappointment.

First of all it is very picky about having miles of space around you and perfect lighting. Also, the lag between your motion and the mimicked motion on screen is very noticeable in some games and not so much in others; depends on the game. It is NOT where it should be at this time and people that buy it are way too absorbed in the technology to realize how limited it is.

ManOfMystery said,

There's barely anything out for Kinect at this time. A crappy game called Kinectimals and some Wii Sports knockoff called Kinect Sports. I am absolutely surprised at these sales figures. I had pre-ordered a Kinect and got it on day 1. I returned it the next day for being an utter disappointment.

First of all it is very picky about having miles of space around you and perfect lighting. Also, the lag between your motion and the mimicked motion on screen is very noticeable in some games and not so much in others; depends on the game. It is NOT where it should be at this time and people that buy it are way too absorbed in the technology to realize how limited it is.

sounds like someone bought a ps3 and move and no one to play with so he pretends he bought kinect and "returned it the same day". How much does sony pay you to spam threads?

tablet_user said,

sounds like someone bought a ps3 and move and no one to play with so he pretends he bought kinect and "returned it the same day". How much does sony pay you to spam threads?

And you are, how old? I'm guessing I have my answer with an idiotic comment like that.....I merely stated my opinion which you can agree or disagree with, I really do not care but how about we look at the facts before we decide to make comments like what you just did. I was not happy with it myself, if it satisfies you then by all means, more power to you. I, however, am really critical when it comes to marketing stunts like this. Microsoft has released a product that nobody seems to want to support, hence the lack of games at launch, which is as much as a new 360 and is just another motion controller.

Before they launched it, it was supposed to have an Intel Atom processor which was scrapped to keep costs down.....seriously? This thing is worth even more than its shameless $150 pricetag? As a result, in some games it doesn't seem to be able to process fast enough because you noticeably see latency.

I was not paid any money nor am I spamming threads, but unlike you, I have backed my posts up with relevant information.

I understand what you say about space but I'm surprised you say it needs perfect lighting when I've found it works in almost all lighting conditions here, hell some people have even tried it in the dark and it still works.

dfua said,
I understand what you say about space but I'm surprised you say it needs perfect lighting when I've found it works in almost all lighting conditions here, hell some people have even tried it in the dark and it still works.

I would wager his 'problems' arise from a room lit by the sun. The sun also irradiates infra-red which will interfere.

I play in the basement of my house where there are no windows and I can play with the lights on or off with no problems either way.

ManOfMystery said,

There's barely anything out for Kinect at this time. A crappy game called Kinectimals and some Wii Sports knockoff called Kinect Sports. I am absolutely surprised at these sales figures. I had pre-ordered a Kinect and got it on day 1. I returned it the next day for being an utter disappointment.

First of all it is very picky about having miles of space around you and perfect lighting. Also, the lag between your motion and the mimicked motion on screen is very noticeable in some games and not so much in others; depends on the game. It is NOT where it should be at this time and people that buy it are way too absorbed in the technology to realize how limited it is.

Space, ya it needs a bit of room, but literally my Aunt plays hers with her friends in a RV, and we are talking side to side with chairs behind where they play.

I initially thought it needed a LOT more room than it really does. When you use the 'eye card' to calibrate it and set the Tilt of the camera, it figures out your play space, and even if you only have 4ft from the sensor, it works just fine.

As for lighting, um... Light is projected from the unit, it doesn't use visible light to see your body, except for taking pictures or facial recognition.

As for lag, this is something that is a result of taking the time to calibrate the unit for the space and your room. If you rush through calibration, games will have lag, as it will take extra processing time to recognize what is you and what is just part of the room. I have seen lag in games at a friends house, and was like WTH, it doesn't do this at my home, and after having them do the calibration, the lag disappeared completely. (It also helps to not have a window with people walking by behind you or other insane senerios that would impair its recognition speed.)

I agree that most of the games are fairly simple, and understand that with the short development time available since it was announced there is not going to be an awesome release title. It is also taking developers a bit to get their minds around, with them doing some of the easy stuff concepts of movement games like has been done on the Wii.

However, the games out now are fun no matter if you are 2 or 90. And if you have kids or have nieces/nephews or children in your life, put them in front of the Kinect for 10 minutes to see how much fun it can really be.

It is worth buying if you have kids and never plan on using the thing yourself, a 2yr old can be left alone to operate it with just moving their hands for the menus, and play and play and you don't have to worry about them destroying a controller, or throwing something into the Flat Screen.

I do get the Kinect is not for every person, but sorry to see you give up on it if you thought it was something you would have liked.

Oooo! a 360 fanboy thread! Neat. Kinect is awesome though, my Grandma just loves it. Me? Just not that into flail-gaming, wether it's WiiPS3Xbox360...

ya feel me?

zkid2010 said,
Oooo! a 360 fanboy thread! Neat. Kinect is awesome though, my Grandma just loves it. Me? Just not that into flail-gaming, wether it's WiiPS3Xbox360...

ya feel me?

No we don't feel you.

zkid2010 said,
Oooo! a 360 fanboy thread! Neat. Kinect is awesome though, my Grandma just loves it. Me? Just not that into flail-gaming, wether it's WiiPS3Xbox360...

ya feel me?

No, I don't feel ya. I get the part about flail-gaming, but I do NOT see any fanboyism here.

Goes to show that advertisements aren't everything. I'm not sure I've hardly seen a Kinect commercial on TV these past few weeks. Yet there are Sony Move commercials ever break.

Shadrack said,
Goes to show that advertisements aren't everything. I'm not sure I've hardly seen a Kinect commercial on TV these past few weeks. Yet there are Sony Move commercials ever break.
Depends on the channel, I've seen plenty of commercials but they're mostly games that use kinect - Dance central, that fitness game etc.

I need an advice: I am considering to buy the Kinect bundle for my daughter; which should I get? The one with the XBox and 250GB HD or the other with 4Gb of memory? Furthermore do I need some kind of subscription to access Netflix movies? Of course I already have Netflix, I am referring to MS passport or whatever they call it.
TIA

Fritzly said,
I need an advice: I am considering to buy the Kinect bundle for my daughter; which should I get? The one with the XBox and 250GB HD or the other with 4Gb of memory? Furthermore do I need some kind of subscription to access Netflix movies? Of course I already have Netflix, I am referring to MS passport or whatever they call it.
TIA

Depending on the age of your daughter, I'd suggest the one with the HDD. This way you can copy game content to the console, and reduce wear and tear on the physical media. The media must be present in the drive to play, but the disc doesn't spin after an initial read to verify disc is in the drive. With younger kids this can be handy, as they can be rough on media.

Secondly, a new HDD will cost about $150CDN and the bundle price difference is $100 between the two, saving $50 by buying the HDD in the initial purchase.

Another thing to state about the hard drive: many best selling titles are now available for direct purchase from Xbox Live marketplace. This means you can download complete games that are available on disc. The advantage is being able to switch games without switching physical discs.

Yes you need a Netflix subscription and XBOX live GOLD as well. If you have 4 gamers in your house, the family pass xbox live gold is the best value for money. In addition to giving you four gold subscriptions for the price of three, you also get to have parental controls over the other live accounts. You as the parent can choose whether or not kids can communicate via voice chat, add friends. You also control the Microsoft points which are used to purchase game add-ons.

I bought my family xbox live gold family pack, and I love being the gateway to my younger children's online experience.

dotf said,

Depending on the age of your daughter, I'd suggest the one with the HDD. I bought my family xbox live gold family pack, and I love being the gateway to my younger children's online experience.

Thanks a lot.

I am a launch day adopter, and since hosting a few Kinect parties at my house, there have been another 5 sales from my region.

Love it or hate it, if you get the opportunity to TRY it, don't pass it up. You'll find out just how addictive it can be.

Some of my friends bought the kinect+360 bundle, as they did not own a console. Now they have it all.

It's a joy to use.

I've had Kinect since Thanksgiving and it's been used almost everyday. I highly recommend Your Shape Fitness Evolved. You do get sore however. In between I'll play other games (currently: AC Brotherhood), obviously, but the Kinect offers a nice alternative to get teh blood flowing (not to mention an alternative to move/wii)

This is kinda misleading. The Wii would have sold a ******** more units if any had been available. It was half a year or more before you could find a decent amount of stock in stores.

Also, LOL @ Sony I guess crapping on the competition then stealing their ideas doesn't work out so well.

ahhell said,
This is kinda misleading. The Wii would have sold a ******** more units if any had been available. It was half a year or more before you could find a decent amount of stock in stores.

Also, LOL @ Sony I guess crapping on the competition then stealing their ideas doesn't work out so well.

1. VGChartz
2. Move has been around since the PS2 days.. who's stealing from who again?

WICKO said,

1. VGChartz
2. Move has been around since the PS2 days.. who's stealing from who again?

Nice try, don't equate the PS2 Eyetoy to Move or the Wii, not even close.

bob_c_b said,
Nice try, don't equate the PS2 Eyetoy to Move or the Wii, not even close.

Uhm, isn't move just a light up glow ball that the Eyetoy can see?

ahhell said,
The Wii would have sold a ******** more units if any had been available.

What? If the Wii has been out for 4 years and there are still supply chain problems, that's very embarrassing for Nintendo. It's incompetence really. But of course thats not what's happening. During the 6 weeks we're talking about here, there are no Wii shortages.

ahhell said,
This is kinda misleading. The Wii would have sold a ******** more units if any had been available. It was half a year or more before you could find a decent amount of stock in stores.

Also, LOL @ Sony I guess crapping on the competition then stealing their ideas doesn't work out so well.

Nintendo would have sold more at release if they actually gave stores more then 2 or 3 units at a time. It was all a joke. Nintendo released next to no consoles to make it look alot more wanted then it really was, and it actually worked.

bob_c_b said,

Yep and I'll say it again, not the same thing, close in some respects but an old demo is not the same as shipping tech that does more.

It's exactly the same. Eye toy capturing movements of a wand and translating it to 3D space. OP claims Sony stole from Nintendo, but clearly Sony was developing long before the Wii came out. You can't claim that because it's old, it doesn't count, since *because* it's old, it proves my point.

It's not hard to admit you didn't know about the tech.

bob_c_b said,

Yep and I'll say it again, not the same thing, close in some respects but an old demo is not the same as shipping tech that does more.

Not to mention, we aren't comparing *technology* here, since obviously Sony isn't stealing the Wii tech. People are claiming that Sony is stealing the concept, the end result, how its implemented is unrelated.

Great news for MS! I have had Kinect since launch and I am VERY impressed with it as are the whole family. Nothing too serious out for it yet but the party games are lots of fun.

I also have the Wii and Move and neither come close to Kinect.

How are they counting "Move" devices? The Move controller is SOLD OUT at many places. Sold out at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, and my six local Best Buys, etc. They're going for inflated prices on eBay and Amazon from 3rd-party sellers already.

Xenomorph said,
How are they counting "Move" devices? The Move controller is SOLD OUT at many places. Sold out at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, and my six local Best Buys, etc. They're going for inflated prices on eBay and Amazon from 3rd-party sellers already.

Well if you live on base at Sony Defense Force HQ, or course they are, but for the rest of us Move is easy to find. Amazon is not sold out and a quick search of Best Buy's web site shows stock. Nice try though.

Xenomorph said,
How are they counting "Move" devices? The Move controller is SOLD OUT at many places. Sold out at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, and my six local Best Buys, etc. They're going for inflated prices on eBay and Amazon from 3rd-party sellers already.

hah every store i've been to has skids of them with only 1 or 2 kinects.

I call this fanboy fail attempt #1232

tablet_user said,

hah every store i've been to has skids of them with only 1 or 2 kinects.

I call this fanboy fail attempt #1232

LOLL
yep, thats script number: 1232 we can expect the #1233 script shortly

bob_c_b said,

Well if you live on base at Sony Defense Force HQ, or course they are, but for the rest of us Move is easy to find. Amazon is not sold out and a quick search of Best Buy's web site shows stock. Nice try though.

LOL +1

Sadelwo said,
I don't have a 360 and I'm interested in Kinect from what I've seen.

honestly the 360 was starting to lose me for a second, but now that kinect is here (and TESV is coming) i changed my mind!

i'm guessing sony's next move will be:
"sony announced: another 4 million unit's shipped in 3 month."

kinect is far better than move, no comparison.

R1pper said,
i'm guessing sony's next move will be:
"sony announced: another 4 million unit's shipped in 3 month."

kinect is far better than move, no comparison.

Yeah, Sony will probably be shipping them between "Warehouses" at that point since the stores won't want / have room for them...

Shaun. said,
Got mine last week and love it. Kids are gonna love it over Xmas when they get theyre games for it too.

"go to sleep kids"
"but daaaaad"
"no buts, go now..." - at about 3am kinect comes out of the box and around 8am it returns back into the garage awaiting the next night to come by.

Examinus said,
When did Sony lose their grip?

When they made a sex toy with a light on top that does the same thing as a Wii, that has awful advertising.

Examinus said,
When did Sony lose their grip?

You mean making a console that look like grill, a boomerang thingy that doesn't come back, and a sex toy device. Oh and GT5 that took six years to make and somehow still manage to be inconsistent and incomplete? Then yes they has. Epically.

Edited by flexkeyboard, Dec 17 2010, 10:04am :

flexkeyboard said,

You mean making a console that look like grill, a boomerang thingy that doesn't come back, and a sex toy device. Oh and GT5 that took six years to make and somehow still manage to be inconsistent and incomplete? Then yes they has. Epically.

And a console that cost 50% more than the competition.

Examinus said,
When did Sony lose their grip?

When they thought people would want to buy a lightbulb for a game console.

Examinus said,
When did Sony lose their grip?

the ps3 was the final nail in the coffin, the move dildo was just some extra dirt thrown on top. They got arrogant after ps2 did so well and i think the ps2 actually still outsells the ps3 lol

tablet_user said,

the ps3 was the final nail in the coffin, the move dildo was just some extra dirt thrown on top. They got arrogant after ps2 did so well and i think the ps2 actually still outsells the ps3 lol

Yeah...This is the main reason the PS3 failed. Sony's arrogance after the PS2 made them think they were unstoppable.

ZeroHour said,
Sony Fail LOL

and unlike wii or kinect, a single houshold might buy many move controllers as well. So in effect, sony's product is being adopted by less housholds. =/
Congrats to microsoft though

St4rOcean said,

and unlike wii or kinect, a single houshold might buy many move controllers as well. So in effect, sony's product is being adopted by less housholds. =/
Congrats to microsoft though

Yeah, their figures are really abysmal when you think about that. I'll bet there are some loud meetings being had at Sony HQ...

SO less than 1/4th of shipped moves are actually being sold... that's harsh.

good on MS though, I wonder how long the stocks hold up before they run out. they expected 5M so they should have that many at least.

it's VGChartz, but that's still 99% more accurate that shipped

HawkMan said,
SO less than 1/4th of shipped moves are actually being sold... that's harsh.

good on MS though, I wonder how long the stocks hold up before they run out. they expected 5M so they should have that many at least.

it's VGChartz, but that's still 99% more accurate that shipped

Pew, pew, pew

HawkMan said,
SO less than 1/4th of shipped moves are actually being sold... that's harsh.

good on MS though, I wonder how long the stocks hold up before they run out. they expected 5M so they should have that many at least.

it's VGChartz, but that's still 99% more accurate that shipped


I could have sworn Sony said the units sold was over 2 million...

tablet_user said,

After ps3s disaster sales they use SHIPPED not SOLD.

Yeah, talk about shady. I hate when companies compare apples to oranges in an attempt to make them sound better than they are... I'm glad Sony's Move is flopping honestly.

GP007 said,
MS is laughing all the way to the bank. Now devs need to step up and show their worth.

Yeah, good for Microsoft. It really is a very cool gadget. I can't wait to see how this technology advances over time as well.