Kinect sales reach 2.5 million

Microsoft announced that they have managed to sell 2.5 Million Kinect units in just 25 days. The figure, revealed by IGN, which includes all worldwide sales, eclipsed those of Microsoft’s rival Sony, who sold 2.5 million PlayStation Move controllers within a couple of months of their launch.

Microsoft had originally predicted sales of around three million Kinect units by Christmas, but with the figure released today, the company is expected to go well past that by the end of the year. Though earlier this month Microsoft’s Don Mattrick stated that the company hoped to sell five million units worldwide, a figure that they may now be pushed to reach.

In other news, many analysts have predicted that both Sony and Microsoft commenting that their hardware stock was showing shortages around the world, may have been a hoax. According to PlayStationLifeStyle.net analyst Michael Pachter said that he believes the companies are just trying to build up hype without justification.  PlayStation Move and Kinect devices have been available around the UK since they launched, with no sign of any shortages.

Microsoft’s Kinect for Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation Move controllers are available in stores now. You can read many comments about both devices on our forums.

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At least the Kinect device can be connected to a PC for even more fun. Can PS3 Move do that? (Really, can it-haven't seen a write up saying either way)

Well deserved. Everyone I've shown it to has loved it and even my dad figure it out extremely quickly, and he's a guy who struggles with email! Add in the exciting stuff being done with it on PC by the community and I see a bright and well earned future for Kinect

You talk about the shortages being a marketing ploy, but you don't discuss if Move/Kinect are "sold through" (to customers) or just "shipped". Wouldn't that be somewhat important... for a clearer picture?

majg said,
You talk about the shortages being a marketing ploy, but you don't discuss if Move/Kinect are "sold through" (to customers) or just "shipped". Wouldn't that be somewhat important... for a clearer picture?

The Kinect numers are sold through to customers, they have noted this in several places.

PlayStation Move and Kinect devices have been available around the UK since they launched, with no sign of any shortages.

Well, just because the UK has not seen any shortages does not mean that in other markets may have them (and I think the US has a greater chance of facing this issue, seeing the demand for the Kinect)

PlayStation Move and Kinect devices have been available around the UK since they launched, with no sign of any shortages.

Seen no shortages of Move for obvious reasons. But as soon as I pre-ordered my Kinect online from GAME, the website ran out.

dave164 said,

Seen no shortages of Move for obvious reasons. But as soon as I pre-ordered my Kinect online from GAME, the website ran out.

They came back in stock just before launch. Few in stores here right now. Harder to judge in America.

NightSt@lk3r said,
[ps3fangirl mode on]it wont sell, kinect will be a huge flop unlike move[/ps3fangirl mode off]

[logic mode on] It's sold 2.5million....thats more than a lot of big games...how won't it sell?[logic mode off]

My local retailer has run out of xBox 4GB and 250GB only consoles (they only have the Kenect ones) and are unable to order any in.

St4rOcean said,
wow, at this rate, definitely 5 mil by year's end. =D

I think that if they have the supply then they could surpass the 5 mil. I am on my way to get one and i am getting one for my nephews.