Kinect will sell more units than Wii at launch, says Greenberg

Friday, 29th October 2010 09:05 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg is confident Kinect will sell. The man thinks it’ll sell more then Wii did at its launch four years ago, after all.

“We haven’t given any projections beyond this holiday, but this will be the largest launch we’ve ever had as a business,” he said, speaking in a Eurogamer interview.

“We’ll definitely sell more sensors than the Wii sold when it launched or the Xbox 360 sold when it launched.”

Greenberg said back at TGS that the motion camera will sell 3 million units by the end of the year, with Kinect boss Kudo Tsunoda quoted as saying it’ll “blow away” sales of iPad.

Kinect launches next Thursday in the US. It releases here in the UK and Europe on November 10.



  1. LordCancer

    I don’t know if hes a fruitcake or a cup cake but I think hes past his shelf life.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. manamana

    Well, somehow this fruitcake must have some interesting preordering numbers on his desk, to spill out such a statement, same goes for cupCakeKudo …

    #2 4 years ago
  3. abnormal alan

    Greenberg you crazy bastard.

    I love the “it’ll blow away sales of iPad” cos thats relevant. News Flash “Sales of loafs of bread will blow away sales of donuts”

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    The Wii was particularly stock-strapped at launch, remember. :-)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. orakaa

    Really… just to make Greenberg and Tsunoda shut the f*** up, I hope Kinect will fail…
    Seriously, if “this” is what is supposed to be the “future of gaming”, then I don’t know if I will want to keep playing the “new” video games…

    Evolution and innovation are good… but good innovation, not this lagfest, not precise, so called “evolved” webcam

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Jan

    5# orakaa: Thats great now stfu and go back and play WoW on your PC.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. abnormal alan


    what was that about

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Eregol

    Microsoft man bigs up his product.
    Expects world to respond……

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    He’s right… but only because there was fuck all stock of the Wii available in the launch window (it could only do just over a million in November / December 2006 NPD).

    #9 4 years ago
  10. orakaa

    @6: Greenberg, is that you ? XD

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Tallon 4

    No fuckin way this is gonna happen and you don’t have to be called Pachter to predict this

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    Did you read my post Tallon? It’s really not that hard a target to beat. (Assuming they’re going to sell the 3m most people expect them to anyway)

    Outselling the iPad on the other hand…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. naffgeek

    You guys did see that this was on Oprah and Ellen Degeneres shows…people are going to go batshit for this.

    Got to remember that we are not the intended market for this….which is not gonna stop me getting it.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with a man fast approaching forty dancing to Lady Gaga in his front room…with the curtains closed (could be doing worse things I suppose)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. back_up

    Motoion controls kiss my arse
    Sony started this gimmick shit in 6th gen
    IF motion controls got big then all the games 8th gen will be dumbed down to work on kinect,wii remote and Move
    controller >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>kinect,wii remote and Move

    #14 4 years ago
  15. revsoul

    People ARE NOT going crazy for this!

    Do you actually think that Ellen or Oprah(seriously Oprah),would just have Kinect on their show without a little green incentive?

    Microsoft is smart by using these outlets for the PR and adding to their hype machine. They are trying to make you THINK people are absolutely going crazy for it. That is why they make all these outlandish claims. Brainwashing….Conditioning… whatever you want to call it.
    Sad thing is…it works a lot of the time and people fall for it.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. naffgeek

    @15 Of course there was incentive…but it is still showing a very mainstream audience how easy the thing is to use and getting them to understand the actual concept behind it.

    Add that to the Market research that was done recently and I think people who bought wii’s are gonna trade up.

    Also Microsoft will actually give it some decent backing unlike Nintendo who have never really helped out third party publishers.

    Also I think Dance Central is pretty much a killer app although i could be wrong.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    @15: Some people call it marketing…

    #17 4 years ago
  18. revsoul

    you call it tomato, I call it Tomato, same difference

    @17, Dance Central does look the best out of the lineup so far

    #18 4 years ago
  19. naffgeek

    Also Microsoft have hardly got the exclusive rights to this sort of marketing.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. revsoul


    No they don’t, but they do it the best

    Look, all I’m saying is just b/c it’s hyped to death doesn’t mean it’s what it’s cracked up to be

    …and usually it is just the opposite, things hardly ever live up to the hype.

    Lebron James, Playstation Plus, Twilight, FlashForward, The Event, oh man the list goes on and on

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Tallon 4

    @Pshycotext: sure…read it…But it still won’t happen imo.

    Over here in the Netherlands there is absolutely no hype. When the Wii was launched..there were big lines at the stores and everyone ( even the people who don’t play games ) was talking about it.

    I don’t see this happen with Kinect.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. lexph3re

    I think kinect is going to dominate the American dollar in its first couple months. As an American I know how this works. Oprah and ellen are possibly the biggest names to the casual american especially the stay at home moms. Just like if oprah backs a book it sells off the shelves if she certifies this console it will fly of the shelves. The average american just does not think for themselves. And, it shows when you ask them why did they buy this line of clothes or why did you buy this console.

    It generally always boils down to what someone else told them as opposed to them doing their own research.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    @21: Possibly not in individual countries, but on the whole (mostly by virtue of the US it should).

    #23 4 years ago
  24. OrbitMonkey

    “Kinnect will be bigger than Jesus”

    That would have been a more ballsy statement. Ripping off Lennon, but still.

    #24 4 years ago

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