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Kinect sells 2.5 million in 25 days

Monday, 29 November 2010 23:11 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Microsoft has just announced it’s sold 2.5 million units of Kinect within its first 25 days.

The numbers are on a global basis following the launch of the motion camera in the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan. The recent push is down to Black Friday in the US last Thanksgiving week, according to MS.

Microsoft announced ten days after its US launch that Kinect had sold 1 million units.

The new figures will put the company at half-way through its 5 million estimate for the year for Kinect.

“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,” said interactive entertainment boss, Don Mattrick.

“With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.”

Kinect launched on November 4 in US and November 10 in Europe and the UK.

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78 Comments

  1. Razor

    Unbelievable. Who the hell is buying this thing?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. lexph3re

    Premature articles like these lead me to believe that vg247 are a bunch of xbox fans. Why post a article with no links opinions or anything? One of the many. Reasons I have been losing interest in this site as of late.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Joe Anderson

    @1 I imagine mostly existing users, would be interesting to see a breakdown really.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. mescalineeyes

    @1: people who like fun?

    console gaming exists for novelty alone. every game is the god-damn same anyway, kinect is like a breath of fresh air.

    I’ll take dance central over Gears of Duty any day of the week. except nights, because that’s when I play StarCraft.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. mescalineeyes

    @2: they probably just want to break the story to be higehr up in google ranking.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. NeoSquall

    @2 I want to believe it’s not all of them.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    and how much Move sold? 1 million at best? XD

    #7 4 years ago
  8. dylanspronck

    It looks like Move is a bigger hit in Europe, and Kinect a bigger hit in the USA.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. lexph3re

    Seriously they pretty. Much. Ripped a. Forum post off. The original states pretty much the same thing in fewer words. No real press link, and from the pattern of articles I have been seeing on this site they post more news about xbox then ps3 unless its a exclusive like killzone or uncharted this is getting said 4 to 1 (xbox-ps3) I see of articles being posted on this site. My app on my phone post more articles then VG does. Half the time the news is old the other half its rumors. I seriously question the sources they get their info from Vgchartz maybe?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Michael O’Connor

    @4 +1 Well said. Such a simple concept that goes over so many people’s heads.

    I fail to understand why people need to insult the sales of the Move in this article though. How is it even relevant? At the end of the day, they’re both fun, in their own ways.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Madeira

    @9: You’re such a sadness

    #11 4 years ago
  12. polygem

    Still not purchased. Probably never will. I sold a lot of stuff. Seriously i only have 2 games right now: blackops and reach. Im superfine with that. Just need my shooterfix. Im getting bored of gaming…kinect definitely doesnt help to make me excited again. Its just a huge step in the wrong direction. Its not about quality and creativity with kinect games. Still have high hopes for rage deus ex Last guardian and brink…gaming hasnt changed much since the early 90′s. It even got worse in a way. Shame. Ok enough complaints for today. I feel better now. Thx.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Whizzo

    The release has been linked on Major Nelson’s site for about 10 minutes but considering Larry Hryb’s position within Microsoft it’s hardly the same as just reporting a forum post.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Anders

    @9 Go somewhere else then.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    Well done & all that, but its not for me. The idea of standing to play puts me right off. Last thing I want after a nine hour shift is to go home & dance around :( Still I guess its helping. Fat Americans lower cholesterol :D

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Michael O’Connor

    @12 I would be bored with gaming too if I limited myself to such a derivative selection of video games as that.

    Gaming had changed plenty. The problem here isn’t with the games, I can safely say.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Mike

    Why write stories about a second rate HD device without about two good games (one of them isn’t GT5). Keep the faith VG247, MS will reward you in heaven.

    :P

    #17 4 years ago
  18. lexph3re

    Your right I am sad, I am looking for relevant news on this site and the more articles I read here not only do the article come off as orchestrated trash. So does the people. Have you heard the crap that spews from the majority of the routine visitors minds to the forums/articles? People act like complete tards. If its not hating one its hating another. OMG! Its the most frustrating mind numbing ignorance of all time. And the sad thing is most of the people I thought visited this site I considered intelligent for a brief time.

    In terms of vg what more can I say I should’ve known something when I saw this wasa eurogamer site(stated a while back in the maintence pagea few days ago). Honestly this site has become utterly pathetic within the short 3 months I started visiting it. You know what back to my own investigating of gaming news. Because these gaming sites make me hate being classified as a gamer

    #18 4 years ago
  19. OrbitMonkey

    @17 So, troll here often?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Mike

    People is plural so it should read “so do the people” not so does. English, eh? It’s a harsh mistress.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Michael O’Connor

    @18 Just because it doesn’t interest you doesn’t mean it’s not relevant. Just something for you to ponder on for a bit.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Mike

    @19 only when the targets are primed

    #22 4 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    @22 Tbf he was coming off as a little precious. Just don’t start on Uncharted *gives beady stare*

    #23 4 years ago
  24. lexph3re

    Seriously, you can shove your english grammer tutorial where the sun don’t shine. I give 2 rats ofa fudge cracks ass how you read it. Apparently you got it! To pick out a error as simple as sentence structure. Shows how badly it can get under ones skin. And it still doesn’t or does not! Change the fact of the manner that people talk to one another on this site is childish and ignorant.

    And when I speak of the relevance of the article I speak on the linearity of the articles. How if its not about gears, fable, kinect, or alan wake its about sales

    #24 4 years ago
  25. cookiejar

    Still holding out til its under a ton.

    Oh, and until theres something that interests me with it other than turning my Xbox on and off by voice :D

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Madeira

    @24: Don’t forget the rumored cable service they just posted about. It’s not even real yet! Fuckin XBOTS

    #26 4 years ago
  27. The Hindle

    Its hard to believe Mike is a professional games journalist it really is.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Psychotext

    Fucking hell.. and for fun, that means it’s still outselling the iPad, launch vs launch.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. The Hindle

    As for Kinect depends on how its doing in a few months time, The PS3 sold shit loads in its first month of being on release fast forward a few more months however and it was barely even doing 100k. So still a remains to be seen for me.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. OrbitMonkey

    @27 Professional games journalist? Now theirs a oxymoron :D

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Epic Fool

    Can I have Daytona 1 for XBLA already?

    Damn. (God)

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Psychotext

    “The PS3 sold shit loads in its first month of being on release”

    It didn’t… at least not in the US / Japan. Possibly did in Europe but as we don’t get hard numbers it’s difficult to judge.

    In Japan it did 200k in its first 4 weeks and 200k in the first 3 weeks in the US. (With another 500k sold in December). From launch to the end of 2006 (~50 days) the PS3 sold 1.16m.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. The Hindle

    500k in one month is impressive imo not long after that it was doing sub 100k, but my point is in the first month or so things tend to be very popular hype etc front loaded, so will it still be selling these numbers by Feb or March 11. Also did it sell hardware? If the 360 has just sold slighty higher then say what Reach sold for them then its not expanded the brand.

    You can tell the way MS have treated this is thier hoping to significantly expand the Xbox brand make it universal and get away from the “Xbox only does shooters stereotype” that its been unfairly tarnished with over the years. So far so good but the next few month will be a test.

    Also PT ive noticed when someone calls out MS you defend them like to the death imo yet when someone does the same to Sony or Ninty i never see you doing the same why is this?

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Psychotext

    If someone posts anything involving sales numbers and I see it I’ll post the data I have available. If that looks like defending something then I’d suggest that the problem is on your end.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. The Hindle

    In general PT someone says Kinect is shit youre there defending, someone says Move is crap or the Wii is crap you dont do the same just comes across as weird man. Just something ive noticed since ive been reading this site.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. keyvan812

    The official press release is out now:
    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/nov10/11-29msxboxblackfridaymopr.mspx
    You may now update the source or post.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. CenoBit

    I really don’t get the problem here, guys.
    This is a video games site and sales (of that magnitude) of an important – at least to MS – peripheral is important news.
    And, on the other hand, what did you expect from a video games news site?
    This is as interesting as it gets.
    And to me, it’s quite interesting, If I may say so.
    I’ve been waiting for MS to release a sales number since day 1.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Psychotech

    @35 I’ll answer that to you.It’s a matter of preference.Some very few people here see things objectively others try hard to also show off their objective views but their preferences holds them back.
    bottom line, masks are the trend ;)

    #38 4 years ago
  39. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s official! Microsoft has won the HD console war!

    Everyone can go home now and play some Wii.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. TraceableX

    Thankfully I’m not one of these who bought it. I don’t want a device to change my mood of gaming. I have a Wii and I don’t play only shooters.

    Kinect is crap IMO.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. ton77

    @TraceableX

    have you played kinect? im guessing no from your comment… i highly doubt its crap if 2.5 million people bought it.

    OT: Thats alot more sales than i was expecting, not half bad wasnt MS targeting 5 mil by years end? not a bad way to start almost halfway there. cant wait til christmas to get mine it’ll be something new to play instead of playing COD :Black ops all the time. although the only game im getting is the one that comes with kinect for now as none of the other games interest me.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. theevilaires

    + 1 for Hindle I must say. You have a very good eye for history pattern post my friend, but I’m sure in the coming weeks they will put their sheep clothing back on to cover their true side.

    On a lighter note I bought a wii last friday and still have yet to open the box which shows just because someone bought something doesn’t mean they’re all that into it. 2.5 million are obviously XBOTS like choochoo and itsucks who bought like 3 of these things already since launch. When it does 10 million in a month then its news until then this article is just XBOT propaganda.

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Psychotext

    …and you’ve always been paranoid my good man. That you’re a hardened (and certified!) fanboy is no co-incidence.

    As for why I don’t defend the Wii… I can’t remember the last time I even found myself in a Wii article, not to mention the fact that I gave up on trying to reason with people on it a long time ago much like I’ve now given up trying to reason with people on Kinect.

    Wii = 4 teh casuals lololol
    Kinect = 4 teh casuals lololol

    …and that’s about it.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. OrbitMonkey

    Personally every game on Kinnect leaves me cold & I can’t quite believe so many 360 core gamers are *excited* by games that are already old news on the Wii. Hey who knows, maybe a fucking must own, system selling ip will drop & all the doubters be proven wrong… We’ll see. The most interesting stuff about Kinnect, is the stuff the pc crowd have got it doing. It’s no surprise MS are letting them experiment, their hoping someone will find something the Kinnect is truly good for.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Crysis

    Kinect is awesome, it’s great, it’s fun, just not for gaming though.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. back_up

    MS systems are garbage and they are hyped to death 360 has 50% failure rate and PC gamers are pirates.
    Only causal and pornstar will buy kinect while Hardcore gamers will buy move

    #46 4 years ago
  47. polygem

    @ michael o connor: i knew someone would say that. But youre wrong. I played a lot of games of different genres in the last decades. I found recent releases very boring and they felt so old. Red dead redemption, alan wake, FFXIII, bioshock 2 to name a few. All ok games but nothing exciting. I play games since commodre 64. I guess thats the main reason for getting bored. I do a lot of other stuff as well though.;). I just need a shooterfix because i love shooters. Not saying that they are getting better. But i just like the mp challenge.. thats all im saying.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. polygem

    @41: Man you have to understand the simplest rules of the market. Most of the time its like the more people buy stuff the more shit it is. Mc donalds, shakira to name a few…Sales are definitely no evidence that a product is good. More often it just proves that the marketing is good. Dont wanna bash kinect. Its just not for me. If people like it thats alright but i wanna play games with my console. I do sports. A lot actually and i like to go outside for that. If i wanna dance i go to a club….and so on…

    #48 4 years ago
  49. Johnny Cullen

    PT in a ‘I hate casuals’ shocker.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. ton77

    @48

    ya i understand all that. but alot and i mean alot of people bash kinect and half of them dont even own it to judge. and its gotten fairly good reviews for the hardware and for the games not so good but ok.. i dont like any of the Kinect games so far, im only getting kinect for me and my brother seems fun to play 2 players on kinect adventures. Noone is giving it a chance whatsoever. Cant say nothing about Move as i dont have a PS3. All my comments are opinion.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. typeface

    Black Friday must have really helped sales for the Kinect, it did for Nintendo. I guess all we need are Sony to say something soon.

    Truth be told success or failure of a platform is irrelevant what needs to be observed is success or failure within what sort of demographic.
    The Wii is a decent console, sold crap loads and sold ridiculously during Black Friday in the US alone (that’s basically just a few days sales period). The thing is, the console sold in a large quantity to non-gamers initially who then became casual gamers or core gamers who retired to a casual state. What it meant was that the games that sold on the Wii weren’t the good ones but pretty casual stuff which set the trend on the platform and leading ultimately to a lot of core and interesting titles not really selling much at all by comparison to meh titles and the actual size of the install-base.
    The same is going to happen to the Move and Kinect. People always discredit the importance of the initial mass install-base.
    So far Move seems to be bought by more non-casuals which means the games that will move numbers to suit its sales would probably be games that we (regular gamers) want to see with motion controls.
    I do not know about Kinect’s market but I do believe that it probably will be more gadget-freaks (who won’t really use it with a 360 but would like to hack it a bit) and a casual crowd that were impressed with controller-free motion controls. The game sales over a few months will paint a better picture. If the games that sold were not the average gamer market, you know what’ll happen is that more people will continue to buy it, but there will be fewer core experiences to go with it. Not that developers won’t try, but there won’t be enough people buying them and then they’d say there isn’t any interest in such games. Which leads to only low-budget core games succeeding. (This will change once the price of the peripheral goes down, otherwise even with ‘core-games’ most won’t be able to justify its price – the regular gamer is the one that’s more concerned with price than the casual (which is why there was a hue and cry over the 3DS estimated price))
    We have to wait and see what the initial-market that bought these peripherals is like. If it’s mostly casual be prepared for a wave of games that won’t interest you and games that interest you failing to sell adequate which leads to 3rd party devs not really making them anymore.

    Just from the way each console launched we can tell what sort of experience has hit each console. The Wii is good, but a lot of good games have pathetic sales and toy-games sell well. The PS3 is good too but due to the high price point and initial programming difficulty we see more quality first party attempt than third party and it becomes more of the device for an older audience. The 360 being more of a PC architecture we see it the ideal console for the western teenager due to its price point, the games and the fact that some of them are xenophobic and people who program PC games find it easier to transfer their stuff. Teens and those in their early 20s also have more time to play games than others (unless of course you are jobless). PSP is the new superfamicom and the DS is the real successor to the Gameboy (unlike the GBA).

    In a sense the Crytek guy is right about current gen of consoles holding us back. Perhaps he didn’t word it eloquently. The 360 is as good as mid-high end 2004/05 computer and games on the UE3 engine mostly go well with it and devs have now learnt to somewhat efficiently or half-heartedly port to the PS3 (which was good specs for 06 to early 08) or dev from the PS3 and port to the 360 leaving people to work efficiently with older infrastructures. Not to mention people like portable games and graphics aren’t the key thing there (thought that might change soon).

    TLDR; (except the last para) Console and peripheral sales (in total numbers) don’t define what experience will come to a platform but initial demographic and initial game sales do. All platforms and peripherals have their pluses and minuses.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. Crysis

    Kinect is more of a novelty than anything, just like Rockband, great fun with a few mates or family members, but without those aspects, it will likely sitting there getting dusty, not saying the occasional person plays it by themself, but it’s more of a party gimmick.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Blerk

    Somewhat surprising, I wasn’t expecting it to do nearly so well. Although I surmise these are Microsoft’s ‘shipped to retailer’ figures rather than actually ‘sold to consumers’.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. mescalineeyes

    You assclowns should be thankful for Kinect, Move and Wii all doing so well.
    They bring some much needed new blood into the circle of gamers, so maybe said circle will expand enough for publishers to make actually impactfuly, mature and meaningful games that have a chance of selling, but for that to happen, we need people other than dudebros to pick up a console/a controller/their body.

    you’re all just eating up the same shit every year. who of you did not buy assassin’s? or call of duty? or halo? I mean sure the ps3 fanboys are going to get all riled up “OH I DIDN’T BUY HALO I AM SO MUCH BETTER THAN YOU XBOTS”… and then they’ll go and buy Uncharted 3 next year (which actually has more soul than most of the Gears of Duties) but is still the. same. fucking game.

    So keep crying in your sad little corner while I’ll hope that thanks to the expanded audience gaming will finally mature into something worth playing once you’re over the age of 22 and/or are not a moron.
    If it all goes to shit due to Kinect, I’ll gladly eat my crow.

    #54 4 years ago
  55. Michael O’Connor

    Well said, mesca.

    When I showed Kinect to my girlfriend, she wanted it straight away. And she’s a fairly avid gamer. But she also has two kids, and is also a bit of a Netflix addict.

    When I showed it to my best friend, he was initially interested, but decided against it after trying out Dance Central in my place and coming to the conclusion that the “song selection is a bit crap”.

    The conclusion? Different strokes for different folks. Insulting the technology and it’s creators is just blind ignorance though. Half of you make it sound like they’re responsible for murdering your family and friends.

    I think core gamers are irrationally scared of their style of play becoming irrelevant. Which is, quite simply, paranoid. Right now, we are being bombarded with great game after great game. We’ve never had it better, frankly.

    And now we have diversity to add to the mix as well. Facebook games, casual Wii games, Move, Kinect, handheld gaming, hardcore PC titles, deep and enjoyable console titles.

    I’m perfectly happy with playing Square Enix’s Chocobo Breeding Facebook game in the morning before I start work, while putting some time into Pokemon or Kingdom Hearts while I’m commuting.

    If I’m going to the gym that day, maybe I’ll put some time into Your Shape: Fitness Evolved to build up my energy and burn some calories in the process. If the family calls over, that’s always an excuse to turn on the Wii.

    Later in the evening, I can sit down with my friends and kill some time in Bad Company 2. Next thing I know, its 3am and I’ve just spent five hours playing Civilisations 5 because I lost track of time.

    You’d be amazed how much fun you can have by diversifying your hobby.

    #55 4 years ago
  56. mescalineeyes

    word to that.

    #56 4 years ago
  57. polygem

    @55. the diversity you mention is mainly a pain in the ass imo and this stuff plays a big part of the problem we have in gaming these days. the old quality / quantity debate. most of the games are indeed only time killers. it´s wasting time (for me at least). i would never waste my time on facebook games or fitness games. people have to balance their gaming behaviour. gaming distracts you from reality and that is awesome but if you do that every time you only got the slightest chance to do so it´s not godd for mental health imo.

    #57 4 years ago
  58. Gadzooks!

    “the diversity you mention is mainly a pain in the ass”

    You cannot be serious. No joking, there is no way you can actually mean that.

    “..the problem we have in gaming these days”

    What problem? There are incredibly high quality games to suit every taste out there. Gaming has never been in such a healthy state!

    “i would never waste my time on facebook games or fitness games”

    Welcome to being a minority gamer.

    “people have to balance their gaming behaviour”

    No they dont. people play what they want, in whatever proportions they like.

    “it´s not godd for mental health”

    Honestly? You make a post about how the market should lose diversity and everyone should play only the specific games you like and you worry about peoples mental health?

    The comments in Kinect articles make me laugh so hard. There is such an obvious atmosphere of hurt and desperation from the people who are too aloof or too uptight to actually let themselves enjoy something that millions of others do because doing so would damage thier perceived ‘hardcore’ status.

    Hardcore does not exist. Casual does not exist. Only games do.

    Games of all kinds are are a frivolous fun activity and anyone taking them ‘seriously’ should take a good long look at themselves, and be ashamed.

    In other news, congrats MS on reaching the halfway point in your 5 million prediction. I am enjoying Kinect immensely ( alongside my miltary shooters, racing sims and squirrel bludgeoning games) and am looking forward to a new year chock full of motion control and hybrid control games, and the accompanying indignation from ‘hardcore’ (lol) gamers.

    #58 4 years ago
  59. Michael O’Connor

    What’s your gamertag, Gadzooks?

    #59 4 years ago
  60. Detale

    I’ve lost all faith in the ‘Hardcore’ & ‘Casual’ tags since I spotted one of the most supposedly ‘hardcore’ members of my friends list playing Singstar Dance over the weekend…

    #60 4 years ago
  61. mescalineeyes

    why, because someone who is supposedly a hardcore gamer can not enjoy karaoke with choreographed dance moves? :/

    #61 4 years ago
  62. Detale

    @61

    ‘Twas a joke my friend. It’s just that I’ve never seen him play anything other than CoD or BFBC since he’s been on my list. If anything, it made me smile to see someone who I’d previously judged solely on his addiction to FPS’s having some fun doing something that I would have considered completely out of character only a few hours previously.

    I think I was trying to point out that it’s wrong to label both games & gamers, even if I’ve been guilty of it in the past. ‘Hardcore’ & ‘Casual’ are just easy labels for people to use, but don’t really mean anything. I spent a great deal of time playing Sonic 4 over the weekend, and depending on who you talk to that can be referred to as both Hardcore or Casual.

    I’d also like to highlight that I too have a Singstar addiction, but haven’t branched out into choreographed dance moves just yet. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time…

    #62 4 years ago
  63. Michael O’Connor

    @62 You’re missing out. Dance Central is awesome.

    #63 4 years ago
  64. Lahanas

    Kinect Move and Wii are garbage. These casual stuff must fail badly if real gaming is to survive.

    I mean look at Microsoft, their lineup for next year is unbelievably empty apart from Gears 3. They are all about kinect now, they have abandoned real gamers. Nintendo has some great games but the Wii is a joke, so we only have Sony and their awesome 2011 lineup (if the games dont get delayed) to look forward to.

    They are abandoning real, core gamers in favor of the casual shit.

    #64 4 years ago
  65. Detale

    I’m afraid I haven’t got a 360, so Dance Central will have to wait for now. Singstar Dance is probably the most likely alternative, might be good for Christmas parties and stuff.

    #65 4 years ago
  66. Michael O’Connor

    @64 *yawn*

    #66 4 years ago
  67. Lahanas

    Michael are you satisfied with what MS has to offer gamers in 2011?

    #67 4 years ago
  68. Michael O’Connor

    @67 Entirely. Anything that opens up gaming to a wider audience is a good thing.

    That kid who got the Kinect for his birthday is going to get older as the years pass by. He’s going to see all those interesting games and titles advertised on Xbox Live, and eventually, he will become one of those “core” gamers.

    Each console manufacturer – Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft – bring diverse and unique things to the table.

    #68 4 years ago
  69. Erthazus

    “Entirely. Anything that opens up gaming to a wider audience is a good thing.”

    Why you care?
    It’s not a good thing. We are going the Holywood road right now.

    “That kid who got the Kinect for his birthday is going to get older as the years pass by. He’s going to see all those interesting games and titles advertised on Xbox Live, and eventually, he will become one of those “core” gamers.”

    Eventually he can also think that pads, diablos, WOWs are trash.
    No kid stopped from having a pad in his hands and thinking about Core games later either if he never touched games before. I don’t see how it helps.
    I’m sure you started with pad too, not with Powerglove.

    #69 4 years ago
  70. freedoms_stain

    @68, I think he was looking for specifics.

    #70 4 years ago
  71. Lahanas

    Forget about the damn kid/family/etc. What are you really looking forward to from MS in 2011? OK, Gears 3. But what else? My point is, they already seem to be focused entirely on Kinect and that is unacceptable.

    #71 4 years ago
  72. Mike

    @27 – He isn’t.

    #72 4 years ago
  73. Michael O’Connor

    “Why you care?”

    Because I’m a grown adult, and there’s a world of people out there with different tastes to my own.

    Different members of my family will like different things – my nephew likes handhelds, my brother in law likes sports games, my sister likes casual stints on the Wii when she has the time. So on and so forth.

    “Eventually he can also think that pads, diablos, WOWs are trash.”

    Two points to make here.

    1) The joypad is not the only form of controller out there, and it never has been. Joysticks were the main form of controller before joypads came around, and the keyboard / mouse combo is still as relevant now as it was when Duke Nukem 3D was all the rage.

    The Kinect and Move are simply new ways to play games. They are not going to kill off the existing controllers, and I laugh every time a “hardcore” game claims its going to be.

    2) We’re completely spoilt for choice with “core” games nowadays, many of exceptional quality. There’s so many great games being released right now that I can’t even afford to buy them all.

    That’s proof enough right there.

    “I’m sure you started with pad too, not with Powerglove.”

    Actually, I started with a keyboard and a joystick. My first gaming capable machine was an Amstrad CPC 464.

    #73 4 years ago
  74. Michael O’Connor

    @71 “Forget about the damn kid/family/etc. What are you really looking forward to from MS in 2011?”

    I honestly couldn’t care about Gears of War. I never have, and never will. What I’m looking forward to on the 360 are all of the potential exclusive high quality Xbox Live games, the Kinect offerings, and the expansion of services on Xbox Live.

    It doesn’t matter if its Microsoft or someone else offering it. What matters is what appears on the machine.

    I also prefer to play mult-format titles on my 360, simply because that’s what most of my regular gaming friends own, so I enjoy multiplayer games on that format more enjoyable as a result.

    I’m well aware that the Xbox 360 has never been focused on console exclusive releases. Which is why I own a PS3 as well. LittleBigPlanet 2 is coming out on my birthday, and I’ll probably spend half of next year just playing that. Hahaha!

    My Wii will probably be getting a lot of love from me once The Last Story is released as well.

    When you own every gaming device, it stops being about which is better, because you can pick and choose from everything.

    #74 4 years ago
  75. JonFE

    “Eventually he can also think that pads, diablos, WOWs are trash.”

    Even if anything like that happens (which does not seem logical to me), it will be in hands of the skilled developers of Diablo, WoW, StarCraft to convince him otherwise.

    Compared to someone who has never played a videogame before, the developers’ chances to tempt a young casual gamer are much better.

    #75 4 years ago
  76. OrbitMonkey

    Kinnect will not change gaming, how could it? A updated eyetoy with a line up designed to lure away the Wii market. Diversify? No it’ll be more of the same, party games are what sell. That’s what will be made. How it can be used as a operating tool, now that’s interesting. Full voice controls of your 360 menus would be great.

    #76 4 years ago
  77. DrDamn

    @71
    MS tend to announce stuff closer to release than Sony with a more solid release date – so the question is a bit odd given we don’t yet know what MS has to offer gamers in 2011 do we?

    #77 4 years ago
  78. Robo_1

    4.1 million units of Move sold apparently, and they’ve come out and said that doesn’t include individual sales of the eye or navigation controller.

    link: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-11-30-sony-over-4-1-million-moves-sold

    Great news IMO. It’s a great piece of kit and I want to see more games for it.

    #78 4 years ago

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