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Happy Birthday Kinect, Microsoft Ships 10 Million

by William Schwartz


Microsoft’s Kinect Motion Controller is getting ready to turn a year old.  The Kinect initiative has been a good venture for Microsoft, shipping 10 million units since launch, it’s safe to say that the device has gotten off to a great start.

Though digging deeper into these massive sales numbers, the Kinect sold a record breaking 8 million units within the first 60 days of the device being on sale.  The massive hype that surrounded the controllerless environment had consumers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the new technology.  According to these recent numbers from the software giant, only two million further units have sold in the 10 months since.

The Kinect has no doubt been a game changer for the way people think about interacting with their computers.  However, it’s applications in-game have been somewhat muted, with very little being added by developers for the core gaming experience over the past year.

It’s hard to tell if developers that are making games for the core audience will adopt the technology on a widespread scale.  However, there are some titles on the horizon that plan to utilize the power of the controller.  Bioware has announced that the popular Mass Effect franchise will utilize the controller in Mass Effect 3, next year.  And Ubisoft is including some interesting gameplay twists in their popular Ghost Recon shooter franchise.

- This article was updated on:December 4th, 2017

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