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Microsoft Kinect Still Strong in Demand

by William Schwartz

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Microsoft’s Kinect device is still very much in demand.  They have recently announced that 10 million units have been shipped to retailers since launch of the controller in November 2010.  When Gamestop announced it’s quarterly numbers a few days ago their numbers reflect what the NPD data has been telling us for the past 5 months…Kinect is popular.

“Kinect continues to have very strong demand, and fortunately Microsoft has been able to meet that demand,” commented the retailer on its earnings call. “So we have strong demand, good stock, and we continue to see strong sell of the unit. Attach rate is where we anticipated it would be. We also just got back from a meeting with all the publishers… and most are developing games for the Kinect platform. We’re happy to see that there’s strong support for the Kinect platform.”

More important than the number Kinect units sold are the comments relating to increased developer and publisher support.  Obviously it’s a huge risk to develop for a device that doesn’t have a large install base.  So hopefully 2011 will see some exciting unannounced titles utilizing the features of the Kinect device.  Later this year, Child of Eden will come to Xbox 360 with Kinect functionality.  Also coming later this year as well, Gunstringer, one of the first shooter style games made specifically for the Kinect.

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