Whether or not you view motion controlled gaming as a gimick is almost irrelevant, because either way, it's also a cash cow. Case in point -- it took Microsoft just 10 days to record 1 million Kinect sales for Xbox 360 units worldwide, the Redmond outfit announced.
"We are appreciative of the response we have seen from consumers that has culminated in sales of more than 1 million units in the first 10 days on the market for Kinect for Xbox 360," said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "This is a great start to the holiday season, and we will continue to work with our retailer partners to keep pace with high demand and deliver against our plan to sell more than 5 million Kinect sensors worldwide by the end of this year."
Given the Kinect's strong start and the holiday season launch, we won't question Microsoft's ability to reach 5 million units sold by the end of 2010. That's an impressive number, even before you consider that Microsoft was originally forecasting 3 million Kinect sensor sales by year-end.
Microsoft's Kinect uses an RGB webcam of sorts outfitted in a motorized bar to track full body movement. It's available as a standalone accessory ($150) or as part of a bundle with the Xbox 360 4GB ($300) and 250GB ($400).