The latest Microsoft products Kinect which was recently launched has been sold more than 1 million of the new system Kinect hands-free game within the first 10 days since it was launched, put it on track to beat sales target of 5 million by the end of the year,said Microsoft.
Kinect is a free game controller that allows users to control and interact without needing to touch the game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images.
The world's largest software company is hoping the Kinect will help revitalize sales of its Xbox game console this holiday shopping season and counter competing motion-based gaming systems from Nintendo, which makes the Wii, and Sony, which introduced its Move product two months ago.
"It's a strong start," said Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft's game unit, in a telephone interview on Monday. "Consumers are loving it."
The Kinect — a sensing device you plug into the Xbox which allows you to play games just by moving your body and speaking commands — is priced at $150 for a standalone unit and $300 bundled with a 4-gigabyte Xbox console.
It went on sale in U.S. stores Nov. 4, although many customers had pre-ordered units, likely causing a spike in early sales.
More than 30,000 U.S. stores are selling Kinect in the United States, including branches of Wal-Mart, Target, GameStop and online at Amazon.com. It went on sale on Nov. 10 in Europe and is due to go on sale in Asia on Nov. 18.
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