I shall silence the individuals who claim motion gaming will ruin the gaming industry forever, that they will miss their buttons and that motion gaming will never be popular and refute them by saying 2.5 million people disagree. That is because Microsoft announced this week that the Kinect for Xbox 360 sold 2.5 million units in just 25 days! It should be noted that this number indicates units sold to consumers, not shipped to stores.
This paragraph left intentionally separate to specifically inform that 2.5 million units sold is twice as fast as the Sony Move, which sold 1 million in its first month and it is double that of the iPad which took two months to hit 2 million. Boosh.
Microsoft's president of Interactive Entertainment Business, Dan Mattrick, said this in a press statement,
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. 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.
5 million by January? That's an awesome number to reach if they do indeed get there. Some analysts and fanboys are claiming that Microsoft got to cheat by releasing the Kinect right before Black Friday. My response to that is that Sony and Apple had the same right to the day and that release dates are not owned by certain companies.
My hat is off to Microsoft and to the consumers for getting behind this new gaming enhancement. Now it's up to the developers to come up with some more exciting games for the platform. Please, do not makes a Dodecahedron Sports Delta Plus.