Microsoft: Kinect Will Outperform iPad at Launch

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Look, we like Kudo Tsunoda and the former EA Chicago studio head probably has access to numbers and data that we don’t have.  But, we have to wonder about the assertions he makes in this Gamasutra article. The relevant parts:

“The preorders have been really strong. As far as what we’re looking at for Holiday, this is going to be stuff that’ll blow away any of the sales you’ve seen with iPad,” says Tsunoda, when asked what he though about the device’s chances of success.

“The Xbox 360 is already selling better than the Wii and Sony right now. Kinect’s really just going to boost that to a whole new level.”

(More on Techland: Is Microsoft Holding Back Kinect?)

Part of the problem with Kinect is that it’s hard to judge what the mainstream non-gamer’s awareness is at this point. Apple’s captured the public’s imagination–and dollars–for several product cycles on a plethora of devices. And let’s review: Apple sold 1 million iPads in 28 days. With the probable exception of Windows 7 and the Xbox consoles, Microsoft’s rarely commanded the kind of fervor that Apple does when it rolls out new products. The Kinect launch date–November 4th–is more than a month away and we’re sure that the big brains in Redmond have a massive, carpet-bombing marketing campaign all set to go. But, this boast from Tsunoda’s a little hard to swallow right now.

(More on Techland: Microsoft Kinect Bundles Priced, New Arcade Model Coming in August)

We still love Skittles, though.