In the never ending battle of Microsoft versus Apple, score one point for the PC giant. Many consumers thought that Microsoft was making bold claims when they said the Kinect would outsell the iPad by moving over 1 million units in 28 days. Kinect sold that amount in about 1/3 of the time – just 10 days.
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Apple seemed proud that their iPad outsold their iPhones, but Kinect’s momentum into the holiday season is a force to be reckoned with. Black Friday and Cyber Monday haven’t even hit yet, and Kinect is on pace to hit the 5 million units they hoped to sell by the end of the year. Variety reports that Microsoft is hoping to make the Xbox 360 more appealing to even the casual gamer, something that Nintendo has had the market on since they started selling the Wii. The 3D camera on the Kinect captures the player’s movement and motions, allowing the user to control the gameplay. Game titles for the Kinect are also $10 cheaper than the retail price of the average Xbox 360 game and closer to what Nintendo Wii games cost.
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Though Kinect does have some competition from Sony’s answer: PlayStation Move. The motion sensing unit that connects to the PS3 sold 1.5 million units within the first month of release just across Europe, according to Bloomberg. Overall, Move has received more favorable reviews than the Kinect, but the Xbox 360 is a more popular gaming console, selling 44.6 million units worldwide to Playstation 3’s 41.6 million as of the end of September 2010.
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