In news that may surprise some, Microsoft‘s Kinect add-on for Xbox 360 is officially the fastest-selling consumer electronics device in the world. The motion-sensing peripheral has raced ahead of both the iPhone and iPad, as we hear that more than 10 million sensors have sold worldwide.
On average, that’s 133,333 units per day for its first 60 days of release (between November 4, 2010 and January 3, 2011), for a total of 8 million. The last two months have seen a further two million units sold in quick succession. In comparison, it took Apple’s iPad eight months to sell 10 million units – twice as long.
Gaz Deaves, Gaming Editor for Guinness World Records – which has published all the numbers – explains:
“The sales figures here speak for themselves. According to independent research, no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, which is an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.”
Predictably, Microsoft are also a bit pleased, as David McLean, Director of Xbox, Australia and New Zealand continues:
“We are thrilled by the success of Kinect to date and I am really proud that we have been recognised in the Guinness World Records. Kinect has revolutionised entertainment and these numbers tell us that all over the world, including Australia and New Zealand, people are embracing that revolution.”
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A new “social entertainment experience”, Avatar Kinect will make your on-screen avatar mimic your real-world behaviour, including facial recognition software to make the character laugh, smile and frown. Then of course it’s all hooked up to a chat-room and Facebook. This is one I’m looking out for – the idea of having a mini-me in my console who’s copying my every move is more than a little enticing.
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