Kinect sells 10 million units; motion-enabled Netflix, Hulu coming

Microsoft logoMicrosoft's Kinect launched back in November and, according to Microsoft, the hands-free device has already hit the 10 million units sold worldwide plateau.

In fact, the Kinect has sold so quickly that Guinness has awarded it with a new world record as the fastest selling consumer entertainment device. The record will show up in the 2011 gamer's edition of the book, and relates to the first 60 days the Kinect was on the market, as it managed to sell eight million units in that time frame. Software didn't fare quite as well, however, with a total of 10 million games sold, making for an attach rate of just one game per Kinect.

Microsoft also announced some new Kinect-specific features that will be coming in the near future. Namely, that both Netflix and Hulu-Plus will support the device, letting users control the services without a controller or remote. Both services are expected to be available sometime in the spring of this year.

While the hardware sales are impressive, it's telling that Microsoft only managed to sell one game per Kinect. Aside from a few games, the initial line-up of games simply wasn't that compelling. Thankfully it looks like things should be improving with upcoming games like Twisted Pixel's The Gunstringer.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: game consoles, Kinect, Xbox 360

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