Million to fidget: Microsoft’s 3D camera “Kinect”.
icrosoft M sales forecasts for its motion-sensitive game controller Kinect has raised sharply. Now the company wants to sell by the end of five million units. So far the software giant went out for the current quarter of three million. Microsoft executives Don Matt Rick gave the new forecast in an interview with the financial news agency Bloomberg from – starting from the pre-orders and the consumer interest. Kinect is a controller for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, with which the user controls games with body movements and gestures. To start, the company has 17 Kinect-compatible games on offer, five more are to follow this year.
Analysts expect Microsoft attracts more casual gamers on the Xbox 360 platform with the device. Nintendo had turned inside the gaming market with the motion-sensitive controller the Wii and increasingly gained families as users. Sony has released a similar system for the Playstation 3 under the name Move in September 2010: A quoted by Bloomberg analyst predicts that during the Christmas hike three million Move controllers over the counters. (Dpa / ul)
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