Xbox Kinect Claims New Record

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Microsoft Xbox Kinect has set a new sales record by selling over 2.5 million console sensors in the run up to Christmas, less than one months since its launch.This is in spite of challenges from rivals, especially Sony PlayStation’s new Move controller. Perhaps its success is not unconnected with  the sudden increase in popularity of family-orientated gaming as opposed to the more traditional gaming structure.

The Kinect sensor, which allows users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 via body movements, spoken commands or presented objects and images, uses an infrared laser projector with a monochrome CMOS sensor which allows it to see in 3D under any ambient light conditions. In general, the device features an RGB camera, a motion sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software, which provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition and voice recognition capabilities. Microsoft hopes to sell around 5 million  sensors by the end of the year and before Nintendo releases its new 3DS handheld console in 2011. So far, the Xbox Kinect is on sale in over 60,000 retail stores in 38 countries around the world.

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What are your impressions on the Xbox Kinect sensor?

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  1. I have tried the Xbox Kinect sensor and I can say it is very impressive. I thought it was just a cheap imitation of the Nintendo Wii at first but after using it I could see that it is just as good as the Wii or maybe a little better.

    I think the reason it’s selling so well is because more people like playing on the Xbox than the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, and the Xbox provides a lot of great games for the Kinect sensor.

    I definitely will be getting one for myself as well. Either by Christmas or in the beginning of next year.

  2. I havent been able to get my hands on a Kinect quite yet but it looks amazing, we really are stepping into the future of gaming with this new software.

  3. Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary new ways without using a controller. Imagine controlling movies and music with the wave of a hand or the sound of your voice. With Kinect, technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine.

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