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Microsoft Sells 2.5 Million Kinect Motion Sensors in 25 Days, Sony Move Sees Success

Microsoft Kinect, a motion-sensing controller for the Xbox 360 game console, became more than a smash hit of the fall 2010. Even though the market of game consoles is huge, selling a hundred of thousand of console accessory units a day is a whopping number. That huge number of units sold to actual customers proves that people do want controller-free gaming and consequential successful attempts to hack the device shows that there is an interest to use it not only on Xbox 360.

“We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand. With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday," said Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft.

Sony Computer Entertainment also announced in late November that the sales of PlayStation Move motion controller for the PlayStation 3 video game console reached over 4.1 million units worldwide. But Sony always reports sold-in numbers, which means the number of units sold to retailers, not to actual customers. The 4.1 million sold-in units milestone was reached in about 70 days since the release of Move in September for North America, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, and a little more than one month since the launch of the PlayStation Move in October for Japan. Based on the fact, it can be estimated that Sony supplied around 58.5 thousand of Move accessories to its retail partners every day, which does not mean that 58.5 thousand of devices were bought by actual gamers. Nonetheless, it is indisputable fact that the Move appears to be a big success for Sony.

The Kinect sensor can be plugged via USB bus directly into any Xbox 360 and features an RGB camera, a depth sensor, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. Kinect has the ability to recognize faces and voices. Kinect can perform full-motion tracking of the human body at 30 frames per second. While the depth sensor supports 640x480 resolution, currently it has 320x240 resolution limit.

The PlayStation Move platform includes the motion controller with a special light bulb, navigation controller, and PlayStation Eye camera. The combination of the PS3 system and PlayStation Eye camera detects the precise movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space of PlayStation Move motion controller, allowing users to intuitively play the game as if they themselves are within the game. PlayStation Move motion controller sports three-axis gyroscope, a three-axis accelerometer, a terrestrial magnetic field sensor as well as a color-changing sphere that is tracked by PlayStation Eye camera to deliver very precise accuracy. The lighting sphere, however, requires the player to stand beside the PS Eye camera.

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