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International Data Corp. (IDC) on Monday released results from a prediction market survey that found Americans will buy up to 5.25 million of Microsoft Corp.'s Kinect motion sensors and Sony Computer Entertainment's Move motion-sensing controllers during the forthcoming holiday season.

The prediction market survey revealed that gamers in the U.S. will acquire 2.5 million to 3 million Kinect sensors for their Microsoft Xbox 360 video game consoles in the fourth calendar quarter of 2010. The number of Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) Move motion controllers sold should range between 2 million and 2.25 million by the end of this year.

Kinect launches in North America on Thursday, November 4, and is bundled with a copy of Kinect Adventures! for $149.99. The Move motion controller made its retail debut in late October and the basic bundle includes a copy of Sports Champions and a PlayStation Eye camera for $99.99. Both advanced motion-based interfaces are designed to make console video gaming experiences more intuitive and active for the whole family, and may be described as Microsoft's and Sony's response to the very successful Nintendo Wii platform, which has supported motion gaming since its 2006 debut.

"While it doesn't appear Kinect or Move will be this year's Tickle Me Elmo, millions of additional U.S. households will be enjoying motion-based gaming this holiday season. Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus controller has an installed base over 10 million units right now but the new interfaces and associated games from Sony and Microsoft are going to give many shoppers pause moving forward," said Lewis Ward, research manager of IDC's video game industry advisory service.

Tags: Microsoft, Sony, Kinect, Xbox, Playstation, Move

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