EL SEGUNDO, CA -- With help from heavy marketing investment, differentiated technology and a willing user base, Microsoft Corp. surpassed its Kinect sales expectations for 2010 and also outperformed its cheaper rival, Sony's PlayStation Move. Microsoft initially had provided a conservative worldwide sell-in forecast of 5 million Kinect units. As it turned out, Microsoft beat that by a large margin, managing a retail channel sell-in of 8 million units by January 4, 2011. Actual worldwide Kinect device sell-through to consumers hit 6.36 million at the end of 2010.
In comparison, Sony posted sell-through figures of 5.23 million Move controllers by the end of 2010 in three types: standalone, starter kit—including camera—and as part of a console bundle. IHS estimates the sell-through enabled 4.26 million PS3s to play Move content on a worldwide basis, as more than one Move controller can be used by a single console. Sony's marketing investment in Move was dwarfed by Microsoft’s. And although the cheapest standalone Move controller was $100 lower than Kinect, Sony’s marketing investment showed in sales. Move went on sale more than a month earlier than Kinect.
Territory-specific performance for Kinect and Move, alongside five-year forecasts for the technology, can be found at:
Even though both companies spent millions on advertising, ultimately the sales reflect the more user friendly choice. Nintendo has held the market for years with the Wii. Sony has a huge following and according to some people a better platform and games. Where Microsoft did things right was allow for user response without relying on a remote. With Microsoft having a cheaper version of Xbox combined with Kinect, they will see more console sales just to use the Kinect system.
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