Well now 25 day's into the life cycle of the Microsoft Kinect. The fancy, much talked about and apparently much loved add on for the XBox 360. I must admit I decided I wanted one during E3. While the kid's were squabbling here about "Who won E3" I secretly knew the answer, because you can only win something by making money off it.
Hand's down Microsoft is making money off everything they showed us at E3. Last year was a bit slow for Microsoft, so I knew they'd come out swinging and early on I almost guessed everything they'd do.
Steady release of exclusive games throughout the year.
Splinter Cell Conviction
Ninety Nine Nights 2
Redesigned Xbox 360 that is selling like hotcakes, improvements to the best online service around.
Kinects much anticipated launch and I wasn't disappointed, I went to the midnight launch here in Florida and there were around three hundred people there, everyone having a good time. I got Kinect Sports, Sonic Free Riders, Dance Central and Kinect joy Ride, it's a heck of a lot of fun online and offline with a beer and a few friends over.
Now I go back and think about all those "Kinect will fail" articles and the "Kinect is the new Sega 32x" comments and I have to ask. What now? 2.5 million and very likely looking to go on the way to the 5 million they wanted this year.Is that salt in the wound of a Sony Fanboy? I realize Move has "Sold" over 4 million, but to me and I know I'm not alone, are sketchy numbers because unlike Kinect, there isn't a way to track how many unique users bought Move. Sony counts each want, Nunchuk and PS Eye as a "Move" sale, so how can we tell? My best guess is by software, where as games like Kinect Sports and Dance Central have sold hundreds of thousands, the Move titles are around 20K and that's not much.
I'm not against Sony, or Nintendo, I own a Wii and PS3. The fact that I own a Wii is why I didn't buy a Move in the first place. Using a Wii Mote without Nintendo characters just seems wrong to be, but that's beside the point.
Anyway, so I am looking for those hundreds of N4G people who said Kinect would fail and not sell and flop and be the next Sega 32X. I want to know what you think?
Originally I warned people, Kinect would sell well, the reason being is that casual gamers outnumber core gamers by a large number. Kinect is new and fresh, Microsoft held off long enough before releasing it to build up interest and now they have a full head of steam.
See the difference between me and most of the fanboys here is, I own all the consoles, made an informed opinion as to why I like the 360 better, (Mostly comes down to XBL and more people) and don't try to make excuses. I said Move would probably do fair and it is, not great IMHO because like I said, hard to tell unique numbers but I'm sure Sony is a little disappointed.
Let's see who steps up and says "Wow, I'm surprised, well played Microsoft." I seriously doubt many will.
So here we go on to next year and the cycle of trash talk is sure to start again about how Sony will have more exclusives, like this past year, though most Sony exclusives got pushed to next year anyway. We'll hear how Microsoft has forgotten their "Core" gamers and how they have no games, almost a reverse of what we heard from 2006 to 2008 pretty much with Sony.
Just figured I'd throw this out there.
PlayStation Blog Japan published a series of interviews with creators that were conducted prior to the award ceremony of the 2023 PlayStation Partner Awards.
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