Microsoft announced that it’s sold 1 million Kinect sensors since the new motion-sensing device debut last week. The Redmond, Wash. tech giant had been bullish on the cutting-edge camera’s prospects based on pre-order activity, claiming that it would rival the launch of the iPad. Apple moved 1 million iPads in a month, climbing to 2 million in less than 60 days. The coming weeks will show if Kinect can keep up such a blistering pace, or if the initial curiosity will die down.
While Microsoft’s crowing, the fortunes of Sony and Nintendo look a little bit more variable. Playstation Move came out about two months ago and Sony’s reported that they’ve shipped 1 million controllers into the wild to find loving homes. But anyone at a local Gamestop would tell you that shipping devices doesn’t mean selling each and every one. Meanwhile, Nintendo’s seen a precipitous drop in its dominance this year, with October Wii sales down 45% from last year.
Black Friday’s around the corner and we’ll surely see a slew of post-Thanksgiving sales, bundles and promotions that might provide a shot. High-profile releases will still be rolling out for each system, too, so, while it may look like Microsoft’s set to dominate motion-control gaming as far sales, it’s still yet to be determined as to which platform has the most innovative games. This competition’s only getting started.