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Microsoft Sells More Than 2.5 Million Kinects in 25 Days

Microsoft Sells More Than 2.5 Million Kinects in 25 Days (photo)

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Sometime in early September, Kudo Tsunoda–general manager of Microsoft Game Studios–made a brash boast. He claimed that the Kinect would outsell Apple’s iPad at launch. Many scoffed at such hubris. After all, Apple’s damn near perfected the art of high-end technolust and, as a tablet computer, the iPad would offer more functionality than the Kinect. Surely, the makers of Xbox were covering up insecurities, right?

Or, were they? Microsoft’s just announced that they’re well on their way to the 3 million motion sensor milestone, thanks to a particularly robust Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This is impressive, considering that it makes good on Tsunoda’s boast and that Kinect’s launch games have been weakly received at best.

There’s a few other things to consider, though. Firstly is price. iPad debuted at $499 (for the WiFi version) whereas the Kinect costs less than a third of that. Next is functionality. The iPad’s essentially a fancy tablet computer and many people who already have laptops or desktops that they love didn’t see the need to incorporate Apple’s sleek pane into their daily lives. Marketing hype aside, the Kinect’s controller-free input does actually offer something new to the gaming landscape. Even if you’ve already got a Wii or the Playstation Move controllers, Kinect’s still a breed apart. Curiosity–and the desire to hack Kinect–probably made Microsoft a lot of money, then.

The next stage of Kinect success will hopefully come from increasing gameplay innovations. Only time will tell on that front.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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