Microsoft: “Kinect Will Outsell The Wii”


Microsoft is bombastically proclaiming Kinect launch sales will beat those of the Wii, and just for good measure says it will beat the iPad too.

Microsoft’s top PR flack Aaron Greenberg is bullish on the controller’s prospects in more ways than one:

“We haven’t given any projections beyond this holiday, but this will be the largest launch we’ve ever had as a business.

We’ll definitely sell more sensors than the Wii sold when it launched or the Xbox 360 sold when it launched.”

The Wii sold just over 500,000 units in its first (US) week of sales, and nearly 3 million worldwide in its first year.

Rather less bombastically, another Microsoft figure has it that Kinect will “blow away” the iPad, a surprisingly meaningless comparison given the tablet is an order of magnitude more expensive and serves a completely different market.

Absent was any talk of its arch-competitor, the PlayStation Move – Sony has announced sales of 1.5 million in Europe during the first month, but cannily refused to announce proper figures for North America, only saying that it shipped 1 million units to retailers in both North and South America, a red flag if ever there was one.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    people are forgetting that 360 sales are only good because everyone that owns one has brought more than one. And I also don't know of anyone who really wants a kinect. Outsell the wii isn't even a dream they should have.

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    Comment by Night4ce
    01:56 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think Microsoft is just hoping everyone will hear this and think Kinect will be hard to get and grab one ASAP.. It will fail.. They're just swinging into the dark blindly.

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    Comment by moqadmodar
    03:05 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Life is only 24 hours a day. With working, eating, shitting, sleeping and watching anime occupying my life already, gaming looks an unlikely choice of activity. So who cares anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No time for eroge? Wow, you're weird...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by intratec
    09:32 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Consoles are just for faggots.

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    Comment by Ben
    08:24 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well shoot...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Outselling something doesn't mean that the product will actually be good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:51 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    how to fix this problem?

    stop making shitty rip-offs

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    I lol'd

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, this really is...



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    Comment by Eienring
    04:43 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, let's sell some more shitty expensive products while we're being pressured by our investors to leave the gaming industry.

    Coffin nailed.

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    Comment by caiooa
    05:19 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry, but it won't. Nintendo is a producer of games, and there's is some games that they make only for wii (example: Metroid other M)

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    Comment by Dia
    06:13 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, was Move a success or not?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:55 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Silly Microsoft... Just... Shut the fuck up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Xbox 360 S 4GB plus Kinect is 300 squids. Cheapest iPad, the 3G-less 16GB model, goes for 500.

    Easy pick, especially since massively better tablet PCs (with nothing other than Windows 7, so people can actually do something with them other than stare at their external beauty, LOL) are also coming this way.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    22:30 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft when will you learn? -_____-

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not possible, kinect isn't going appear to their key demographic, no COD or Madden on it. Also about vista, my pc came with it and I haven't had any issue.

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    Comment by msoltyspl
    18:21 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, never underestimate marketing power of big firms. Look at past history of microsoft, or apple - and what kind of piece of junk they managed to sell.

    And in context of kinect, their target customers are technically clueless families after all..

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    Comment by Ben
    08:22 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ha, everyone called bullshit on that one. Microsoft's marketing is a joke nowadays. At least Nintendo can sell it's under-par stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:08 21/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is there a reliable source here or is this just from another generic Japanese blog-site?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "We’ll definitely sell more sensors than the Wii sold when it launched or the Xbox 360 sold when it launched.”

    I can take that 2 ways. First being what was meant in that Microsoft will sell more Kinects than Nintendo has sold Wiis OR that they will sell more sensors because the only reason you'd buy a Wii sensor is because the original got damaged or went missing and I take good care of my Wii sensor bar. If it's the former, I'm gonna have to disagree. People that bought a 360 hate the Wii and its motion controls. If it's the ladder then yeah, without a doubt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "sell more sensors"?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't want it.

    Comment by Shadowmen
    11:35 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yeah they definely sell out fuck not boy hate those things but the tech is so amazing

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    Comment by Lurkerman
    11:43 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    As the evidence shown below clearly shows, there is little reason to believe that your product will sell over that of the well established Wii system! So what do you know that we don't, OR WILL YOU ADMIT TO LYING!

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    Comment by Ben
    08:23 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They're just trying to hype up a money-wasting disaster to get more press. It's pitiable really...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no one is gonna buy this piece of fail

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are saying something that will show obvious outcome...
    Why dont they step up a bit more and say they will outsell sony's MOVE as well. Well, it cannot be helped, xbox360 doesn't sell well in japan anyway =P.
    I may sound like a fanboy of ps3, but that's fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:55 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... wait what this is a real quote? Im sorry I just thought for a moment some crackhead company made a ripoff that doesn't even register black people in its software

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    Comment by alidan
    01:54 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    now, lets be honest here, if the kenect worked, it would easily outsell the wii, as its a more immersive and a better casual experience than the wii.

    now that is if the thing worked. which for the most part it doesn't.

    now i believe that the it doesnt work is more of a software than hardware problem, so its possible for most of its problems to be patched in firmware, or just game software.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    02:42 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nintendo will soon release the Wii successor, probably next year. Powerwise it will be on par with PS3 / Xbox360, maybe even better. That's not hard to do with todays technology, so I guess it will be quite cheap. If Nintendo doesn't fuck up (like trying to charge an exorbitant price) it could very well rule the casual market just like the Wii did for some years to come.

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    Comment by alidan
    08:51 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, Nintendo isn't going to do that. well they will soon, but thats not it. take a look at this.

    Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote (youtube video name)

    they could do that, it would give a near 3d experience to non 3d tvs, and if they combine that with a 3d tv, than hell, you not only have real 3d for those with the tv, you have body moving that even the better consoles fail to do or do right right now.

    i honestly believe that they could make the whole console a head mount, or make it close to a head mount as possible. imagine a 3d raceing game, where you are in the drivers seat and you look around with the head mount, and it almost never breaks illusion, because in the game you are waring a helmate, think metroid prime.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    12:05 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know that system. It works quite well and is cheap. Would be really nice to have.
    A head mounted console? Do you remember Virtual Boy? Nintendo sure does.

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    Comment by Ushiromiya Reiji
    02:03 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Overestimating your own shitty product much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    MS used Oprah and Ellen to gain momentum and used a 500million dollar budget for marketing. No way are they winning any gamers minds with no real games for that toy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's the thing! They don't want to win gamers, or put real games on it. They're competing with the Wii..

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which is sad, because they're competing with a system that's already made tons of money and is now far behind the curve. And they're doing it without Nintendo's developers.

    The only game for Kinect that looked even remotely interesting to me was Dance Central, but that's because I suck Harmonix dick and I'm a casual at heart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well that explains the recent surge of stealth marketers on 4chan saying it'll sell like crazy.

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    02:05 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just a propaganda made by Microsoft. But hey, since you need to move your body to use Kinect, you can sue Microsoft to pay for your hospital bills if "something" happens...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To all the people retaliating against Greenberg...

    His job is PR. PUBLIC RELATIONS a.k.a. THE GUY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SUCH A HUGE FUSS ABOUT HIS COMPANY'S PRODUCTS. It's natural that he'd suggest such a thing. He wouldn't be doing his job if he acknowledges a competitor's upperhand.

    Wanna show your piece of mind? Use pirated Windows OS and buy XBox360 only to mod and play pirated games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Done and.... done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even if he is PR, he should know better than to make statements that he will regret later. He probably seriously thinks this to be true, or brainwashed into thinking such.

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    Comment by DFC
    01:38 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dream large Microsoft, dream XBOX-HUEG Microsoft.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    01:38 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dream on, M$.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "We’ll definitely sell more SENSORS than the Wii sold when it launched or the Xbox 360 sold when it launched.”

    Notice that hes NOT lying.. during launch, Wii did not even sell sensors at all....

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    08:09 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft is only looking to embarass their project by talking like that. Nothing at this point will be outselling the Wii.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    13:02 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know you'll all give me negatives for this, but I'll still say it anyway...

    Microsoft, if you create really hardcore/explicit games that utilizes the Kinect's full potential like maybe a simulated anime snuff game or a fully interactive eroge...

    Or at the very least really violent games, then there is no hope of you EVER topping off Nintendo (who have awesomely violent and bloody Wii games like "No More Heroes" and "Mad World")~

    Party, Family, and Sports games can only do so much to a population hungry on much more...Entertaining games~

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    Comment by gau
    19:23 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you look at wii's past launching... they also starts with family friendly title's and theme's... and it grows from there

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    13:01 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know you'll all give me negatives for this, but I'll still say it anyway...

    Microsoft, if you create really hardcore/explicit games that utilizes the Kinect's full potential like maybe a simulated anime snuff game or a fully interactive eroge...

    Or at the very least really violent games, then there is no hope of you EVER topping off Nintendo (who have awesomely violent and bloody Wii games like "No More Heroes" and "Mad World")~

    Party, Family, and Sports games can only do so much to a population hungry on much more...Entertaining games~

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:58 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It goes Move, Wii, Kinect in the terms of "power" and "accuracy" with the motion control so far, but Kinect's has gotten nothing but VERY bad reviews and reports that it's almost worthless.

    Not to forget the aspect of there being no buttons or controlling mechanism with it, screwing over 95% of game genres..

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    Comment by Crim
    01:44 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They just need to sell 500,000 and it will be true, considering more then 500,000 people own an Xbox they might be able to out sell Wii at launch because they already established a player base of over 500,000

    However... They wont even get close to outselling Wii in the long run... only at launch do they have the slight chance

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    Comment by Schrobby
    01:47 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt that. These motion controllers work best with casual games, and that market is pretty saturated.

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    Comment by Megidola
    09:09 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whether or not kinect will actually sell this well isn't really the main point, it's more the fact that even their PR hype claims actually set a pretty low standard when you think about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Casual Xbox gamers. Not casual gamers in general.

    And of course the kinect will outsell the Wii, it's not a damn console, it's just equipment for the xbox. It's more realistic to compare it to a game than a console.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    02:54 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure, but that greater investment usually has already been made.

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:37 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They won't "definitely" sell more at launch, but it is possible given that this is an accessory for an already existing console, compared to the Wii which is a console itself (as much as it hurts to say it) and therefore a greater investment on the part of the buyer.

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    Comment by aarond12
    03:27 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where did you come up with 500,000? The iPad has already sold 3 million copies -- and that was just within the first 80 days.

    Microsoft is in a investor-fueled dreamland. When word comes out about software flaws (they're not giving advance copies to reviewers, remember?), this thing will fail worse than Vista and Windows ME put together.


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    Comment by Kyon
    01:44 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh... American marketing.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    15:23 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would it be 'American marketing'? Didn't everybody hear the same exact words from Sega, Nintendo, Atari, Sony, etc etc etc?

    They're marketing a game product. Selling it is their JOB. To get so bent out of shape by it is ridiculous. Let the sales and the quality of the games speak for themselves.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    01:51 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite unlike Apple. Those are marketing geniuses, selling mediocre stuff made in China for huge profits.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    01:52 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't forget, people DID buy Vista.

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    Comment by denn
    02:50 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Bought an xbox... and within half a year they officially announced the 360. A year after that the xbox wouldn't turn on.

    Bought a laptop in 2007, the year that Vista was being heavily promoted as THE OS. Then news came out about 7.

    Ah yes, the joys of being a paying beta tester for MS.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    02:17 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some people do research before making a purchase. I was specifically looking for a laptop with XP when Vista kicked in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 3.26

    because it doesnt eat up half your pc's resources?

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    Comment by TenguSan
    06:13 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i wouldn't be surprise if XP FAR outsold vista, because alot of people, including me, actually bought XP for their new Vista Op PCs. XD
    (i am sure i will be corrected)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Man, Microsoft just really doesn't get it.

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    Comment by NotLogg
    23:29 02/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ TenguSan, you said:
    "i wouldn't be surprise if XP FAR outsold vista, because alot of people, including me, actually bought XP for their new Vista Op PCs. XD"

    Vista never grew past 20% market share. It was a rather long 3 years between vista and Win7.

    As Yden said... Vista offered nothing really. You needed a lot of RAM and CPU power to get the same out of an XP box. Win7 is nicer to use, simple... but its not perfect. Oh well.

    XP is still 60% market share.
    Win7 surpassed Vista Market share in 9 months! What vista couldn't do in 3 years.

    MS recently pulled ALL XP licenses off the market. Obviously, outlasting vista... again.

    Worldwide- Mac is still 5~6%, generating a ton of sales. Linux is at 1%.

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    Comment by Yden
    03:44 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not so much Vista is bad, but it's not good. It was basically a prettier looking Windows XP that ate up more resources. It didn't really give any new functionality compared over XP for the extra RAM it required to run. There was no reason for you to upgrade to Vista at all and in fact it would probably hurt more to upgrade than to stay on XP. It was a fact that pretty much every tech expert agreed on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Having had Vista for two years and never once had an issue, I have to believe most of its 'problems' are grossly exaggerated. It is worse than XP or Win7, I won't deny that. What it seems like to me though, is that people complained about it for the sake of complaining about it. While it did have issues, most of those issues only applied to the business/corporate level. Everyday people complaining about it only really complained about it because their friend's friend's cousin in the IT field hated it. Just my two cents.

    That aside, I will of course be glad to finally upgrade to Win7 when I build my new system in the coming months. Why would I pay to upgrade to Win7 on my current PC when Vista is working perfectly fine?

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    Comment by HouseLife
    01:56 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently Microsoft's marketing morons (alliteration that fits well) never went to Elementary School and never understood the concept of jinxing yourself. Although I'm sure they've hired a team to take care of the sheer amount of knocking on wood it will take to balance such a statement.

    ...that or we should expect a blue whale and a pot of petunias to appear somewhere above Wisconsin.

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    Comment by alex251
    02:00 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    more like it came (mostly) with the computer they bought, poor guys

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually sold a copy of Vista I got for free on ebay for like $150.

    And my parents bought a computer on Vista's launch day, and they couldn't find one with XP anywhere.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    02:23 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I did the same, but that worked only in the beginning. My last laptop was still delivered with Vista. First thing I did was install W7.
    I guess 99% of the Vista sales came bundled with hardware, and at least half was never used.

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    Comment by Yama-jii
    03:30 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please Artefact. If their sales sucks(which will most likely happen), please post it on SC so I can have a laugh of a lifetime.

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:24 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not so much "bullish" as "bullshit"

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    Comment by Renzo
    01:49 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Talk about Marketing Strategy..

    "Always be number one", Let's face the truth then :3

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    02:08 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Epic fail Microsoft, just epic fail...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:22 01/11/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "We’ll (pray to god) definitely sell more sensors than the Wii sold when it launched (with any luck) or the Xbox 360 sold when it launched (hopefully but not that hopeful)."

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