Okay ladies and gentlemen, nerds and geeks, gamers and well… non-gamers, just when we were thinking that this holiday season would be the showdown between Apple iPad and Microsoft Kinect, something unexpected happened. Sony made an announcement that pretty much bellowed out high sales volume for the Sony Move controller and Move based games. Did you know that the PlayStation 3 Motion controller has hit 4.3 Million sales since its launch phase in September?
Sony’s announcements were soon followed by some of the flashy flags from Microsoft’s side. The latter company said that it had sold 2.5 Million Kinect Units in just 25 days of its launch period. Both devices are equally popular, IF seen from their own benefits and cons perspective. So what do you think, which one of these two devices will take away the hottest holiday season gadget title?
Before jumping to any conclusions, let’s take a look at some other stuff:
• About the Numbers:
Sony did say that it sold 4.3 million Move controllers and games. But the truth is that those games and controllers were “sold” to retailers. The actual number of those units that the retailers have sold so far, MAY be 1 million. No one knows for sure. Also, there might be a possibility that some stores haven’t even sold a million units. Maybe all of their stock is still intact.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is also doing the same thing. They sold the units to retailers, not exactly real life buyers. So it may take a while for them (retailers) to clear their counters of all Kinects.
My final opinion, for now, stands with Playstation Move. The reason is obviously more flexibility and higher degree of sensitivity. But then again, we cannot negate Kinect’s appeal to the families. It’d be interesting to see only one of these devices as the winner.