Kinect Sells 10M Units, Sets Guinness Record

Motion-controller trumps iPad, iPhone
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2011 5:55 PM CST
In this photograph taken by AP Images for Kinect for Xbox 360, Taryn Manning, left, is seen at the Kinect for Xbox 360 at the OK! Magazine Music Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Kinect for Xbox 360)
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(Newser) – Forget the iPhone, iPad, or Wii—the Microsoft Kinect has snagged the record for "fastest-selling consumer electronics device" after moving 10 million units since its launch in November of last year, PC World reports. The motion-sensing add-on essentially turns the Microsoft xBox into a competitor for Nintendo's Wii, and the fusion of hard-core gaming system with user-friendly interface has apparently found a big niche.

Of those 10 million units, 8 million were sold in the first two months (during holiday shopping). "The sales figures here speak for themselves," said the editor of the Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer's edition. "No other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span." The boasting appears to be justified, writes Matt Peckham at PC World. "I still have mixed feelings about Kinect, but I know the company's working on tightening things up, and bringing more of the sort of games I'm into to the motion-control party soon."

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