It's official, Microsoft's Kinect for Xbox 360, which has sold over 10 million, has achieved the Guinness World Record as the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.
The Kinect device sold at an average rate of 133,333 units per day in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011, selling a total of 8 million units in that period. These sales figures outstrip both the iPhone and the iPad for the equivalent periods after launch.
Although sales slowed down in February Microsoft has already sold 10 million Kinect controllers, a little over 3 months from its launch. Compare this to th Apple iPad which took around 8 months to get to the same milestone.
Microsoft attracts a lot of negativity - late into the smartphone market, not yet offering a tablet device to rival iPad and Honeycomb tablets - so this phenomenal success is good news.
It is also good news for games developers offering an attractive platform and a growing user base not just for the Kinect device but also for the Xbox 360 with which is tends to be bundled. Of course at the moment a minority sport is Kinect on the PC but you can expect this to grow after Microsoft finally releases an official SDK later this year.
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Kinect - the technology (coming soon)
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