Microsoft has confirmed that Kinect for Xbox 360 has sold 8 million Units worldwide in the 60 days immediately following its November launch at their CES 2011 Press Conference. Steve Ballmer made the announcement on stage after revealing Avatar Kinect, a Playstation Home-like service that allows gamers to chat using their Avatars and Kinect.
Microsoft had previously said they were aiming to sell 5 million Kinect units between launch and the end of 2010 as a target; this was upped from a previous, lower target. They smashed that to pieces, as well. Needless to say, that’s impressive.
Steve Ballmer told the crowd at the CES press conference and the thousands watching online that 2010 was an “exciting” year for Microsoft thanks to the launch of products like Kinect. Kinect was also described as part of a Microsoft strategy of taking “big bets” on new technology. He went on to recount the history of Xbox and said that it was now “front and centre” of the social revolution.
Opening CES, Microsoft were quick to laud the successes of Kinect on stage. Kinect launched on November 4th in North America, November 10th in Europe and November 20th in Japan.
Staff Edit: Edited this for Clarity; sold in 60 days not ‘just’ in 2010 – these sales figures could potentially include the first five days of January 2011 – that’s unclear. – Ed.