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.

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10 Responses so far.

  1. Link01 says:

    This is BS and completely unbelievable by any projections.

  2. Mark F says:

    I love it. Even when faced with facts, the Microsoft haters are still in denial. Laughable

  3. Kyle Gaddo says:

    Oh, man, Microsoft DESTROYED Sony Glowing Sex Toy.

    Michael O'Connor   [ 14:41, January 6th, 2011 ]

    @Kyle Gaddo, In fairness to Sony, they intentionally choose not to advertise it as heavily as Microsoft did with the Kinect.

    Kyle Gaddo   [ 14:42, January 6th, 2011 ]

    @Michael O’Connor, Yeah, but they sure talked a lot of shit about Kinect.

    You know, because their product is Wii HD.

    Michael O'Connor   [ 14:44, January 6th, 2011 ]

    @Kyle Gaddo, Still a great product though.

    Kyle Gaddo   [ 14:45, January 6th, 2011 ]

    @Michael O’Connor, An impressive technological display, yes.

    Chris Phillips   [ 20:09, January 6th, 2011 ]

    @Michael O’Connor,

    The Move is alright, but god it’s difficult to explain to people what they need to get it working. Also, it’s nothing anyone hasn’t seen before.

    The Kinect is just so out there and has surprised a lot of people, myself included, with just how well it all works.

    The sales figures don’t surprise me. I work for one of the UK’s (and Europe’s) largest videogame retailer, and sit opposite the online commercial team.

    Preorder wise, we did 200-300 Move orders, and 5,000 Kinect ones. The Kinect launch was nuts.

  4. Mark says:

    What utter BS, everyone knows Microsoft counts fiscal numbers as SHIPPED to retail, not SOLD through to consumers. Kinect has probably SOLD something like 3 million and has 5 million copies of the unwanted Eyetoy clone sitting on shelves collecting dust. Galo: Reach has probably only sold like 1 million copies.

    Sony actually count FACTS when giving their numbers. Like GT5 selling more in 2 weeks than Flopza 3 did in a whole year, hahahaha. GT5 DESTROYED Microsoft’s bad – graphics, last – gen dildo racer!!!

    I am Mark and I have to go to the bathroom.

    Michael O'Connor   [ 22:55, January 6th, 2011 ]

    @Mark, Actually, Sony regularly uses “shipped” in its announcements as well, especially when it comes to hardware figures.

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