That’s right folks, it’s finally time to sit back and watch as Nintendo unveils the console we’ve all been waiting to see: the next-generation Wii. Nintendo’s Wii has been an absolute blockbuster for the storied Japanese gaming giant. The company has sold nearly 90 million Wii consoles to date, but sales have slowed significantly over the past few years as the Wii began to show its age. With features like full HD gaming and controllers with built-in touchscreen displays, Nintendo’s next-gen Wii 2 will be an effort to recapture the early success of the Wii… but can Nintendo manage to appeal to casual gamers and hardcore gamers with a single console? Hit the break for our live coverage of Nintendo’s E3 keynote to find out!
The milestones just keep on toppling… Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its popular Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 has sold 10 million units since its launch ahead of the 2010 holiday season. On top of accessory sales, Microsoft has also sold 10 million stand-alone Kinect games. The company announced its first Kinect sales milestone — 2.5 million units — just after Black Friday, and it sold over 8 million Kinect units in its first 60 days of availability. And now… the 10 million-unit milestone has been achieved. The numbers are beyond impressive, of course, but they’re also world records as it turns out. Guinness World Records has decreed that the Kinect now holds the title of “Fastest Selling Consumer Electronics Device.” Hit the break for the full press release. More →
Sony announced Tuesday that it sold more than 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers worldwide in the product’s first 2 months of availability. The news comes just one day after Microsoft announced it had sold over 2.5 million Kinect sensors in less than a month. Sony’s PlayStation Move controller is positioned between Nintendo’s Wii controllers and the Microsoft Kinect sensor bar. Sony’s system uses physical controllers like the Wii, and it allows for very precise game control. Like the Kinect, however, it also uses a camera system to track players’ movements. Many gamers have said that the balance between the two technologies provides a better overall gaming experience, though Sony’s sales pace does fall short of the less precise Kinect. Sony’s figures also include multiple controllers purchased for a single PlayStation 3, while Xbox 360 users only need one Kinect unit per console. Hit the break for Sony’s press release. More →
The hottest gaming accessory of the 2010 holiday season, Microsoft Kinect, is now available across the globe. Microsoft’s new motion-based video game controller for Xbox 360 is set to take the world by storm. Analysts almost unanimously expect it to be one of the best-selling accessories this holiday season, and Microsoft recently raised its holiday sales projections from 3 million to 5 million units. Here’s what you need to know: if you have an Xbox 360, you need Kinect. If you need Kinect, you also need to get moving because purchasing one will be increasingly difficult as we approach the holidays.
Microsoft has not yet announced the pricing on its upcoming Kinect motion device, but that has not stopped the Xbox 360 accessory from making the rounds on retail websites including Microsoft’s. This week the device made its debut on Walmart’s website in a $199.99 bundle that includes a $30 Walmart eGift Card and your choice of a free launch title, those of which include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, Dance Central, Joy Ride, Kinectimals, Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures. Take off $60 for the game and $30 for the gift card and you have the best value thus far on this not-yet-released accessory. Now we just have to wait for Microsoft to confirm the pricing so this awkward, pre-release price war can come to its timely end.