Microsoft’s Kinect has had a great showing this year. With over 2.5 million bundles sold in just 25 days, there’s little doubt that public opinion favors the Kinect. Sony’s Move, however, is slightly lagging behind. Released September 17, 2010, Sony has only sold a total of 4.1 million units during this time, and it’s unclear how many have actually been sold to consumers.
According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, Kinect is edging ahead and will continue to hold the lead. “About one fifth of PS3 sales included bundles with Sony’s Move controller, suggesting a modest third month. About half of Xbox 360 sales included bundles with Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral, suggesting a strong first month. Xbox 360 Kinect console bundles outsold PS3 Move console bundles by more than 5:1,” he stated recently.
The combined total of both units sold is expected to reach a total of around 8 million. He envisions Microsoft dropping the cost of the Kinect by about $50 in the spring, bringing it down from $300 to $250 per 4GB unit. When that happens, he also predicts Sony will bundle their PS3s and Move units together for about $300, the cost of the console itself. He also predicts that sales for both consoles and units will reach a grand total of around $500 to $800 million in the next year.
Competition’s fierce between these two manufacturers, and it looks as though the people have spoken. Public sentiment rests with the Kinect for the time being, but will Microsoft continue to hold the reins and bring truth to Pachter’s predictions? Only time will tell.