updated 03:55 pm EDT, Fri September 17, 2010
Microsoft thinks Kinect will outsell iPad
Microsoft Game Studios manager Kudo Tsunoda set up an unofficial battle between Apple and Microsoft with an argument today that Kinect will beat the iPad for sales. Following good pre-orders, the former Fight Night developer said to Gamasutra that the Xbox 360 motion controller's holiday sales would "blow away" those of the iPad. He cited NPD data that the Xbox was already outselling the PS3 and Wii as evidence that Kinect is likely to surge when it becomes available on November 4.
The add-on's ability to lure buyers isn't certain. Although the controller is much less expensive than an iPad at $150, it also needs an Xbox 360 and represents a subset of the gaming audience. Buying a complete set from the start requires $299 for an Xbox 360 Arcade as well as $50 for every game beyond the one bundled title. Apple is more expensive at first, but most iPad games cost less than $20.
Neither device directly competes with each other, but Microsoft has been counting on Kinect to become the halo Christmas gift of the year and likely hopes to indirectly give Windows tablets a better chance by partly muting the attention given to Apple's tablet.