Sales of Sony PS3 consoles are slumping and Microsoft’s Xbox games console is rapidly overtaking the once popular Nintendo Wii, due in part to the company’s new motion-sensing Kinect controller new research shows.Research firm NPD expects sales of 1.075m Xbox 360 consoles in November, up 31 per cent on a year ago, compared with 975,000 Wii sales, down 23 per cent. They expect 650,000 Sony PlayStation 3 units sold, down 8 per cent year-on-year.
“We expect strong demand for the Xbox 360 due to the successful debut [in November] for Kinect, and believe that Kinect console bundles sold especially well,” said the analysts in a note.
Microsoft launched the Kinect camera sensor in Australia last month as an add-on for existing consoles. They also offered it bundled with an Xbox 360 console.
The Wall Street Journal said that MIcrosoft raised its original estimates of 3m Kinect sales this year globally to 5m shortly before launch and seems on target to achieve this despite several publications running “shortage” stories.