Microsoft’s Chief Executive, Steve Ballmer has announced that the company has sold more than eight million Kinect controllers for XBox 360. This has happened in the first two months of the release of the gesture-sensing controllers.
Steve Ballmer was giving a keynote presentation the night before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011. He announced that more than 50 million Xbox consoles have been sold throughout the world, and Live members have now grown to 30 million. This he announced to show that the boom in Kinect sales is related to the increase in popularity of Xbox consoles and the Live membership that is linked to those consoles.
Ballmer said, “This has been the biggest holiday and the biggest year ever for Xbox,” Ballmer said. “A new member joins Xbox Live every two seconds.”
About XBox, the CEO had this to say, “Your Xbox is becoming the hub of your living room,” Ballmer said. “It is your gaming system, but it’s your movie, it’s your TV experience, it’s a TV show, and it’s your sporting event.”
The Kinect controller allows people to play games by using body movement or verbal commands. It costs around 150 dollars. Microsoft is exploring the option of letting people gesture in real-time and represent themselves as animated characters online in a Live virtual world. The virtual world feature called ‘Avatar Kinect’ is going to be released by mid of 2011, and only users who are subscribed to ‘gold’ membership of XBox Live, will be able to avail it.
In the keynote speech on Wednesday night, Steve Ballmer also praised smartphones that are powered by Windows Phone 7 software and said that the Sprint and Verizon Windows 7 smartphones are going to be released in the US in a few months time. He said,
“Only the imagination limits what can be done with Windows PCs today: write on them, draw on them, hang them on the wall, touch them, use a wireless keyboard, play a game, and much, much more.”