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Amazon and BestBuy.com already sold out of Kinect pre-orders

Microsoft has declared that it wants Kinect's launch to be the most successful in the history of videogames. We'll see about that, but it's at least heading in the right direction as Amazon and BestBuy.com have both sold out of pre-orders.

We don't know how many Kinect units Microsoft has sent out for launch shipments, or how big a slice of the pie it allocated to Best Buy and Amazon, but the fast sell-out at least suggests a high level of consumer excitement. Though it should be noted that other online retailers, like Walmart.com, are still selling pre-orders.

At $150, the Kinect sells for almost as much as the Xbox 360 itself, is the same price as a Wii, and is more expensive than a DS. Some have suggested that it's too pricey to succeed.

Combine the price with a launch line-up of casual party games, and we're a bit skeptical that Microsoft will reach its high aspirations. The company expects to sell three million units by the end of the year.

But this is definitely a good start for Kinect. Microsoft's massive marketing campaign for the accessory - which it's poured more money into than it has for any Xbox product ever - seems to be paying off. There will be midnight launches for Kinect all over the US for its November 4 release. Will you be buying one?

[Source: San Francisco Chronicle]

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17 comments

  • n00b - October 29, 2010 2:16 p.m.

    noooooooo do not want
  • Kitsuta - October 29, 2010 1:28 p.m.

    @elpurplemonkey Sorry, I didn't mean to imply cynicism was a BAD thing. As gamers, we're bombarded daily with massive promises, and the delivery is never as good as the hype. Like with the Wii. What I meant by the Wii working "well enough" is that although it was not 1:1 as was promised, it still actually worked for most people for general motion (waggle) and pointing at the screen. Developers being lazy about it because they thought it was an easy cash-in does not factor into that bit, although it does factor (negatively) into overall enjoyment of the console. Contrast that with Kinect, which has so many 'requirements' to work at all that it worries me. Who wants to (or even CAN) play with a controller that won't work if their living room isn't big enough?
  • NanoElite666 - October 29, 2010 5:14 a.m.

    How the hell does it already have 29 reviews? Damn thing isn't even out yet!
  • garfunkling - October 29, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    you have to be sh*tting me.
  • CountFenring - October 29, 2010 4:18 a.m.

    @sleepy92ismypsn I've already played RB3, and while it was all those things, I'm unsure about buying now since I'm pretty sure it'll be getting a pricedrop around Christmas. Kinect is fun, especially Dance Central, and I rock at it. Again, probably going to get a pricedrop for Christmas, but I see it lasting me much longer than RB3 as I'm going to college next year and I'm not going to be able to take a brazillion plastic instruments and one little camera is very portable. As for the screen, it's a monitor. I'd hope for 1920x1200 or 2560x1600 with 120hz, but I'll probably have to settle for 1920x1200 at 60hz.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - October 29, 2010 1:18 a.m.

    What is the world coming to? *pulls trigger* @CountFenring get Rock Band 3. It's incredible if you like Rock music and video games. Wait how am I still typing if I just shot myself? *shoots self again*
  • Crabhand - October 29, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    This thing is still going to flop to gamers, it's tailor made to the ultra casual, non-gaming crowd. Microsoft can tout numbers all they want, it's not going to convince me or anyone I know to jump on the bandwagon.
  • FistfulofPelican - October 29, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    I love how there are customer reviews before it's even out.
  • urwifemykids - October 29, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    its gonna be shit and we all know it
  • TheCakeIsaPie - October 29, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    @ Ridgley: It's the Oprah moms. They saw Kinect on an Oprah episode and rushed out to pre-order it. Never underestimate the mom army.
  • tacehtselrahc - October 29, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    It's the first sign of the apocalypse!
  • CountFenring - October 29, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    I'm tied between this with Dance Central, Rock Band 3 with a Rock Band 2 guitar and a midi thing for my synth, or a new monitor. DECISIONS DECISIONS DECISIONS.
  • Ridgley - October 28, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    god DAMN it! Who is buying this bullshit?
  • elpurplemonkey - October 28, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    @ Kitsuta It's not cynicism. It's the simple fact that we were already burned once by the Wii and refuse to have it happen again. Also, as I Wii owner, I disagree that the Wii 'worked well enough.' If developers would have been more creative then it could have worked better. But as it stands, motion controls have yet to prove that they can come anywhere close to the standard button controller. Now, I'd like to see motion controls take off and give us that revolution we were promised, I really would. And I can definitely see the appeal- but you'll have to forgive the rest of us for being cautious this time around.
  • Kitsuta - October 28, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    It WAS on Oprah. It's exciting if you listen to the marketing and don't approach it with the truckload of cynicism most gamers carry around with them like pocket change. Basically, this has both the appeal and the pitfalls the Wii had, but moreso. Although the Wii didn't work quite as well as marketers claimed, it worked well enough, it's just that we wish it had better games. Kinect, on the other hand... I have very little confidence in it working at all for most people, especially with space requirements. Hopefully it does, because I don't want to be stuck with waggle-controls as long as I was stuck with two-dozen-button controls.
  • batman5273 - October 28, 2010 11:06 p.m.

    I pre ordered mine last week. Wife said there were only 5 left at the time.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - October 28, 2010 11:03 p.m.

    Yup pre-orders sold out at the store I work at too

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