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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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