In the battle of the motion control systems for the Xbox and PS3 consoles, it seems that Microsoft’s Kinect may get the better of Sony’s Move.
Such is the word from a number of early studies and surveys. Firstly, we have the Duracell survey which emerged earlier this week. It discovered youngsters wanted the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as their most wanted presents (whatever happened to a stick and a hoop, along with an orange).
But fourth in the list behind the Apple gadgets was Kinect, with 6% of kids plumping for that as their favoured Xmas pressie. Move was back in eighth place with 4%.
TechRadar pointed out a study by research firm Ipsos, which named Kinect as the most popular piece of gaming hardware in the UK on the run up to Christmas. It found 13% of those questioned were planning on purchasing a Kinect, compared to 11% for the Move.
Research in America is also coming up with similar results. An IDC study highlighted by PC World attempted to predict the user base of both motion controllers in six months time.
The results? The Kinect will have between 2.9 and 4.1 million users, and Move 2.5 to 3.6 million. So roughly the guesstimate is 3.5 million for Kinect versus 3 million for Move.
Microsoft is certainly planning on doing everything it can to make Kinect big, with a $500 million marketing spend in what the Corporate VP of Microsoft Game Studios called its “biggest platform launch ever”.
While the Move is already on sale and has been for over a month now, Kinect launches in two weeks time.