Microsoft beats its own Kinect sales forecast: iSuppli

 iSuppli  Microsoft sold as many as 8 million units of its Kinect motion sensor for Xbox 360 video-game console in 2010, beating its own forecast of 5 million units, research firm iSuppli claims.

The world's leading software firm managed to beat its own forecast by 60 per cent, thanks to its aggressive marketing strategies that depicted the device as technically superior to the Sony Move controller that is available for around $100 less than the Kinect.

Relatively, Sony could manage to sell around 5.2 million units of its Move controllers by the end of last year.

The Kinect motion-sensor device allows Xbox 360 owners to play and control games with body gestures and movements instead of with conventional controllers.

The popular Kinect motion-sensor also provided a strong boost to Xbox sales. Microsoft’s Xbox was the only game console that reported increase in sales in December 2010 as compared with the previous year.

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has given Kinect chip-manufacturer PrimeSence credit for innovative technology by including the company’s name in its list of top fifty innovative companies for 2011.