The hottest gaming ticket of the holiday season and maybe beyond has gone on sale today. Microsoft’s Kinect Sensor has is ready to conquer the gaming industry. So far with strong pre-order sales and good analyst predictions, Microsoft has a winner on their hands.
With that being said, where can you get your hands on one? Honestly, I didn’t think that it would be this hard to get one today, I really pay attention to the pre-orders news and rumors, maybe I should of. According to Best Buy and Amazon, they have been sold out of their pre-orders for sometime. I heard Toys’ R’ Us was also possibly sold out of their pre-orders.
It seems Microsoft has also raised its first year expectations. In a interview with Bloomberg News, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick said they now expect to sell over 5 million units this year. The original forecast was about 3 million, that’s a big boost in today’s economic climate. This could make Kinect the biggest Xbox product launch in Microsoft’s history.
From what I can tell, the Microsoft Kinect Sensor is sold out almost everywhere. I went out today to try and buy a Kinect, and it’s sold out everywhere. I live in the New York Tri-State area, not far from NYC. so there are a lot of retailers around. No luck anywhere. I went to Best Buy, Toys’ R’ Us, and one Wal-Mart. They were all gone by the time I got there.
A Wal-Mart employee told me that there wasn’t a big initial shipment sent out. So that’s probably the reason behind it, I did see a few Xbox 360 and Kinect bundles, but no Kinect only sensor. He said hopefully in a few weeks there will be a fresh shipment, but he didn’t have a date. The soonest available units will be here in 2 weeks, according to Best Buy, they have 1-2 week backorder. So I figure that will be my best bet. I’d like to have a review for you guys, but looks like it will have to wait.
Anyone who was able to get a Kinect, I’d love to hear what you think, drop a comment and let me know.
[via Bloomberg News]