Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral, Kinect, has struggled to capture the interest of Japanese consumers, following a report that the device has endured a "pretty rough start" in the country.
Taketo Matsuo, a merchandiser for major retailer Tsutaya, has said that Kinect is currently selling around a quarter of the numbers of Sony's PlayStation Move. The lack of the platform's launch titles in the retailer's best-selling charts was mentioned as a concern.
Matsuo also said that despite Microsoft's efforts to attract the "light user" (read: casual gamers), his experience was that mainly existing console owners were snapping up Kinect.
Media Create rankings for the week have yet to be published, and this only represents one retailer's consumer experience, so make of that what you will. But judging Microsoft's unfortunate performance in Japan so far, Matsuo's words sound like a bit of a 'heads up' to us.