Microsoft’s motion sensing peripheral, Kinect, was launched in Japan this week. You would think that would bring about a huge surge in Xbox 360 sales for the week.
As a matter of fact, it did. But the real winner of the Japanese Hardware Chart (via 4gamer, 15th - 21st November 2010) is Sony’s PSP which managed to more than double last week’s sales numbers.
PS3: 29,058 (21,114)
Wii: 27,851 (39,308)
Xbox 360: 7,083 (2,149)
PS2: 1,255 (1,233)
PSP: 96,601 (40,328)
DSi LL: 21,836 (18,711)
DSi: 20,550 (13,994)
DS Lite: 1,904 (1,752)
PSP Go: 1,816 (2,727)
(Previous week’s unit sales in brackets for comparison)
Sales of the PSP-3000 series skyrocketed from over 40,000 units to over 96,000 this week. There’s no clear indicator as to what the catalyst for the surge is - no big-hitting handheld titles are currently nestling in the Top 10, unless everyone was simply waiting on the portable version of Winning Eleven 2011 to roll around.
What everyone seemed keen on - at least going by crowds at launch night - was the Xbox 360 Kinect device. Although it propelled console sales from 2,149 to 7,083, it’s still nowhere near the numbers that Microsoft might have been hoping for, particularly as the PlayStation 3 sees a significant sales lift on the back of Call of Duty: Black Ops. The fact that no Kinect games managed to enter the Top 20 Software Chart may have also been a factor.