PS3 exclusive racing game Gran Turismo 5 might be released a week after Kinect hits Japan on November 20, but the game already looks set to run over Microsoft’s motion control system this holiday season.
Apparently, it seems that Kinect may too suffer the same fate, as gamers line up to play Gran Turismo 5 and neglect Kinect entirely. While this doesn’t necessarily mean Kinect will have a poor launch in Japan, it’s not a good foreshadowing of things to come either.
Meanwhile in the West, Kinect appears to be on its way to being this holiday’s hot gift. Because of the size of the American and European markets, low Kinect sales in Japan will not necessarily impact whether Japanese game developers make titles for the Kinect or not. In 2009, several of the country’s biggest developers discussed their visions of Kinect, which was then titled Project Natal.