The company that tracks sales data for Japanese video game software and hardware, Media Create presented its weekly report today with an assessment of Microsoft’s Kinect. Describing it as having “a quiet start,” the company reported that 26,000 units were sold during its launch weekend of November 20th & 21st. That figure includes stand-alone units as well as those bundled with a console.
The figure looks all the more sober when you consider that this is just half of the number of Sony PlayStation Move units sold during the debut weekend in October this year. The sales figure is still a mile away from the kind of numbers enjoyed by product launches from Sony and Nintendo platforms. PlayStation Move is available at a price of 5100 Yen (approx. $60.89) a unit. On the other hand, Kinect is being sold at a price of 14,800 Yen (approx. $176.70). Kinect is nearly triple the price of Move and this could be the primary reason why Microsoft has failed to attract the crowds.
Software-wise, no Kinect games cracked the top 20 games sold in Japan that week. Media Create revealed today that DanceMasters, the highest-ranking title on the list, sold 6,000 copies. Looking back at the Move’s launch week, four Move-compatible games made the top 20 and combined to sell over 50,000 copies.