Microsoft announced at their last CES keynote on Monday night that they have moved 18 milion Kinect sensors. That nearly doubles its install base year-over-year. However, this does mean that sales have slowed since its release in November 2010, selling eight million units in its first 60 days on the market while only shipping 10 million in all of 2011.
This news came along with some other announcements, such as Kinect for Windows, which is set for release on February 1st at a staggering $249. Later this year Microsoft is offering special academic pricing for “Qualified Educational Users”, so if you’re a student or educator you can pick up a Kinect for $149. The Kinect for Windows kit comes with a Kinect sensor, development software, a one-year warranty, software updates for human tracking and speech, and Microsoft’s “continued investment in Kinect for Windows based software advancement.”