Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed that the Kinect device has sold over 19 million units worldwide. Considering this device was released in 2010, this number makes up roughly 28% of the 67 million Xbox 360 consoles sold since 2005. For a tool with less shelf time than its predecessor, these numbers appear to be an enticing prospect with a definitive future, and that thought is exactly along the lines of Microsoft’s plans.
As reported months ago, Xbox 360′s outreach has become more grounded in a wide range of entertainment. Videos, music, movies and gaming are all vying together in one bundled package under Microsoft’s banner. No longer solely a gaming console, Xbox has become a massive hub and one-stop shop for all one’s visual/audio needs.
With that stated, it makes sense that the evolving future of the Kinect is to not only provide gaming but hands-free access to these newly conquered frontiers and more. What’s next as Kinect marches forward with its sales? Internet Explorer is arriving later this year, as well as increased fitness focus with a recently announced Nike partnership. All these frontiers are culminating around this device as Microsoft continues to churn out full-motion games and “Better With Kinect” titles. The entertainment giant is just getting started, and we’re just strapping in for the ride.