Kinect Sells 8 Million Units, New Features On The Way

Microsoft has shipped more than 8 million Kinect units since its November launch on the Xbox 360, company CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed.

Speaking during a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Ballmer said that the company had sold more Kinect units than it had originally predicted, making 2010 the biggest year for Microsoft's gaming division.

The CEO also celebrated the fact that last year had been an immense success for the company, with a string a new products being launched.

“(It) was a very, very exciting year for our customers. We launched Windows Phone 7, Office 2010, and Kinect, and we introduced Internet Explorer 9 and Office 365. We saw great growth in our Bing and Azure services, and with the amazing success of Windows 7, it’s truly been a year like none other,” he said.

According to TechRadar, Ballmer revealed that the company plans to introduce Kinect Avatars to the Xbox 360, set to allow users to hold virtual meetings with their friends. The sophisticated motion sensing and facial recognition technology in Kinect will let users' avatars move with their body motion, as well as mimic facial expression.