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Kinect Will Be Bestseller For Christmas Says Microsoft

Microsoft is all revved up ahead of the launch of Kinect in a fortnight after the initial batch of Kinect motion controllers has been sold out across the UK.

The general manager for the Xbox for UK and Ireland, Neil Thompson, told MCV (opens in new tab) that there will be a healthy launch volume from week one with hundreds of thousands of devices being sold by year end.

He acknowledged that Microsoft won't be able to meet the demand of every single retailer in the UK on day one but hopes that the situation will improve after a few days.

As it stands, both Play.com (opens in new tab), Asda (opens in new tab), Tesco (opens in new tab) and Amazon.co.uk (opens in new tab), Shopto.net (opens in new tab) have stopped taking preorders. Game (opens in new tab) and Blockbuster (opens in new tab) are the only ones that are still taking preorders.

It's worth pointing out that Viking Direct, the UK branch of Office Depot, sells the Kinect (opens in new tab) for as little as £104.99 exc VAT. The Kinect, formerly known as Project Natal, has been tipped to be one of the most sought after gifts for this coming Christmas and is likely to cause a surge in orders of the new Xbox 360 slim in December as well.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.