The motion control war is in full swing and, at least in this round, Microsoft’s Kinect has beaten out Sony’s PlayStation Move in US console bundle sales by nearly five to one. The figures come from Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter who explains that “under one-fifth of PS3 sales included bundles with Sony’s Move controller, suggesting another modest month”. When compared to the Xbox, where “over two thirds of Xbox 360 sales included bundles with Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral, Xbox 360 Kinect console bundles again outsold PS3 Move console bundles by over five to one.”
Pachter predicted the future of console sales as well: “We expect demand for the Xbox 360 to remain stronger than the other consoles due to the popularity of Kinect. We expect Wii and PS3 hardware sales to continue to decline (despite February’s up month for both) in the first part of 2011.”
Console sales overall in the United States had increased year-to-year in February, with the PS3 selling 403,000 units (up 12%), the Xbox 360 with 535,000 units (up 27%) and the Wii selling 454,000 units (up 14%).