While the future of Microsoft’s controller-free peripheral still remains to be seen, the initial response from the public seems to be that $149 just seems too expensive for the Kinect. This has led to many analysts predicting a slow adoption rate of the Kinect. However, not every analyst agrees, with Lazard Capital Markets’ Colin Sebastian painting a much brighter future for the peripheral.
According to Gamespot, Sebastian believes the Kinect will sell four million units before the end of this year. Sebastian states “Our checks indicate that the Kinect build is on a pace of 2M units per month, and we now believe that the mix of Xbox 360 shipments for the holidays will be more heavily weighted toward the Kinect bundle. As such, we are increasing our Kinect unit sales expectations for Q4 to 4 million worldwide, up from 3 million units previously.” We’ll just have to wait to see how the sales of the peripheral shake out once it’s released.