Microsoft this morning marked the upcoming first anniversary of its Kinect for Xbox 360 with this inspiring video showing how the motion sensor is expanding beyond the world of gaming, something it calls the “Kinect Effect.” (Via WinRumors)

And the company offered up some news on that front, saying that Kinect for Windows will be available for widespread commercial use starting early next year, opening up the device to licensed applications from businesses on computers. This is a follow-up to the release of the non-commercial Kinect software development kit for academics and researchers earlier this year.

What’s odd is that Microsoft is still citing old data for Kinect sales. Anecdotally it seems that Kinect has been selling well, and driving strong sales of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, which has been running away with the U.S. market lately.

But the company hasn’t given an update on Kinect unit sales since hitting the 10 million milestone in March of this year. We’ve asked Microsoft for fresher numbers, and we’ll update this post depending on what we hear back.

In the meantime, here’s a “Kinect Effect” infographic released by the company this morning. (Click for a larger version.)

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  • Guest

    There’s probably been a large slowdown in units sales and they don’t want to admit that ahead of the holidays. They’ll probably report a new unit count after the holiday push.

  • Guest

    The NPD group, an independent organization, has reported that Xbox 360 sales exceeded those of all other home game consoles every month this year. Kinect is clearly driving more consumers to invest in Xbox 360 whether they buy a bundled console and device or the device by itself.

    Nintendo, by contrast, is bleeding cash trying to keep up. Sony was so discouraged by its poor US sales that it shut down its PlayStation Network service for weeks, only reviving it when pressured to do so.

  • Hareluyacos

    Kinect changed the image of xbox.

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