GameStop Bets On Kinect Over Move

This won't be much of a surprise to anyone who's been keeping tabs on the mainstream media and the general public's reaction to both devices, but a GameStop executive reckons Kinect will outsell Move this Christmas. Especially at his house.

Providing a rare, partisan appraisal of both motion-sensing peripheral's chances in the all-important holiday season, GameStop's senior VP of merchandising and marketing Bob McKenzie told Eurogamer "I'd say right now Microsoft's Kinect is looking to be the winner of the two for us."

"We're very happy with the sell through over the weekend. It has met our expectations and actually exceeded our initial forecasts."

"I do have them both obviously and the Move sports bundle is a great option," he adds for that personal touch, "but I knew for my family – with an eight-year-old daughter and ten-year-old boy – that Kinect was really going to be the thing that was more geared towards my household."

Let this serve as yet another reminder that what you guys (and even sometimes us) piss and moan about on a forum has little bearing on the larger world of video game sales. Kinect has been seen as a joke by most "hardcore" gamers, but for people walking in off the street who have only played The Sims and the Wii it must look like sorcery.

Which is certainly a more appealing purchase for that demographic than Sony's Wii-a-like Move, regardless of how technically impressive the thing actually is once you get your hands on it.

First blood for Kinect in sales war? [Eurogamer]