Microsoft aiming to significantly bolster Kinect line-up by the end of the year; showing new games at E3.
Following its success in April's NPD report, Microsoft has said that it will triple its Kinect games portfolio by the end of the year. According to the company, the Xbox 360 has been the top-selling console in the US for ten out of the previous 11 months.
Microsoft noted the strong performance of its current Kinect games, with Kinect Sports selling in excess of three million units worldwide to date, and Dance Central selling over two and a half million.
"In anticipation of another record year in 2011," the company said. "Microsoft announced the size of the Kinect games portfolio will triple by the end of the year."
Speaking to Joystiq, Microsoft product manager David Dennis said: “We’ve seen some of the media start to ask the question, ‘When are we going to see more Kinect games coming?’ As we sat there and looked at it we realized we’ve got a lot of games coming and we’re going to show a lot of them at E3."
“We know that the [core audience] took Xbox and made it the home for core games," he added, "whether they’re first-party games or third-party games. We would certainly never leave that audience behind. So for us and for Phil [Spencer] and the folks over at MGS, it’s not about depriorizing one or the other. It’s about how we go big on any and all: Go big on Kinect games; go big on core games.”
Microsoft also claimed that total retail spend on its hardware, software and accessories during the month was $310 million, stating that it was "still the highest among current generation consoles."