There’s nothing like a bold statement, especially one that grabs headlines.
Kudo Tsunoda, Microsoft’s spokesman for the Kinect controller, is well-known for looking like he just got woken from a three day bender in Vegas every time he takes the stage to speak for the company. He is also known for making some pretty bold statements, but the newest one may be his best one yet.
Speaking to Gamasutra at the Tokyo Game Show recently, Mr. Tsunoda made some pretty big comments about just how successful the Kinect will be at launch:
The preorders have been really strong. As far as what we’re looking at for Holiday, this is going to be stuff that’ll blow away any of the sales you’ve seen with iPad. The Xbox 360 is already selling better than the Wii and Sony right now. Kinect’s really just going to boost that to a whole new level.
While it’s always good to believe in your products, there is a point you get to where you stick your foot so far in your mouth tha the public will enjoy watching you try to get it out.
I’ve already ordered my Kinect, but I’ve started to question that decision as of late as more information comes out about some potential lag issues, the inability for the device to accurately read people who are sitting down, lackluster games and the general sense that the device is over priced. Preorders may be going gangbusters at the moment, but how will those second week sales numbers come in? There will be a lot of die hard people picking it up right away, but as reviews come in, and word of mouth spreads, there is every chance those sales numbers will quickly drop off.
It’s great to see someone jazzed about their own product, but it’s also always a good idea to keep your statements in the realm of reality. The iPad had a lot going for it, and a much broader potential customer base than the Kinect will have.
Lets revisit this statement in a year and see how well it holds up, but my guess is will be hearing statements that start off with, “Well, you see, we didn’t count on …”
What say you? will the Kinect outsell the iPad?