If you (or someone you can stand to be around during the holidays) is looking to get Kinect for Xbox 360 or Move for PlayStation 3, you all might be out of luck. Microsoft this week said that it is already seeing its motion sensing technology in short supply at some retail stores, and out of stock in others. Kinect launched on November 4 and has already managed to move 1 million units in various SKU’s including standalone, with game bundles, and bundled with new Xbox 360 systems. Last week, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick told consumers that getting a Kinect by Thanksgiving would be a wise idea because supplies were limited. He also predicted that Microsoft expects to sell more than 5 million units by year’s end.
On the other side of the fence is Sony’s PlayStation Move, which started out with one million units in retail last month at launch. The company is not saying how many units it has sold to date, but executives say that they underestimated the demand for the motion controller. In other words, expect demand to outstrip what units might remain at retail after big sale days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Peter Dille, Sony’s senior vice president of marketing in the U.S., said in an interview that stores are running low on supplies of the PlayStation Move controller, and will probably be low through January in “all major territories.”