Last night Microsoft hired out New York’s iconic Times Square to launch Kinect to North Americans. And with such an audacious event came the need to put on a bloody good show. Launch pictures from Gamesradar.
Microsoft expecting to sell more than 3 million units by year’s end. So will you help them achive this? Vote at the end of the post.
Update: added gallery
Kotaku took pictures of rapper/crooner Ne-Yo leading hundreds of dancers in a choreographed routine. You could say he was the controller. Those pictures also showed how not only all traffic through Times Square was blocked for the evening, but how all of Times Square’s gigantic televisions flaunted Kinect-based advertising throughout.
Microsoft US bigwig Aaron Greeberg was astounded by what he saw. “Kinect has taken over all of Times Square… Never seen anything like it,” he tweeted. He too shared a picture from the event, this time of a Kinect advert on a Times Square telly.
Website Broadway World also shared some snaps, this time of surprise guest, actor Mark Wahlberg. He looked muscular in grey.
Kinect is on sale now in North America. Expect statistics and a Microsoft PR cacophony when they wake up.
Microsoft has set a target of 5 million Kinect sales by the end of 2010. (What we need now is a Blue Peter-style fund raising tube-graph to keep track of Kinect’s progress on.)
Official XBox Magazine reviews
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Gamespot Kinect Launch Center
Kotaku loves and hates
Kotaku example of bad controlling the game
Kotaku sports review
Kotaku adventure review
And now some voting time, sorry, but you have to do this still with the mouse…
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