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Kinect 'nothing but exciting' from now on, promises Microsoft

Christmas success 'spiked' developer interest, says exec

Kinect's Christmas sales success has seen developer interest in the motion sensing peripheral 'spike'.

That's according to the senior producer of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, Kevin Unangst, who promised CVG in a recent interview that the Xbox motion camera is "going to be nothing but exciting from now on".

Microsoft said in January that it had shipped eight million Kinect units and "far surpassed" five million sold to consumers in the device's first 60 days on the market.

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Unangst said: "Interest has absolutely spiked [since Christmas]. We were excited about Kinect going into the holidays when we released it but I think we even exceeded our own expectations.

"It's great to see developers coming back and saying 'wow, this is a serious platform' - the numbers speak for themselves. We're selling consoles faster than we ever have. We're selling Kinect in massive numbers... So it creates an opportunity for [developers].

"So yes, developer interest is more and more than it ever has been," he said.

The exec suggested that Microsoft hopes to see more big name developers tempted towards Kinect development following its stellar launch performance - but he wouldn't comment on who he'd like to see sign up.

"There are folks that I would love to speculate on but if I do it's going to indirectly create some news," he said.

"I'm thrilled with the people we have working on it, I think the creative minds that we now have asking 'how do we bring Kinect in a relevant way to a core gamer?' is awesome.

"I think it's going to be nothing but exciting from now on."

In the same interview, the senior producer claimed 2011 will be "incredible" for hardcore gamers on Xbox 360.

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