The UK launch of Microsoft Kinect has followed hot on the heels of its arrival in the US and this controller-free interactive gaming peripheral for the Xbox 360 console has already sold over a million units around the world.
Microsoft has said that it hopes to sell five million of the motion-sensitive camera systems before the end of 2010 and with a fifth of this total reached in ten days, it looks like it will vastly exceed expectations and win the title of the hottest toy this Christmas without any real competition.
You can buy the Kinect device as a standalone add-on which is compatible with all versions of the Xbox 360 or you can get it bundled with a new console which will save you a bit of cash. Kinect uses a selection of camera technology to not only work out where you are in the room but also to recognise your face, detect depth and respond to voice commands.
You can use your hands to move through menus and make selections, while the Kinect will let you jump, run, shoot and carry out innumerable other in-game actions using your body. There are several websites that specialise in cheap laptops and other discounted gaming hardware that claim to have customised bundles for sale where you can get much more value for money than buying the standard unit on its own.
The idea of motion-controlled gaming has been around for years, but it was popularised by the Nintendo Wii back in 2006. Now both Microsoft and Sony have taken their own unique approaches to the technology, although it looks like these figures could help Microsoft beat out both of its rivals.
Julie Davies is a technology writer an writes on various subjects relating to gadgets for the home, digital cameras and home appliances. She is currently working for a computer magazine publsiher and writing articles for [http://www.laptopdiscountcodes.co.uk/]