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Microsoft's Kinect sets Guinness World Record for swift sales

Over 10m units of the Xbox infrared controller were sold within 60 days of its launch in November 2010.

A Japanese first customer poses with a Kinect for Xbox 360 on his shoulder at an electronic chain in Tokyo, 20 November, 2010.
A Japanese first customer poses with a Kinect for Xbox 360 on his shoulder at an electronic chain in Tokyo, 20 November, 2010.
Image: AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

MICROSOFT’S XBOX KINECT has become the fastest-selling device ever after selling over 10m units worldwide within 60 days of its launch, according to Guinness World Records.

That puts the Kinect ahead of both the iPhone and the iPad.

Guinness World Records told the BBC:

We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.

The iPhone 4 set the record for fastest-selling portable gaming system when it sold over 1.5m units within a day of its release in June 2010.

The Kinect, which is a hands-free motion sensor controller, was released in early November over 10m units were sold between 4 November, 2010, and 3 January, 2011. Microsoft says it has also sold over 10m Kinect games.

Shortly after its release, the new infrared controller system was hacked to allow the device to be used with a PC instead of with Microsoft’s Xbox console.

- Includes reporting from the AP

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