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Xbox Kinect To Crush PlayStation Move?

IDC estimates Microsoft's hands-free control system could top Sony's rival offering in units sold by as much as 50%.

When it comes to the advanced controller wars, Microsoft's Xbox Kinect system could outsell Sony's PlayStation Move by a considerable margin in the crucial, holiday shopping season, according to a market watcher.

IDC, in a study released Monday, predicted Microsoft will sell between 2.5 million and 3 million Kinect sensors for Xbox 360 in the fourth quarter. IDC expects Sony to sell between 2 million and 2.25 million PlayStation move systems.

PlayStation Move allows gamers to interact with on-screen action through a handheld wand equipped with special sensors, while Kinect allows users to play completely hands free.

"While it doesn't appear Kinect or Move will be this year's Tickle Me Elmo, millions of additional U.S. households will be enjoying motion-based gaming this holiday season," said Lewis Ward, research manager for IDC's video game industry advisory service, in a statement.

Sony released the Move system late last month, and is offering a bundle that includes Sports Champions and the PlayStation Eye camera for $99.

Microsoft recently unveiled a slew of games for Xbox Kinect that will debut when the system launches on Thursday. The most high-profile title on the list is "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1 The Videogame." From Electronic Arts, the $49.99 game gives players the chance to assume the character of the famous boy wizard.

Also launching on or around Kinect's Nov. 4 release date are Kinectimals (Frontier Studios), which lets players interact with on screen zoo animals, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft), which provides exercise routines with the help of a virtual, on-screen trainer, and Kinect Sports (Rare), which lets users play simulated soccer, bowling, volleyball, and other games.

Kinect Joy Ride (Big Park) is billed as the world's first hands-free racing game, and Dance Central (MTV Games) allows players to groove to tunes by artists like Lady Gaga, No Doubt, M.I.A., and more.

Microsoft plans to introduce a $299 Kinect bundle that includes a new, slimmed down 4GB Xbox 360 console equipped with the Kinect sensor bar. The package also features Kinect Adventures, an exploration game designed to take full advantage of the Kinect technology. The company also is offering a $399 bundle that features a 250GB console with Kinect and the Kinect Adventures game.

Additionally, Microsoft will make the Kinect sensor bar available as an add-on for existing Xbox 360 consoles, at a price of $149, including Kinect Adventures.

The Kinect bar features a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. That means players can control on-screen action simply through physical gestures and verbal commands. The sensor bar is designed to plug directly into the Xbox 360 console.

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