Move, Kinect to lift peripherals market

Kinect and Move might herald a new era for peripherals and accessories firms.

Companies such as Exspect, Venom, Pinpoint and Hubb are planning to refresh their ranges to fit the new Microsoft and Sony devices.

E3 opened up a whole new world of possibilities for accessories,” Venom’s business development manager Tom Hodge told MCV.

Move and Kinect both offer very different solutions and unique possibilities to work on for launch.

Given that the majority of the current formats have been on the market for a while now, the injection of these three new platforms should give the market a huge lift.”

Hubb’s sales director Melanie Jones agreed: The market has been waiting for this new injection of creativity and opportunity.

This will also generate a great deal of interest and enthusiasm from consumers who, for a long time have wanted something new to get behind and embrace. These devices will no doubt drive footfall into store and online, and give the Christmas season a much needed boost.”

Several leading firms are already working on new accessories to complement the launches of both Microsoft’s and Sony’s new motion controllers, expecting strong sales in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.
Pinpoint’s product manager Tom Armstrong offered:

With such a plethora of amazing announcements, Pinpoint will be at the forefront of the additional sale opportunities.

We have strong interest in all these products and already have some great development ideas in progress.”

Exspect product manager William Slater added: These new devices present an opportunity to release new products that will help enhance the user’s experience even further.

Advances in technology mean more tech becomes available to us to create more innovative products.”

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