With the new breed of motion control filling the stop-gap left by where we would once expect a new console cycle, analysts have expressed their delight at the festive performance of both PlayStation Move and Xbox 360 Kinect.
"Among all the analysts, I was the most bullish, forecasting five to six million in sell through by the end of the year," EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich told Eurogamer.
"While Microsoft announced 8m in ‘ship-in’, it would imply at least 6.5m units, surpassing even the most bullish of estimates."
But to mistake Kinect’s huge success for some sort of failure on Move’s behalf is foolish, Divnich adds.
"The PlayStation Move is doing phenomenally and certainly Sony should not be disappointed by their holiday results," he added.
"Yes, in comparison, the Kinect did outsell the Move, but that shouldn’t discount the tremendous success the Move has had over the holidays. Selling in over four million of anything in this sector is an incredible accomplishment, even if a competitor sells more."
"Even without the official December figures in, I have no doubt in concluding that both the Kinect and Move saved the holiday season from what would have been a disastrous situation of negative dollar comparisons. If Nintendo ‘saved’ us in 2008 and 2009, Microsoft and Sony returned that favour in 2010," he concluded."