Have you ordered your Kinect yet?

The Kinect controller for Xbox 360 will be this holiday’s must have gadget with reports of pre-orders of the device being sold out even before launch! The video above, although cheesy at times, further indicates how popular this device will be in that they manage to sell out approximately 2000 units in 15 minutes! The HSN price is on the high side though because you could get the 4GB Xbox with Kinect from Wal-Mart or Amazon for $299 albeit without the two extra games and HDMI cable.

There are bigger implications however that go beyond gaming. I still believe that the Video Kinect capabilities will be a big hit because of the compatibility with Windows Live Messenger which is available for the PC and Mac. Add to the possibility of front facing cameras on future WP7 devices and the three screens and a cloud dream becomes reality. The Xbox 360 with Kinect provides the best combination of features compared to IOS/facetime+Apple TV or Android+Google TV because not only does it provide great video chatting capabilities, you can still play DVDs play, games among many other things using the same device which is something that the competition cannot claim to do. I was planning to wait closer to Thanksgiving for great deals to order the Kinect, but I may have to rethink that decision if the reports of scarcity turn out to be true. Are any of you planning to jump into the Kinect bandwagon?

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