Kinect shortages reported but it isn't a marketing stunt, honest
Wretched and ancient as I am, I can't accept computer games that don't work best with a joypad. Christ. I'm still saying 'computer games' and 'joypad'. I'm going to start thrilling about Kempston joysticks if I'm not careful and enthusing about games that don't take 20 minutes to load.
Anyway, the world seems to be moving toward a more freeform way of playing games, kicked off by the Eye Toy, taken on by Wii and now, realised by Microsoft's Kinect. And everyone is going nutso over the latter.
So much so that it is selling out in the shops. No surprise there, right? Well, the retail sector smell a rat. They're saying that they are not only running short of 250GB Xbox 360 consoles, but stock levels of Kinect aren't where they would like them to be.
Some have suggested that Microsoft is intentionally limiting the numbers of Kinect shipped in an effort to keep demand high.
However, sources close to Microsoft are saying that this isn't the case at all, mainly because they've not been known to do this in the past. It is being suggested that the hold-up is due to a slow turnaround in manufacturing.
The U.S. and U.K. have been affected the most by this with some retailers having no idea whether they'll be able to get more in before Christmas. It seems you may have to act quickly if you're considering buying one. Now, if you don't mind, I've got a game of Fantasy World Dizzy on the go that needs finishing.