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July 1, 2010

Microsoft Kinect to cost £130?

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by Darren Allan

Microsoft’s new Xbox 360 motion control system Kinect, which is due out in November, has been priced by one UK online store.

EuroGamer points out that retailer ShopTo has the Kinect up for pre-order with a price tag of £129.99, although ShopTo told the gaming site this was a placeholder price.

In other words it’s just a guess, and one likely made with the thought in mind of stirring up some controversy and driving traffic to the retailer’s site.

However, it isn’t a guess made without any basis. The fact remains that the Microsoft Store in the US has Kinect up for pre-order priced at $150.

Although even that isn’t guaranteed to be the official final price. Microsoft may have set that as an upper limit, and it could be lowered as the launch day draws nearer.

It’s all guesswork, really, but the point is that it seems as if Kinect is likely to tip over the hundred pound mark, which is more than some were expecting.

Certainly if it does end up at the £120 or £130 mark, that may well make a difference to how many stockings this particular gift makes its way into this Christmas. You can get yourself an actual console for that money – for example, another well-known motion machine, the Nintendo Wii, isn’t much more.

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3 Comments »
  1. It needs to be less that 50 quid for it to become common an widely use. If it is not cheap people will not buy it an games will not be made for it.

    Comment by David Knowles — July 1, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

  2. Damn, thats pricey. And I don’t want to hear about the amount of tech you’re getting. It’s just a controller. If it did anything else then maybe fine, but it doesn’t do anything else.

    Comment by Waldo — July 1, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

  3. OK, for those who are saying it’s expensive, think about it this way: It’s a controller for up to FOUR people.

    Now consider the price of the Sony Move (on US$): $50 for the wand, and $30 for the “nunchuk” equivalent - that $80 PER PLAYER! Then you have to add the camera on top - paying $100 for the first player!

    Again look at the price of a Wii controller: $40 for the remote and $20 for the nunchuk, that’s $60 PER PLAYER!

    Compare the price of playing 4 people on a Kinect to playing 4 people with Move or Wii:
    Kinect = $150
    Move = $320
    Wii = $180 (first set free with console)

    Come on, now tell me that the Kinect is expensive - unless of course you have no friends, in which case you only have to buy the one set of controllers… :P

    Comment by PhilA — July 1, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

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