Ever since Microsoft’s motion control system Kinect had its pricing announced, we’ve been saying that it runs the risk of turning Xbox owners off with its £130 tag.
Whereas Sony’s basic Move motion controller starter package for the PS3 only runs to £50. There’s a lot more to the story than this – see the arguments we covered in our piece on the issue last week – but it seems like the public might agree with our initial gut reaction.
A survey by Groupola.com (which was brought to our attention by Now Gamer) asked 2000 gamers about their motion control plans, and the results were quite startling.
A healthy 64% of PS3 owners indicated they were planning on picking up the Move Starter Kit, whereas only 23% of Xbox’ers said that they were intending to buy Kinect.
77% of those with an Xbox 360 thought the price of £130 was too much to ask for Kinect.
Although the other cause for lack of enthusiasm, aside from the price, might be that only 19% of Xbox owners were impressed with the Kinect titles which were unveiled at E3.
All of which isn’t a particularly good omen for Microsoft in the battle of motion controllers.