Ask the right questions, get the right answers. An internal marketing Q&A for Microsoft confirms that Kinect will be bundled with consoles, and a $US199 configuration of its new Xbox 360 will be available this fall.
In its document, Microsoft said Kinect would be available as a standalone device and as "part of a bundle with the newly designed Xbox 360 console," but "we have no additional details about pricing or retail strategy to share at this time." Kinect bundles already sprouted up at GameStop, earlier this week, an Arcade bundle for $US299 and an Elite bundle for $US399.
An Arcade version of the new black Xbox 360 was also alluded to, although, read verbatim, the Microsoft document says simply:
Q: Will you sell a $US199 version of the new Xbox 360?
A: We will offer a $US199 Xbox 360 this fall.
There were no further details about this console's features, such as hard drive/onboard storage (if any) or WiFi, which is 250GB and internal, respectively, on the new Slim design. A $US199 model would probably lack both. The current Arcade layout supports HDMI output so that would probably carry over, at least.
In case you're wondering, that's the promo shot of the 250GB layout, which one assumes will look the same externally. Microsoft has provided no images of the bundles or the $US199 slim.
Kotaku AU Note: Xbox Australia boss David McLean confirmed to me at E3 that we'd see a Kinect plus console bundle in Australia. However, he has yet to confirm details of price and content.