Microsoft Prices Kinect, Xbox 360 Motion Games

Microsoft's Kinect add-on for the Xbox 360 will be $US150 and come with a copy of Kinect Adventures when the motion controller hits stores in November, the company said today. Kinect games will sell for $US50 each.

Microsoft's news today confirms rumour about the price of the add-on that have been making the rounds since the date for Kinect was unveiled at E3 last month.

The Kinect kit will come with both the proprietary cable that works with Microsoft's latest Xbox 360 and a USB cable and power cord that will work with the original Xbox 360s.

Microsoft will also be selling a new bundle that includes the redesigned Xbox 360 with 4GB of internal flash memory and the Kinect kit for $US300 starting on November 4. News of the bundle first broke on Kotaku last month.

Microsoft's product manager Aaron Greenberg says that Microsoft expects that Kinect will be a "huge driver of console sales".

"I think Kinect absolutely presents a unique opportunity to reach a much broader audience then we've spoken to before," Greenberg said.

The Kinect Adventure game includes more than 20 different game modes and supports up to two players at a time. The new motion control add-on will launch along side 15 titles, Greenberg said. While Microsoft can't dictate the price third-party developers sell their games for, the currently announced four internally developed Kinect games will sell for $US50, $US10 less than most Xbox 360 games.

Kinect goes up against Nintendo's already established and massively successful Wii console, which sells for $US200 and comes with the sensor bar, single remote, single nunchuk, a MotionPlus add-on and copies of Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort.

Sony's motion-sensing Move add-on, for the Playstation 3 (which starts at $US300), hits on September 19 for a variety of pricing options. The Playstation Move bundle, which includes a single controller, the required camera and a copy of Sports Champions, sells for $US100. The sub-controller for the Move sells for $US30.


    What the hell is a "propitiatory cable"? "Proprietary" perhaps???

    This doesn't bode well for us aussies. $150 US MS dollars will equate to $200 - $230 AUD? I can't see any Kinect launch games that would make me want to spend that sort of money after buying the new slim console.

    I said it before, if it costs more than about $100 it isn't going to work. Especially with such meagre launch games. You will get a few interested people buying it at this price, a few foolish people, and a few gamers that either think 'what the hell I'll try it' or actually like the look of the games.

    However the majority of gamers will not be willing to spend that much just to see what it's like, and there aren't any games that will appeal to them. The majority of the casual audience will probably see that as too pricey if they don't already have a console, and if they do, they probably already own a Wii and won't need one.

    It really bugs me that they run a worldwide company, but only release pricing details in one country at a time. How hard is it to sit in a room for another hour or 2 and work out pricing?

    They had UK pricing within a few hours... why does it take days to announce Australian pricing?

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