The lights are on
Microsoft finally revealed the name for Project Natal at last week’s E3—Kinect. That’s great and all, but it left out a considerable detail: How much is this thing going to cost? There’s been a lot of speculation about that detail, and a cluster of major retailers has it priced at about $150. Microsoft may have inadvertently confirmed that detail on its official store. Customers can go there now and preorder the unit for…$149.99.
Of course, this could all be a major coincidence, with retailers such as GameStop, Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, and now Microsoft all arriving at the same make-believe price. It would be awfully strange if that were the case, though. It’s still not official until a Microsoft exec reveals the price to a stunned crowd, but if you’re interested in getting one of these things you may want to slide three $50s into an envelope and put it on a shelf somewhere. Just in case.
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Time to buy a Wii.
That sure is one expensive dust collector.
Certainly out of character for Microsoft... I don't doubt that this price could stick, but given it's unceremonious unveiling... and maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I see an official announcement at a JUST slightly lower price to rouse consumer interest.
thats seems a bit high to me. if i had $150 to spend on game stuff, theres a lot of stuff i'd buy before Kinect. like a few games, a new controller, or Move
...that's almost as much as a Wii itself. Microsoft really expects people to buy an xbox and THEN this thing? The Wii has this for free! Why would anybody want to pick this thing up in the first place?
I can't believe it doesn't come with a game. That is asking a lot, especially with how poorly it demos.
If there's a silver lining to this, it's that it's better to get this price out early so people can get used to it.
When the rubber hits the road this fall, I bet there are a lot of people who are blanching at the price now that will succumb to buying it at launch due to the excitement.
And once you buy something, it isn't often that you truly regret having done so afterwards. Unless you're like Jeff and you paid $200 for a limited edition Spin Doctors CD.
$150!? GOOD LAWD, THAT'S A LOTTA MONEY! How about I give $1.50 and you let me smell the packaging?
Yes i see your point, but someone like me would never get used to that price just for.......... kinect
no thank you game informer, i am not slipping anything anywhere. the only resson why they didnt announce the price was because the wanted ps3 to announce their move price first.
My 4 $50 have been on my shelf for months now. Just in case.
It seems that never announcing the price and then just setting it on their website is a shady cop-out.
here we go again! for those bitching about Kinect being far too expensive, may i direct you to my blog.
I thought it would be more exspensive. But why would you gt that when you could get playstation move.
I'm not convinced I should I buy this peripheral when it first comes out. I have a feeling that there will be some software issues and possibly some hardware issues.
I think Kinetic will be worth the purchase in about a year.
Now if there's a TON of positive feedback on Kinect, I'll eat my words and probably end up getting it. But it's hard enough to play Wii in my small living quarters.
This price is too high. I have both consoles. This is more reason for me to just get a Move. At that price, I can get the sports pack and another game later on...
Think about that Microsoft.