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Kinect is $149.99 (£129.99 / €149.99), includes Kinect Adventures - thoughts?
The question of Kinect pricing is over ... insomuch as there was any question. As was widely assumed – and widely listed on retailers, from GameStop to Microsoft itself – the Xbox's newfangled motion-sensing camera will retail for $149.99 this fall.
There's also an answer regarding the pricing of Kinect retail software. While most stores have been listing Kinect software for the usual $60 Xbox asking price, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg told Joystiq, "All of our Kinect retail games, from a first-party standpoint – Kinectimals, Kinect Sports, Kinect Joy Ride – will all be retailing for $49." Microsoft later followed up, letting us know that Dance Central, Harmonix's Kinect-powered rhythm game (and arguably the most well-received title in Microsoft's Kinect launch lineup) will also match the $50 first-party pricing.
That $149.99 hardware price also comes with a copy of Kinect Adventures, the casual title from Microsoft's Good Science Studio, formerly known as SpawnPoint Studios. Microsoft promises that those who pre-order Kinect or the $300 Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle "today" will "receive a token to download three exclusive game levels for Kinect Adventures." Before you get to that, why not let us know where you stand in our highly scientific poll?
Update: @AceyBongos (think Major Nelson, but with an accent) just let Twitter know that the European prices are "149.99 Euro for the camera + Kinect Adventures, 299.99 Euro for the 4GB console bundle." Some quick Google math puts those prices at roughly $200 and $390, respectively.
The standalone device will retail for £129.99 and will include a copy of Kinect Adventures in the box. In Europe it will cost €149.99 and in the US $149.99.
In addition, a bundle containing Kinect, the game and the new Xbox 360 4GB will retail for £249.99/€299.99/$299.99.
Microsoft has also confirmed that Kinect-only titles will carry an RRP of £39.99 – between £10 and £15 less than ‘proper’ Xbox 360 titles.
What do you think of this? What has Microsoft done well with Kinect, and what could've been handled better? How successful do you think it will be, and will you be buying it personally?
I think the price is too high for what they're offering, but that's only because I know what they're offering. I don't know if parents will have the same knowledge, or if they'll buy into the marketing mentality of a holodeck for your home.
Part of my personal hangup is that I don't feel like I know how well it will work yet. Statements about standing vs. sitting are still vague and up-in-the-air; while I don't doubt that it's possible to take advantage of Kinect while sitting, I don't think it will allow for the full imagined capacity of replacing a standard controller, pulling a trigger on a virtual gun, etc.
And there is a steady stream of demo videos like these (skip to 4:40 to see the software you'll be getting with it):