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Microsoft Announces Official Kinect Pricing and Reveal New 360 Variation

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Microsoft Announces Official Kinect Pricing and New 360 Variation

The long awaited Xbox Kinect add-on will cost £129.99 or €149.99 Microsoft has announced. It will come bundled with Kinect Adventures, a series of games designed to show off the capabilities of the interactive camera.

An exact launch date has not been announced, though tonight online retailers have started taking pre-orders. Play.com for example is listing a release date of 19 November, and limiting orders to one per customer. We imagine that would be sufficient for most, however.

In addition, another new Xbox model has been announced: the Xbox 360 4GB. This will include built in 802.11n WiFi, and, as its name suggests 4GB of memory; flash based, of course. This will cost £149.99 and will be available on 20 August.

An Xbox 360 4GB with a Kinect and Kinect Adventures will be available as a bundle for £249.99.

To support the Kinect there will be 15 games available at launch priced at £39.99. These include Kinect Sports, Kinectimals and Kinect Joy Ride.

The Kinect won’t have it all its own way of course, as Sony is readying the PlayStation Move. This involves holding two controllers, a la the Wii Remote and Nun-Chuck, but we rated the Move well when we previewed it at E3.

What do you think of the Kinect’s pricing? Just right or too expensive? Or will you be going for Playstation Move instead? Let us know.

Link: Microsoft Kinect

Keldon

July 20, 2010, 11:26 pm

£130 QUID!





Are they mad? I've been debating buying the xbox steering wheel for months based on its price, the Kinect takes that to a whole new level.





I bet this helps Wii Sales and I cant wait to see what Sony prices there system at :)

TL1210

July 20, 2010, 11:27 pm

I pre-ordered my kinect today :) This will be fun at christmas when all my family get together..fun times ahead ;)

BobaFett

July 21, 2010, 12:14 am

It's only $150 in the US (not including sales tax of course), which at today's exchange rate of 1.526 equates to a mark up of 12.55% for us Brits!

GherkingTR

July 21, 2010, 12:37 am

If this gets mega cheap in a year or so, I'd just get it to shout out "Xbox play!" etc. to control videos.





I still think waving my body about to control a game would be as cool as wearing 3D glasses (That is, NOT cool).

Jiamenguk

July 21, 2010, 1:40 am

Kinect is a good idea, but only as good as a 3D home cinema with compulsory glass, ie, not a very good one. Because I only have a PS3, therefore if I'm getting anything, it's move. I don't see much appeal in games such as Kinectimals, Kinect adventures, etc etc. I mean, all those people who want casual gaming, ie the casual market, has already bought a Wii, and I don't see why "non-gamers" would want to buy another games console, while the Wii is still spewing out games. And a similar thing can be said of the move, there's a Wii, normal people don't care about accuracy in gaming...

Pbryanw

July 21, 2010, 1:56 am

I'll be going for neither, or at least waiting for the price to drop. I don't foresee a Wii situation, where you have massive shortages at launch (which continue for the next two years). So, I think I'll pick one up at my own leisure, when I get round to buying an Xbox 360 S (or PS3 Slim).

Sir Stuie

July 21, 2010, 2:49 am

That's not too bad in comparison to the US price. However it is definitely out of my impulse buy range so it will have to be the games that convince me.

Max

July 21, 2010, 3:27 am

Wow! &#8364150! The Xbox Arcade was less than that a few months ago.





£130 is too much. Considering there are ~3.5m PS3 users in the UK that can get Move for £49.99 it's too much. Also, Eyepet has sold at least 100k which means there are at least 100k people who can get Move for less than £30. MS have to look seriously at reducing the price, because it is too high.

deus1066

July 21, 2010, 5:49 am

£149 for the xbox and £129 for the peripheral... something doesn't seem right here.

Andy0d2

July 21, 2010, 10:58 am

Actually where getting a good deal since our prices includes VAT at 17.5%. Take that off and they should be roughly the same price.

TechnicPuppet

July 21, 2010, 12:29 pm

You also have to factor in the fact that once you buy this, that's it. Have fun with Move at £50 playing yourself, going to cost a lot more for multiplayer. Same with the Wii, how much does it cost to get a fully functioning 2 player wii setup.

terminalterror

July 21, 2010, 12:41 pm

£129.99 without VAT is £110.63, which in USD is $169.13, a fair bit more than the $150 they pay over there.





Do the calculations the other way and $150 is £115.29 (at 17.5% VAT) or £117.74 (at the soon to be 20% VAT).





You are right that VAT makes it look worse than it is, but we are still being charged more.

Jones

July 21, 2010, 1:00 pm

I think for the tech involved it's probably pricing just about right. Does that make it a worthwhile purchase? I'm going to say no. I think both PS3 and Xbox peripherals are doomed for failure - or at least insufficient high quality software support. Both will feature some fantastic games but not enough.





I think those who compare the Kinect and Move pricings are kind of missing the point - Move is basically using Wii technology which is years old now but coupling that with "next gen" graphics. Kinect is utilising something new for home gamers - there will always be a premium for that. Of course if they want to sell millions they should reduce the price but then thats applicable to several things in life (luxury cars for example).

Armin

July 21, 2010, 2:43 pm

How odd. It appears as if the rest of the EU isn't being screwed over in terms of pricing when compared to the UK.

Jones

July 21, 2010, 2:45 pm

And of course we are charged different to the yanks. Although our markets have some huge similarities there are some huge differences in the general costs of living and tax laws (specifically, in this case, sales tax laws). It's not as simple as comparing the Kinect cost in America to the cost over here - there are many more factors that play a part.

Denis iii

July 21, 2010, 3:47 pm

Is the 360 slim arcade 4GB gonig to be matt or shiney? think i read somewhere its matt


Can I swap h/d from original 360 into the slim arcade? Does the 360 slim take standard h/d's now?

Chris Beach

July 21, 2010, 4:46 pm

Bit expensive I'd say, but out of the 3 I think kinetic is the best idea. The PS Move will have to be cheap otherwise you might has well get a wii and have a known number of games. We'll have to see how much the more 'hardcore' games start to use these. Kinetic might get the most use tbh, you could use the controller for the majority of the game, but then have gestures or voice for some parts (or additional lesser used controls).

Sapporodan

July 22, 2010, 1:28 pm

The thing that made the Wii so great was the bundled Wii Sports. It was a very smart move and I don&#8217t know anybody who didn&#8217t like at least one of the games.


But the ones that come with Kinect all seem a bit lacking something. Its an expensive add on and I don&#8217t think people will be that interested in forking out even more money for games.


I think Kinect will either succeed or fail based on the bundled games.

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