It must be a hard life being a computer game industry analyst. Today, prominent fortune-teller Michael Pachter has been asked about the pricing of motion controlled peripherals by IndustryGamers
, and predicts that Microsoft's Natal project will cost consumers $50.
It's a number that's significantly less that many would be expecting to pay for the technology the camera holds. Pachter makes his claim by stating that Sony and Microsoft have to keep RRPs low on their respective motion controlled devices if they are ever hopeful to achieve broad penetration.
"I think that Natal will cost $50, as it only really involves a camera (a three-lensed camera, but a camera nonetheless)," says Pachter, "[Sony's Motion Controller], on the other hand, involves a camera and two controllers, so it may be slightly more expensive. I would be surprised if [Sony's controller] retails for more than $100."
The market analyst also suggested that Sony and Microsoft are approaching the motion-controlled market differently, with the statement that Sony is trying to replicate the Wii's success and Microsoft is simply expanding its reach within existing 360 households.
How much would you pay for Natal or Sony's Motion Controller? In the immortal words of Banzai, "Place Bets Now!"