Microsoft Kinect Pricing + 4Gb Sub-Wii Priced Xbox 360 Confirmed

The console war kicks off again.

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Microsoft Kinect Pricing + 4Gb Sub-Wii Priced Xbox 360 Confirmed
It's Tuesday, so that's obviously the day to annnounce the pricing for Microsoft's Kinect and, as predicted last week, a new 4Gb Xbox 360.

Your basic - release date free - details are:

- Xbox 360 4GB console plus Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventures as a bundle for 249.99.

- The Xbox 360 4GB console comes to UK retail on 20th August for 149.99. It takes the same format at the 250Gb Xbox S... minus the HD space of course. It also undercuts the Wii on price.

- "Existing Xbox 360 console owners can also purchase the Kinect sensor with Kinect Adventures for 129.99. The Kinect sensor.

- Euro prices are 149.99 Euro for the camera + Kinect Adventures, 299.99 Euro for the 4GB console bundle.

- More than 15 games available at launch: these include Kinectimals, Kinect Sports, Kinect Joy Ride for 39.99.

Compare this to Sony's Move pricing right here and here.

Opinions in the Comments below please.
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Comments

Trigger 20 Jul 2010 17:19
1/9
My opinion is that its bloody expensive!
Tim Smith 20 Jul 2010 17:29
2/9
Thanks for the at Trig ;)

Yeah, it does seem a bit on the "price of a new console" side to me as well. We'll have to wait until they send us one to see. And yes, I admit there's an inherent contradiction in my complaining about price and then relying on being sent one.

Cheers

Tim
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DrkStr 20 Jul 2010 17:55
3/9
130 for Kinect and 150 for a "new" arcade? MS is pulling the piss.
JWS 20 Jul 2010 18:27
4/9
Will be interesting to see how much (if at all) retailers undercut it... and also the final pricing on the Move bundles as those announced don't include the "navigation controller"... using the prices so far (RRP) as a comparison you'd have:
Move (39.99) plus Navigation controller (29.99? sold at 24.99 so makes sense), plus eye camera (24.99) plus game (44.99-49.99)... which equals 134.96-144.96, more than Kinect!
Of course, the bundle will be less, so it will be interesting to see if there's a retailer price war between the "complete" bundles for both Kinect and Move...
config 20 Jul 2010 18:32
5/9
Pfft! Way too costly. And what's this about 4GB? My first iPhone had double that.
deleted 20 Jul 2010 18:37
6/9
So it seems "SEEMS" a better deal buying the arcade with kinect, is that MS`s plan?

because it SEEMS to me to be a complete rip off i will not be buying this until it goes the way of HD DVD prices, and then ill buy them so simply have one.

MS fecked up here big time, they should of lost money on each sale 79.99 Max!
DoctorDee 21 Jul 2010 08:54
7/9
I'm really gonna enjoy the twisted and depraved attempts to work Kinect or some derivative thereof into every game title from now on. Kinhalo, Grand Nect Auto, Modern Kinectfare, Baykinectta.
Sly Reflex 21 Jul 2010 09:04
8/9
What use is 4GB? I know it is built in and you can install the 250GB HDD if you want, or so I am told, but what do they expect you to do with 4GB? XBLA games are starting to weigh in at 1GB or thereabouts now. You are going to get people formatting a USB and banging saves and data on them. Chances are you can't even install a 360 game on the 4GB unless it is a really small game.

My opinion on this is that they are pissing in the wind with the pricing, it is way to expensive for what it is. I expect a massive price crash after Christmas on all things Kinect related.
realvictory 21 Jul 2010 13:11
9/9
In my opinion, the price isn't so bad - you only need one per console, when Move would need one per player. It depends how many friends/family you have to play games with...

Unfortunately, I don't know if the XBox 360 is really considered a family console, and at 130 (roughly the price of an additional console), you aren't going to easily convert anyone. And although an XBox 4Gb might undercut the Wii's price, the price of a Kinect bundle won't, and I think a lot of people will choose a Wii instead.

So the benefit of Move over Kinect is that people who aren't sure don't have to pay as much to try it out. If they spend 35 on one controller, where it's optional to use in a game, they're more likely to give it a go.

Ideally you would do two things, in my opinion:
(A) For people who already own a console and are unsure, make Kinect easy to transition to
(B) For people buying a new console, the bundle price needs to be closer to a Wii. Otherwise, people will choose either motion control and buy a Wii, or choose an XBox for its benefits over Wii, disregarding Kinect.
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