Microsoft announces official Kinect pricing - $149.99 (£129.99)

Microsoft has just announced the pricing of Kinect for Xbox 360, the console accessory which allows hands free gaming. Kinect will come bundled with Kinect Adventures and will cost $149.99 in the U.S. when it is released on November 4 later this year. Microsoft is keen to remind people that the accessory will work with all Xbox 360 consoles ever sold.

As part of the announcement Microsoft has also revealed a new Xbox console to be sold alongside the recently redesigned Xbox 360 250GB. This new Xbox will be called the Xbox 360 4GB and will be priced at $199.99 and will go on sale on August 3; this appears to replace the Xbox 360 Arcade console.

Later this year will also see a Xbox 360 4GB and Kinect bundle which will include the console, Kinect senor and Kinect Adventures game for $299.99.

Retailers across the U.S. are opening pre-orders for Kinect today. Customers who pre-order will also receive a token to download three exclusive levels on the Kinect Adventures game. The other Kinect games, Kinectimals, Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride will all be on sale for $49.99.

“Kinect for Xbox 360 offers tremendous entertainment value for the whole family,” said Dennis Durkin, Xbox 360 chief operating officer. “With full body, voice and the ability to play games with your friends right out of the box, Kinect is the most unique, complete and affordable way for everyone to enjoy controller-free fun and entertainment.”

Dubbed Kinect for Xbox 360, the controller-free game device is set to go on sale in November. The technology behind Kinect is fairly simple, a TV-mounted camera/microphone bar to sense motion, sound and movement. What's new and ground breaking is the tracking of 3D movement as well as 2D movement. The system is also able to scan users faces and sign them into Xbox live, as well as react to vocal tone and pitch, and process this data in real-time.

Microsoft made the news with the grand unveiling of Kinect over a year ago. With over 40 million Xbox 360 consoles on the market, Kinect is expected to sell well across the world and entice non-gamers, young children, mothers and grandparents onto the Xbox 360 in the same way the Nintendo Wii did.

The pricing for Kinect and the new Xbox 360 console has also been announced for other countries around the world. In the UK Kinect will cost £129.99 and the aforementioned bundle will cost £249.99. Kinect will be available for retail on November 4.

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just like to note: the 1.5 tb hdd was the cheapest part of my latest PC build @ ~$100. $100 for a 250gb or w/e hdd is hilarious. you console kiddies sure do get ripped off here.

treemonster said,
just like to note: the 1.5 tb hdd was the cheapest part of my latest PC build @ ~$100. $100 for a 250gb or w/e hdd is hilarious. you console kiddies sure do get ripped off here.

You realise that its more than a hard drive?

AGREE 100%

People are like whine whine, can't play real games!!! Well what the fe*k did you think you would be able to do? Have the motion sensor trace you rolling around the room whilst you shoot at screen with a shotgun? It's like people feel they have been robbed but I can't see why!! Do you really think kit like this is going to be like £50/$75? Web cams cost that much and NO IT ISN'T JUST A CAMERA!

DEAL WITH IT!

You people amaze me. Really, how cheap ass can you be, you don't even know how it works or will work until you see it, until then I'd shut my mouth, really. You all used to pay $600 bucks for a freaking 10GB Xbox 360 or PS3 when they just came out. Seriously, stop whining like little... and go think about what you're saying.

Kk, thx, bye.

Stop complaning, this is better value than the Move. The move for £10 extra you can only play one player and have no proper games. And the PS3 only has a 120gb HDD.

Kinect for £10 less, 4+ players can play, you get a 250gb hard drive and have a free agme.

Let's see.

PS3 Slim 120GB (£250) + PS Move Controller and PS Eye (£50) + Navigation Controller (£30) = £330 (1 Player + Only a Demo Disk)

Xbox 360 Slim 250gb (£200) + Kinect + Game (£120) = £320 (4+ Players and 1 free game)

Don't you see which is better value. Or If you really want Move.

Wii + Sports + Sports Resort + WiiMote + MotionPlus = £165 (And just stick a shiny colour ball on top) You just saved £160!

TechDudeGeorge said,

Wii + Sports + Sports Resort + WiiMote + MotionPlus = £165 (And just stick a shiny colour ball on top) You just saved £160!

Add 3 more WiiMotes to make it 4 player = £Can't be arsed to work it out
Find a way to actually make the games look better on the Wii than they did in the last gen on the other consoles = £PRICELESS

James Brooks said,
Thanks for telling us about the 340GB model earlier... I've just bought the 250GB one.

Return and get the bigger one? If you _just_ bought it, it should be within the 30-day return for full refund period, no?

Metodi Mitov said,

Return and get the bigger one? If you _just_ bought it, it should be within the 30-day return for full refund period, no?

250Gb will be more then enough and if your able to fill that and still need more space just upgrade the HDD, it is removable you know. There is no need to return your 250Gb model and buy a larger capacity model just because you think 250Gb is too small. I never understood that logic, each to their own I guess.

Xerxes said,
250Gb will be more then enough and if your able to fill that and still need more space just upgrade the HDD, it is removable you know. There is no need to return your 250Gb model and buy a larger capacity model just because you think 250Gb is too small. I never understood that logic, each to their own I guess.
Gb == Gigabit. GB = Gigabyte.
250 Gb = 31,25 GB.

I am so going to get this for when my Handy cap niece comes over to visit, she would have a lot of fun playing the 360 with this since she can't use a controller and its priced pretty good.

Look on the bright side, you'll have fun with this game for a week then put it away unless your friends like playing the same water rafting + few others over and over again. Kinect is more family/big group of friends oriented so you won't really benefit from what it has to offer most of the time unless it had MP support or games that kill. I'd love to see an adventure game on this where you can interact with items and stuff to solve puzzles and whatnot but not for awhile I presume. Its now more fun to see people with open windows wondering why is this guy/girl dancing retardedly around the room like that until they get closer to look that is...

Morisato said,
Look on the bright side, you'll have fun with this game for a week then put it away unless your friends like playing the same water rafting + few others over and over again. Kinect is more family/big group of friends oriented so you won't really benefit from what it has to offer most of the time unless it had MP support or games that kill. I'd love to see an adventure game on this where you can interact with items and stuff to solve puzzles and whatnot but not for awhile I presume. Its now more fun to see people with open windows wondering why is this guy/girl dancing retardedly around the room like that until they get closer to look that is...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDIz3-oSUiA
'nuff said. I'm gonna go rafting with a lightsaber.

tom01 said,
£130 for a camera XD You can buy the console for that.
Thanks, but gtfo.

Did you see my note it's not JUST a camera? there is also a motorola processor and firmware in the unit. that has to be worth something.
Apparently not to you.

dotf said,

Did you see my note it's not JUST a camera? there is also a motorola processor and firmware in the unit. that has to be worth something.
Apparently not to you.

It's two cameras and a microphone. They didn't put the proccessor in it, don't you remember the articles about them deciding to leave out the proccessor for price reasons?

dotf said,

Did you see my note it's not JUST a camera? there is also a motorola processor and firmware in the unit. that has to be worth something.
Apparently not to you.

Unless it shoots laser beams it's still just a camera.

yeah, even one real game installed onto that arcade xbox would render the 4gb memory full... lets not even mention that the arcade games themselves take up a fair bit of space, and as a family starts buying more and more, I expect they will realize that 4gb is not as much as it sounds like.

4gb on the console just seems very limiting when they can add upwards of at least 30-60gb flash memory for very very cheap...even without their huge multi-buying/manufacturing deals they get.

Skin said,
yeah, even one real game installed onto that arcade xbox would render the 4gb memory full... lets not even mention that the arcade games themselves take up a fair bit of space, and as a family starts buying more and more, I expect they will realize that 4gb is not as much as it sounds like.

4gb on the console just seems very limiting when they can add upwards of at least 30-60gb flash memory for very very cheap...even without their huge multi-buying/manufacturing deals they get.

Well the Arcade console and those 512MB memory cards didn't sell at all either. There are people who only play a handful of games and don't care about DLC, etc. for those people the 4GB is going to be plenty. As it is the current Arcade model only has 256MB built-in. so I'd say a bump to 4GB is plenty for the Arcade's target audience.

I don't understand the naysayers of this technology. It is much more than an eye-toy or a wii mote.
I'm actually surprised they can build the unit and ship it for that price, considering the unit is comprised of two cameras, two microphones and a Motorola processor.

Since the unit can recognize multiple active players at once, and have others on standby, it's like getting 4 controllers for the price of three.

If you also take into account the ability to navigate the dash, media center extender, and some existing game titles it's easy to see this isn't a flash in the pan gimmick.

My son who has Cerebral Palsy and can't manage the fine motor movements of a controller can now game with me. I can't wait.

dotf said,
I don't understand the naysayers of this technology. It is much more than an eye-toy or a wii mote.
I'm actually surprised they can build the unit and ship it for that price, considering the unit is comprised of two cameras, two microphones and a Motorola processor.

Since the unit can recognize multiple active players at once, and have others on standby, it's like getting 4 controllers for the price of three.

If you also take into account the ability to navigate the dash, media center extender, and some existing game titles it's easy to see this isn't a flash in the pan gimmick.

My son who has Cerebral Palsy and can't manage the fine motor movements of a controller can now game with me. I can't wait.

What everyone hates about it is the fact that it doesn't play REAL games. You can't play a true racing game with this (no speed control, no fine controlling, no actual skill), you can't play a shooter (no true accuracy, no trigger control), etc. That rules out a huge majority of gaming.

Sure you can play little gimmicks like, Jump through the boxes! Or, Wheee I'm on a raft! But you can't play true games. It'll keep your attention for 5, maybe 10 minutes, but is that really worth $150?

It's full of fail.

andrewbares said,

What everyone hates about it is the fact that it doesn't play REAL games. You can't play a true racing game with this (no speed control, no fine controlling, no actual skill), you can't play a shooter (no true accuracy, no trigger control), etc. That rules out a huge majority of gaming.

Sure you can play little gimmicks like, Jump through the boxes! Or, Wheee I'm on a raft! But you can't play true games. It'll keep your attention for 5, maybe 10 minutes, but is that really worth $150?

It's full of fail.

Eh? I saw a nice medieval combat game demoed with Kinect. I doubt that will keep my attention for 5 or 10 minutes, especially if it's an RPG. The technology is just starting out, so it will likely have a glitch here and there that would easily be ironed out with software updates for better motion processing.

Believe it or not, there will be plenty of people who will enjoy the games that Kinect will offer. From the looks of it, there will be a Star Wars game too... have a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDIz3-oSUiA
Whee, I'm on a raft, right?

For a standalone piece of kit that hasn't proved itself, no thanks. Crash and burn unless they do the sly limited stocks to make it a must have, no doubt they will.

Chrono951 said,
4GB console for $200? No thanks. Just pays to spend the extra $100 and get the 250GB AND Kinect AND a game.

Surely the 4GB is a typo.

dave164 said,

Surely the 4GB is a typo.

Then it would be a typo on the product imaging as well, as the boxes show "4GB" as well.

dave164 said,

Surely the 4GB is a typo.

It's not a typo. It replaces the Arcade model. Aaron Greenberg thinks it's "quite a bit of storage". What an ass.

(I know the amount of storage may not matter to the Arcade model's target audience...but Greenberg is an ass for thinking 4GB of storage is "quite a bit". No matter how you compare it, 4GB is nothing these days...it's not even a DVD ffs!)

Bhav said,

It's not a typo. It replaces the Arcade model. Aaron Greenberg thinks it's "quite a bit of storage". What an ass.

(I know the amount of storage may not matter to the Arcade model's target audience...but Greenberg is an ass for thinking 4GB of storage is "quite a bit". No matter how you compare it, 4GB is nothing these days...it's not even a DVD ffs!)

I always thought the Arcade model was for downloading the little mini "Arcade" games from the Xbox Marketplace, though that model of the Xbox has basically no storage. Their marketing went wrong with me somewhere...

Chrono951 said,
4GB console for $200? No thanks. Just pays to spend the extra $100 and get the 250GB AND Kinect AND a game.

According to the article, the Kinect/Console bundle will be the 4GB console, not the 250GB version.

"Later this year will also see a Xbox 360 4GB and Kinect bundle which will include the console, Kinect senor and Kinect Adventures game for $299.99."

dave164 said,

Surely the 4GB is a typo.

4GB is good enough, better than the 256mb card with the arcade. 4gb can take a while to fill up if you don't download movies from live and all that. 256mb... My friend had to delete saves until he could get a hard drive.

dave164 said,

Surely the 4GB is a typo.

4GB is good enough, better than the 256mb card with the arcade. 4gb can take a while to fill up if you don't download movies from live and all that. 256mb... My friend had to delete saves until he could get a hard drive.

dave164 said,

Surely the 4GB is a typo.

4GB is good enough, better than the 256mb card with the arcade. 4gb can take a while to fill up if you don't download movies from live and all that. 256mb... My friend had to delete saves until he could get a hard drive.

RangerLG said,

According to the article, the Kinect/Console bundle will be the 4GB console, not the 250GB version.

"Later this year will also see a Xbox 360 4GB and Kinect bundle which will include the console, Kinect senor and Kinect Adventures game for $299.99."

He's saying to pick up the kinect bundle for $299 and spend an extra $100 for a 250 gb drive.

Chrono951 said,
4GB console for $200? No thanks. Just pays to spend the extra $100 and get the 250GB AND Kinect AND a game.

If you're not interested in DLC or movie/music purchasing, 4GB is all you need. Some people like to save money, and a $100 can mean a lot.

LiquidSolstice said,

If you're not interested in DLC or movie/music purchasing, 4GB is all you need. Some people like to save money, and a $100 can mean a lot.

DLC is a huge part of Xbox and Xbox Live. Plus, if you ever want to upgrade, you can bet Microsoft will charge $200 for the bigger hdd.

Chrono951 said,

DLC is a huge part of Xbox and Xbox Live. Plus, if you ever want to upgrade, you can bet Microsoft will charge $200 for the bigger hdd.

No, DLC is not required. You can play many games without DLC and you know it, no need to spin BS. Also, do you even OWN a 360? Hard drives for it don't cost $200, and never have *facepalm*

from a world wide economy standpoint, 149.99 US for a gimmicky controller is a bit off-putting. Sure people will spend their money on it, but meh... when you have to spend half of what a 360 costs to get a controller, something is a tad off.

Skin said,
from a world wide economy standpoint, 149.99 US for a gimmicky controller is a bit off-putting. Sure people will spend their money on it, but meh... when you have to spend half of what a 360 costs to get a controller, something is a tad off.

Eh I pre-ordered it. Just also noticed that Amazon is giving free release day delivery on the Kinect games now for us Prime members.

Also, i'm one of the people who bought Steel Battalion and I had a blast with it.

BeLGaRaTh said,

Please buy me one then

Compared to the PS3 controllers? I'm afraid it's not expensive. Especially if you intend to go into multi-player. The PS3 bundle goes for about the same price and only has one controller, while some games will require two. Multiply that by two people and you end up with about double the price to have 2 people playing. MicroSoft's Kinect (At least last time I looked at it) had the ability to support 2 people out of the box and they were working on making it up to 6. Now you tell me your reasoning for thinking it expensive.

P.S. For the record, I don't own an Xbox, but a PS3.

What's so fail about this? The pricing seems excellent and it's nice to have more ways to have fun with your Xbox. I don't get what's wrong with people lately. Not like they are making you purchase it anyways.

Lucas said,
What's so fail about this? The pricing seems excellent and it's nice to have more ways to have fun with your Xbox. I don't get what's wrong with people lately. Not like they are making you purchase it anyways.
Just wait and see it goes the same way the eyetoy from sony went...

Lucas said,
What's so fail about this? The pricing seems excellent and it's nice to have more ways to have fun with your Xbox. I don't get what's wrong with people lately. Not like they are making you purchase it anyways.

$150 for the controller and one mediocre game. The rest of the games are gonna be $40 - $50 each for limited, gimicy gameplay. I don't want motion and I certainly wouldn't spend $150 on it.

Look at the Wii. The best and highest rated games on it use a GameCube controller. Same thing is going to happen here.

Rudy said,
Just wait and see it goes the same way the eyetoy from sony went...

As the owner myself of an iMac and iPod, I find that if there is anything made by anyone other then Apple; "YOU" will always be telling everyone that it is a failure right out the door.

It must be nice to be able to look into the future; may be you should get a job on the SYFY channel as someone who can look into the future and see nothing but human failure if it doesn't involve Apple.

Pam14160 said,

As the owner myself of an iMac and iPod, I find that if there is anything made by anyone other then Apple; "YOU" will always be telling everyone that it is a failure right out the door.

It must be nice to be able to look into the future; may be you should get a job on the SYFY channel as someone who can look into the future and see nothing but human failure if it doesn't involve Apple.

Not really, did I ever say my "predictions" are always true? It's a forum, people post their opinion. BTW I was one of the people who thought the original iPod was going to fail miserably... look at it now

Pam14160 said,

As the owner myself of an iMac and iPod, I find that if there is anything made by anyone other then Apple; "YOU" will always be telling everyone that it is a failure right out the door.

It must be nice to be able to look into the future; may be you should get a job on the SYFY channel as someone who can look into the future and see nothing but human failure if it doesn't involve Apple.

Hell, I'm a Microsoft fanboy and I think Kinect is going to fail miserably.

Another great big FU from microsoft to the UK.
$149.99 = £98.24
So we have to pay £31.75 ($48.48) more for what reason?

[NB: Not that I'd buy this anyway. But just to inform people how much Microsoft are being cawks]

Grunt said,
Another great big FU from microsoft to the UK.
$149.99 = £98.24
So we have to pay £31.75 ($48.48) more for what reason?

[NB: Not that I'd buy this anyway. But just to inform people how much Microsoft are being cawks]


taxes, most likely.

Grunt said,
Another great big FU from microsoft to the UK.
$149.99 = £98.24
So we have to pay £31.75 ($48.48) more for what reason?

[NB: Not that I'd buy this anyway. But just to inform people how much Microsoft are being cawks]


Why is it that people always forget that UK prices include VAT? The American $150 price doesn't include our additional statewide sales tax. Our average sales tax is around 7-8% as well compared to your 17.5%. Blame your government on that.

Actual UK price without 17.5% VAT: £107.25
UK£ 107.25 = 163.9638 U.S. dollars

$13 more in the end.

giga said,

Why is it that people always forget that UK prices include VAT?
Prices always include taxes over here (and in Europe), even plane tickets.

Although people should have realised by now, the US way of doing it.

Grunt said,
Another great big FU from microsoft to the UK.
$149.99 = £98.24
So we have to pay £31.75 ($48.48) more for what reason?

[NB: Not that I'd buy this anyway. But just to inform people how much Microsoft are being cawks]

Buy it before January, otherwise you'll be paying 20% VAT on it!

Why are people so daft? The shipping cost is the SAME to the USA as it is to the UK.
Products come direct from china to both countries, NOT TO THE USA THEN THE UK!

We're just getting screwed over because they can get away with it.

n_K said,
Why are people so daft? The shipping cost is the SAME to the USA as it is to the UK.
Products come direct from china to both countries, NOT TO THE USA THEN THE UK!

We're just getting screwed over because they can get away with it.

Stop kidding yourself there could be a million domestic reasons for the price difference including legal and licencing costs. If you are that bothered, buy it from a US site, pay the tax, shipping and so on.....OH wait, that would end up costing more!

Pam14160 said,
Lets see. . .
1. VAT
2. Import taxes
3. Shipping cost
4. Constant Bit*hing about the cost

Shipping ?

US is not really closer to china than uk

Pam14160 said,

Why?

-Price
-Lack of games
These two will keep the user base very low and a low user base means no 3rd party support

_DP said,

20 games is pretty good imo for launch titles
Most titles are the same though

Dance games:
- Dance Central
- Dance Masters
- Michael Jackson: The Experience
Fitness games:
- EA Sports Active 2.0
- The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout
- UFC Trainer
- Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
- Zumba Fitness
Questionable games:
- Adrenalin Misfits
- Child of Eden
- Deca Sports Freedom
- Game Party in Motion
- Imagine Fashion Party
- Sonic Free Riders
- YooStar 2
Not all the titles in the list are launch titles either.... Fable 3 should be a hit but it's also playable with a controller. Forza might be fun

Rudy said,
So you're willing to pay $150 to play about 20 games? Not sure many people will be

Right, I'd rather pay $200 for a Wii which has about 40 games, only 30 of them are the same thing rehashed over again.

/s

Rudy said,

-Price
-Lack of games
These two will keep the user base very low and a low user base means no 3rd party support

Yeah because Microsoft doesn't have a bunch of money to throw to developers to make games for it. Oh wait

Rudy said,

As of June 18, 2010, this list had 1146 games.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wii_games
Give it up already

And just in the first few letters of that list, I see 4 different copies of Avatar (the children's cartoon, not the real movie), "Backyard" sports titles, a bunch of bowling games, 2 Agatha Christie games, and a ****load of movie-based or teen tv star Disney "games".

You expect me to believe those have "revolutionary" and "brand new" types of games?

Give it up already. The Wii is laughable, and is the defintiion of gimmick. Motion controls in its games are added as nothing more than an afterthought, not for a good reason.

Now, a system that allows me to play games without any sort of controller, where the games are designed from the get go to play using only my movement and my voice, and that's not new to you?

One day all of you over-proud Nintendo people will relax on the passive-aggression of wanting to be considered innovative and true gamers.

daftperception said,

Yeah because Microsoft doesn't have a bunch of money to throw to developers to make games for it. Oh wait

Yeah because developers won't want to cash in without an incentive?! Oh and hang on how many titles does any console have at release? 20? Thought not!

Rudy said,
So you're willing to pay $150 to play about 20 games? Not sure many people will be

Yes that's right, you pay $150 and you are limited to 20 games forever.

Rudy said,
So you're willing to pay $150 to play about 20 games? Not sure many people will be

Some people buy consoles for 3 or so exclusives and then use it as a media player. Plus I'm sure more will come later.