Natal to sell for $149, with a new name

Natal will be hitting the store shelves in America for $149, and be bundled with Xbox360 Arcade for $299, according to edge-online.  The source of the information even claims that project Natal will also be renamed, which will be announced next month at E3.

Natal is said to launch on October 26 worldwide, but could be postponed further if the project faces any further delays.  The device appears to be headed for a holiday season release.

The standalone Natal unit is said to retail for $149 in the US, and estimated to retail for £103 / €121 international and £207 / €243 for the Xbox360 Arcade bundle (based on current exchange rates). 

When Natal hits retailers, it will be more expensive than the PlayStation Move, when it was announced earlier this year for $100 with a game.

According to the source, “Microsoft expects to sell millions and millions of Natal units in its first year on the market so you can expect the software launch line-up to target non-traditional gamers.”  Natal is looking to target the non-hardcore gamers with its controller-less camera.  With the release of Natal, gamers can expect a marketplace to contain more games focused towards casual gamers and families.

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Rob2687 said,
Want.

I am not much of a gamer or even a console person. It's mostly the technology itself that has me interested.

That will risk you growing bored of it quickly, after you've experienced the technology.

yardman said,
i was hoping for it to cost $100.00 or less...but i'l still but it.

BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA
$149?
BWAHAHAHAHAHHA*snort*BWAHAHAHAHAHHA

So really, how much will it cost? £40?

The Natal unit also contains a microphone array and motorola processors to handle the input preprocessing before it's sent to the console. I believe the unit is adequately priced for what it contains as well as how it interacts with the console.

I'll be standing in line to get mine.

dotf said,
The Natal unit also contains a microphone array and motorola processors to handle the input preprocessing before it's sent to the console. I believe the unit is adequately priced for what it contains as well as how it interacts with the console.

I'll be standing in line to get mine.

I don't know dotf, I cant see myself spending $150 on a control system, at least not until I they show how their going to implement this tech into actual games, other then racing games, and some brick breaker game. I just can't envision the practicality of it for most games. how will this work with Halo, Gears, Call of duty, or even sports games like madden....people are gonna be diving into walls and running at into their $2k + TV's.....Monster fail!!!

Maundrel said,

I don't know dotf, I cant see myself spending $150 on a control system, at least not until I they show how their going to implement this tech into actual games, other then racing games, and some brick breaker game. I just can't envision the practicality of it for most games. how will this work with Halo, Gears, Call of duty, or even sports games like madden....people are gonna be diving into walls and running at into their $2k + TV's.....Monster fail!!!


I really doubt it's true. That'd be an insane price for a controller.

dotf said,
The Natal unit also contains a microphone array and motorola processors to handle the input preprocessing before it's sent to the console. I believe the unit is adequately priced for what it contains as well as how it interacts with the console.

I'll be standing in line to get mine.


I heard they removed the processors to keep costs down. Processing will be done by the 360 with around a 10-15% Xenon usage.

If they're expecting to sell "millions and millions" priced it at $50 bucks and they'll outsell the Wii HD *cough...I mean Move...or vibrator...cough*

Hope the new Xbox bundled with Natal, won't surpass the 300 US$, since they said that they were going to recreate it with "cheaper" and yet better parts, I hope the price doesn't rise up too much.

At $150 I'm going to hold off for a bit and see what games get made for it. That's just too much money to waste on something that would never get used.

Move is cheaper if you plan to play single player. Add in other remotes or the nunchuck like accessories and it begins to get more expensive quickly. Especially given they seem to have demoed configurations where in some scenarios not only did they have a nun-chuck and the move remote itself but I swore some times they had two of the move motes per a person.

At least MS's $150 is a predictable one off payment.

Seriously, why are people complaining at $150 for this, I think it is pretty reasonably priced seeing what it is capable of and the fact you only need ONE of them for multiple players! I didn't see the £79 price tag of the Wii Fit Balance Board stopping those flying off the shelves ... and that did a WHOLE lot less!

I don't see why they want to rename it when Project Natal is a very well known name for it now. It's like a brand and it should stick.

People said the same about the Nintendo Revolution when it was renamed the Wii or Kudo when it became Bing. People get used to new names pretty quick.

A) Does those "millions" of sales include the system sales that there bundled with
B) Unless there some killer apps, $150 is a bit expensive.
C) Withholding judgement if Natal will be cool or not after it's out / it gets some real action.

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