Walmart details their Microsoft Kinect pricing

Walmart, one of the largest American retailers, has detailed its pricing for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 controller-free Kinect device, offering a packaged deal for $199.

While Microsoft have yet to reveal official pricing for the device, which launches on November 4 in North America, many believe it will revolutionise the gaming experience, allowing users to control their Xbox 360 using body movements. The accessory, formerly known as 'Project Natal', has been available for pre-order in some online stores (including Microsoft's own) for a while now, with most listing the Kinect by itself for a price of around $150 -- which Microsoft says is an "estimate only," may be "subject to change".

But now one of the biggest American retailers has entered the fray, offering their own $199 bundle to woo customers. Walmart's bundle, which is now available for pre-order, comes with the Kinect sensor, a free Kinect game of your choice and a $30 Walmart gift card.

Games with Kinect support that customers can select from for free include "Kinect Dance Central", "Kinect Joy Ride", "Kinectimals", "Kinect Sports," "Kinect Adventures" and an as-yet-un-announced "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows" by EA Play.

For an additional (but reduced) price, customers can also pre-order a second game from the above selection.

If you're keen to try out Microsoft Kinect, you can now visit Microsoft Retail Stores across the US at locations including Arizona, California, California, Colorado.

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LaP said,

200$ US. This means it will be around 250$ CAD. I'll pass.

If the US were a free country it'd be even cheaper. There are all kinds of taxes rolled into that price that are being passed on to the consumer (that's where companies have to get it - unlike the Government, they can't just print money). It costs more in Canada because you have more taxes. Complain at the ballot box, not here. http://www.fraserinstitute.org/

Bengal34 said,

For just the sensor it's about $150. Which I've heard was the cost of the hardware itself.

If only someone took stuff apart, priced out the component costs, and reported it to the public...
*COUGH*http://www.isuppli.com*COUGH*

How much are the CCD's in the new iPhones? I know they released a report on that.

satus said,
How much do you pay for a webcam? 100 bucks right? so how about 2 webcam in one + good Software?

How much do you pay for an iPhone? 100 buck with contracts or 600+ bucks without one.

Does anyone remember that the Kinect is not JUST cameras and software? There are also microphones and a motorola processor to tie them all together.

+1 to the apple joke.

dotf said,

Does anyone remember that the Kinect is not JUST cameras and software? There are also microphones and a motorola processor to tie them all together.

+1 to the apple joke.


Not to mention hundreds of thousands of man hours developing the hardware, and writing the software, and firmware updates to the 360 to support it, etc. People here seem to be under the delusion that all you pay for at retail is the physical hardware components bolted together.

Get real people.

The games are Wii clones, right? And supposedly laggy too boot. I was going to preorder it but now I dunno. I'll revisit when there's better titles.

axebox said,
The games are Wii clones, right? And supposedly laggy too boot. I was going to preorder it but now I dunno. I'll revisit when there's better titles.

Its hard to judge without actually trying them.Better you try them yourself before you decide.

axebox said,
The games are Wii clones, right? And supposedly laggy too boot. I was going to preorder it but now I dunno. I'll revisit when there's better titles.

There'll likely be more titles before launch - but for the moment, yes they are a little light on.

axebox said,
The games are Wii clones, right? And supposedly laggy too boot. I was going to preorder it but now I dunno. I'll revisit when there's better titles.

It used to be laggy. After they announced the official name I've seen reviews saying that it's a lot more responsive than it used to be. It's not 1:1 but it's pretty darn close.

Kinect was going to bring my 360 back off that shelf in my closet but at that price, it's staying there. The best list price for a product like that would be $79.99-$99.99(Cdn). Look at other accessories and their prices around the usual $59.99(Cdn). The most I'd pay for something like this would be $99.99 as it's an extra, it's not something you need to play games, it's just something to add extra functionality.

dogmai said,
Kinect was going to bring my 360 back off that shelf in my closet but at that price, it's staying there. The best list price for a product like that would be $79.99-$99.99(Cdn). Look at other accessories and their prices around the usual $59.99(Cdn). The most I'd pay for something like this would be $99.99 as it's an extra, it's not something you need to play games, it's just something to add extra functionality.

if at most youd pay $99 then youll be buying this. Price starts at $199.99. There is a $30 gift card with it so now your at $169.99. It also comes with a game so thats about $70 off. now your sitting at $100 for the actual device.

ILikeTobacco said,

if at most youd pay $99 then youll be buying this. Price starts at $199.99. There is a $30 gift card with it so now your at $169.99. It also comes with a game so thats about $70 off. now your sitting at $100 for the actual device.

I was thinking the same, except typically the gift card is included to entice the buyer, not something you are already paying for.

Pharos said,
So, this piece of hardware is $50 MORE expensive than the Wii and the 360 Arcade??
Uh, no thanks.

It's a bundle. The game alone costs about $60 so the sensor itself would be around the $150 mark. You also get a $30 gift card with purchase.

Seriously, buy one sensor for $150 or buy two wiimotes, nunchucks, and various other periphs for the wii. Plus you don't have to worry about batteries all the time.

Pharos said,
So, this piece of hardware is $50 MORE expensive than the Wii and the 360 Arcade??
Uh, no thanks.

Talk about comparing apples and oranges. It also costs more than a ham sandwich, but it will smell better after sitting near your TV for a few months. I hope that helps in your buying decision.

It's a shame to see "Joy Ride" as a stand-alone game. A year ago it was announced as a "gift" for Xbox Live subscribers to be released during the holidays. The advantage being that *everyone* would have it. It also supported the new (at the time) avatars to deliver a uniquely customizable gaming experience.

Now it's slipped a year, will probably cost $60 like any other new game, and *may* require an input device that while interesting is probably not ideal for controlling driving games. I hope we can use regular controllers and steering wheel accessories with this game - but I don't hold out much hope because folks with more responsive controllers than Kinect could have a major advantage.

And of course we'll be in the "I wonder who has this game" camp. Maybe I'm overlooking it, but I wish there were a way to select a game and see which of my friends have it. Seems like a pretty obvious feature rather than joining the game lobby, inviting people, and being told "Sorry, I don't have that."

I was hoping that "Joy Ride" would be released for free over the Holidays still to encourage people to get Kinect.

dude $199 dollars is fine, if you don't want to buy it, then don't, just don't nag over the price, i think almost everyone here have spend more than $199 dollars in crappy hardware.

And $22 for a webcam yeah sure, the first logitech quickcams

RenegadeJr said,
Maybe $199 if you get a game or two with it...

dang and i thought that is what this meant....

"$199 bundle to woo customers. Walmart's bundle, which is now available for pre-order, comes with the Kinect sensor, a free Kinect game of your choice and a $30 Walmart gift card."

This isn't very appealing yet as no interesting kinect games have been announced for what they're asking for it. I mean, if you have $200 of extra money just lying around and you need to have it then go for it I guess, but to most people it's probably pretty ridiculous.

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