Anybody notice this?
- Microsoft plots to release a motion control device no one really wants.
- Device is revealed and hopes are high this Natal thing will be a real step forward.
- Natal renamed to Kinect and all of it's debut titles are 2006 era Wii knock off titles. The press, blogs, and gamers are far less enthused.
- Info about whether or not you can use Kinect sitting down or recognizing your voice starts generating negative press about Kinect more than it already is getting.
- Price finally revealed to be $150. Gamers are even less enthused.
- Product demos in stores around the country and on news channels end up doing more damage when first time users can't do basic game actions that are supposed to be easy. Even more negative press.
There was a trend in seeing Kinect in the public opinion go from "game changing" to "this thing is just a wii" and "it's just a ps2 eye toy". Public demos haven't swayed this opinion; it's only made it worse.
Sensing danger, Microsoft's PR team hatches a brilliant plan. "Let's raise the price of Xbox Live for everyone to recoup the costs of a device we know we're not going to sell nearly as many as we hoped!" one suit proudly proclaims. Many high fives and butt slapping ensued followed by much Bud Light Lime and Corona Extra.