Microsoft Store Lists Kinect at $149

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Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

As noted earlier yesterday, Microsoft has remained mum on pricing details for its hands-free controller, Kinect, despite its recent E3 re-unveil. Retailers, on the other hand, haven't shared in the silence, almost universally pegging the device for pre-order at $149. Some shops have even spitballed bundle prices well in advance of Microsoft's official word. But here's an interesting, and possibly meaningful, weave in the ongoing "What will Kinect cost?" tapestry: Microsoft's own store has listed the device at $149, and interestingly, will allow pre-orders starting on November 4, 2010.  

 

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As Joystiq notes, this shouldn't necessarily be taken as a confirmation of price. It's definitely possible that one of the behemoth heads on the Microsoft hydra isn't talking to the other. But I'm going to guess that the shared body does indeed house details we're not privy to just yet, and just maybe this was an accidental listing in advance of an impending announcement. We'll see, eh?    
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#1 Posted by BradNicholson (1556 posts) -

As noted earlier yesterday, Microsoft has remained mum on pricing details for its hands-free controller, Kinect, despite its recent E3 re-unveil. Retailers, on the other hand, haven't shared in the silence, almost universally pegging the device for pre-order at $149. Some shops have even spitballed bundle prices well in advance of Microsoft's official word. But here's an interesting, and possibly meaningful, weave in the ongoing "What will Kinect cost?" tapestry: Microsoft's own store has listed the device at $149, and interestingly, will allow pre-orders starting on November 4, 2010.  

 

 This, I do for you.
 This, I do for you.
 
As Joystiq notes, this shouldn't necessarily be taken as a confirmation of price. It's definitely possible that one of the behemoth heads on the Microsoft hydra isn't talking to the other. But I'm going to guess that the shared body does indeed house details we're not privy to just yet, and just maybe this was an accidental listing in advance of an impending announcement. We'll see, eh?    
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#2 Posted by Metal_Mills (3445 posts) -

I told you.

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#3 Posted by FesteringNeon (2276 posts) -

DAMNIT
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#4 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -

Alright, it's confirmed.  It can no longer be a rumor at this point.  Kinect will launch at 149 USD. 
 
Unless something goes crazy and it ends up launching for the other rumored 99 USD price tag.  That won't happen, though.

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#5 Posted by Kyreo (4682 posts) -

Whoa.... butthurt!

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#6 Posted by Jeffsekai (7159 posts) -

This is still news?

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#7 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -

Games are still gonna be 60 bucks and are mostly aimed at younger people. Not very interested right now. Still wondering how they are gonna work out for character movement thats not on rails. 

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#8 Posted by Zaapp1 (711 posts) -

It also mentions wi-fi, which may mean that the Kinect doesn't need to be plugged in directly, which would be nice.

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#9 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Whoops on the price release, or whoops on the price?

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#10 Posted by ozmiander (45 posts) -

ow

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#11 Posted by skrutop (3812 posts) -

You can keep your overpriced gimmick, Microsoft.

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#12 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:
" Whoops on the price release, or whoops on the price? "
Both most likely lol. 
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#13 Posted by Tally_Pants (626 posts) -

I"m too cheap to spend $25 bucks and get a Wii Motion Plus for my controller... PASS!!
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#14 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@Zaapp1 said:
" It also mentions wi-fi, which may mean that the Kinect doesn't need to be plugged in directly, which would be nice. "
What?  Wi-fi is associated with the internet; that has nothing to do with the Xbox 360/Kinect connectivity.  Like the New Xbox 360 demonstrates, there's an actual port for Kinect on there.  You'll still have to plug it directly to the console.
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#15 Posted by colourwolf (3 posts) -

$150 is a price that a hard core player might be willing to pay but because of the nature of the device and the direction that Microsoft is taking it with the software I don't believe that kinect will be a popular device among hard core players and at this price point I think it is too high to appeal to casual market that has embraced the wii

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#16 Posted by Zaapp1 (711 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ said:
" @Zaapp1 said:
" It also mentions wi-fi, which may mean that the Kinect doesn't need to be plugged in directly, which would be nice. "
What?  Wi-fi is associated with the internet; that has nothing to do with the Xbox 360/Kinect connectivity.  Like the New Xbox 360 demonstrates, there's an actual port for Kinect on there.  You'll still have to plug it directly to the console. "
Perhaps I misinterpreted then, but why would the Kinect need a "  Wi-Fi extension cable" bundled in the box?
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#17 Posted by EdsXwing (64 posts) -

Seems priced to stay on the shelves, I mean for $50 more you can buy an entire motion control system in the Wii.  Not that that would be for the better, I def think I'll wait for some better apps for it before a purchase.

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#18 Posted by audiosnag (1604 posts) -

Hmm after hearing about Dance Central i was pretty stoked about Kinect but this dampens my enthusiasm a bit. If it's bundled with some games then thats not bad but for just the unit that's a bit steep. 
If some smart devs come up with some cool stuff then i'll still probably pick it up but this went from being a first month purchase to a wait an see. 
Cmon MS. Come ON.

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#19 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@Zaapp1 said:
" Perhaps I misinterpreted then, but why would the Kinect need a "  Wi-Fi extension cable" bundled in the box? "
Perhaps Kinect needs a Wi-fi connection for the peer-to-peer video chat... but that makes no sense as it'd be connected to the 360.  My guess is that the cable's actually for the 360 itself, just like the normal cables that usually come with it.
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#20 Posted by coonce (1608 posts) -

what's so unreasonable about a $149 price-tag? for the tech being packaged i think its a no-brainer....

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#21 Posted by yukoasho (2248 posts) -

This may not be officially confirmed, but it's as close as it's going to get.  EVERY STORE EVER is saying $150.

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#22 Posted by MeatSim (11151 posts) -

If this pricing is true that's way to much not that I was gonna get one either way.

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#23 Posted by andrewf87462 (741 posts) -

I want to know how much it's gonna cost over here in the UK.

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#24 Posted by cstrang (2362 posts) -

Too much for way too little.

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#25 Posted by Waffles13 (622 posts) -

IF they can get Kinect working while a player is sitting down, and IF they announce some real games that will have minor, optional Kinect advancements, and IF Kinect drops to $120 or less within the next few years, THEN I'll seriously consider getting it.

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#26 Posted by ZeroKelvin (52 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ: Wi-Fi is about Internet AND device connectivity.  For example, my home wireless network works perfectly well when my internet is out.  I can print from any computer in my house, as well as perform many other tasks, except those that are internet related. 
 
It COULD be that the Kinect uses Wi-Fi for some functionality.  Frankly I have no idea.   
 
My point is only that Wi-Fi serves for more than internet access.
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#27 Posted by Jazz (2351 posts) -
@andrewf87462:  
Thats easy, do the typical conversion rate used by hardware companies.
$149=£150. simples.
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#28 Posted by bybeach (5726 posts) -

You know  iv'e been seeing the kinnect for 149.00 pre-order for a few days at least at amazon. It seemed right after E3 that I was seeing this, but didn't log when. kinnect doesn't appeal to me really so it's not like I paid heavy attention to it. I do suppose theres an easy way of finding out when Amazon first posted it's pre-order Kinnect page. and at what price if any,  and yes I see now Nov 4.  
 
 This may be news but my impression is that this isn't anything new, in a way. In the price?
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#29 Posted by Microshock (354 posts) -

I remember that guy at E3 with the fake smile and like one of the big exec's saying that we'll be very pleased with the price. 
 
I'm not so pleased. It costs more than the Arcade Xbox 360.  
And combine that with the shitty lineup that will cost 60 bucks per title in those horrible purple boxes. 
 
Move may be a little more money if you want 4 Move controllers (it only supports 4) and the Eye but at least the line up is good and the stuff like Sports Champions is 40 bucks. 

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#30 Posted by EndrzGame (325 posts) -

If all is true, then MS is taking a hit on the hardware to get it into as many homes as possible. According to this Kotaku piece, the hardware costs $150 to manufacture, and didn't I read somewhere that the MS published games would only be $40?

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#31 Posted by Winternet (8399 posts) -
@andrewf87462 said:
" I want to know how much it's gonna cost over here in the UK. "
£149
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#32 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -
@EndrzGame said:
" If all is true, then MS is taking a hit on the hardware to get it into as many homes as possible. According to this Kotaku piece, the hardware costs $150 to manufacture, and didn't I read somewhere that the MS published games would only be $40? "
All release titles I am seeing for Kinect are 60 bucks. 
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#33 Posted by Chris2KLee (2402 posts) -

I figure since Sony already announced their price, MS is probably about to drop theirs soon to. With the $99 Bundle + $29.99 Navigator Control, Move comes in at about $130. So at $20 dollars more, I could see MS feeling OK there.

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#34 Posted by Korne (640 posts) -

 Both the Move and the Kinect are priced a bit high.    

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#35 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@ZeroKelvin said:

" @FluxWaveZ: Wi-Fi is about Internet AND device connectivity.  For example, my home wireless network works perfectly well when my internet is out.  I can print from any computer in my house, as well as perform many other tasks, except those that are internet related.  It COULD be that the Kinect uses Wi-Fi for some functionality.  Frankly I have no idea.    My point is only that Wi-Fi serves for more than internet access. "

But isn't the wireless technology between devices something other than Wi-Fi?  Something like infrared sensors or Blu-ray technology?  I've always thought Wi-Fi itself was exclusively associated with the wireless connectivity to the internet.
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#36 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -
@Chris2KLee said:
" I figure since Sony already announced their price, MS is probably about to drop theirs soon to. With the $99 Bundle + $29.99 Navigator Control, Move comes in at about $130. So at $20 dollars more, I could see MS feeling OK there. "
Keep in mind you do not need that sub controller. Your duel shock will work fine for Move. 
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#37 Posted by OmegaPirate (5642 posts) -

150 bones to stand up and navigate menus! See! controllers are so unnecessary!

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#38 Posted by Akel (167 posts) -

This will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

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#39 Posted by Somadude (622 posts) -
@EdsXwing said:
"Seems priced to stay on the shelves, I mean for $50 more you can buy an entire motion control system in the Wii.  Not that that would be for the better, I def think I'll wait for some better apps for it before a purchase. "


I agree, and unlike the Kinect, the Wii actually has games I want to play.
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#40 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@EndrzGame said:
" and didn't I read somewhere that the MS published games would only be $40? "
No, those are only 1st party Sony Move games.  MS Kinect games will be priced at the same 59.99 USD. 
 
@OmegaPirate said:
" 150 bones to stand up and navigate menus! See! controllers are so unnecessary! "
That's extremely reductive.  It has potential for a lot of different things, except for conventional gaming.
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#41 Posted by Terrents (329 posts) -

better come with more then a few games for that price.

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#42 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3855 posts) -
@EndrzGame said:
" If all is true, then MS is taking a hit on the hardware to get it into as many homes as possible. According to this Kotaku piece, the hardware costs $150 to manufacture, and didn't I read somewhere that the MS published games would only be $40? "
No, Sony is doing that for Move. 
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#43 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@Somadude said:
" I agree, and unlike the Kinect, the Wii actually has games I want to play. "
The Wii also has hundreds upon hundreds of titles.  We only know, like, 7 Kinect titles so far.  Give it time, just like how the Wii had some pretty bad games upon its release.
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#44 Posted by fwylo (3571 posts) -
@FluxWaveZ: Wi-Fi is just the device's way to connect to the Local network.  From there, the network can or can't be connected to the internet.  Obviously most are but there are a lot of places that aren't. 
 
You may be confused due to a lot of places selling just wireless routers.  Which take the internet signal and broadcast it for anyone that has the password to pick up.  But a Wi-Fi enabled device just gives it the ability to connect to a wireless network or signal.  Whether it be internet enabled or not.  Unless something is 3g, your router is almost always connected through a wire.
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#45 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@fwylo: Ah, I see.  Thanks for that.
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#46 Posted by fastidious (90 posts) -

Drop it down to $50.00 and I'll go for it.

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#47 Posted by spartan1017 (243 posts) -

they just shot themselves in the foot...with a bazooka

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#48 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19836 posts) -
@coonce said:
" what's so unreasonable about a $149 price-tag? for the tech being packaged i think its a no-brainer.... "
But we don't really care solely about the tech being packaged, in this case; we care about its actual relevance for games.  From what we're seeing now, the only reason anyone would want to buy the device is for Child of Eden, Dance Central and, possibly, Your Shape.  Yelling at your Xbox for it to turn off or using the poor, motion controlled menu navigation that they've demonstrated isn't all that exciting.
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#49 Posted by Sergotron (585 posts) -

Yeah maybe $99, but to me $150 is a bit too much. Even if I see something I must play, I am still looking at a $210 to play that game.

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#50 Posted by RobotHamster (4254 posts) -

Well sucks for M$.

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