After much speculation and rumour from gamers about the globe, Microsoft have finally announced pricing for Kinect, as well as details on a number of bundles that will package the hardware. Many of us have made our feelings clear on how Kinect ought to be marketed, but lofty expectations of a sub £100 device has been banished by Microsoft, pricing the Kinect sensor (coming with Kinect Adventures) at an astounding £129.99. They also further detailed a bundle that will package together the all-new slim Xbox 360 with a 4GB flash drive, the Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventures for £249.99.
Currently playing their cards close to the casual market space, the figure seems way too high for a launch device that adds to a console now five years old! It may be heralded as unrivalled technology within the mainstream, but Kinect has failed to drum up the expected hype that Molyenux et al. would have dreamed following its announcement at E3 2009.
With only 15 titles available at launch, it’s going to be a tough sell convincing people to spend that type of money on something that has, as yet, shown little promise outside of cheap mini-game collections. I for one consider myself unimpressed with the pricing to a degree where I think I’ll stay away- particularly at launch. This coming from a person who was amazed at E3 2009 and was fully on the Microsoft bandwagon. I fear that they’ll be many like me also. If Microsoft choose to stay atop their high horse for much longer, I can see Kinect failing miserably.