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Kinect: Priced for the Competition, Not the Consumer

With all three of the hardware manufacturers having laid their fourth quarter cards on the table, following Microsoft’s announcement of the Kinect pricing strategy yesterday, we can now get a clear perspective of not only where each format stands in the marketplace, but where they hope to be standing this time next year. Though each of the console manufacturers seem to be quietly agreeing that motion-control is the most viable future for an expanding consumer base, each has a decidedly different idea of what the consumers will be willing to spend their money. (Industry, Kinect, Microsoft, Nintendo, Playstation Motion Controller, Playstation Move, PS3, Sony Computer Entertainment, Tech, Wii, Wii MotionPlus, Xbox 360)

Sneak-Out  +   2031d ago
too expensive ....
jazzking2001  +   2031d ago
Red Panda  +   2031d ago
Its M$
When do they ever price anything for the consumer? They prey on the stupid and the weak. Most companies do this crap but M$ is up there when it comes to the douche baggery.
JokesOnYou  +   2031d ago
It will sell because, its different kinect holds more interest than move,
Just look how kinect quickly jumped up the best seller chart since the price announcemet, move doesn't seem to draw much attention because most folks have already written it off as a wii-too peripheral from sony....its going to take alot to overcome that stigma by the general public, and get the casuals to buy into move when they already have a wii....

Unicron  +   2031d ago
Very true.

What I don't get is, I've yet to see the core/hardcore appeal to EITHER of these products. Yet people are still defending them to the death. Kinda sad.
IRetrouk  +   2031d ago
yep for something that dont work propa like
mathsman  +   2031d ago
I agree with his point, if Kinect as aimed at casual gamers why is it priced as though hardcore will be buying it?
SolidSystem  +   2031d ago
the casual is willing to throw around money as well. the core are not the ones buying pieces of plastic to make their wii-mote look like a gun. or make their wii-mote look like a bat.

so this whole notion that the casual wont throw down 150 for Kinect, i personally see, has no real grounds other than people finding one more thing to cry about. the media has had a love hate relationship with Kinect, for what ever reason.
nickjkl  +   2031d ago
isnt 150 euros like 200 dollars

which makes me think why is microsoft selling the add on for 150 euros

and the bundle for 300

not to mention in order to use it properly you need to be in a well lit room with lots of space something most gamers dont have
SolidSystem  +   2031d ago
but its never just a straight conversion. Europeans have been complaining they "pay" more than americans. currency is much more complicated than just changing it over quickly.

so even when straight converted to dollars, we dont know the american price that i know of.
Rush  +   2031d ago
Actually the price difference is caused by a little something called tax, it's good to see you guys are quite current I mean it was only invented in the 1600s.
Spenok  +   2031d ago
Because Microsoft wants more money?
El_Colombiano  +   2031d ago
Kinect is such old technology. There is almost nothing it can do that the $30 PS Eye can't do. Microsoft is really milking the sheep on this one.
howjord  +   2031d ago
you are joking right???
kinect is far better than the bloody eye toy. as kinect detects 3d space the eyetoy just tracks movement.
the eyetoy is the same as the xbox live vision camera
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gallospqra  +   2031d ago
uuh, 3d space detection. to do what? Kinectimals? wow, nice!

PSEye itself is not as advanced as Kinect camera, sure, but with the Move controller there's perfect XYZ detection and no lag. So I don't see how in the world could Kinect do something that PSEye+Move can't do.
ALFAxD_CENTAURO  +   2031d ago
And with Move is making 3D Space, with better precision along with PS Eye.
Mmmkay  +   2031d ago
ps2 eye toy is not the same as PS3 EYE.

stop thinking natal is a new technology...
Silver360  +   2031d ago
can move
track your arms and legs at the same time?
El_Colombiano  +   2031d ago
That's what the $30 Playstation Eye is for. Try harder.
BeaArthur  +   2031d ago
Wouldn't you price it so people would buy it? I thought the point was to sell it.
Mustang300C2012  +   2031d ago

People are buying it. After 2 days it is already at 64 on Amazon and for Kinect sitting at number 9. Kinect has been sitting in the top 20 for the past month before the official price. Move and the bundle are no where to be found.
Kurisu  +   2031d ago
It will still sell better than Move. Just check out the front page of"Kinect + Kinect Adventures only £129.99" Move is nowhere in sight.

GAME is so 360 biased.
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punisher99  +   2031d ago
If I cant play Gears Of War 3, Halo Reach or Fable 3 using just Kinect, then whats the point of Kinect? If I have to use a controller with Kinect, then why not just use the controller?! But I can however use the PS Move by itself playing, Socom 4, Killzone 3, GT5, Resident Evil 5, and Heavy Rain.
sickpup  +   2031d ago
Who wants to play a FPS on a motion camera anyway, you'd look challenged. Motion cameras are excellent for fitness, basic sports, cards, or even an RTS would be sweet. Think of Minority Report style hand gestures to quickly move troops and select from menu systems. Finally RTS could have a spot in the console which would beat the PC.
Shadowstar  +   2031d ago
Re: RTS games... I'd guess you haven't used the menus people are implementing yet. The game I tried at E3 was similar to PS Eye videos I've seen for menus, where you have to wait for the system to register that you really mean to press something. (Presumably to stop it from pressing every time you happen to wave your hands around.) It sounds really cool in theory, but in practice, you need a button if you want speed.
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kinetic100  +   2031d ago
At least with the move i only need to buy the move controler. If i like it i can then get the nav unit too. With kinect its all in at £150. Move is defo the better deal for us that already own a console.
sickpup  +   2031d ago
Priced to what competition? The Wii controllers are around $40, PS3 Move is $50 and Eye Toy Camera is $30. I can see how that justifies a $150 competative price. What a BS answer from Microsoft.
tiamat5  +   2031d ago
Since when does Microsoft care about the consumer? If they did they would have delayed the Kinect to put in all the features that they promised, worked on all the obvious bugs and kinks in the device , told the truth about the limitations and disadvantages of the Kinect and made sure that their core audience was satisfied as well as the non gamers and casuals.Microsoft doesn't care at all. Sony may not 'love' me as some gamers seem to think these companies do but at least they are concerned about quality of their products and don't hand us cheap, half @$$ed junk for us to test for them.
acere  +   2031d ago
im sure the x60 fan boyz would pay even more..
Ares84PS3  +   2031d ago
Kinect will fail.
That is a given.
BillOreilly  +   2031d ago
come on how many people waited in lines for days to pay 600 for a ps3? 300 for a slim and kinect is the same amount as a ps3 a much better deal as of now. its 150 because they want to sell slim bundles but still have it avalable to 360 owners. the real goal is wii fans upgrade to a slim bundle to play in hd.
BillOreilly  +   2031d ago
fyi i probably wont buy it but if i didnt own a 360 id DEFINATELY pick up a slim kinect bundle for 300 thats a great deal
RIPSKATEDESTROY  +   2031d ago
if we all wait and dont buy it the price will go down. its eeeeeeeeasy ;)
gumgum99  +   2031d ago
I thought competitive pricing met making your product "more affordable" than the competition...
tiamat5  +   2031d ago
Okay what I need to know is why everyone judges the worth of something on how cheap it is and how stupid you are to buy it? Here is Sony giving you a fully loaded PS3 with Move, cam and game, and everyone runs for a 4gb system that you have to spend more money to upgrade anyway with a obviously unfinished, glitchy unproven Kinect. Sony is giving you 120 gigs and a full line up of hardcore and casual games with more to come while Microsoft is promising a hardcore Kinect game in a year and a half. And to make things worse despite the hundreds of videos showing the Move working flawlessly, the many things it can do and its 1:1 precision, everyone still defends the Kinect on the videos showing it's obvious lag, glitchy gameplay and uncoordination. I don't get it. Wouldn't you prefer to spend a little more to buy a quality product rather then something you will probably spend half your time fixing, repairing, upgrading and compensating for? Disagree if you want but I don't get it.

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