"Whenever a new piece of hardware/accessories comes along from a major company, articles pop up all over the internet about how much the objects cost to make. Most point out to users the huge price discrepancies between the cost to make and the cost to customer, hoping to incite mindless raging trolls or fanboy flaming – all which make them money in hits.
The number that most of these articles are reporting is called the bill-of-materials which is the cost of the parts that make up the Kinect Sensor. This number comes from a 3rd party who takes apart a unit and prices out the components. Yes, it does only cost a meager 56 bucks for parts, but what really needs to be added into the equation to find out what the Kinect costs per unit?