Microsoft officially announced the price for Kinect, and it’s not going to take anyone by surprise. Yep, it’s $150. The bigger announcement is a huge upgrade for the Xbox 360 Arcade.
Over on Major Nelson’s blog, prices were finally revealed for Kinect. The unit itself will come bundled with ‘Kinect Adventures’ and will cost $150. That’s been the rumored price since before E3, but it still raises the ire of a few folks. $150 for a peripheral with a pack-in game isn’t a huge amount of cash if it ends up being fun. But if it loses developer support, it’s going to be a $150 piece of plastic just sitting in your living room.
What’s cooler is the new Arcade version of the 360. It uses the same design as the new “360 S” units, except it has a matte black finish rather than the shiny dust-loving finish of the bigger version. It’s still got the built in wireless and all the other goodies that the new system packs, and it retains the old arcade unit’s $199 price. It’s also got an expanded hard drive of 4GB, which is a big step over the 512MB in the current models. You’ll be able to snag one for yourself, or a loved one, or your favorite Bonus View writer on August 3rd.
Microsoft also announced a new bundle for the holidays. For $299, you’ll get the new Arcade unit paired with Kinect, which saves you about $50 in the long run. There’s no combo announced for the “360 S” though, which is a shame.
My take on all of this: $150 isn’t a lot to pay to add a new feature set to your system. That is, if it works. If developers support it and ‘Dance Central‘ ends up being as great as it looks, then Microsoft’s got a nice win under its belt and gamers will have something new to play with. After all, $150 is a lot cheaper than buying yet another new system.
Worst case scenario: You’re a hardcore gamer that has absolutely no interest in Kinect. In that case, don’t buy it. Best case scenario: You love it. Sounds like a win-win situation.
So, what do you think? Is Kinect priced right, or is the $150 just too high a price of entry?