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So Kinect is $150....

Posted on Tuesday, July 20 @ 14:34:48 Eastern by
Microsoft has finally churned out a price for their motion controller camera answer to the Wii.

Honestly, we should have seen this coming.  Numerous sources, including Microsoft's own online retail portal priced Kinect at $150.  Did anyone think that was all going to turn out to be an elaborate hoax and we'd be generously offered an opportunity to buy a product for $99.99?

This really bothers me.  I'm a college student, I don't have a ton of room in my budget for extraneous motion controls that I probably won't even use.  Possibly even more frustrating was the fact that the pricing silence during E3 led gamers to have hope.  Unfortunately, that hope was crushed today.

Microsoft would probably assume that the inclusion of a game (Kinect games being priced generally at $50 to meet the Wii's game pricing structure) justifies the price tag.  Honestly, I'm intrigued by Kinect Adventures more than any other Kinect game, but there's one thing Microsoft has not realized.

The Wii made it's push for the masses on the backs of "real" (read: hardcore) gamers.  Launching with a Zelda title certainly aided this movement.  With those same ambassadors of gaming uninterested by Kinect, and reluctant to shell out for a toy that will further remove their hardcore gaming device from their possession, I doubt this motion will really make waves.

Are you picking up Kinect in November?  Do you already have a preorder?  Have you checked out a demo station at your local Macy's?

EDIT:
For De-Ting and the rest of you who would like to try out Kinect before you buy, I hope this list of Macy's stores currently housing a demo helps.  Find the list here.
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