Natal shipping October 26 for $150?

Microsoft's motion-sensing Xbox 360 add-on said to be dropping worldwide right around Halloween; $299 Arcade bundle also foretold.

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Source: UK gaming magazine Edge.

What we heard: Microsoft isn't likely to make any official statements regarding the launch of Project Natal for the Xbox 360 until June 13, when it will hold a "world premiere" for the device as part of the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo. However, thanks to seemingly unauthorized statements made by Microsoft's Saudi Arabian marketing manager, the current plan appears to be to launch the camera-based motion-sensing add-on in October.

Would you be interested in a $150 Natal?

Today, that launch window seems to have gained a bit more support, along with a potential price point. Citing an industry source, Edge reported today that Microsoft intends to roll out Natal worldwide on October 26, a Tuesday. Edge's source noted that the date has yet to be 100 percent nailed down and may be advanced or retreated by a handful of weeks.

Interestingly, the source also stated that Microsoft intends to sell the peripheral as a stand-alone unit for $150 in the US. However, that figure clashes with a previous rumor, which indicated that Microsoft planned to position Natal as an "impulse buy" with a £50 ($72) price point.

As for bundles, Edge's source said Microsoft also intends to pack in Natal with the hard drive-less Xbox 360 Arcade SKU for $299, a $100 premium over the console's current price point. However, this tidbit of information is also questionable, considering analysts are expecting a new, slimmer 250GB Xbox 360 to ship out later this year at the $299 price point--with Natal included.

The official story: Microsoft had not responded to requests for comment as of press time. However, it is unlikely the publisher will deviate from its tried-and-true mantra, "Microsoft does not comment on rumors or speculation."

Bogus or not bogus?: Leaning not bogus. Considering that Natal will include such complex technology as voice recognition, facial recognition, and three-dimensional real-time motion sensing, it seems more likely that the $150 price point is more accurate than the essentially giveaway £50 speculative MSRP. However, don't expect it to be priced much higher, as Microsoft must keep the price down if it hopes to attract mass-market consumers, a primary target of the new device.

Discussion

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codename-60091
codename-60091

i am kinda piss that my xbox have ring of death for the 2nd time. and xbox live fees is pathetic. i wasted 3 months for repairing my ring of death. off to get a Live console.

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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monson21502
monson21502

@Fusco1980. when you say ill buy 2 games for 120 it makes it sound like kinect is a better deal. you would be using kinect long after you traded in those 2 games at gamestop for 20 bucks each...sobber up and think about it:P

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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penpusher
penpusher

yeah come on dude who really gets four people together at a single game console these days? the great majoriy of wii owners certainly dont

requul1
requul1

@penpusher 35 dollars is an accurate price for ONE motion plus wii upgrade. Natal covers four people. SO for it to be an correct comparison you really need to purchase four motion plus upgrades. 140 bucks... Hmmmm

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@gamecubepad They can say whatever they want about failure rates. But My own Xbox Red Ringed about a week ago and it was just under a year old. and a friend of mine had his Red Ring three weeks ago and he got his on valentines day. So they can still say whatever but I personally am still being affected by hardware failure and this is with they new systems they supposedly fixed and improved; yet to see it.

wyan_
wyan_

@ Lonewolf2785 Relax little boy. I have a lucrative career and have never mooched off anyone or anything. Stay in school and/or work hard and maybe you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your own labor like I do.

super_dog1
super_dog1

$150 isn't bad. Both Sony and Microsoft are doing this instead of making a new system. So this is going to be big. For all you people that think its gonna flop, your idiots. And for all those nintendo fans that think its just gonna be like the wii, its not. And your all idiots too for thinking that.

mmpr7
mmpr7

$150 is a steal. I was planning on spending up to $200. I will be there on day one to buy it :)

freema
freema

$150? LOL Nice move Microsoft. The kids are sure to eat it up.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

I'm not sure i like this type of gaming enough to pay $150 for it (although it sounds like it could be fun if the games are anything like the wii's then i dont think i will bother), but i will wait and see what it's like before making up my mind. Anyway i expect the price will fall soon after release, new products do usually start high (remember the prices of the 360 and ps3 when they first came on sale)

TrapMuzik92
TrapMuzik92

no way in hell im buying that even if it was 30 bucks

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

Man... this is just tooo expensive... The move is just around 100 and the Wii... well that's classic. How much money does MS want to milk out of us with this rip-off?

drytal
drytal

natal will be the closes thing to a new wave of gaming in our day this is basically the tech they use in movies and if you got people like spielburg impressed with it already and the next generation of games have not been revealed yet leaves me in wonder.

Lonewolf2785
Lonewolf2785

@ wyan_-Must be nice too have rich relatives to mooch off @wiidsduelpack-U honestly gunna believe what a sony fanboy is saying in regards too a mircosolf product? If that is the case I have some magic beans for sale if your interested Unless this add on can enhance gaming beyond what Wii is already doing all pass

leeko_link
leeko_link

So $150 for an extra add-on that enhance gameplay? Now when was the last time we saw that debuting price tag hmmmm.... Sega 32X?????

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

Umm...I dunno, is saving roughly $35 a month alot? Guess it depends on the quality and longevity of the product. Jury's out on this one for right now...

linkspetdragon
linkspetdragon

@wiidsduelpck - I don't know where your Sony fanboy got his info, but everything I have seen says Move will be under $100. @wyan_ - Congratulations on making good money. Too bad you can't use it to buy some class.

epsilonz999
epsilonz999

I wanna see what sort of games they have compatable with the natal before I go buying it. It's alot of money for sumthing that could be a flop

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

I was talking to a Sony fanboy, and he said that the Move would cost about $200. I don't think those who quit Nintendo would want to play casual games.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

wyan_ are you making fun of those who make less than you or stating the obvious. / Good for you that have a stable job, but this economy is not rebounding. Unemployement is above 10% in the U.S and Europe, so don't make fun of those who have less.

wyan_
wyan_

If it's really $150, that shows Microsoft actually has quite a bit of confidence in the device succeeding in the mass market. 150 isn't anywhere near expensive for me, but the way some people are freaking out about the price makes me think they are all jobless, lifeless and fatass nerds living their parents' basements. -must suck to be them.

linkspetdragon
linkspetdragon

Think I'm gonna go with the Move first. Seems like the best chance for the lightsaber/swordfighting game we've all been bonering for since the Wii was announced. Might pick up Natal after awhile if it really takes off, but the Move has me more excited at the moment.

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

I won't go as far to call Natal a gimmick, but rather a huge gamble. While Sony essentially ripped off the Wii's motion sensing, they are playing it safe with a concept everybody is familiar with by now. And that is good to stockholders. Microsoft if going all in with Natal, and what happens if it doesn't take off? Then somebody at MS is going to be unemployed, Natal is a really big gamble on Microsofts part. Anything less than universal praise will leave Natal in the dirt. And on a further note, MS and Sony are trying to cash in on the casual game market right? Well look at the games on the Wii and the games on the PS3/ 360. At the end of the day, you can swing your arms around all you want, but little billy J's mom is more likely to get her 6 year old son Cutie Kart, or Wii Smell rather than Gears of War 2.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

50 would be awesome, but lets be serious they wouldn't make any money off the game, and they need to make money for future projects...

bryandeth316
bryandeth316

I really hope that that thing isn't going to be the outright requirement to play games because I know that is going to turn me off on the games and all of that if it is. That's too expensive for my blood that's for sure.

metalkid9
metalkid9

@kavadias1981, don't worry, come E3 when they show off the games everyone is gonna be on this thing lol

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

LOL ... Oh I see they anounche that its really $100.00 and people think.... "What a Bargin" I wonder if MS is willing to lose money selling like they did with the console?

abosh1
abosh1

couuld be pretty good.... but nik doesnt think so

monson21502
monson21502

i cant wait to see more games for the wave.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

If that is true, then it is yet another proof of the failure of analysts like Michael Pachter (he had predicted a price point of $ 50) !!!

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

depends if it's as good as it's been looking. I just am having a hard time thinking about this thing working perfectly or atleast great. If so I will def get it.

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

...hmm, that'll be £103 (around that). I don't think it's going to be very responsive though.... this would be all just hyped up, we'll wait 'till E3 :)

iufan_4life
iufan_4life

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TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

@ fanaticsm Posted May 28, 2010 11:10 am GMT PC gaming rulzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......LOLZZZZZ umm...NOT!!l Seriously dude, stay off the drugs...lol

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

@ Petch1984 - That WAS HIS POINT..the controllers aren't going ANYWHERE right now..Natal is just AN OPTION. or dont you SEE that?

ccgod
ccgod

Price to high......That's what everyone said about the mw2 maps....

atopp399
atopp399

They leak this price so that at E3 they can come out and say it is going to cost $60. Then everyone will be all crazy about it killing people, breaking windows and causing riots trying to get one. That's what they are doing here. I still wouldn't buy one though unless I could make some money on ebay with it sort of like the PS3s that were selling for over $1000 when they were released.

rf85
rf85

@firebladedx it uses Infra Red tech with the motion sensor camera if memory serves. Meaning it'll work in the dark, and even when someone walks in front of you. I'm up for buying it, just not with that price tag. £75 maybe.

Petch1984
Petch1984

@kakashi6666 ok I guess I just don't won't a camera showing me how fat and lazy I look. I am waiting for a VR headset - one that actually works, that would have me running around like a crazed fool until then I'm out.

kakashi6666
kakashi6666

erm ok i just read some more posts on here and correct me if im wrong guys nut wen did ms say that there getting rid of the controller in favor for natal completly infact u can use the controller together with natal so to all those ppl on here sayin the dont want to jump around to play games u dont hav to u can keep ur fat asses on the couch

TonyMedhurst
TonyMedhurst

Looking forward to see if the Natal is actually any good...with a price tag of ~£100 ($150), it better be! Only time will tell.... www.x-boxing.co.uk

Petch1984
Petch1984

I live in a flat with creaky floorboards and only get to play games at night after work - So no I won't be buying any add-on. Also I play games to relax and to be lazy as I spend most of the daytime being proactive so again a big no. I'm all for trying to push gaming boundaries but I guess this just isn't far enough for me to consider, I'm happy with the pad until something big comes around - when this does happen say in 10-15 years time we won't even be having these sort of debates because the potential would be 10 times more obvious than simply putting a cam on top of a HDTV.