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A note on the pricing of Kinect versus other motion controls

I've been skeptically watching the progress of Microsoft's Kinect lately as well as many different peoples opinions of it, most of which have no basis in anything IE people calling it an eyetoy, complaining it's not for hardcore gamers blah blah. But the one that does the most, to the untrained eye anyway, is the seemingly huge pricetag on the Kinect, which is going for $150 standalone.

here is a direct copy/paste from sony's blog on the PS Move http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/07/playstation-move-the-ultimate-faq/

Pricing:

  • PlayStation Move motion controller – $49.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Eye camera – $39.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Move navigation controller – $29.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Move charging station – $29.99 (MSRP)
  • PlayStation Move shooting attachment – $19.99 (MSRP)

The startup price for a PS Move and one controller is $150 dollars, if you want you can tack an additional $210 on to that so all 4 of your family members can play too. Now I'm not doing very good in my Calc III class at the moment, but I am pretty darn sure $360 is more than $150

But Packers91! you say. I can get a wii for that price!

That may be so, a wii with a controller is $200 and I've just got word that they're releasing a controller with motion plus built right in. Assuming this is 40-50 dollars and you buy nunchucks with them you're paying 180-210 dollars for three. We'll say 400 for a wii+ controllers. Which, my friends, is the greater than the price of the 360 kinect bundle.

Now I love my 360 and my PS3, I'm just trying to apply a little logic to the situation. there is no need for people to bash Kinect for it's price simply because it does not nickel and dime 150 dollars from you, it merely takes it all up front.