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Kinect Price Drops to $109.99; Kinect 2 in October?

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Microsoft may be moving Kinect hardware in order to make room for Kinect 2 which is rumored to arrive with Windows 8 in October.

Smell that? It's the scent of hardware sold at a discounted price to make room for the younger, sexier next-generation model. That's probably what's going on with a recent announcement by Major Nelson (Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live) that Kinect now has a pricetag of $109.99 in the United States, a nice little drop from the previous $149.99 wallet drainer.

According to the blog post, the price drop isn't a special promotion: it's a done deal until the next model fills its spot. "There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold," he said. "Additionally, on October 4, the Kinect sensor will be available for a permanently reduced price in Australia and New Zealand."

"The final retail price will vary in each region based on the currency and other variables," he added. "There are no price drop plans for EMEA and Japan."

The news conveniently arrives before Microsoft unleashes Microsoft 8 on the general population in late October, and before the holiday season kicks into high gear. But does that mean Microsoft plans to follow up with a price reduction of the Xbox 360 console? Probably not, but consumers should expect a number of fancy discounted bundles in the next few months.

Analysts agree. "Price cut no, bundles yes. For now, I think Microsoft is happy with Xbox sales and some early traction in the different pricing models they have rolled out at retail," said Colin Sebastian of RW Baird in speaking with GamesIndustry International. "We still expect the launch of the next Xbox in the fall of 2013, so there will still need to be a price cut on the current gen, although perhaps not until after the holidays. I am sure retailers will offer their own promotions this holiday though."

Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter said that he couldn't believe Microsoft's Kinect hadn't seen a price cut already. "I thought Kinect had been cut a long time ago, and can't believe that the standalone unit sells that well," he said.

Kinect made its debut back in November 2010, a motion sensing device for the Xbox 360. It was Microsoft's answer to the Nintendo Wii, but seemingly became more popular due to the HD gaming and the hands-free experience. Sony produced its own wand-like Wiimote rival, but it hasn't caught on like Microsoft's own Kinect which sold 8 million units by January 2011.

Since then, the standalone Kinect unit has sold for $149.99 USD. In addition to gaming, Microsoft's vision for Kinect has extended into the console's multimedia offerings, allowing owners to use their hands or speak commands when sifting through Netflix movies or browsing content on the Marketplace.

But looming in the horizon is the possibility of Microsoft unveiling both the next-generation Xbox Infinity and Kinect 2 at E3 2013, with a likely commercial release in 4Q13. The current speculation is that the new pricecut is pointing to a possible October release of the Kinect 2 which may be compatible with Windows 8. Does that mean it will work on the PC too? Guess we'll find out soon enough.

Currently Microsoft sells two versions: one for the console and a non-commercial version for Windows PC, the latter of which costs a heftier $249.99 USD. So far there's no indication that this model will be reduced in price, but releasing a Kinect successor that supports both platforms would be highly convenient for consumers and developers alike.

 

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    master_chen , August 24, 2012 4:08 AM
    Make that 38$ and I'll MAYBE consider buying it after all...
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    DroKing , August 24, 2012 4:24 AM
    I thought it was no more than 60-70 bucks for an kinect. LOL wow I am stumped.
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    master_chen , August 24, 2012 4:26 AM
    DroKingI thought it was no more than 60-70 bucks for an kinect. LOL wow I am stumped.

    Welcome to the world of Micro$oft, Mister Anderson.
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    Pennanen , August 24, 2012 4:26 AM
    Tom's Hardware[/nomSmell that? It's the scent of hardware sold at a discounted price to make room for the younger, sexier next-generation model.


    No, its the smell of shit, just as micro$oft and whole xbox live is.
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    CaedenV , August 24, 2012 4:34 AM
    I am surprised the unit sells so well. I mean, it has a ton of features, but the few times I have used it I have felt like it is the fat man on the cross country team: part of the team, but always a few steps behind. There is some hope for Kinect2 as it will (in theory) be available for PC, have less lag, and be more accurate, but then you look at stuff like leap motion for less than 1/2 the price (granted not released until Feb), and begin to see just how much of a ripoff and how limited kinect really is.
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    yobobjm , August 24, 2012 4:35 AM
    I got one of these when I bought my xbox, it's a nice dust collector.
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    IndignantSkeptic , August 24, 2012 4:38 AM
    Why is the PC version more expensive? is it better quality? I would have expected it to be the same quality but cheaper because it can probably use the PC's processors instead of having to have added specialized processors. I mean the Kinect on Xbox 360 must have added processors because why else would a Kinect device be required for voice recognition on Xbox 360?
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    Anonymous , August 24, 2012 4:50 AM
    The original Kinnect was a beta test that had all its powerful hardware stripped out of it so microsoft could save a buck at your expense. Now they wanna sell you the real version.
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    killabanks , August 24, 2012 5:11 AM
    IndignantSkepticWhy is the PC version more expensive? is it better quality? I would have expected it to be the same quality but cheaper because it can probably use the PC's processors instead of having to have added specialized processors. I mean the Kinect on Xbox 360 must have added processors because why else would a Kinect device be required for voice recognition on Xbox 360?
    the original kinect doesn't have on-board processors to save on cost it actually leeches off the xbox
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    IndignantSkeptic , August 24, 2012 5:24 AM
    killabanksthe original kinect doesn't have on-board processors to save on cost it actually leeches off the xbox


    Well then why is Kinect required for voice recognition then?
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    Swolern , August 24, 2012 7:02 AM
    Hopefully the Kinect 2 will work. Kinect was lag city & 65% recognition rate. Boooo!
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    master_chen , August 24, 2012 7:17 AM
    swolernHopefully the Kinect 2 will work





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    __Miguel_ , August 24, 2012 8:45 AM
    IndignantSkepticWell then why is Kinect required for voice recognition then?

    Because the 360 does not have an embedded microphone, which is needed for voice recognition. The Kinnect actually has a few microphones, which are used in tandem to filter out ambient noise, something a single microphone usually isn't capable of.

    And, answering your previous question, Microsoft subsidizes the Kinnect for XBOX price, banking on you buying more Kinnect-enabled games, which bring more money through licensing. Since there is no money to be made that way on PCs (at least for now), except maybe a little from the Games For Windows thing, you get slapped the full price on Kinnect for Windows.

    Now, back to the news, I see Microsoft is again screaming "F.U." to us Europeans by not making the price reduction affect the whole market at once. I can only cringe at the thought of just how expensive the K2 will be for EMEA costumers if its launch coincides with W8's and the K1 price hasn't dropped until then... :S
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    g00fysmiley , August 24, 2012 11:47 AM
    I am hoping the kinect 2 is for the new xbox i presonally love the kinect, some of the games are fun but with the new consoles over the bend even though i use min often i think i'd stick with what i have ... hopefully the new xbox will have a bundle with the new vertion if it is for it
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    velosteraptor , August 24, 2012 11:56 AM
    "The news conveniently arrives before Microsoft unleashes Microsoft 8"
    I didn't know there was a Microsoft 2 - 7 !!
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    Thunderfox , August 24, 2012 1:49 PM
    Why release a second one if no one liked the first one?
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    Menigmand , August 24, 2012 3:33 PM
    They sold us a rat's asshole for a wedding ring.
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    igot1forya , August 24, 2012 3:35 PM
    master_chenMake that 38$ and I'll MAYBE consider buying it after all...

    I speak from experience here. The best part of owning one is that of all the conversations it will generate when your guest see it. Of course, there are next to no games for it so you will be limited to talking about it. Wonderful center-piece for any entertainment center!