July 20th 2010 4:01 pm PT

Announcing Kinect Pricing, Xbox 360 4 GB Console and Holiday Bundle

 

Today we have officially confirmed pricing for Kinect. Plus, we have also announced a new 4GB Xbox 360 Console and a special Kinect Holiday Bundle.

 

Here are the details:

 


Kinect Pricing
: Existing Xbox 360 owners can purchase Kinect and Kinect Adventures for $149.99 (U.S. ERP). Remember, Kinect will work with every Xbox 360 ever made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xbox 360 4GB Console

The new Xbox 360 4GB Console includes built in Wi-Fi N, 4GB of internal flash memory and a black matte finish. The console begins shipping August 3rd and will be available for $199.99 (U.S. ERP).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kinect Holiday Bundle
: Available later this year will, the bundle will contain: Xbox 360 4GB console, the Kinect sensor and Kinect Adventures packaged together for $299.99 (U.S. ERP).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-order Kinect or the Xbox 360 Kinect Console Bundle today, and at launch receive a token to download three exclusive game levels for Kinect Adventures, the game included with Kinect.

 

Kinectimals, Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride will retail for $49.99 (U.S. ERP) and are part of the 15 Kinect games that will be available at launch.

 

Kinect on Xbox.com

 

 

Kinect, Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Whet Wetty

    Hey xXDarkShotXx 93, stop being a stereotyping jack@$$. Maybe your worthless European economy should inspire a video game company to make a console for the world. How did your comment even make it past the spam filter with the f-word tossed in there?

    Anyway, as for the value of the system, the included game makes it slightly more interesting, but I don’t want Adventures. If the system (without a game) came in at $120 with a $20 voucher for a game of my choice or something, I’d bite.

  • DarkTear81

    Many peeps on here are talking about the share MS wants on the Casual Market.
    The casual gamer they want to have a share of will take 2 things into account:

    1) Wii delivers the same sport/yoga/whatever games as Kinect
    2) I can get the Wii for 170€ compared to the Kinect Pack for 300€

    PS3 Move against Kinect might be a tough battle but getting casuals attracted to Xbox rather then Wii? No way lol

  • SG dannysal

    I agree…$150.00 seems expensive but I am getting it regardless.

  • Bigglesworth

    I will get it after the xmas rush when it goes on sale. I know my kid would love it but $150 seems a bit too high to get right away. especially if it still has issues with being played from a sitting position. Should have been priced at $100 or less, seems like that would make it more of a bargain. especially against the sony dild.. er, move :)

  • peejam

    hope your not really expecting Kinect to be a success. Good luck with that price :-/

  • Real Xebec

    Microsoft KIN phones – fail
    XBox 360 HD-DVD add on – fail
    XBox 360 Camera addon – fail
    XBox 360 Wireless wheel add on – fail
    XBox 360 Kinect – fail

    Who the heck is making decisions at Microsoft? Balmer needs to be axed immediately.

  • rman0099

    I really think $150 is a mistake. Whether or not it comes with a game, $150 becomes a major purchase over a simple impulse buy. I won’t be buying one at that price.

  • I DLord I

    Pass

  • technofranki

    US$149.99 for Kinect is too pricey. Add-ons to consoles usually fails. In Norway it will cost equivalent to around US$210 (1299 NOK). That doesn’t help.

  • MACPH1ST0

    Microsoft can’t seem to figure out who exactly they’re aiming for with Kinect. It’s obviously not for the hardcore gamers, since they’ve shown almost no substantial games at all so far worth buying it for this price (whatever happened to Fable 3?). And even though it looks like they’re going for the casual gaming crowd judging by all the casual minigames shown at E3, it’s not being offered at a casual gamer price to entice them, especially when they can spend just $50 more to get a whole Wii system that also comes with Wii Sports AND Wii Sports Resort. So who is this thing supposed to be for anyway?

  • Snowraver

    I’m with the others on this thread. The price is too high, both for the device and the games. Also, the game quality so far seems sub-par. Add this to the speculation that this device won’t work when you are sitting, and that currently only 2 players are supported, and this is looking worse every day. I was pretty excited about it during the “Natal” days, but when the games were “Demoed” (Rigged) for E3 they looked truly embarassing.

    Many others have said it, but what this needs is a “Killer App”. Without buttons of any sort, I just don’t know how you are supposed to perform actions in any game. Also, how are you supposed to select something? The demos shown so far seem to be pretty clunky and seem to lack precision. Maybe this could be used to augment a traditional game played with a controller (Throwing fireballs or something).

    I’ll have to wait and see, but I predict the same future as the Sega CD, 32X, various light guns, the Super Nintendo Mouse, the power glove…

  • hyghwayman

    DIRTBOUND
    “I think it is a HUGE mistake not offering a $399 deal with Kinect and the 250GB 360s.

    I am planning on getting Kinect, but Microsoft will lose a console sale since they are not offering the ‘real’ bundle people like me were waiting for.

    Not to mention the fact that right now they are saying there are no current plans to offer the 250GB HDD add-on for the 360s. What the hell are these 360s 4GB users going to do when they need to upgrade?

    Wake up Microsoft and stop telling us that your ‘research’ shows happiness about the pricing, when most of your customers are obviously NOT happy.

    I’m still trying to grasp the lack of marketing brain power here… no 250GB 360s/Kinect Bundle? Nope… still don’t get it. Stupid… Stupid decision.”

    +1 dirtbound!
    ?, will there be a 360S (250gb HDD) / Reach bundle?

  • GalfordDWeiler

    The situation will be worse in Spain…no price given yet. We had an increase in the VAT tax this month and Microsoft has not given any specific pricing for Spain yet.
    So far, I will pass until a price cut. I would consider it if it had some Live months on it in addition to the game.

  • ZombieTron

    The Norwegian price will probably be closer to $300, I think it will be 1499 NOK, too expensive to be a day one purchase for me. I was hoping it would be more like 500 NOK or £50 or $99 roughly.

    I will wait to see how it pans out before I decide to buy it now. I am worried that it could be a total flop with no support after the initial batch of games or two.

    I was looking forward to some real innovation with Kinect, I still am hopeful… but it will have to come with a price cut too!!

  • L0ng5h0t

    The premise that the price of Kinect equals Kinect ($100) + Kinect Adventures ($50) is only valid because you have to have at least one game to get the full experience, but for $150 at least let me choose the game I get. Based on what I saw at E3, the only game I’d get at launch would be Kinectimals, not the laggy Kinect Adventures. So now for me to buy Kinect plus the game I want is now $200. So, looks like no Kinect for me this year.

  • Codename6

    $150 for a motion sensing webcam? haha

  • Hedfix

    Well Amazon UK are doing it for less than £130 with Kinectimals and they knock the VAT off for me as I’m in the Channel Islands so that works out as just over £100 for me, I will probably rent the other games but at that price the initial kit + game is a purchase for me. Now looking forward to it.

  • xZ3XYxGR4NDP4x

    Why would They make it 4 gigs thats less than an ipod, why????

  • Casserole

    @Whet Wetty

    The “worthless European economy” is bigger than the American one? (GDP of $18 trillion to $14 trillion)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Europe
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_the_United_States

  • Tres De Tripa

    mmm … it’s expensive. i was going to get it, but my xbox 360 dvd drive broke, so i am going to use that 149.99 to get an arcade.

  • Veive257

    I’ve already wasted enough of my money on the vision camera that was barely supported, the hd-dvd drive that failed the format wars and the memory cards that will no longer be supported by the new systems. I thought the wireless wheel was worth the $ until the reports of random fires made it unapproved by the wife.

    I’ll pass for now.. maybe if a can’t-miss game comes out and the price drops to something reasonable. Hope the R&D investment was fruitful in other ways.

  • M Shadle

    I remember when Kinect was first announced as natal and the preview showed a kid scanning his skateboard in order to play a skating game. This actually seemed like a cool idea at the time and gave me hope that this would be something worth buying. I’m guessing they ditched that whole scanner concept so we can pay $50 for a game making us jump around out living rooms pretending we’re white water rafting.

  • yolarrydabomb

    Joy Ride is not free.

    Lies!!!!

  • yolarrydabomb

    Lies at E3

  • xLoCk 0nx

    @Whet Wetty
    Did you know that GTA4 and several other Rockstar games were made entirely or partly by Rockstar North, a Scottish game developer?

  • DavidGX

    4GB of storage is a joke and Kinect is an ever bigger joke.

  • DavidGX

    A few more thoughts…

    Major, what are you guys smoking lately? As someone else already pointed out, you guys have released many accessories and dropped support for them.

    The wheel, the camera, the HD-DVD addon, etc. I paid for my Xbox 360 camera with the assurance that it would be supported. And now it’s not. So, what, I shove it up my ass? What should I do with it? My sister also bought a camera for “you’re in the movies” which is a colossal piece of crap that doesn’t work in anything but studio conditions.

    You have to do some matrix-style stuff if you want to play demos with a 20gb HDD, what the hell would we do with 4gb? Listen, Major, I like the system and the games but holy cow, we’ve had seven die so far. That plus all the other bs, I’m hanging on by a thread here.

  • r3dreck

    New console + 250GB drive + Kinect I would bite on I have a gen 1 non hdmi 360 and have been wanting to upgrade it for a while now but waiting on a good price and since Kinect was announced I figured it would come in a bundle with the 250 drive at a decent price but nope… guess I’ll wait a little longer I’m sure they will do something decent next year. Buying the Kinect as an addon I will no be doing for a loooooooong time due to the price for the addon, game prices, extra power supply for my old 360 and lack of any decent titles for it yet.

  • EveofLight

    Isn’t the 4GB like the Arcade version of the old 360 and how much memory did that one have? My sister were talking about it. I am betting you can also upgrade it like the older version when you put in a new HDD.

  • Tiptoe Turtle

    WOW thats way to much for kinect. At most it should only be half that price and even then I feel its still way to expensive. Expecially when they are marketing Kinect for grandma and grandpa. I will not buy Kinect until they lower the price to $65 or lower. What a rip off. My sister wanted one for Christmas but for that price and just about all gaming websites saying its way over priced, she isn’t getting one until the price comes way down. You fail Microsoft.

  • XxLightkunxX

    You gotta be kidding me with that puny 4GB FLASH DRIVE. Like, really MS? That just forces the consumer to buy a new hard drive eventually for the new slim and that’s just mean. Why the hell such a low amount of memory even? This is worse and smaller than any Arcade SKU you guys have ever released, jesus.

  • Xlrking

    In other news, Valve releases a game on steam for free, the Wii being a better choice than the Kinect in terms of what you get for the price, and that the PS Move has fair prices for its games.

    Tsk tsk.

  • XxLightkunxX

    @EveofLight: The Arcade had no hard drive I believe, but I may be mistaken. The lowest hard drive I remember on the original 360s was 20GB though.

  • ushman360

    I think a lot of you guys are going to be eating your words when this thing sells out every where before Christmas. As for the 4 gb console look no further then the Wii. Once again Kinect, as of right now is mainly casual. I personally hope there is a developer out there making one awesome core game that uses Kinect, but for now it looks like am going to being playing some pretty entertaining games with the family.

  • LECTERN

    If I buy it in the USA will it work on my UK Xbox? £129 is just way too much if I can get it for £98 in the USA

  • Shonk

    What are microsoft thinking I would think twice at half the £130 rrp
    and i have every xbox addon under the sun

    if you cant get people like me to buy its sunk

  • EveofLight

    XxLightkunxX – Yes I remember, I had a 20GB HDD until I upgraded to the New Xbox 360 S; but how much memory did the Arcade come with? I kinda understand about the 4GB and that people will have to buy more memory just like the older version. They should make a 4GB (Arcade) and 20-60GB (Pro) and the 250GB (Elite).

  • Lohengriehn

    For 150$ (I guess its around 130€) Ill buy another XBOX, just for that one special case, that may happen to me (…again. Even if repair time was under 7 days).

  • Shinji257

    For those that didn’t notice. The new 4GB model is likely intended to replace the existing arcade which is at $200 right now. So I think it is a great deal because now for the same amount of money there is an addition 3.25GB of internal storage. You can still add a hard drive later if you wish. The new slim may very well replace the current 250GB model (unless it is already out and I’ve been under a rock…)

    Anyways the $150 price point is expected with Kinect. I’m pretty sure there is alot of technology in that sucker and at this point it is expensive to manufacture. It will take time but I’m sure the price will come down as manufacturing costs go down. :p

    P.S. – I have 2 arcade units right now but one had a hard drive attached as well. The internal storage isn’t used. I utilized the flash drive capability recently by moving my profile to a 16GB sandisk flash drive that I picked up for $40 at walmart.

    P.S.S. – No I didn’t read all 8 pages of comments before posting so apologies if anyone already pointed this out.

  • reyalP LGSO

    Major Nelson and Microsoft doesn’t care about hardcore gamers anymore. Major Nelson recently appeared in a video about the video game industry where he basically says (between the lines) that MS is done with the hard core gamers and wants to just focus on the expanding casual market.
    It think it is hilarious that Major Nelson is hiding under his desk yet again.. he always does this in these type of threads.. I am sure we will eventually get the meaningless comment that he will “pass on the comments to the right department”
    As already pointed out in this thread MS has had a terrible history with success and supporting Xbox 360 ad-ons. Failure after failure after failure.. to ask us to pay this kind of money to play Wii knock off games is insulting, to put it kindly. The launch line up for the new device is a joke.
    It is really said to see how much Microsoft, Major Nelson and the entire Xbox 360 team has lost touch with the core fan base

  • Shonk

    Whats up with the 4gb kinect bundle price in the uk

    Xbox 360 S 250gb $299 rrp £199 rrp uk
    Xbox 360 4gb + Kinect $299 rrp £249 rrp uk

    the uk price for kinect on its own and bundled is a joke

  • SkyyPlum

    4gb bundles, what is up with that? Why not just say we want all casual gamers who don’t have a 360 to buy this and pay a lot more for a hd so we can rip you off? Plus we all pretty much knew Kinect was going to be $149 but that’s still ridiculous. All the games seem fit for kids and not one game did I see at E3 or anywhere else that showed other wise. I’m interested in Child of Eden and Sports, but that’s it and $149 just so I can play them is crazy. Move is nearly half the cost and seems to have better games for it.

    What is MS thinking behind this price point Major? If some hardcore games were shown I could understand but this just seems to be trying to bring in another customer base and that price point is awful if that’s the case.

  • BURIBLAZING X

    awesome this is a no brainer!

  • oAssassin Xo

    Ever since the cam stopped being supported (more or less) I stopped caring about MS’s new ideas. The HD-DVD thing? Didn’t care. Knew it wouldn’t last. New “slim” system, already RRODed (according to complaints), yet again I didn’t bother with it.
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    With Kinect I am on the fence. I own a Wii but frankly Wii has boring, bad graphic games. Its why I like Kinect better. But as others have pointed out, it will get launched then die off. I remember when Kinect (err…Natal) first came about. Everyone was thinking “This will rock with popular games like MW2″. But then it looks like we are left with casual games instead for it. ure there might be developers looking at Kinect. But until I see pictures of games that PLANNED on being released….I will wait on it.

  • oAssassin Xo

    “I remember when Kinect was first announced as natal and the preview showed a kid scanning his skateboard in order to play a skating game. ”
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    Wow I forgot about that. Yeah. I remember all the “ideas” (apparently) they had for it. Its what made me want to get one. Now they have tore it down a motion camera. I want to scan things. I want to play REAL games. I want something from MS that doesn’t actually have no value a month later cause it sucks.
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    If they at least let you scan things again I’d get 100%. That could make things fun. I mean heck, the DS XL even lets you scan things in alot of games. How hard can it be MS???

  • ncBadrock

    149,99$ means it’ll be at 149,99€ here in Germany. Although this is pretty expensive I will get it anyways to use the motion and voice navigation for my dashboard (Comparing it to Sonys Move solution: I would need to buy two Move controllers plus one navigation controller for a total of 120€, just for one player and without a game – that’s pretty steep).

    HOWEVER I’ll pass on most of the games for the 360. I was expecting fun games like “Kinectimals”, “Joyride”, etc. to be arcade titles at 1200-1600 MS-Points. Charging 49,99€ is crazy. Hopefully Child of Eden will be be available on Xbox Live Marketplace, as I am not willing to pay 50 Euro for party/ fun games. Guys, even a Lips disc sells at 29,99€!

 

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