Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Xbox 360 and Kinect Bundle Pricing Details

Yesterday, Microsoft announced its pricing for the Xbox 360 and the Kinect Bundle. The package includes the new slim 360 with a 250GB hard drive, a Kinect device, and “Kinect Adventures” one of the first Kinect games available, the cost will be $400. Normal pricing for the slim Xbox 360 is roughly $300 and the Kinect device adds on another $150, and “Kinect Adventures” (one of the first Kinect games available) will run about $49 so buying the bundle will save gamers about $100 in total (obviously, not including tax here).


The Kinect device and bundle will be made available in the US on November 4 this year, in time for the holiday shopping season (the new Slim Xbox 360 is already available). There will also be fifteen Kinect-specific games available on this date as well, they will each cost $49 a piece. It’s a tad pricey, but it is $10 less than a normal Xbox 360 game, which is nice.


If the $400 price tag is still too much (which for the casual gamer, it probably will be), gamers will be able to purchase a slimmed down (though, not slimmer) 4GB 360 plus Kinect device and “Kinect Adventures” for $300. Normally, the 4GB 360 sells for $200, so gamers will again be saving about $100 with this bundle.


The Kinect device expounds upon what the Nintendo first dreamt up with their Wii. However, instead of using a controller—as is the case with the Wii—Kinect will allow users to simply interact with the game by using a camera, thus no controller will be needed, at least in theory. It may seem odd at first for players to truly interact with this new gaming system when we’ve been trained for so many years to use a controller.


You can find out more information on the Kinect bundle and where to pre-order by visiting the Microsoft website. For those living in Japan, Microsoft will be releasing the Kinect device on November 20 along with the Xbox 360, Kinect, and “Kinect Adventures” bundle.


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