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Kinect priced at £129 in UK

Kinect priced at £129 in UK

Microsoft has priced the Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360 at £129.99 in the UK.

Microsoft has revealed the official pricing for the Xbox 360's new controller, the Kinect sensor, giving it an official RRP of £129.99.

£129.99 gets you the basic bundle of the Kinect sensor, plus mini-game compilation Kinect Adventures, but that's not the only bundle Microsoft is offering. Kinect will also be available bundled with the new Xbox 360 Slim model 4GB, plus Kinect Adventures, for £249.99.

Other Kinect launch titles, such as Kinectimals, Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride will be available for £39.99 each.

The Xbox 360 Slim bundled with Kinect is actually a new model, with 4GB of flash storage and no hard drive. It also has a matte black finish, as opposed to the glossy 250GB 360 Slim.

Kinect is Microsoft's new camera-based motion controller, which watches player movements and translates it into game actions. We've only had one go quick go on it ourselves, but we have to say we weren't wholly impressed.

Retailers on the other hand are already getting behind the Kinect sensor; Martyn Gibbs, managing director of the Game Group in the UK said that he expects the sensor to be on Christmas lists for both hardcore and casual gamers.

"At E3 in June, we were lucky enough to play with Kinect and can say that it truly is ground-breaking technology," said Gibbs in an official statement. "Since then, we’ve been driving awareness of Kinect to our customers in-store and online. We know from their feedback that they are excited about getting their hands on it and what it could do to their gaming experience."

"Whether they buy Kinect on its own or as part of the great value bundle, it is going to be on the Christmas lists of both core gamers and families."

You can check our Xbox 360 Slim review for more info on Microsoft's new console revision.

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Project_Nightmare 20th July 2010, 18:50 Quote
Way too overpriced even if it was in dollars instead of euros, $129 is still too much for a 3D camera.
Deadpunkdave 20th July 2010, 18:57 Quote
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Xbox 360 Slim 4GB

Is that a typo or has something passed me by?
line2008 20th July 2010, 19:03 Quote
lol 4gb? surely you mean 40gb??
NuTech 20th July 2010, 19:10 Quote
Microsoft is insane. Kinect could be a great seller, but £129? Seriously?

They need the install base to hit a critical mass to get publishers interested in making quality games that utilise the hardware properly. Currently the only saving grave is that publishers know they can spend a lot less making a 'casual' Kinect game, especially compared to most AAA titles. However, they have to sell those games to a very small split install base.

If I were Microsoft, I'd be concerned. They've already publicly said they won't accept 'Wii-like shovelware' onto the console - but if the Kinect doesn't achieve a solid install base, that's all they'll get.

If they're seriously about the Kinect spearheading their mid-cycle refresh, then they better increase their subsidisation and get it priced under £100/$100.
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Originally Posted by Deadpunkdave
Is that a typo or has something passed me by?
No, it's correct.

The new 360 Arcade Slim comes with 4GB of internal storage and an empty HDD slot.

We may laugh at the incredibly small storage, but parents/casual gamers love the Arcade model. And now they can use that cheap 16GB USB stick the have lying around for game demos, Live Arcade games, etc.
alick 20th July 2010, 19:12 Quote
dus it not have a 250gb hard drive
crayfish 20th July 2010, 19:14 Quote
Fail.
Cei 20th July 2010, 19:15 Quote
No, the new Xbox 360 is not a typo. It has 4GB of flash storage onboard, and replaces the Arcade.
Sifter3000 20th July 2010, 19:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
No, the new Xbox 360 is not a typo. It has 4GB of flash storage onboard, and replaces the Arcade.

Thx, updated!
Lord-Vale3 20th July 2010, 19:25 Quote
Not interested in Kinect at all. 4GB or storage is silly, I would get the full Stealthbox if I bought the console. But, for a lil over $300 I could get a 128GB Sandforce SSD instead...
<A88> 20th July 2010, 19:30 Quote
The Arcade was always meant for casual users who weren't interested on downloading dozens of demos or care for installing-to-hdd. The old one was 512mb which gave just enough storage for game saves, so 4GB makes sense.

£129.99 for Kinect on the other hand is a bit of a stretch given that I'm still not sure if Microsoft can pull it off with the right games and experience to stop me just buying a Wii to go with my 360 already. I guess as with anything it's down to the developers and I could well end up with one regardless, but I would have found £99.99 a lot more impulsive.
Aracos 20th July 2010, 19:30 Quote
What happened to the announcement that it would be priced under £50 or so earlier on in the year? Well I'm never buying it, not at that price!
Jehla 20th July 2010, 19:32 Quote
Thats expensive... I'll not be getting one unless it gets some truly steal titles.
technogiant 20th July 2010, 19:44 Quote
Customers are also going to get an additional feature you haven't mentioned, it's free with all the Kinect bundles....0.15sec input lag : /
Bakes 20th July 2010, 19:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by technogiant
Customers are also going to get an additional feature you haven't mentioned, it's free with all the Kinect bundles....0.15sec input lag : /

I'm sure it won't be that big a deal. With a traditional FPS, where every millisecond counts, maybe, but when the sole aim of some games is to surf down some rapids, 0.15 seconds will not make a massive difference, especially since everyone will be waving around like a nutter.

I'm really disappointed with Kinect. When they showed the original demos, it sounded as if it would be really subtle, detecting body language and chatting to the console. Now though, it's more like Eyetoy 2.0, just waving your arms around.

btw, in America Kinect will cost $149. In the UK, even with 20% VAT that's £115. Price gouge much?
mikeuk2004 20th July 2010, 19:58 Quote
Think ill pass. I have the £10 camera for the 360 which is now redundant since they introduced avators, for example, bomberman. I dont think I need another camera especially one at £130.

I got a Wii and PS3 for all the motion gimics anyway.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 20th July 2010, 20:02 Quote
The Arcade 360 is for casual gamers, the majority of Xbox 360 owners, you know the ones that ONLY have Halo 3, Call of Duty: MW2, Gears of War 2, and GTAIV and play them everyday in that order but has yet to finish any of them.
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Originally Posted by Lord-Vale3
Not interested in Kinect at all. 4GB or storage is silly, I would get the full Stealthbox if I bought the console. But, for a lil over $300 I could get a 128GB Sandforce SSD instead...

But for $300 I could get a Core i7 950 in August "price drop baby...YEH"
fingerbob69 20th July 2010, 20:04 Quote
'Kin useless.
crayfish 20th July 2010, 20:05 Quote
All this does is make me look at the Move lineup to see if there's anything worth adopting early for.
SteveyG 20th July 2010, 20:06 Quote
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The Xbox 360 Slim

Microsoft do not call it the Xbox 360 Slim, it's the Xbox 360 S.
ChaosDefinesOrder 20th July 2010, 20:09 Quote
I'm still yet to see an explanation of how accelerating and braking work in Kinect driving games where your hands are the steering wheel.

Move has buttons for input, how does Kinect do it?
crayfish 20th July 2010, 20:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
I'm still yet to see an explanation of how accelerating and braking work in Kinect driving games where your hands are the steering wheel.

Move has buttons for input, how does Kinect do it?

We'll have to use somethign else.
NuTech 20th July 2010, 20:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
I'm still yet to see an explanation of how accelerating and braking work in Kinect driving games where your hands are the steering wheel.

Move has buttons for input, how does Kinect do it?
So far Microsoft has only shown one racing title (Kinect Joy Ride). The game doesn't actually have acceleration or breaking, instead the karts just 'go' and the player simply steers them.

If you watch a video of it, it's clear the game is aimed at children or very casual gamers.

As for 'proper' racing games, I'm not sure. TBH I doubt they'll even make normal racing games for the Kinect.

However, the Forza 3 Kinect update does something quite unique that actually aids the gaming experience. While you use the standard 360 gamepad for driving, the Kinect tracks your head movements. This allows you to look around the cockpit with just slight movements of your head. It might actually make cockpit view useful again.
Blackmoon181 20th July 2010, 21:01 Quote
as an avid user of TrackIR if the kinect equivalent works, it would make racing games on the xbox much more immersive.

its a shame they haven't incorporated the G25/27 into the 360 S.

shame...
Blademrk 20th July 2010, 21:02 Quote
tbh judging by the E3 videos, the PS Move looks a lot more interesting than Kinect. Especially at that price point.
Bakes 20th July 2010, 21:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blackmoon181
its a shame they haven't incorporated the G25/27 into the 360 S.

shame...

Wouldn't be worth their while. The G25/27 are designed for the hardcore simulation crowd, whilst there are no real hardcore simulations on Xbox. It just wouldn't sell as well as on the PC. I mean, who would buy a controller that cost more than their console?
bob 20th July 2010, 21:13 Quote
Considering this costs twice as much as the 360 I recently bought, it needs to be very very good.
mrbens 20th July 2010, 21:34 Quote
I still prefer to use a wireless xbox360 controller instead of all these silly motion controllers.
skunkmunkey 20th July 2010, 21:37 Quote
I could buy a Wii for that... £70 id probably stretch to but £130 is ludicrous
StoneyMahoney 20th July 2010, 22:19 Quote
...and suddenly everyone starts to compare it with the price tag of the Wii and thinks "Ooooh, I get it now... Nintendo were actually pretty smart."
Skiddywinks 20th July 2010, 22:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
I'm still yet to see an explanation of how accelerating and braking work in Kinect driving games where your hands are the steering wheel.

Move has buttons for input, how does Kinect do it?

I remember reading an article about MS getting Burnout Paradise working on Kinect. I don't remember how they did the accelerating and braking though, unfortunately, but surely they must have figured something out.
Sifter3000 20th July 2010, 22:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
I remember reading an article about MS getting Burnout Paradise working on Kinect. I don't remember how they did the accelerating and braking though, unfortunately, but surely they must have figured something out.

Maybe you make the car noises, like neeeeeeeeeeerrrrr for accelerating, and then a squealing noise for breaking.
jimmyjj 20th July 2010, 23:00 Quote
kempez 20th July 2010, 23:13 Quote
I saw that the PS3 version of the 'wavey wand gaming experience' is going to be £35 for the controller...or is it that price pre-order in GAME. Can't remember, but that's a nice option for me as I already have the Eyetoy camera. Maybe I'll actually use it with that :p

£125 seems a little steep, but I suppose it's about right when you look at the Wii Balance board and other stuff like that.
Bakes 20th July 2010, 23:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sifter3000
Maybe you make the car noises, like neeeeeeeeeeerrrrr for accelerating, and then a squealing noise for breaking.

that would be awesome! Thinking about that, you'd be able to do gear shifts and everything, maybe even nitro!

Engine failures would be a bit risky though

you could make that into a game from the grandstands and have the speed of the Bernoulli effect dictate how fast the car was going :D
rollo 20th July 2010, 23:54 Quote
£125 is overkill for what this is

you can get a second hand wii for £60 to £80 at a second hand store so this is massively overkill for similar games

unless they get A list title support which isnt going to happen this will badly fail
Toploaded 21st July 2010, 00:07 Quote
Looks like Sony might gain some ground at this important mid-cycle stand off. Move has got my attention, I always wanted Wii to work like Move seems to be, and figured it would be Nintendo that delivered that, but seems not.

Move will be great for both casual and hardcores alike, Kinect will only attract the extreme casuals, most of which will be happy with their much cheaper Wiis (happier maybe, I'm sure most will prefer having some kinda interface between them and the game).
kingosticks 21st July 2010, 01:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
I still prefer to use a wireless xbox360 controller instead of all these silly motion controllers.

I still prefer to use the wired controllers. More bloody batteries to replace is not what I need in my life - the endless struggle that it is.
kenco_uk 21st July 2010, 01:12 Quote
I'd go so far as to say that if the price were halved it would sell twice as much.
Elledan 21st July 2010, 07:07 Quote
Okay, let's run through this one again:

- Kinect costs ~150 Euro/129 pounds.
- Casual gamers are unlikely to buy it because it's expensive.
- Game studios will be making casual Kinect titles only because of the limitations involved.
- Kinect will end up as popular as the PowerGlove and as universally reviled.

What most irks me about Kinect is that it supports just two players at most and we still don't know what happens when you have people walking behind/in front of them while they're playing. We also don't know what the effect of wearing certain types of clothing (tight, loose fitting, weird fluff extensions, etc.) is, or that of different colours on the players and/or surroundings. Since Kinect also uses IR, having the room flooded with sunlight could screw with it as well.

It's a really expensive gamble to get Kinect. My guess is that most people will wait and see, resulting in no real games being made for it, and it dying a slow death.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 21st July 2010, 08:23 Quote
Is it me or should Microsoft had better used a $150 add on for something like system Ram and a real DX10 Gpu with it's own 1GB of ram so developers could make High Quality games that would run at 1080p with at least 2X AA.

I think that would have been better than an updated Eye Toy.
technogiant 21st July 2010, 08:33 Quote
Instead of spending so much effort on the casual gamers, why don't they spend more time on the hardcore gamers, you know the ones that have stuck with games for years and will continue to buy many games for years to come.
It strikes me as strange that as an avid pc fps gamer I have to use third party equipment in order to get mouse and keyboard on the 360.
For a peripheral that really makes a difference go over to www.xim360.com, the developer is shortly going to release XiM3 which is the most awesome device available for mouse keyboard (forget xfps rubbish)
memeroot 21st July 2010, 08:35 Quote
Interesting tech but pricey . I'm in though as I want to pause video without looking for a control
GravitySmacked 21st July 2010, 08:41 Quote
If I see a worthwhile game for it then I may buy but with the current line up I'm not interested.
memeroot 21st July 2010, 08:44 Quote
As I said if it works for media then that's enough for me... having said that if ninty get the 3ds to market kinect is dead to me
crayfish 21st July 2010, 09:30 Quote
If?
memeroot 21st July 2010, 09:35 Quote
see cartoon link above...
crayfish 21st July 2010, 09:46 Quote
Sorry, I menat "if" as in Nintendo getting the 3DS to market. Why wouldn't they?
rollo 21st July 2010, 12:34 Quote
Nintendo will get there 3ds to Market which Burrys move kinetic under the rubbish bin. Thought kin supported 4 players, 2 player support for £129 wow. Move is around £100 Mark and looks to support most games

Microsoft needs to force the big game makers to release games as Kin compatible the forza 3 in car view for £129 lol if you have money to burn maybe.
memeroot 21st July 2010, 13:08 Quote
@crayfish
sorry meant for Christmas.... not sure if 3ds will be out by then.... need Christmas fun fix and so far Kinect only tech with a release date then.

getting a forza patch free would be a good idea though for the hard core.
crayfish 21st July 2010, 13:13 Quote
Ah, I see. NP : )

Crimbo would be great for 3DS but I think Nintendo could launch it in the height of summer and still make a killing. It's the sort of thing I'd buy no matter what the launch games are. PS Move needs something exciting in the launch lineup to interest me. Kinect needs a miracle!
Xir 21st July 2010, 16:45 Quote
Bruahaahaaa!
But seriously...anyone has a used Wii for sale?
riggs 21st July 2010, 23:46 Quote
It is expensive, especially since in the US it'll only be $149, but Sonys Move costs the same amount, apples for apples. See, the Kinect supports 2 players, to get a PSEye, x2 Move controllers and x2 subcontrollers (nunchucks) it works out to around £135. But, Sony have the advantage in that you don't have to spend the cash all at once. I already picked up a cheap 2nd PSEye from work for £10, so I only need to spend £34.99 + £24.99 for the basic single player set up. At least then I'm not spending as much and can basically try out the system before stumping up more cash for extra controllers etc.
Toploaded 22nd July 2010, 03:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by rigg
At least then I'm not spending as much and can basically try out the system before stumping up more cash for extra controllers etc.

Exactly, it's no where near as much of a gamble off the bat and already the fomula is proven and more recognized by the masses via the Wii. Also for many people, games they already own such as hard rain will be made compatible.

For the first 3 years of the PS3's life I was not impressed and started to support the 360, but slowly they have turned me around. I just wish the ****ers would make a slim version that allowed a Linux install and full, hardware powered PS2 emulation. I'd pay over the odds, just make me one :)
rollo 22nd July 2010, 12:40 Quote
Problem will always be cost and lack of A list title support end of really.
fabler 20th October 2010, 13:35 Quote
when it is going to release worldwide? .. I am too excited about it and I am in india.. :)
Blademrk 20th October 2010, 14:26 Quote
Despite my warnings to wait, my brother has pre-ordered it - guess I'll see Xmas time if it's actually any good.
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