Microsoft sure took their sweet old time in talking costs, but yesterday the New Zealand price for Kinect finally landed. If you’re wondering what the hell a Kinect is – it’s a camera that plugs into your Xbox 360, and tracks your movement as you jump about your living room (or lounge as I like to call it), waving your hands and kicking your legs. Some might call it fun.
– $229 for Kinect, plus Kinect Adventures
– $499 for the new 4GB Xbox 360, plus Kinect and Kinect Adventures
It’s a little hard to comprehend how much this really is. But we can try compare it to Microsoft’s competition — the other motion-controllers…
Releasing September 16th.
– $80 for the Move solo unit
– $60 for the navigation controller
– $70 for the PlayStation Eye camera
(Note: The price for the starter pack, which includes the Move unit and camera, has not yet been announced.)
Altogether: $210 for one player ($140 required for extra players)
Altogether: $180 for one player
Releasing God knows when (perhaps sometime around November 4th).
– $229 for the Kinect camera
Altogether: $229 for multiple players
There’ll be all sorts of ridiculous bundles popping up, but this is just a basic guide if you weren’t the smartest shopper on earth and wanted to buy each item individually. It must also be pointed out that the sub-controllers etc. aren’t necessary for all games, but you know you want them.
So Kinect is more expensive overall, but being able to handle multiple players without extra controllers, is a definite price advantage over the competition. Will kiwi parents be stuffing stockings with Kinect cameras this Christmas? Or how about those battling spinning tops? Did you know you can control them with magnets now? Genius! The spinning top always makes a good comeback.