Kinect's $40 Price Cut is Permanent, Microsoft Says

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 23 2012 9:24 AM
Microsoft is hoping a $40 price cut to its Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360 console will encourage more people to shake and gyrate to a growing catalog of supported games. The reduced price represents a 27 percent savings over the previous MSRP, and according to Microsoft, this isn't a temporary promotion.

"The new permanently reduced price will be $109.99 in the U.S.," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America, and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold. Additionally, on October 4, the Kinect sensor will be available for a permanently reduced price in Australia and New Zealand."

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Microsoft didn't say why it lowered the price, and the timing is a bit curious with the holiday shopping season right around the corner. Gamers interested in the Kinect might be better off waiting until to November to see if any holiday promotions pop up, in addition to the already lowered price tag.

On a related note, Microsoft is rumored to be working on a second generation Kinect sensor to be paired with its upcoming Durango (Xbox 720) console, both of which may appear towards the end of next year.
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A good significant cut. But whats the point if theres going to be a next ven next year?

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Jaybk26 replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 11:11 AM

The Kinect's novelty wore off after about an hour and the limited catalogue of games is what discourages it's purchase, not the price. I can't see this having any great effect on sales. @Nicoletoledo maybe it's a sign of things to come. Maybe the new xbox will support the Kinect. Or maybe they're just trying to get rid of inventory.

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InsideSin replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 12:00 PM

If I decide to buy it, it wouldn't be because of gaming. The Kinect can be modded to do many cool things. Such as motion capture for animating character rigs.

"You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new."

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sackyhack replied on Thu, Aug 23 2012 12:47 PM

This is one of the few pieces of gaming hardware that I have zero desire in owning. Even the gimmicky Wii had some solid titles. The only decent non-party kinect game is Child of Eden which I happily played with a regular controller. A price cut isnt going to change anything for gamers, and will only draw in more of the family buyers. Good for MS, irrelevant for the hardcore crowd.

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