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If correct the price is higher than estimates

When details of Project Natal first surfaced for the Xbox 360, the motion control system sounded really cool. The big caveat for many gamers thought was what the price would be. Many rumors pointed to a price tag that would be in the $50 to $70 range.

A source has told 
Edge-online that when Project Natal lands it will be at a much higher price of $149. That price tag will reportedly put it at a higher price than Sony's Move tech that will sell with a game for under $100. 

The source also told the publication that the Natal camera tech would be bundled with the Xbox 360 Arcade system for $299. Pricing outside the U.S. would depend on factors like exchange rates. That October launch date that was leaked early this month has been further clarified as being set for October 26. The sources cited by 
Edge-online say that the launch date could move a few weeks in either direction.

The camera won't be called Natal and the official name will be unveiled at E3 next month.

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not seeing this one...
By inperfectdarkness on 5/27/2010 12:58:53 PM , Rating: 2
$149 is a LOT to pay for an add-on that isn't even a guaranteed success. the last time microsoft so significant of a price for an add-on...was a miserable failure called "hd-dvd" (sales failure, not necessarily tech failure).

given the lack of developer interest in creating games with GOOD MOTION CONTROLS, i don't really see this one catching on. it's great that sony & MS have their "me too" offerings, but it doesn't change the fact that nintendo's games > everything else when it comes to motion controls.

RE: not seeing this one...
By NullSubroutine on 5/27/2010 5:50:54 PM , Rating: 2
I personally like my HD-DVD drive for my 360, despite HD-DVD losing all my movies still look and play great. And I can put the drive on my PC if I want to. I was just disappointed that MS didn't release a BR drive because I didn't want to have to buy a PS3 for BR (when the 60gb was still out with hardware PS2 support).

RE: not seeing this one...
By elmikethemike on 5/28/2010 9:15:31 AM , Rating: 2 mean you can hear the movies over the roar of the 360 and the addon? lol

RE: not seeing this one...
By NullSubroutine on 5/28/2010 1:47:30 PM , Rating: 1
Uh, yeah? The HD-DVD drive is really silent and the fans of the 360 are nothing compared to the background noise of my regular house fan and my computer.

RE: not seeing this one...
By kake on 5/30/2010 10:26:04 AM , Rating: 2
Add on to that the sounds of the filter and air pump for our 100 gallon fish tank (the air pump is really noisy and shouldn't be), and that would be our living room. Every once in a while in a wind storm the power gets knocked out and it's eerily quiet and I wish the rest of the fish would die so I didn't have to listen to their life support apparatus anymore.

$149.00 too much
By Mitch101 on 5/28/2010 10:07:11 AM , Rating: 2
Natal is one way of Microsoft getting another pop out of the aging 360 hardware and selling more games.

It should be treated like they sell the consoles. Microsoft should sell it at just above cost to create a market base and make the money on the games.

If its $150.00 the market will be very limited and with a limited market and developers will not program for it on a serious level because they dont stand to sell many games.

If its priced well people will buy it creating a solid base to which developers will create games for it because there is enough potential game sales to develop for it.

RE: $149.00 too much
By arazok on 5/28/2010 11:01:05 AM , Rating: 3
This will not take off until the next gen console comes out and it’s released as standard hardware.

Developers will be reluctant to make anything other than cheap ‘toy’ games for it because there is no sufficient user base. Users will be reluctant to buy it because there will be nothing but cheap toy games. Even if it were $50, you’d be hard pressed to get 25% of existing users to buy it. You just can’t get the critical mass needed for good games this late in the consoles life.

My bet is that this is a just a proof of concept from Microsoft’s point of view. They will evaluate the technology, and make improvements for the XBOX 720. It’s also good advertizing to take the wind out of Nintendo’s sails. Nothing more.

RE: $149.00 too much
By inperfectdarkness on 5/31/2010 7:34:58 AM , Rating: 2
even then, it remains to be seen if 3rd party developers (which MS relies upon MUCH more than nintendo) will be as innovative and efficient at integrating natal into games; rather than paying it lip-service.

Too little too late really.
By jabber on 5/29/2010 12:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
I like the tech but as a 40 year old adult it really doesnt appeal too much.

I wont be getting one for my 360.

I'd rather put the cash towards a whole new console where it might be built in as part of the whole unit.

We really need some new consoles rather than new add ons for the old ones.

2005/6 was a long time ago.

By zephyrxero on 6/1/2010 12:04:40 PM , Rating: 2
Natal for 360 will be much like Live was for Xbox1. Live was nice and all, but it didn't really take off till the next-gen when it was included by default and perfected...I'm sure they plan to do the same with Natal.

Possible country confusion
By zephyrxero on 5/27/2010 4:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't Edge a British magazine? If so could it be possible they are converting Pounds to get that dollar amount, meaning it'll sell for £100 there. And if Microsoft's pricing is as it has been in the past, that could mean it'll only be $100 in the US

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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