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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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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.

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