Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kinect Bundles and Pricing Now Official

What you see above is the 4GB Kinect Bundle. It includes one of the new 4gig 360's (that will also go on sale all by themselves next month at the $199 price point), Kinect Adventures, and of course the Kinect unit itself. Pretty nice bundle deal- goes on sale this November the 4th for the price of $299 American.

Some more details about Kinect and the new 360 unit:
  • The games will run $49.99ea
  • Kinectimals, Kinect Sports, and Kinect Joyride will all be available at launch
  • The stand-alone Kinect unit will retail for $149.99 and will include Kinect Adventures
  • Both sku's (bundle and regular pack) launch on November 4th
  • No Bundle deal right now featuring the new 250GB 360, only the 4GB
  • The new console will have an expansion bay for a Hard Drive but there are no details on that right now *just a note on that- if you were to use a flash drive, then you really wouldn't need a hard drive anyway. You could easily make this have 20gigs of storage if you include the onboard 4GB's.
My thoughts on all this after the break. I'm starting to feel a little meh about it.

“Kinect truly is a revolutionary product,” he said. “We’re bringing controller-free entertainment into the living room. With one purchase, families get Kinect and the most complete and affordable way to have fun.” - Josh Hutto, director of product marketing for Xbox
Boy that doesn't do a lot for the whole motion controller/core gamer relationship does it?

“We know the core gamer will show (ed. - on the Kinect Tour), and we’ll be ready for them,”  -Tom Geyer, Project Manager for the Kinect Experience Tour
That's a little better, but still not great. I believe whole-heartedly that this is an amazing piece of technology, but the entire thing is just becoming waaay to 'casual' for my tastes. What I want to see is some innovative Kinect integration(optional of course) for something like Gears 3. That would sell me on it again, no doubt- Anyway, I felt it necessary to add that in. Read on for all the details on the Kinect launch