Microsoft's Project Natal to Cost $149

Microsoft's Project Natal was announced way back in June of 2009, at E3. Though we know there'll be a Fall launch, we know very little else about the product other than the dribs and drabs of information that have leaked out over the months. Today we have a potential price, which puts the motion sensing peripheral at $149.

A "trusted source" over at Edge-Online says Microsoft's Project Natal will launch late in October, something that matches other reports we've heard several times this year. Edge's source claims the device is pencilled in for an October 26 release. The source also offered pricing for the device.

At nearly $150 the cost is quite high. Microsoft is said to be offering a Natal bundle for $299, which will include an Xbox 360 Arcade, but whatever you decide, it's going to be pricey. Prices outside the U.S. will be based on a number of factors, including exchange rates, but right now, it looks like the peripheral will cost more than £100/€100.

The source also reiterated previous reports that Microsoft will rename the device before it goes on sale with the proper name being revealed next month at E3. Redmond's sales expectations are said to be high, too, so expect a lot of titles aimed at the casual or non-traditional gamer.

"Microsoft expects to sell millions and millions of Natal units in its first year on the market so you can expect the software launch line-up to target non-traditional gamers," our source said. "A major marketing campaign will also play a key role in attracting and educating the expanded audience about Xbox 360’s controller-free revolution."

Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • sliem
    Overpriced, as its wireless adapter for xbox 360 ($80 what the heck). I think it should be $50.
  • ksa-_-jed
    I know its overpriced but people still going to buy it seem as they did with the iPad
  • festerovic
    hahahah fail. Good try M$.
  • Ragnar-Kon
    sliemOverpriced, as its wireless adapter for xbox 360 ($80 what the heck). I think it should be $50.And yet people will still buy it.
  • dman3k
    Definitely getting the bundle with the XTop (aka Xbox slim).. i sure hope they upgrade the video card a little to like something eyefinity capable... heh
  • jgiron
    $150 for a virtual GF? She better be hot and can morph into different women.
  • Kelavarus
    sliemOverpriced, as its wireless adapter for xbox 360 ($80 what the heck). I think it should be $50.
    $50? Really? At that price, it'd just be a steal. True, it's not a new console, but the amount of development and research that has gone into Natal warrants more than $50, methinks...
  • hillarymakesmecry
    I'm glad you all know it's going to fail ahead of time. What if it's totally awesome and the $150 is justifiable? None of us have actually used it so calling it overpriced is a stretch.

    People on forums are sooooooooooo negative. Be happy people!
  • bobusboy
    the wireless adapter.....just bridge LAN and WLAN on your laptop or desktop, and hook the xbox up and viola you have perfect wireless (i get awsome connections doing it, even if im torrenting)

    as for natal.....i'd pay 100 probably, but i want to see what games come out for it, the Wii was awsome...sometimes... but the games just arnt there to support it.
  • rocket_sauce
    where is the above Microsoft tab? or Xbox tab? Sony and Nintendo tabs?!