Although last week we reported that GameStop was taking pre-orders for Kinect at $149.99, additional reports are indicating that other major retail outlets are now taking pre-orders for Kinect for the same price point. Slated to go on sale November 4, consumers can apparently now head to Best Buy and Amazon.com to reserve their accessory for $149.99. Wal-Mart is also taking Kinect pre-orders, however its knocking $1.50 off the original price.
But as it stands, the official Kinect pricing still has not been announced by Microsoft--a company spokesperson reiterated that fact Monday in a short statement. However the Microsoft Store says differently, clearly taking pre-orders for Kinect with the $149.99 pricetag. The device will come packed with the power supply cable, a Wi-Fi extension cable, and the user's manual. That's it.
Although Microsoft previously revealed the device specs, the Microsoft Store listing indicates that Kinect's Depth Camera has a 640 x 480 resolution at 30 FPS, and its Color VGA Motion Camera has a 640 x 480 resolution at 30 FPS as well. The device also has four built-in microphones that supports single speaker voice recognition. Gamers will need 175 MB of memory and Xbox Live Gold for the social aspects.
Kinect is expected to be a big hit. Analysts predict that the device will see a shipment of 3 million units worldwide just in 2010 alone. "We believe that Kinect has the potential to drive accelerating growth for Xbox and increase attach rates, which are already fairly robust," said analyst Colin Sebastian of Lazard Capital Markets.
At this point, it's probably safe to assume that gamers will need to shell out $150 for the motion-sensing device this holiday season. Currently there's no indication of what the free game will be--it wasn't listed on Microsoft's store listing.