Ending weeks of speculation, Microsoft confirmed to Kotaku today that the Kinect motion-sensing add-on will sell for $149.99. They also confirmed the upcoming release of a 4 GB version of the redesigned Xbox 360, which will be available for $199.99. (The current “slim” 360 sells for $299 with a 250 GB hard drive.) Games built specifically for Kinect will be priced at $50, about the same as most Wii games and $10 less than most Xbox 360 and PS3 games. The 4 GB model will be available in August and will also come in a bundle with Kinect for $300.
Kinect was formerly known as Project Natal, Microsoft’s whiz-bang controller-free add-on meant to respond to the motion-control revolution started by Nintendo’s Wii. Check out a run-down of the major consoles’ motion-control strategies and video of Kinect in action right here.
Stay tuned for more info on the games that will support Kinect when it launches in September.