Report: Kinect Costs Microsoft $150 To Make

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There may be a simple reason Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart and others are pricing Kinect for Xbox 360 at $149 USD. That's how much it costs Microsoft to make the thing, according to a new report.


Develop cites a "highly-positioned, trusted source" who considers the price of Kinect for the Xbox 360 "a topic of concern for his company," presumably if it's sold at its currently rumored price (or higher). The cost of entry for Kinect may be lower for consumers if they buy one of those Xbox 360 bundles, but it still raises the cost of Microsoft's console by $100, if you want to play all that new software.

The $149 price Kinect was rumored weeks ago by Edge, citing the same source that gave the outlet all that accurate Gears of War 3 info.

Microsoft has not yet announced a price for the motion control add-on and may still be figuring out just how much cash it wants to lose on the device.


Source pins Kinect manufacturing costs to $150 [Develop]


Bubbleman! Will buy a PS Vita for NHL 13 or Gundam Extreme VS, so make it reality!

Why does MS and Sony keep pouring money into hardware they're taking losses on?

Nintendo makes both of them look very foolish in this regard. They actually turn a profit on their hardware and software and especially with the Wii, there's more value packed in.