The Xbox 360's fancy motion-sensing camera Kinect may cost you $149, but according to a report from UBM Tech Insights, it costs Microsoft a whole lot less.
UBM have got hold of a Kinect, torn it apart to examine each of its components then tracked how much each of them cost. What they found was that each of the cameras costs Microsoft approximately $56, of which the single biggest expenditure is Israeli company PrimeSense's "reference system" of cameras, microphones and processor, which clocks in at $17.
When Microsoft said it would be selling every single Kinect at a profit, it sure wasn't kidding.
We've asked Microsoft to comment on the report, and will update if we hear back.
Kinect's BOM roughly $56, teardown finds [EE|Times]