Heading into the holidays, the Kinect Xbox 360 motion control system is dropping to a permanently reduced price of $109.99 in the US, slashed back from $149.99. Cuts are also going into effect in North America abroad as well as Latin America, Asia Pacific regions, Australia and New Zealand, but the pricing will vary by region.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wanting to ask Microsoft a simple question: Why $109.99? That’s an odd price point, especially with the $99.99 sweet spot only an Alexander Hamilton away. I don’t know how much the Kinect costs to manufacture, but I suppose $10 per unit could be the difference in turning a profit and breaking even. Microsoft is in the business to make money after all.
It’s a tempting new price and I’ve been trying to convince myself to buy a Kinect since it launched, but I still struggle to find a reason to shell out over $100 for a device that’s so lacking in software support. A few good games like The Gunstringer, Wreckateer and Dance Central just aren’t enough. If Fable: The Journey lives up to its impressive potential and NBA Baller Beats delivers on its clever premise, perhaps I’ll reconsider.