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Rumor: Kinect to have two versions, most expensive costs $189.00

Monday, 14 June 2010 01:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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VG247 has just been informed by an inside source close to Natal/Kinect that there will be two version of the camera controller when it hits the market.

The most expensive one will run you $189.00.

If you recall, there was a story a while back that the camera in Natal had been “dumbed down” a bit in order to make it cheaper. Then there was a report back in March stating that there was a “second version of the camera” being worked on – so all this makes a bit more sense now, if there really are two versions.

We’ve been told by our source that Microsoft replaced the original version with one that includes the tilt option, which  is controlled by a motor on the base – which has been known for a bit now.

Kinect was outed as the name of the motion controller earlier by an Italian advert, followed by a a Danish price listing as well and then USA Today.

Pat is heading to the Natal event as we speak, hopefully we will know more soon.

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55 Comments

  1. 52pickup

    WHAT!!!1111?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. The_Red

    I really think MS should focus on one model and make it as cheap as possible.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Bloodyghost

    AGAIN!!! JUST STOP WAIT TILL WE GET OFFICAL WORD VG. god what a night.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Quiiick

    $190?
    Are they nuts?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. dropK1CK_ninJA

    “Natal had be dumbed”

    I think you’re missing a ‘to’ in there…

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    They replaced the skeletal detection / calculation CPU… with a automatic camera tilt mechanism? Was your source drunk, or perhaps struggling to keep a straight face when they told you that?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. onlineatron

    Stephany… I think the stress has got to you already (or perhaps it’s me running on nothing but a weak cup of joe).

    The article doesn’t make sense… What has been replaced by ’tilt’ and why would NATAL (f’ Kinect) require that functionality?

    ;)

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Peetry

    New name, new console …. re-newed customer? Not yet but we shall see 2moz. Sony better not gain Mass Effect cause if so MS are really gona lose my $$$

    #8 5 years ago
  9. SplatteredHouse

    You could almost understand the pricing, if you just used one of these to play. But, you also need an Xbox 360 (they’re packing in a vision cam with Neo-Natal I assume), but I don’t think the two together, and the cost make for a compelling proposition for a would-be casual gamer.

    But, maybe the software manages to reach out far and good enough.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Amored

    I’m getting the expensive one!

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Telepathic.Geometry

    I think that having two models would be a mistake. I also think that at $190, it’s untenable.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. hitnrun

    If the worst of these rumors is true, this will be the kind of Console Fail not seen on this Earth since the waning days of the Genesis.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Amored

    Yeah, two models means different game experiences, which is stupid. It’s like selling a console with a crappier GPU, just to make more people afford it.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Stephany Nunneley

    @all – The post is being cleaned up now – it was one of those get it up NOW NOW NOW type of things. Sorry. Normal programming will resume shortly.

    EDIT: Done. /faints

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Razor

    HYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP….

    …oh wait, what? $189?

    Holy shit.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. onlineatron

    Off Topic (we need the respite): Does anyone know where I can find all of Alan Wake’s ‘Night Springs’ programmes online?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Amored

    @onlinetron – Youtube?

    #17 5 years ago
  18. El_MUERkO

    Got a crap invention?

    Need to make it even worse?

    Make two versions of it and divide your consumer base in two!

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Amored

    @El_MUERkO – Lets see your awesome invention.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. onlineatron

    Youtube have the episodes within Alan Wake itself… but I was hoping for full screened direct feed.

    Probably doesn’t exist :/

    #20 5 years ago
  21. cookiejar

    So, $189 for just the device? No console or anything right?

    ………….

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Amored

    @onlineatron – I don’t think that exists. But you could ask Remedy about it :P

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Stephany Nunneley

    @21 That’s just what we were told so far. Pat will get the full skinny when the event starts. Poor fella. He’ll have to sit through 45 minutes of drag queens prancing about and putting their legs behind their head first before anything gets announced.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Dralen

    Haha! I think Microsoft have definitely made an error in judgement here.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Amored

    @Steph – Tell him to use some camera glasses or something, and streqam it through Ustream or Justin.tv or something :P

    @Dralen – People said that about Sony too, when they got to know the PS3′s price xD

    #25 5 years ago
  26. cookiejar

    @23 Im sure thats the kinda club he goes to anyways :D

    Oh yes, I went there.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Amored

    @cookiejar – You went to a drag queen club? O_o

    #27 5 years ago
  28. cookiejar

    @27 sure did!

    Well it was cheaper than buying Kinect ;)

    #28 5 years ago
  29. SplatteredHouse

    @25: He’s gonna be trying to be inconspicuous blending in with the circus guys, by wearing MW2 night vision goggles, no doubt.
    @27/28: lmfao. Great stuff.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Stephany Nunneley

    Looks like an all-star crowd at the event. http://yfrog.com/6rd4dj – per GamePro

    #30 5 years ago
  31. No_PUDding

    Whos the guy to the left of Kojima?!

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Johnny Cullen

    Tomonobu Itagaki.

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Psychotext

    http://web1.twitpic.com/img/115266966-0dd062056415ce32ff314bf043b26f62.4c159428-scaled.jpg

    8O

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Amored

    Is it just me, or do I spot nudity/semi-nudity?

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Stephany Nunneley

    Damn it. Now I wish I was there and I loathe sweaty crowds. :(

    #35 5 years ago
  36. 52pickup

    So while they are performing their circus act,will those avatars copy their movements? I bet there will be a few BAM! moments.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    Looks like the audience is going to be part of it too…

    http://web18.twitpic.com/img/115271685-e23888562f26b60e045b393b97394ae9.4c159428-scaled.jpg

    Ponchos for all.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. onlineatron

    That’s exactly what internet bloggers love… Audience participation!

    :/

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Psychotext

    I think that’s the general idea behind this being tech free. That and I’m still fairly certain that the IR put out by most modern cameras could screw it all up.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Amored

    4Player Podcast writes:
    - “We got into the natal press conference!”
    - “In the natal press event. What. The. Fuck. This is the strangest thing we’ve ever seen.”
    - “You people have no idea. They have us all in white robes with big shoulder pads.”

    #40 5 years ago
  41. Erthazus

    You need to be absolutely crazy to purchase this Piece Of Shit for that price.

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Galactic_Barret

    Is it just me or does this whole announcement seem to deflate alot of goodwill MS built up with gamers? All I can think about is “All that hype, all the hardcore hoping it wouldn’t be eyetoy, and this is it? You should have put this out of its misery.”

    Does anyone else feel like that? I mean, at least with the Move we knew what we were getting. I’m just… shocked. I really thought MS had this in the bag.

    Its like, the first cut is the deepest, or some ish like that. All I can hope now is that Sony has made so many mistakes, they’ve learned something.

    Ugh, I’m pretty lit right now, sorry.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Uncontested

    lol @ paying almost what you pay for an entire system for stupid ass motion control

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Amored

    I’ll easily pay $200 for Kinect.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Tallon 4

    189 ??? not. gonna. buy.ever.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. Amored

    Poor?

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Gekidami

    Just not a tool like you i’d assume. 189 is insanely high.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. Erthazus

    @46 you are a tool or a Virtual boy fan?

    #48 5 years ago
  49. freedoms_stain

    M$ love the two-tier approach. Arcade and Pro? Arcade and Elite? Silver and Gold?

    Natal standard and plus? Not inconceivable.

    It’s a way to wrangle more cash out the poorest.

    #49 5 years ago
  50. Amored

    Tool? Not really. I just don’t have a problem with paying for stuff. If I like something, and want something I’ll buy it. I don’t really care about the price. If I did, I shouldn’t buy games EVER, as games in Norway are expensive as shit. When games cost £40 in UK, they cost £60 in Norway.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. spooks

    I find it incredible that Microsoft actually think gamers are stupid enough to waste more hard earned cash on new Microsoft hardware, when the last 2 have been total disasters, and have screwed gamers over royally.

    They rushed it out before Sony, as as a result, it didn’t have Blu-Ray, it didn’t have Wifi, it didn’t have HDMI, it didn’t even work. Sure over the last 5 years they have made a Wifi dongle and made gamers buy an equally unreliable HDMI version if they wanted HDMI, but come on.

    Do they REALLY think gamers are stupid enough to make the same mistake again?

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Gekidami

    Not to mention the lack of support for their earlier camera. And the least said about the HDDVD add-on the better.

    #52 5 years ago
  53. AHA-Lambda

    oh yeah i think the only game i ever remember supporting that camera was rainbow six vegas (and all it really did was give you an achievement lol)

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Gekidami

    I remember that ‘Movies-something-or-Other’ game being the only first party title. Then after that they pretty much forgot it existed.

    #54 5 years ago
  55. ryan8765

    @53 On Rainbow Six you can add your face to your character in the game. It was….Funny. not worth it in the long run however. only time will tell with Kinect. If Blue ray players start adding voice recognition to their hardware i think it will render Kinect useless.

    #55 5 years ago

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  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]

  • Battlefield 4: first look at Community Map in action

    Get your first look at the map designed by the community of Battlefield 4. Battlefield 4′s community-designed map is a reality. DICE has recently updated CTE to include an early version of the map. It’s not fully textured as Westie is about to show you, but the layout is nearly finalised. Westie goes over the […]

  • Microsoft apologises for uploading misleading Witcher 3: Wild Hunt footage

    Xbox’s YouTube channel uploaded a video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt yesterday that was captured from the PC build. The most recent gameplay video for the The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt appeared on the Xbox YouTube channel and showed a quest from the game’s opening section. A few minutes after it had gone live, […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator’s new game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the game Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has been working on. Patrice Desilets has just announced that the next game his indie studio Panache Digital Games is making is called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. The announcement comes from Desilets’s keynote at the Reboot Develop event in Croatia. The trailer started […]

  • Bloodborne: Cathedral Ward closed door mystery solved

    The mystery of the locked door at the bottom of the Cathedral Ward in Bloodborne has been solved. Bloodborne, like earlier From Software games, is filled with doors that don’t open the first time you try them. Some will give you “locked” messages, others “does not open from this side”. Some of these will open […]

  • Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets is revealing his next game now [UPDATE: ended]

    Patrice Desilets, one of the original creators of Assassin’s Creed is hosting a presentation where he’s expected to talk about his next project. Patrice Desilets has emerged once again. This time he’s attending development conference in Croatia. Desilets is giving a live keynote and there’s a good chance we’re going to hear about his next […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: everything you need to know about gear upgrades & The Reef

    Bungie revealed plenty of important details in last night’s Destiny stream. Let’s go over everything. Alex wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the information revealed yesterday. Most of it affects all Destiny players too, even those who don’t intend on buying House of Wolves. During the first stream, Bungie explained the armour […]

  • Mod-friendly Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access in May

    Galactic Civilizations 3 will leave Steam Early Access next month for a full release, Stardok has announced. The developer called the game the “largest and most diverse strategy sandbox to date,” as players have a variety of tools such as diplomatic treaties to resource exchanges, and United Planets resolutions to hundreds of research directions for […]

  • Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim is out next week on PC – here’s the pre-order trailer

    Ys 6: The Ark of Napishtim will be released next week on PC, and today, we have a pre-order trailer for you. The game will be made available on April 28 for $19.99/€17.99/£13.99 on GOG, the Humble Store and Steam. Along with improvements over the original PSP version, it will contain less backtracking, controller support […]