After the sexy and cool unveiling of the Kinect Motion Controller for Xbox 360 gaming console last June 13, Microsoft has announced the final release date for Kinect Motion Controller to be on November 4, 2010. The company has so far failed to disclose the final retail price of Kinect Motion Controller for Xbox 360 but speculators are predicting a $100-$150 price range. In addition to the launch date announcement, Microsoft announced that Kinect will be initially be supported by 15 game titles, six of which will be bundled free when you buy Kinect Motion Controller.
Some of these Kinect-compatible games are from Microsoft itself. The video games compatible with Kinect Motion Controllers are Kinectimals, Kinect Sports which is Microsoft’s equivalent of Nintendo Wii Sports (with bowling, soccer, ping pong, track & field, boxing and volleyball), Kinect Joy Ride, a racing game, and Kinect Adventures where you have to go through 20 levels of jumping and ducking obstacles. Since they are making the video games themselves, expect these freebie titles to be fully compatible with the Kinect’s advanced motion-sensors.
Third-party developers like Ubisoft has already signed-up to release a game intended solely to work with the Kinect. The French developer will release Your Shape Fitness Evolve which promises to be more in-depth than the popular Wii Fit Plus game. LucasArts will also release a cartoonish Star Wars game which was already hinted before during the Cirque du Soleil show. An actor from the circus company played out a demo game wielding and controlling a Jedi lightsaber. Harmonix has also committed to release a title called Dance Central, obviously based on the Dance Dance Revolution hit game on the Nintendo Wii console.
Should Microsoft sell the Kinect more than $150, others like me might still be willing to pay up to $200 for it considering that it also comes with six free games. Are you also prepared to shell out that much?