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From Cheap Kinect Components To Sub-Zero's Past - News Roundup 12th November 2010

Jonathan Lester
Activision, Bungie, Kinect, Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, Nintendo, Sub-Zero, Wii

Next Bungie Title Slated For Console, PC & Online

From Cheap Kinect Components To Sub-Zero's Past - News Roundup 12th November 2010

Halo Reach is out and Bungie are now getting stuck into their new Activision partnership project. Speculation about both genre and platform/s are rife (though, let's face it, it's likely to be a shooter involving an armoured cyborg if Marathon and Halo are anything to go by), but a leaked slide from Activision’s presentation at the BMO Capital Markets 18th Annual Digital Entertainment Conference may indicate that it will reach the PC as well as both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Apparently it will also have "Online" functionality- but before you start getting too excited about a Bungie MMO, both CoD and Guitar Hero have also been classified with an Online label. Note, however, that this same slide indicates that Guitar Hero franchise is "#1 Ranking In Genre", suggesting that Activision may be suffering from deep denial.

Right- I'm willing to take all bets. Fancy taking a swing at what Bungie's next title is going to be? Drop us a line in the comments!

Kinect Components Estimated At £35

From Cheap Kinect Components To Sub-Zero's Past - News Roundup 12th November 2010

It took Microsoft an absolute age to agree on a price point for Kinect, with many reports indicating that the company was wracked by internal disputes over the high cost of manufacturing. A number of sources claimed that the peripheral would actually cost $150 in parts alone, but according to a recent stripdown by UBM TechInsights the sum total of the components will only set Microsoft back as little as £35 (US $56).

It's important to note that this £35 figure only covers the components themselves and doesn't include labour, manufacturing, packaging and shipping... but even so, they've still got over £100 to play with. That's one hell of a markup- and makes their pricing delays even more mysterious.

In other news, Microsoft's UK Marketing boss Stephen McGill has announced that "2011 is going to be an amazing year for gamers both on Kinect and normal controller-based games for Xbox 360. I think there's something for everyone." He's referring to the surprisingly hardcore slew of titles that will be hitting the console next year, as well as the possibility of hybrid controller/sensor experiences. We hope that they take full advantage of the new tech. [CVG]

Nintendo Announce Mario Kart Wii Bundle

From Cheap Kinect Components To Sub-Zero's Past - News Roundup 12th November 2010

Hot on the trail of the 25th Mario Anniversary Red Wii bundle, Nintendo has announced another themed console SKU for this holiday season. As well as a copy of the game, the Mario Kart bundle will include a black Wii, black Nunchuk, black Wii Remote Plus, black Wii Wheel and Wii Sports. As an added bonus, the original Donkey Kong will also be pre-installed on the hard drive to celebrate our favourite plumber's first ever appearance.

No word on price yet, but Ninty have confirmed a street date of 26th November. We'll update with the price when we hear anything.

Sub-Zero Wins!

From Cheap Kinect Components To Sub-Zero's Past - News Roundup 12th November 2010

Psyched for Netherrealm's new Mortal Kombat? We certainly are. It's going to be a long, gore-less wait until the unspecified 2011 release date, but here's a new story trailer showing off Sub Zero's retconned character history and hatred for Scorpion. Oh, and plenty of ice-cold murder.

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Gunn  Nov. 12, 2010 at 17:34

To be fair, there needs to be a margin for the cost of developing the peripheral and also marketing, I'd doubt they are making £100 on each one.

Darren  Nov. 12, 2010 at 17:42

Re: Kinect pricing and "they’ve still got over £100 to play with" I would imagine the research and design costs would make up a huge amount of that difference given what would have gone into the recognition aspect etc. of Kinect. Plus there are also costs such as marketing that you have failed to take into account.

Jonathan Lester  Nov. 12, 2010 at 18:53

I did explain that the cost doesn't cover everything, but this story is designed to point out the odd disparity between the rumoured original parts+labour estimate of $150 and the actual amount.

You're both absolutely right though, R&D was doubtlessly extremely pricey.


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