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Soapbox: With Kinect priced at around £120-30 will you be buying it?

Matt Gardner
Kinect, Motion Control, Playstation Move, Polls, Soapbox

Soapbox: With Kinect priced at around £120-30 will you be buying it?

Triple digits. Ouch. Well, Microsoft have already touted Kinect to extend the X360's lifespan by five more years so pricing it in the hundreds was practically always going to be on the cards. To be honest, stood beside the PS Move, there's not much between them in terms of pure finance but I reckon there'll be additionally costs to pay eventually as funky peripherals make their way onto shelves everywhere. Kinect MotionPlus will be here next Christmas, mark my words.

Frankly, I'd just go out and buy another Wii. I know for a fact that there are three AAA titles just waiting to be played on that thing already. Wish I could say the same for Kinect.

But don't mind my scepticism, we want to know what you think. Ladies and gents, time to cast your votes! Also, feel free to sound off with your longer opinions in the comments box below. we love hearing from you and, who knows...some of the more fired up members of staff might wade into the debate with you.

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Robovski  Jul. 23, 2010 at 08:26

I'm not quite as negative as your last option, but that was the best fit so my vote went there. That said, I think the PS3 Move might be useful in bringing RTS to the PS3. We'll have to see.

Matt Gardner  Jul. 23, 2010 at 09:37

That was something I was truly excited for - the possibility of commanding armies with a wave of your hand or the twist of a wrist. To be honest, it's probably still possible. Move offers a fine precision in terms of Mo-Con that Kinect doesn't have but Microsoft's gizmo's voice recognition technology could lead to an evolution of games such as EndWar.

If these limb-tracking pieces of plastic are truly going to push gaming forward they need to be thrown wide open to developers - especially the innovative indie crowd - and people need to start making brave choices. This technology has been years in the making, and if it all came together just to play an assortment of minigames, or ported titles that suffer as a result, then that's an enormous insult not only to the expectant gaming audience but to everyone who worked on bringing these products to light as well.

That said, it's important to be patient on this one. The market doesn't look kindly on such words as 'risk' or 'new' at the moment, so the first year is probably going to be hilariously dismal.

Jonathan Lester  Jul. 23, 2010 at 17:33

Move's certainly being implemented by a number of publishers; including Ubisoft who plan to integrate it into R.U.S.E. http://www.dealspwn.com/news-roundup-7th-july-2010/

Microsoft needs to be romantically courting/aggressively hounding the big third-party publishers and studios. Move's already got over 36 publishers in the bag- and Kinect deserves its day in the sun. Get a move on, Microsoft!

Robovski  Jul. 25, 2010 at 00:46

If you look at the comments on the RUSE item, I commented there on this. Ubisoft has convinced me that they don't need/want my PC money as with the Settlers 7 & and Silent Hunter, but I would consider buying RUSE from my PS3 as I avoid all of that being treated like a criminal jerkwaddery. I'm waiting for the demo so I can see what the controls are like as RTS has not gone well on consoles in the past (to say the least) but would love to try before i buy the Move when used with this game (and others). I just don't see myself buying it all (the EYE and Move controller setup) for RUSE untried especially as that is the only compelling application I currently see. I've already been burnt by my Wii, I learn to fear fire like most people when burnt.

ODB  Jul. 27, 2010 at 10:58

would be iteresting to know how many PS3 fanboys have voted on this, tbh I think Kinect and Move will be rubbish and probably die a death BUT think of long term plans and integration into the next consoles

Comes down to £$£$£$£$£$£$£$£.

Nobody a few years back thought Nintendo could do any damage to the big 2 but now look! Wii & DS sales have hit them hard all cause they didnt think movement based gaming would take off, they were wrong big time! Its too late for them to steal some of that market back but its obvious to see why they want it.

Wii is a great idea but with the vast majority of shockingly bad titles and lack of HD etc its gonna die sooner or later, I'm sure Nintendo are working on the next big thing but Sony & Microsoft want a piece of that pie. So think more along the lies of testing for much better use and integration in the next consoles

and btw, my N button isnt working properly lol

Jonathan Lester  Jul. 27, 2010 at 14:41

I'm not convinced that the casual motion control market is as big as Microsoft and Sony currently believe. Most of the casual crowd will have already invested in a Wii (which, let's face it, has got a massive time advantage as well as an attractive price point)... and the vast majority of gamers who already own a PS3 or 360 bought them for hardcore titles and online play. Personally, I think that Nintendo's success has given MS and Sony false hope.

In terms of Kinect, though, I'm still actually fairly excited about its long term potential. I will almost certainly invest at a £120 level (just to play Child of Eden, probably)... but you have to wonder if MS are simply testing Kinect's viability for integration into the next Xbox generation. Several retailers are wondering the same thing.

ODB  Jul. 27, 2010 at 15:43

yeah exactly, its about the next generation ot this one, its testing. Movement wot be big on this ge, look at the PS3 sixaxis thing, vastly underused and unsupported, shame tbh

good thing though if you think about it, imagine the next gen consoles with hardcore titles and online play AND the ability to use movement. Add to that voice control EndWar style (underrated game IMHO) and think of the possibilities it starts opening up

Dave  Aug. 3, 2010 at 13:28

Kinect will sell plenty, just people who want to use it first as a get/keep fit gadget will see to that let alone the gamers, think how many bought the Wii board etc that market will belong to Kinect no doubt about it, when they see Kinect doing it without controllers or any otheraddons they will be sold...
As for the price well Move has many hidden costs to run 2 player games that Kinect can do out of the box, Kinect also needs no recharging unlike Move and comes with a game and has a lot more potential.

werty  Aug. 4, 2010 at 09:33

These type of polls are pretty pointless as you just know it will be infested by those silly little PS3 fanboys who can't accept there is more than one game console on the market

ODB  Aug. 4, 2010 at 12:55

what hidden costs are there for move? once you've bought it I dont see whats left to buy except the optional charging dock

ODB  Aug. 4, 2010 at 12:56


Matt Gardner  Aug. 4, 2010 at 13:03

Same as the Wii...first there's the remote itself, then the additional nunchuk-thingy, then double that for a second player. And remember to buy the camera.

..and then in two years buy it all over again when Sony release Move Plus.

New Poll  Aug. 4, 2010 at 14:09

What about the next poll being -

Will you buy Gran Turismo 5 at a staggering £149.99p ?


Matt Gardner  Aug. 4, 2010 at 14:13


That's a little bit ridiculous.

In fact...I like it. We've seen some truly ludicrous Limited Edition prices, Halo Reach springs to mind too, we'll have a related poll up later.

Jonathan Lester  Aug. 4, 2010 at 15:12

Haha, the GT5 Signature Edition will be featuring in the news today. Stay tuned.

ODB  Aug. 4, 2010 at 16:47

I'm sure DJ Urban on HUKD found its cheaper to import it from the US...

yup -


dont know what import would cost though but you may save a few quid

ODB  Aug. 4, 2010 at 16:48

why are my comments awaiting moderation?

Andy  Aug. 4, 2010 at 18:09

I think it is because you use a URL, the mods want to make sure it isn't SPAM.

Matt Gardner  Aug. 4, 2010 at 18:11

Akismet sometimes gets uppity and refers posts with URLs in them to the pending pile for moderating. Up now.

Jerec  Aug. 9, 2010 at 18:06

Why does everyone bang on about cost?

1 Move starter pack (Move Controller/Camera/Demo disk) = £44
1 Extra Move Controller £27.85 (Shopto)

Thats £71.85 for 2 player Move.

2 player Kinect = £129.

Did you not do Math at school???

Jerec  Aug. 9, 2010 at 18:09


Rubisco  Aug. 10, 2010 at 02:49

No, I did maths.

Didn't you do english at school?

MArt  Aug. 11, 2010 at 08:30

But in the real world no one is going to want to hold the controller in the other hand ? they will sooner rather than later buy the navagation controllers so that's really 2*£20 more and then you are going to want a docking charger not have 2 USB cables to charge the things "actually" 4 when you use the navagation controllers to so that's another £20 changing the total from £72 to more like £140 in total.

So all in all if you buy the basic pack you are buying the crippled version that you will be paying more for a lot quicker than some would belive.

And having to have FOUR controllers to be charged sounds like a nightmare..

ODB  Aug. 11, 2010 at 10:24


ODB  Aug. 11, 2010 at 10:27

why is he? its a fair point and very true. PS3 owners seem to have a real problem with 360 owners and feel the need to justify at every turn the PS3 whereas 360 owners just enjoy theirs despite knowing that on paper the 360 is the weaker machine yet prefer gaming on it

I have both and much prefer the 360

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