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Kinect costs Microsoft $150 to build, a report says

Posted by: John at 6/21/2010 8:50 PM
Develope has word from a trusted source that the reason the $150 price tag for Kinect keeps getting floated around is that that's what it costs Microsoft per unit. Now, it doesn't go into whether it's all about the parts but the article goes on to say it wouldn't be surprised if the R&D and software costs are factor in.

$150 is just way too much for a camera device, which while looks cool in some aspects, is largely unproven. At least with the Sony Move, there's the Wii MotionPlus controller to kind of gauge how it could be. The various camera detection software that was in the past PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games have never really been pushed that strong in my opinion and the software is no where near as robust as the one that Kinect has leaving nothing to really compare it to.

I'm sure most of you agree that Microsoft has to cut the price down in order to really push Kinect and get to the goal that Microsoft's set for themselves. As the article suggests, the technology in Kinect has potential for other applications so they can make up the costs elsewhere and not rely solely on the sales of Kinect.

We got a few more months to really know though.