Today's Takeaway - Windows Kinect costs how much?!
After watching the live stream for the Microsoft Keynote at CES, I took a mental note that the Kinect for Windows would be dropping in February. I come in this morning to get the scoop on what that means for PC users and find out that Microsoft is going crazy again...
RPS has an excellent write up about what Kinect for Windows is and how much it costs. Let's just get to the elephant in the room, its $250. One hundred dollars more than its Xbox 360 counterpart and the only physical difference in the hardware is a shorter USB cable. Supposedly, through the firmware and this cable, users should be able to interact with it from about 50 cm or 20 inches, without any degradation.
Microsoft claims the price point is due to the inability to subsidize the cost through future software purchases and other Xbox services like Xbox Live. The SDK will at least remain free, but I am pretty sure this means someone will hack the Xbox model to enable "near mode" on the cheaper hardware. Here is the thing; Microsoft says this can't be subsidized, because there is no software to subsidize against it. A copy of Windows Ultimate costs $320 new, but I can get a 250GB Xbox 360 for $299. In addition, the fact that there is no software rather detracts from me wanting to try this.
Microsoft wants to sell us something that isn't subsidized by the value of an operating system, has very little software to interact with, and costs almost twice as much money... I say no thank you! How about you g1s?
Maybe in a few years the Kinect will get hacked an have some awesome interface on Linux. But even then I won't buy it since I refuse to give M$ any of my money.
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I say Microsoft is bat shit crazy and I would love to tell whoever came up with this bull crap where he can stick it in person. I hope this idea bombs and they fire the dumbass that came up with it.
Sounds to me like Microsoft is saying something like this.... "Well Apple gets to charge you 500$ for what is essentially an Iphone with out phone capabilities, so we're gonna charge you 250$ for a kinnect with out software to make the product useful...Hey they've got an app for that!"
*insert Tom and Jerry Movie meme here*
the first gen of PS3 was backwards compatible http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_are_the_new_ps3_not_backwards_compatible
"subsidized"? Wait, the Kinect for 360 was sold below cost? What the hell I thought it was really cheap for them to make!
Actually the 20 GB and 60 GB were hardware backwards compatible using the PS2 "emotion" engine. The the first 80GB was also backwards compatible, but through software emulation.
the 60gb ps3 (1st model ever released) was backwards compatible with ps2 games and it also had memory stick slots on the system
Ps3 has never been backwards compatible as far as I know.
As for nintendo, check out their remodeled wii from 2011: http://www.nintendo.com/wii/buynow
fuck that piece of shit, I'll just hook up my wiimote to my PC FOR FREE!
WHAT?! Oh man.... I would love to play Dance Central on my PC, uhmmm.... yeah I would but I'm not gonna pay 250$ for a peripheral.
Pretty much my thoughts, I'll save my money for a ton of kickass PC games as supposed to a piece of shit gimmick that will end up being a $250 webcam.
Sony and Nintendo aren't too much better though. They both took out backwards compatibility and yet charged the exact same price for an inferior version of their consoles.
This is why I have a Ps3 and a Wii.
I wonder if this could be a sign of the next Xbox system's price considering the rumors of Kinect being built-in and might be different enough from the 360 to prevent "subsidizing" like the PC version of Kinect.
Kinect was "cheap" on the 360 since the system and games could subsidize the cost but its possible Microsoft won't do the same for the next console at the start.
I'm on a Mac so.... yeah... no.