The rumour mill keeps on grinding at full capacity, with the latest tidbit regarding Microsoftâ€™s Project Natal suggesting that the appendage will hit store shelves in the US this October with a price tag of $149. While the price is a quarter lower than the one rumoured last week, it’s still asking for an arm and a leg in many gamersâ€™ eyes.
The source claims that gamers will be able to choose between a $299 Arcade Xbox 360 bundle that includes the add-on peripheral or the aforementioned standalone package. As for the rest of the world, the pricing is not yet known, but will be determined based on various factors, such as exchange rates.
The source also disclosed that the upcoming accessory is scheduled for a worldwide October 26 release, give or take a few weeks, and definitely wonâ€™t be called Natal. As already known, the final name will be announced at Microsoftâ€™s Natal-focused E3 conference on June 13.
One more reason why gamers looking forward to the device should start praying the rumour is bogus is:
â€śMicrosoft expects to sell millions and millions of Natal units in its first year on the market so you can expect the software launch line-up to target non-traditional gamers. A major marketing campaign will also play a key role in attracting and educating the expanded audience about Xbox 360â€™s controller-free revolution.â€ť
Naturally, Microsoft was unwilling to say anything more than the typical â€śwe donâ€™t comment on rumours and speculationâ€ť recitation.
All of this alleged information could very well turn out to be true. However, there is one little thing that bothers us â€“ there is no mention of the heavily-rumoured re-design of the console.
What do you think? Would Microsoft dare to price Natal that high and, at the same time, expect to sell millions of it? Let us know in the comments below.