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Rumour: Natal To Be Priced At $149

The rumour mill keeps on grinding at full capacity, with the latest tidbit regarding Microsoft’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 gamers’ 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 won’t be called Natal. As already known, the final name will be announced at Microsoft’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:

“Microsoft 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 360’s controller-free revolution.”

Naturally, Microsoft was unwilling to say anything more than the typical “we don’t comment on rumours and speculation” recitation.

All of this alleged information could very well turn out to be true. However, there is one little thing that bothers us – there is no mention of the heavily-rumoured re-design of the console.


Will we have to shell out $149 to play with Milo?

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.

Source: Edge

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Comment by majg on 2010-05-26 21:27:35 | Reply

$149 would be something I would expect with some games thrown in. You always want to price higher and then reduce rather than start lower and raise prices.

It seems like it will be bundled with new consoles at incredibly low prices. That might be incentive for people still with the old mobo units to get more stable consoles. Plus, it makes it attractive for those that want a second console. (I think MS will be doing something with that concept as the USB feature was the tip of the iceberg.. I could be wrong).

I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but if its priced no higher than 150 then I’ll either get it or get a console bundle. (there are times that my g/f wants to watch tv and I want to play …)

If that is roughly about ÂŁ100 in the UK stores - it can stay on the shelf!

Comment by The_Glovner on 2010-05-27 13:30:44 | Reply

Judging by the exchange mechinism they usually use between the UK and America they will swap the $ for a ÂŁ and be done, so I would expect it to be ÂŁ149.

I would never pay that for it… to be honest, I’m looking at ÂŁ80 tops for release day - it is only a camera & mic with good software built into a chip…

Comment by TK Chillin on 2010-05-27 03:53:48 | Reply

This is from those same people that tried to sell us a 70.00 USB drive remember.

Comment by poo-on-u on 2010-05-27 05:22:02 | Reply

Just lost all interest.

Comment by Kevgallacher on 2010-05-27 17:02:21 | Reply

Don’t think i’ll bother, still think this is going to be gimicky. Maybe if some good games come out but im guessing its all going to be wiifit and eyetoy rippoffs at first.

Yeah with bowling and yoga games already confirmed - you’re probably right!

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