Analyzer People Sound Off on Kinect Price
You guys don’t want to hear what I have to say about Kinect’s price, right? I don’t really know anything, so when I talk I’m just trying to be mean. But there are people out there who sit around all day looking at numbers and making judgments about them, and here are some had stuff to say about the Kinect price. WARNING! Block quotes ahead.
Jesse Divinich, EEDAR:
“EEDAR feels that $150 is an appropriate price for the Kinect. Previous peripherals with mass-market appeal, such as band kits, have sold millions of units worldwide even while priced north of $150. With band kits, however, consumers were tethered to only enjoying games within the music genre and developers restricted on future iterations by the install base of non-upgradeable band kits.”
“The Kinect should not be viewed as a typical video game peripheral that is retired from one’s active playlist after 90 days, but rather a consumer enabling device that has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with all forms of media on a daily basis.”
Hmm, who does this fella work for again?
Colin Sebastian, Lazard Capital Markets (via Gamasutra):
The price is “above the $99 price we view as the ‘sweet spot’ for the device,” but the new Arcade bundle for $299 is “a good value, in our view, which could spark renewed interest in the platform this holiday.”
Michael Pachter (via Joystiq):
$150 is “too high.” And he suggests they’ll drop the price next year. “That would provide an advantage over Sony. At current pricing, it’s only a $30 advantage, given that the all-in cost for a complete Move package is $180 and the all-in cost of a standalone Kinect is $150.”
Time to start counting down the days to November 4. Dance Central!