For $100 More, Buy the Kinect for PC!
Microsoft has announced that Kinect is coming to Windows on February 1, and will cost $250 — $100 more than the Xbox 360 version. That’s right — what amounts to the same basic piece of hardware will cost significantly more for PC users.
Here’s Microsoft’s excuse for the price increase:
The ability to sell Kinect for Xbox 360 at its current price point is in large part subsidized by consumers buying a number of Kinect games, subscribing to Xbox LIVE, and making other transactions associated with the Xbox 360 ecosystem. In addition, the Kinect for Xbox 360 was built for and tested with the Xbox 360 console only, which is why it is not licensed for general commercial use, supported or under warranty when used on any other platform.
Hackers and hobbyists have had the Kinect working on PC for over a year, and that last statement was obviously fired in their direction. In a sense, Microsoft is saying that Kinect for PC will cost more because it will have fewer applications. That’s businessman logic for you.
Will you be picking up Kinect for PC?