A post made on UK MSN Tech & Gadget page raises some questions about the “all but confirmed” price tag of $149 for Microsoft’s new motion sensing peripheral, Kinect. Previous on the official Microsoft Store site, it listed the Kinect for $149.99 with no disclaimer about the price not being confirmed. Many gaming sites took this as a confirmation of the price and reported as such.
However, it appears that now the Microsoft Store page has added a disclaimer to the page showing the Kinect details and price. That disclaimer reads “Official pricing has not been announced. $149.99 is an estimate only and subject to change.”
Microsoft employee Stephen Toulouse, on his Twitter page @Stepto made this announcement about the pricing “Guys I have nothing to do with Kinect Pricing. All prices now *no matter what the retail source* are placeholders. We’ve not announced. :>”
I have to wonder if this development is in response to criticism of the price and/or reaction to Sony’s lower price announcement for their own motion control controllers, Move. As for now, it appears that we’ll have to wait for an official price announcement.