Microsoft Project Natal available for $50 next year?

Microsoft Project Natal available for $50 next year?

Summary: The rumor mill has been buzzing with a potential release date and price tag for Microsoft's mysterious new gaming console: Project Natal. Announced at E3 this past summer, there haven't been many definite details announced so far, but we think there is potential for natural interaction gaming systems.

SHARE:

The rumor mill has been buzzing with a potential release date and price tag for Microsoft's mysterious new gaming console: Project Natal. Announced at E3 this past summer, there haven't been many definite details announced so far, but we think there is potential for natural interaction gaming systems. You won't be able to see it on shelves until the next holiday season, but based on a report from UK games mag MCV, everyone's pointing towards a November 2010 release date.

There's a debate over the price, however, as several outlets (MTV, CNET, Stage Select) are reporting that it could sell for as low as $50 (sounds too good to be true, but maybe Microsoft will get desperate) whereas others (Gadget Reviet, PC World) predict it might be somewhere closer to $80. Think you might pick one of these up once they're finally available?

Topics: Collaboration, Microsoft, Mobility, Software

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

4 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Currency Conversion

    Um, the article says ?50, which makes it around $83. But I'm sure Microsoft would make it $99.99 here in the States.

    Consider they sell a rather ubiquitous wi-fi adapter at $99.99:

    http://www.xbox.com/en-US/hardware/x/xbox360wirelessnetadapter/

    I can't imagine Microsoft selling it for less than that. Given the marketing blitz they are planning (I read they are treating Project Natal as a console launch), I'm sure they are planning to charge $129 to $149 for it. And if it works as well as the demonstrations, I'd be willing to pay that much!
    Mwendo
    • Re: Currency Conversion

      The PC World article actually says both, just as mentioned above: "Project Natal will be available worldwide November 2010, launch with 14 games, and sell for less than ?50, or about 80 US dollars" and later on it goes to say, "If $80 sounds cheap, a publisher told MCV Microsoft's trying to get it even lower, aiming for "impulse" territory that could drop the tag to as little as ?30, or about 50 US dollars."
      Rachel King
  • Build your own Touchless Interface

    For starters:

    http://tinyurl.com/ykr2yqb

    I understand it stemmed from a passenger safety telematics
    prototype in 2004 using java.
    dascha1
  • RE: Microsoft Project Natal available for $50 next year?

    Project Natal looks awesome from the demo video, but $50 sounds a bit too cheap for what it does.
    Loverock Davidson