Xbox Kinect motion sensing camera: price listed on Microsoft store

Though Microsoft representatives have been reticent to confirm a retail price for their upcoming motion sensing Xbox 360 camera, Kinect, its US web store has listed the device for pre-order at $149.

The camera controller is totally hands-free, responding to movement and voice commands, and able to recognize distinct faces as well.

Kinect was named and launched at the Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) last week, June 15-17, along with a slew of games that either support the device or are completely dependent upon it.

Kinect Sports, Kinect JoyRide, and Kinectimals should be familiar to anyone who has played Wii Sports, Mario Kart Wii, or the PlayStation 3's EyePet, while dancing game Dance Central and fitness tutor EA Sports Active 2 were also on show.

In days following Kinect's reveal, several online retailers had posted pre-order listings with a Kinect price of $149 or thereabouts, with Amazon breaking the ice in the US and some chainstores in northern Europe putting figures of €155 to €175 ($190-215) on it.

It was understood that a price confirmation would be saved until the GamesCom expo in Germany, August 18-22, a few months before the unit's North American street date of November 4, though plans seem to have changed since E3 came to an end.

According to the Microsoft Store listing, the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360 allows players to use their body as a controller, and it ships with a Wi-Fi extension cable.

Owners will need 1.8 meters (6 feet) between themselves and their TV in order to make the most of Kinect, which contains two cameras (one of which detects movement, the other depth) and four microphones.

Also at E3, Sony dated and priced their equivalent range of PlayStation 3 Move controllers at $99 / €59 for a bundle with a camera and handheld controller, due out mid-September, and Nintendo at last unveiled their 3D portable games machine, the Nintendo 3DS.

Check out the E3 Kinect presentation and see some games demonstrated on the E3 archive at YouTube.com/IGNEntertainment.

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