Natal Expected to Stab Gamers in the Wallet at $149

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Natal Expected to Stab Gamers in the Wallet at $149



The Xbox 360's Project Natal might not be as cheap as many had hoped.

Despite Edge Online [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/98485-Analyst-Puts-Affordable-Price-on-Project-Natal] has put the motion camera control system at an expected price of $149.

The source also told Edge that Natal will be bundled with an Xbox 360 Arcade unit for $299. Sony's Move, the PlayStation 3 motion controller considered to be Project Natal's competition, is expected in multiple bundles, but with a sub-$100 price.

Natal's name may also be in for a change, with the source saying it "definitely" won't be called Natal. As expected, Natal/MicroEye/GatesVision will be "heavily targeted towards casual players and families." It's possible that Microsoft's strategy here is to align Natal itself alongside the Wii, as if buying a Natal camera would in effect add a Wii to your 360, making it somewhat "cheap" in the eyes of the casual consumer.

While $50 would have been an easy buy for me personally, if Edge's source turns out to be correct I don't see myself purchasing Natal anytime soon. Microsoft will have to demonstrate that Natal can be used for more than a Pong/Dodgeball game and Natal at E3 [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/100101-River-Rush-is-Natal-Rafting-and-Molesting-Game], but for now this somewhat expensive price is confounding, if true.

Source: Edge Online [http://www.edge-online.com/news/natal-to-cost-149-%E2%80%93-source]

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Jack and Calumon

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All of a sudden those "The 360 is more expensive if you buy all the crap for it." Arguements just got some fuel. Oh joy... Glad I left GameSpot and 4Chan.

Calumon: Unless there'a fanboy or girl here! :S
 

Redingold

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How many people here will still refer to it as Natal, even though that won't be it's final name? I know I probably will.
 

Distorted Stu

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Jeez, i would only buy it for that price if it sang happy birthday to me while shooting chocolate gold coins.
 
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Redingold said:
How many people here will still refer to it as Natal, even though that won't be it's final name? I know I probably will.
Natal rolls off the tongue, more so than 'Moneystealer 9000'.
 

Simalacrum

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Hmmmmm...

I was always doubtful that Natal could have sold at $50... out of the 3 motion control systems, it seems to be the most advanced (Move may come in at a close 2nd, but it was developing on pre-existing tech, and therefore Natal would probably have taken more costs from an R&D perspective), which generally means a higher price tag, as seen in each console generations.

I do believe that such a price point could significantly hurt the system, especially considering the current economic climate - if they're targeting the casual audience, then they will likely fail with a high price point, as they will be looking for the cheapest option, i.e., they'll still go for the Wii rather than the flashy advanced devices.
 

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Redingold said:
How many people here will still refer to it as Natal, even though that won't be it's final name? I know I probably will.
Probably about as many people that still call their Wii "Revolution".

For the record, I still think "Wii" is an annoying name.
 

Mister Benoit

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Meh a Wii Remote/Motion Plus with a Nunchuck goes for like 80-90$ in stores >.> 3 controllers costs more than 1console+controller... That's messed up.
 
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I really hope its not required for Fable 3.

The games coming out for the PC so I don't think it is, still though, here's hoping.
 

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Redingold said:
How many people here will still refer to it as Natal, even though that won't be it's final name? I know I probably will.
...until you hear the actual name and discover its so catchy and simple you just can't help but call it that instead of freakin Natal =3.
 

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motion control just won't work for long, it was a nice experiment but sometimes you want to control someone else in a game, not just be yourself.
as Moviebob said "Sony calls the wiimote a lollipop, then 4 years later designs a F**king lollipop for it's own motion controller"
I think Microsoft should pay you for owning Natal since you going to break $150 worth of stuff when you use it anyway.
 

Legion

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It won't harm my wallet considering I have more interest in buying a DVD Re-winder than this.
 
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We need to have a talk with that analyst from the last Natal news. But, I still think that a rafting/molesting game is all the interactivity we need. Well... not true. There's still...
Halo Reach: use Natal to perform realistic teabagging motions!
 

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$150 means it will be something like £200 over here, what with Microsoft's strange currency exchange rates. I wasn't going to buy one before, now I have yet another reason not to. I guess I won't be playing Totemball 2 any time soon then.
 

Tom Goldman

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Too expensive. This piece of tech is arm flailing in turbo mode. Even if this was only $50 I would still rather get a regular game. I don't own a Wii because I am lazy so I certainly will not be getting my wallet out for this nonsense.

I reckon spending money on a quieter fan, better cooling, rechargeable batteries as standard and built in wifi would have been a better investment. If MS told me that?s what they are releasing I would buy this brand new version of the 360.
 

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Fuck Microsoft I'm buying a PS3. Xbox's really are more expensive! This better not be "required" for ANYTHING!