Nearly two years after it made its debut, Kinect finally received its first price cut on Wednesday. What’s more, Microsoft has knocked off as much as $40 from the motion-sensing peripheral’s original price tag of $149.99, which was considered a bit too steep back when the peripheral first hit the market. But as we all know, the Kinect became an instant hit, selling over 10 million units in just 60 days. That being said, it was probably becoming increasingly difficult for the Redmond-based outfit to justify the original price tag, given the seemingly irredeemable lack of quality titles.
Following the price cut, a Kinect sensor now costs $109.99 in the States. While Microsoft has announced similar price drops for a number of other regions as well, it has no such plans for EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) countries and Japan.
“Today we are announcing a new price for Kinect. The new permanently reduced price will be US $109.99 in US. There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold,” Microsoft's Larry Hryb (a.k.a. Major Nelson) wrote in a
Wednesday. “The final retail price will vary in each region based on the currency and other variables There are no price drop plans for EMEA and Japan.”