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Pachter: Kinect is "a limited device"

Maverick analyst remains sceptical over Kinect versatility and prohibitive price tag

Wedbush research analyst Michael Pachter has again voiced his skepticism of Microsoft's Kinect motion control camera, describing it as "a limited device".

In his latest Pach Attack show on website, Pachter described Kinect as "a limited device, because you’re really not, as Kevin Butler said, gonna to be going 'pew pew,' shooting people with your finger."

"If you want to play a dance game and have your whole body picked up, or you want to do a fitness game and have the monitor tell you to lift your knee higher you 'fat B', this is the device that you want to own," added Pachter.

"The hardcore probably aren’t going to be as impressed. Their mums are, their girlfriends are, their wives are, their kids are: that is who wants this thing," he concluded.

Pachter yesterday voiced concern at the effect a high price tag could have on Kinect's success and repeated those comments in his Pach Attack report.

"If Microsoft prices it right I think it blows out, I think it’ll sell like crazy. If they price it too high, I think it’ll take a while to get off the ground," he said.

Pachter suggests that some within Microsoft would like to sell Kinect at a $99 price tag in the US but all evidence so far, including Microsoft's own website, suggests a $149 price.

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