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Walmart offering $199 Kinect bundle

Retailer sweetens peripheral with gift card and game deal

While Microsoft continues to remain quiet on official pricing for motion control system Kinect, US retailer Walmart has begun taking preorders, asking $199 for a bundle of game, peripheral and a $30 gift card.

The incomplete list of games on offer includes Kinect Sports, Joy Ride, Kinectimals and Dance Central. Microsoft's own retail site has listed the Kinect peripheral on its own at $150, but said it is only a placeholder price. Solid confirmation is expected at Gamescom in August.

There is concern from publishers that the price of Kinect may be too high to drive uptake amongst the casual consumer, with Activision's Thomas Tippl suggesting the company may not invest heavily in Kinect-based games.

Sony's PlayStation Move controller, which many regard as a rival to Microsoft's Kinect, will cost €39.99/$49.99/¥3980, with the Navigational controller available separately for €29.99/$29.99/¥2980, and other bundles also available.

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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