Xbox Australia reveals Kinect pricing and availability

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Xbox Australia has today released the pricing and availability details for its new Kinect motion sensor accessory. Working in conjunction with Xbox 360s, Kinect allows users to play games without any handheld controller.

The Australian launch date has been confirmed as Thursday 18 November 2010. At launch, there will be three ways to buy Kinect, either as a standalone accessory for existing Xbox 360 owners or in one of two bundle packs with the gaming console. Also available at launch will be 19 new Kinect games.

For RRP $199 consumers can purchase the Kinect sensor and the new Adventures game. For RRP $449, consumers can get Kinect bundled with the new 4GB Xbox 360 console and the Adventures game. Finally, for RRP $549, consumers can receive Kinect, a 250GB console and the Adventures game.

Here is Microsoft president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick talking about how awesome Kinect is.

“Kinect transforms entertainment and introduces Xbox 360 to millions of new people: families, friends and people of all ages,” he said.

And here is Xbox Australia and New Zealand MD David McLean talking about his excitement.

“Kinect offers active, engaging entertainment that encourages the families to have fun together. We’re excited by the overwhelming response to the US launch, and anticipating Australians will embrace the technology when Kinect becomes available here later this month,” he said.

“We are thrilled to hear that retailers and consumers expect it to be one of the biggest gifts for Christmas this year, with many stores encouraging pre-orders ahead of its launch on 18 November.”

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