Despite the potential and hype surrounding the Kinect (Xbox) and Move (PS) platforms publishers are concerned about the pricing of these new additions. And they should be. I think the cost of entry is to high for the casual and especially the hardcore gamers. Kinect is looking to be around $150, maybe.Combined the Move will cost around $80 (main part is $50, Navigation is $30).
Recently vocal about this ‘concern’ was Activision COO Thomas Tippl. Here is some quotes taken from his chat with Gamasutra:
“I think as a publisher, you have to be concerned about how the price drives a lot of the outcome of how big of an install base there’s going to be [for hardware],” he told Gamasutra.
“The bigger the install base, the more likely that you can make sense out of your investment. So, the lower the price, the better. In this economic environment, it’s probably more important than ever.”
I couldn’t agree more. What about you? And personally I’m motion sick. The industry needs to be a little more focused on the controller. E3 partly sucked because of this.