SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft announced Tuesday that its new gesture-sensing system for the Xbox 360 videogame console, Kinect, will cost $150 and go on sale on November 4.
Kinect uses a 3-D camera and motion recognition software to let people play videogames using natural body movements and voice commands instead of hand-held controllers.
Kinect was developed by Microsoft under the code name Project Natal and unveiled at the the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last month in Los Angeles.
|The Microsoft Kinect uses a 3-D camera and motion recognition software. Credit: www.microsoft.com
No price was revealed at the time but retailers had begun offering the device for pre-ordering a month ago.
Microsoft said "Kinect for Xbox 360" will sell for $149.99 and will include the Kinect Sensor and the videogame "Kinect Adventures," which features a river raft ride through an obstacle course.
It said the Kinect Sensor will work with the 40 million Xbox 360s already sold worldwide.
Microsoft also announced that a four-gigabyte Xbox 360 console will include the Kinect Sensor and "Kinect Adventures" and sell for $299.
It said additional games are available for $49 each including "Kinectimals," "Kinect Sports," and "Kinect JoyRide."