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Kinect bundle will include Xbox 360 console and games, Microsoft says

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(Read caption) Kinect is demoed in Germany earlier this summer. Microsoft says the controller-free Kinect will appeal to a wide swath of gamers.

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On November 4, Microsoft is set to release the Kinect, a next-gen, motion-sensing, controller-free peripheral for the Xbox 360. As we reported earlier this summer, the Kinect will set you back $150 – not exactly pocket change for most gamers.

But today, Microsoft confirmed that it would also release a Kinect bundle – complete with Kinect camera, 250GB Xbox 360 console, and the game Kinect Adventures – for $400. That's only a hundred bucks more than the price of the 250GB Xbox360 console, so assuming you're in the market for both a new console and a Kinect peripheral, you could save some cash by opting for the bundle.

Either way, Microsoft is banking that the Kinect will help buoy sagging Xbox 360 sales by roping in so-called casual gamers who previously gravitated towards the Nintendo Wii.

"All you have to do is play [Kinect], or watch people play it," Takashi Sensui, head of Microsoft's home and entertainment division in Japan, told the Associated Press today. "It's nothing you've seen, and it's a brand new experience that I think a lot of people will be attracted to."


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