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Microsoft Reveals Xbox Kinect Price

Hands-free control system set to debut in November, but some gamers may want to start saving up now.

Microsoft's new hands-free motion control system for Xbox 360, known as Kinect, offers gamers the chance to interact with their favorite video games in brand new ways—but the experience won't come cheap, at least for those on a budget.

The company's online store is now taking pre-orders for the Kinect Sensor bar. The store shows that the Kinect Sensor is priced at $149. The store also indicates the device, which plugs into the Xbox 360 console, will ship on Nov. 4 "or after."

If combined with Microsoft's new $300, Kinect-ready Xbox 360, and a couple of Kinect-compatible games, the price of entry into the world of hands-free gaming could easily top $500.

But the price will be worth it for some hard-core gamers, no doubt.

The roster of upcoming Kinect-compatible titles includes a Star Wars game from LucasArts that's due out in 2011, as well as unspecified titles from Disney. More immediately, Microsoft and its partners will ship a number of activity games in November that take advantage of Kinect's ability to mimic human body movements.

A title called Kinectimals (Frontier Studios) lets players interact with on screen zoo animals, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft) provides exercise routines with the help of a virtual, on-screen trainer, while Kinect Sports (Rare) lets users play simulated soccer, bowling, volleyball, and other games.

Kinect Joy Ride (Big Park) is billed as the world's first hands free racing game, and Dance Central (MTV Games) allows players to groove to tunes by artists like Lady Gaga, No Doubt, M.I.A., and more.

The Kinect Sensor features a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. That means players can control on-screen action simply through physical gestures and verbal commands.

The sensor bar is designed to plug directly into the Xbox 360 console.

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