Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 Kinect sensor will now be available for the permanently reduced price of $109.99 in the US. The peripheral previously sold for $149.99. Latin America and Asia will also see a similar reduction, while Australia and New Zealand will have to wait until October 4th to receive their Kinect price drop.
The company, rather bizarelly, has decided to shun gamers in Japan and Europe by not offering them a similar price reduction. The announcement was presumably made to gear up the Kinect sensor for a Christmas war with Nintendo’s new Wii U system. But seeing as the price is just $10 shy of the magical $99, which the Kinect was available for at most retailers last holiday season, it seems like Microsoft missed their chance at causing a stir.