Kinect price is "appropriate" - analyst

Band kits only good for music games have sold for more, reasons Jesse Divnich

EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich says the £129.99 ($149.99 in US) asking price of Microsoft's Kinect peripheral is "appropriate".

Disagreeing with comments from Wedbush man Michael Pachter, who reckons Kinect is "too expensive", Divnich thinks the device still has the potential to sell to the masses considering "previous peripherals with mass-market appeal, such as band kits, have sold millions of units worldwide even while priced north of $150."

"As a camera and motion sensor based device, the Kinect does not have those same limitations; developers will be able to optimize its software for years to come. Kinect should not be viewed as a software peripheral, as most peripherals are, but rather a hardware peripheral," said Divnich.

"Kinect should not be viewed as a typical video game peripheral that is retired from one's active playlist after 90 days, but rather a consumer enabling device that has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with all forms of media on a daily basis," he said, adding that EEDAR is "very positive on the Kinect" and that it's "crucial to rekindling the energy among the casual and mainstream audience, the same audience that has exacerbated software revenue declines since 2009."