With every console manufacturer releasing motion controller devices by the end of this year, which one will end up being the cheapest and is Sony pricing themselves out of the market? Nintendo currently has the cheapest entry price for a motion enabled console. The Wii sells for $200 and includes one Nunchuck and one Motionplus Remote. Sony’s system currently costs $299 and barring any bundles, will require an additional $120 worth of accessories to enable motion features on par with Nintendo. Microsoft’s Kinect price is rumored to be $399 when bundled with a new Xbox or $149 on without a bundle. The difference between motion controller prices is not much different between Sony and Nintendo. For each additional player you want to use the system it will cost $70 for the Wii, $80 for the PS3, and $0 for the Xbox 360. Therefore the total price for 4 players on the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 will most likely be $410, $660, and $399 respectively.
Of course, this doesn’t take into account the high probability that you will still need 4 standard game controllers to play all of the Xbox 360 games. I didn’t hear anything in Microsoft’s E3 conference about their flagship titles like Gears of War 3 and Halo: Reach being compatible with Kinect.
Overall Nintendo will come out the winner based on price alone. Sony’s total cost of $660 is just too much an investment for the casual consumer. Sony may want to take a piece of the casual gamer market with its motion devices but the devices are just too expensive to be competitive unless they offer some very good bundling deals. Microsoft will be in an interesting position, because you can’t use their motion device with every game the controller will be a luxury add-on rather than the alternative interface that Nintendo and Sony are pushing. My bet is that consumers continue to buy the non-Kinected Xbox 360 and use the standard game controller for the games they really want to play on the 360 like Gears of War, Halo, and Call of Duty.