Project Natal, Microsoft’s “revolutionary” new Xbox 360 controller system, is set to cost $150 and is due for release October 26th, according to leaked details.
The $150 unit will also be sold as a $300 bundle with the Xbox 360 Arcade. Early listings of the controller at a $200 price point have been repudiated, but the initial sub-$100 hype seems unlikely, lending credence to the $150 price.
The “Project Natal” label is also finally due to be scrapped at E3 in favour of a proper marketer friendly name, it is said.
Unurprisingly, casual and family players are to be the main target for the device, says the leaker:
“Microsoft expects to sell millions and millions of Natal units in its first year on the market so you can expect the software launch line-up to target non-traditional gamers.
A major marketing campaign will also play a key role in attracting and educating the expanded audience about Xbox 360’s controller-free revolution.”
Microsoft naturally declines to comment.
The leak is by way of an unspecified but “trusted” US publisher, and so can be considered comparatively reliable as leaks go.