Microsoft has announced that 17 launch titles will be available when Kinect for Xbox 360 is launched worldwide next month. The news has been revealed by Major Nelson, and you can see the entire list of Kinect launch games for Xbox 360 below.
Meanwhile, The New York Post reports that Microsoft has a massive marketing budget for Kinect of $500 million. Yes, that is half way to a billion dollars! The paper reports that this is more than the marketing budget Microsoft had to promote the launch of the original Xbox console back when it launched in July 2000.
The Kinect advertising will appear online, on television, magazines and on other products including food and drink packaging. If you pick up a burger, you may just see Kinect for Xbox 360 staring right back at you on the package.
“Kinect is the largest, most integrated marketing initiative in Xbox history, bigger than its launch,” said Robert Matthews, general manager of global marketing communications for Xbox. “We are going to be spending millions to launch this globally.”
The hype machine seems to be working, with 7,000 stores across the USA staying open past midnight when Kinect is launched on the other side of the Atlantic on November 4th. So what are the titles will be available when Kinect, the hands free controller for Xbox 360 is released? Well the Kinect launch title’s that’ll be available in the USA (UK games are yet to be confirmed) are as follows:
Price: Packed in with the Kinect sensor.
Price: $49.99 or $59.99 for the Limited Edition which comes with a plush toy and unlock code.
Game Party: In Motion
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 The Videogame
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout
EA Sports Active 2
Price: $99.95 and comes with a heart rate monitor
DECA Sports Freedome
Price: No Price listed
Kinect Joy Ride
Sonic Free Rider
Kinect for Xbox 360 is released here in the UK on November 10th and will be available as part of a 250GB Xbox 360 bundle for £299.99. You can alternatively buy a Kinect for Xbox 360 on its own for £130.
So Train2Game, has anyone pre-ordered Kinect for their Xbox 360? What do you think of the launch line up? How about that massive budget? And do you think Kinect for Xbox 360 has the potential to triumph over the PlayStation Move?