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Microsoft Kinect Price Drops To $109.99

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Microsoft has dropped the price of the Kinect motion-tracking peripheral to $109.99 in the U.S.  This is down from $149.99.  A price drop will be applied across all of North America, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific regions where the Kinect is sold.  In Australia and New Zealand, the Kinect will be available at a discounted price on October 5th.

Microsoft Announces Halo 4, Xbox SmartGlass, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and IE For Xbox

Microsoft Corporation has made some huge announcements at the E3 conference. This includes international expansion of Kinect Voice Control, Halo 4, Xbox SmartGlass, Internet Explorer for Xbox, etc. Here is a breakdown of some of the major announcements:
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Rumor: Microsoft To Sell Xbox 360 With Kinect Bundle For $99 With 2-Year Agreement

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According to The Verge, Microsoft Corporation is rumored to be to launching a $99 Xbox console package with a Kinect sensor. The catch is that you would have to make a 2-year $15 per month Xbox Live Gold service agreement, which would also have access to some streaming content from cable providers. The Xbox would be 4GB and would be covered with a two-year warranty. There will be an early termination fee if you want to break the contract ahead of schedule.

Microsoft Kinect Becomes Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device

Guinness World Records has confirmed that the Microsoft Kinect controller is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. The controller sold an average of 133,333 devices per day. Microsoft hit 8 million sales in the first 60 days of sale between November 4, 2010-January 3, 2011. The sales figures of the Kinect controller surpass the iPhone and iPad. The record will be included in the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition:

Microsoft Milo Game Uses Same Technology As James Cameron’s Avatar [VIDEO]

“Emotion Capture” – Directing Milo from John Dower on Vimeo.

John Dower worked on an Xbox 360 Kinect project called “Milo & Kate.” Milo & Kate was developed by Lionhead Studios and creative director Peter Molyneux. Dower worked on creating a 3D character and directed motion capture and animation. Milo is a voice-and-motion game from Lionhead Studios that was never released. Milo uses the same technology as James Cameron’s Avatar movie. [Microsoft-News]

This Music Video Was Made Using A Kinect [VIDEO]

Echo Lake – Young Silence from Dan Nixon on Vimeo.

Dom Jones and Dan Nixon used a Microsoft Kinect to make a music video for their band Echo Lake. The name of the song is “Young Silence.” I’ve seen the Kinect hacked to work in so many different ways, but this is the first music video I have seen created with the motion-sensing controller. Check out the video above. [Engadget]

Microsoft Hit $6.63 Billion In Profit Of Q2

Microsoft Corporation recently announced their second quarter earnings. They posted a $6.63 billion profit on revenues of $19.95 billion. This is very comparable to their earnings from last year. The company sold about 300 million licenses of Windows 7 and they saw a strong increase in their entertainment division.
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8 Million Kinect Controllers Sold In 60 Days

According to a slide that was released a little bit before the Microsoft earnings announcement, there was some impressive growth in the Entertainment and Devices division. This division generated about $3.7 billion this quarter, compared to $2.4 billion last year. About 8 million Kinect controllers were sold in the first two months of launch. Xbox Live memberships increased 30% and Xbox 360 console sales increased 21%. “We are enthusiastic about the consumer response to our holiday lineup of products, including the launch of Kinect. The 8 million units of Kinect sensors sold in just 60 days far exceeded our expectations. The pace of business spending, combined with strong consumer demand, led to another quarter of operating margin expansion and solid earnings per share growth,” stated Microsoft CFO Peter Klein.