Project Natal's price may no longer be a mystery, as a new report predicts an MSRP at launch as low as $50 with a release date in November 2010. The set could be accompanied by as many as 14 games from various big-name publishers, if these details turn out to be legit.
Microsoft plans to ready 5 million units for the Xbox 360 control system's debut, according to an anonymous source speaking to MCV. UK, publishers have reportedly been getting a look behind the scenes at Microsoft's Fall 2010 Natal plans, which include “trying to get as close as possible to ‘impulse buy’” with its price tag.
Right now, Activision, Bethesda, Capcom, Disney, EA, Konami, MTV, Namco Bandai, Sega, Square Enix, THQ and Ubisoft have all committed to developing for Natal. Epic Games has gone as far as to say it wants Natal support for "any future Xbox games" it makes.
With a basement prediction of £30 ($50), the source said Microsoft wants Natal debuting at under £50 ($84). $50 would make a lot of 360 owners very happy, making Natal no more expensive that a lot of games. Even at $84, the camera-based controls would still run less than full set of "Rock Band" controllers. Alas, these prices are still in rumor limbo, though, so don't get your heart set on the $50 just yet.
Do you think $50 would be a fair price for Project Natal? What about $84? What will Microsoft have to do at launch to get you interested? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.