Official PlayStation Move prices and unofficial Kinect prices from Microsoft are out in the open now, and gamers aren't the only ones watching the dollar signs and planning budgets. Game companies are doing the same thing, and Activision doesn't sound like they've been completely sold on the new control systems yet. That doesn't mean they won't be after sales number start coming in, however.
Activision COO Thomas Tippl is "absolutely" concerned, according to an interview he gave to Gamasutra. "The bigger the install base, the more likely that you can make sense out of your investment," he said. "So, the lower the price, the better. In this economic environment, it's probably more important than ever."
Tippl sees Kinect and Move's asking prices as key factors in determining what those install bases look like in the near future, and his logic may be sound.
"A lot of that will depend on the price point they choose," Tippl said. "We have a few franchises where we think this could be an interesting value to improve the experience for the player. Tony Hawk is an example. We have our Rapala Fishing franchise. But it's not going to be something that will be in every game, because I don't think it's one size fits all. It's not going to enhance the experience for every game."
The 2010 holiday shopping season could turn out to be a crucial one in determining how well Microsoft and Sony have planned. When January 1 comes around, though, the number of Kinect and Move games people buy will be limited by the amount of hardware that's been sold.
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