Even if you don't live near one of the four brick-and-mortar Microsoft Stores in California, Colorado and Arizona, you really do have to appreciate their straightforwardness with information we aren't getting through traditional Xbox 360-related Microsoft channels. First, they corroborated the still-unofficial $149.99 price for Kinect, and now they've revealed that Kinect will be playable in their retail locations before the gesture and voice control system is available elsewhere.
"Can’t wait to play Kinect?" the operator of the Microsoft Store Twitter account posted yesterday. "Try it at Microsoft Stores nationwide!"
That takes care of waiting as an issue, but the only current MS Store locations are in Scottsdale, AZ, Mission Viejo and San Diego, CA, and Lone Tree, CO, so be prepared to put some miles into your journey to experience Kinect if you don't live near one of those cities.
The post didn't say which games would be on display with their Kinect demos, but a remark today indicated that "Kinectimals" would be the focus of a promotion this weekend. If you plan on adopting Skittles the tiger cub at launch, you might be interested in that.
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