Kinect will cost $150... it's official

Despite continuing bluff and bluster from Microsoft insiders, it looks like the controller formerly known as Project Natal has been priced up.

Volish management types have been swearing blind that the million and one retail outlets which had already pegged the 'wave-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don't-care' controllerless controller at around $150 were just having a random punt at the price and, until Microsoft made an official proclamation, anything else was "purely speculative".

Now it seems that Microsoft is about as good at keeping secrets as the Kent Police, as it has posted a pre-order listing of the Kinect, including a $149.99 price tag, on its own online store.

Microsoft does point out that pre-order prices are subject to change at any time, but it also makes clear that the price won't get any higher.

There's still no indication of when the Kinect will arrive in the UK, or how much it will cost once they add the Rip-off Britain tax, but our best guess based on the current exchange rate ($149 is about £101) is that it'll be priced at £130.