We already knew that Kinect is priced for profit, but if a recent analysis of the hardware is on the money then that profit is quite substantial.
According to a report by UBM TechInsights, the actual components housed within Kinect’s glossy shell are worth approximately $56, leaving — even with the packed-in Kinect Adventures — quite a lot of fat for Microsoft to collect off the current $149 retail price.
The priciest bit is said to be Israeli company PrimeSense’s “reference system” of cameras, microphones and processor; tech that’s also available to companies other than Microsoft and is expected to show up in other devices like TVs. Microsoft has the exclusive deal for home consoles though.
Kinect is now available all over; it launched in North America last Thursday and Europe this Wednesday.