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Xbox 360 Kinect: Price to pay for late pre-orders

If you’re a gamer and have an Xbox 360 then you would know what Kinect is, and you may have already pre-ordered the high-tech controller for your 360, but when did you do that? Some people that procrastinated might be paying the price for ordering late.

There will always be critics and they will be right about some of the problems Kinect has, but this motion controller will set a new benchmark for active gaming, one that is not perfect but a great step in the right direction.

Being the owner of both the PS3 and Xbox 360 – its good to own both motion controllers – this gives us a perspective that’s not one based on “what other people say”. Both systems will do things better than the other, but when it comes to pre-orders for the PS3 and 360, there will be pros and cons.

The Kinect will release today in the U.S. and in 6 days time for Europe, some people will try their luck at stores, while others would have pre-ordered. If you ordered from you may have had an email stating that your order might not be shipped at release thanks to high demand, and may be the same for other stores too. Did you get such an email?

Every store will prioritize differently, but first come first serve seems to be a common approach. I’ve always thought it was mad to pre-order months in advance when release dates can change — GT5 is one story — but those that pre-ordered Kinect within the last month may live to regret it when they see friends getting the device before them.

Are you paying a price for a late Kinect pre-order? Tell us your story, and if you’re buying Kinect, how are you doing it.

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Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

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