Microsoft’s sold a lot of Kinect sensors for the Xbox 360 - eight million, to quote Steve Ballmer at CES - since introducing the system last November, but there must be at least 5,000 spare sitting around in a warehouse somewhere.
That’s the number of “Free” Kinect Bundles (including the 4GB Xbox 360) that Microsoft’s announced it’ll give away to Australians who purchases a full Windows 7 PC worth more than $1,999 with DLNA compatibility. That can be a desktop, all-in-one or notebook, but it’s got to be a full boxed product from specific retailers purchased between 13/1/11-28/2/11.
There are a few catches. Shipping for the Xbox 360 bundle comes in at $49.95 pre-paid by credit card only, and the small print specifically notes that if you return the PC for a refund, you’re no longer entitled to a free Xbox 360. You’d have a hard time doing so in the right timeframe anyway, as the estimated shipping is six to eight weeks.
Full details of the free Kinect promotion are here.
What do you think? Is the carrot of a free Kinect-enabled 360 enough to get you to purchase a more expensive PC?