Kinect for the Xbox 360 is a controller-free device that works with any Xbox 360 system. It uses a built-in sensor that knows not only when you are standing in front of it, but every movement of your body. It is like the Nintenti Wii in the sense that you are using actual body movements to play, as opposed to clicking buttons on a controller. But with Kinect, you don’t need any type of controller at all! It can sense you once you step in front of it, making it this year’s hottest release for game enthusiasts.
If you already have an Xbox 360, you can buy the Kinect sensor on its own, or if you are new to Xbox altogether you can buy them in a bundle. It was released only a couple days ago, on November 4th so you need to hurry if you plan on buying one for Christmas. Keep in mind you need 175 MB free on your Xbox 360 to use the Kinect, as well as a Gold membership to Xbox Live.
Here are four retailers in Vista, California currently carrying the Xbox 360 with Kinect bundles for those of you that don’t have the system yet. If you already have an Xbox 360, you can find just the stand-alone sensor at Target!
GameStop at Vista Town Center
510 Hacienda Dr. Vista, California
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm and Sun, 11am-6pm
Bundles Only. All of the locations nearby have an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle, but are currently sold out of the stand-alone sensor.
They are currently offering a 4GB Xbox 360 console with Kinect for $299.00 or the 250GB bundle for $399.00. The Kinect by itself that sells for $149.00 is currently out of stock but they should be getting in more before Christmas shopping season begins.
Costco at Hacienda Dr.
1755 Hacienda Dr. Vista, California
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Costco is another retailer that is only selling bundles. Like Gamestop, they offer the 4GB bundle for $299.99 and the 250GB bundle for $399.99. But keep calling them because if you can find the Kinect sensor in stock, you will save a few dollars and pay $144.00 as opposed to $149.00.
Best Buy at Vista Way
2110 Vista Way Vista, California
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri/Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Best Buy is offering the bundles for the same prices as the previous two. Unlike the others they have a release date for the backordered Kinect stand-alone devices! They should arrive between November 19th and December 4th, just in time for Christmas Shopping. You can pre-order it now from their website and have it delivered to the store of your choice.
Target at University Dr.
1751 University Dr. Vista, California
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-9pm
Good News! Target in Vista, San Marcos and Escondido all have the Kinect in stock! Not only the bundles, but the sensor alone! For those of you that currently have an Xbox 360 and really want a Kinect, hurry to your local Target and pick one up before they’re gone!