Retailer Amazon.com Inc. this week began offering a $25 Bonus with the purchase of Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect hardware for Xbox 360 in a new retail promotion.

This week, customers who purchase the Kinect hardware will receive a $25 Amazon.com towards the purchase of items shipped and sold by Amazon.com.

It is concurrently offering a offering a $50 Bonus with the purchase the Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect bundle.

Kinect will be sold Nov. 4 at $149.99.

Launch titles include Kinect Sports, Kinect Joy Ride, Kinect Adventures!, and Kinectimals.

The Kinect hardware, formerly dubbed Project Natal, is a slender bar that will sit near a television to detect player movement and sound.

Menu navigation demonstrations include facial recognition to auto-login to Xbox Live and waving through menu screens.

Microsoft plans to offer Kinect controls to compete with Nintendo Co.’s Wii, which has sold 71 million units worldwide due to its low barrier-to-entry, motion-sensitive controller.

Microsoft in Sept. will sell the Xbox 360 250GB Halo: Reach Bundle at $399.99.

In Nov., it will sell the Xbox 360 250GB Kinect Special Edition Bundle at $399.99.

Finally, the Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect bundle will sell at $299.99.

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