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Rumor: $99 Xbox 360 with Kinect coming, if you sign a contract

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 May 2012 22:19 User comments (7)

Rumor: $99 Xbox 360 with Kinect coming, if you sign a contract Today's most interesting gaming world rumor is that of the $99 Xbox 360.
Supposedly, Microsoft is looking to begin offering the 4GB Arcade model of the popular console, along with the Kinect motion control system, for just $99 with one large catch.

That catch is buyers must sign up for a two-year Xbox Live Gold contract, at $15 per month. Besides access to the Live service, there may also be added content included, such as Xfinity TV on Demand, as part of the subscription.

If you decide to break the contract early, just like with a smartphone contract, there will be an early termination penalty.

The subsidized console will be something new for the industry, taking cues from the mobile phone world. The current 4GB Xbox 360 (with Kinect) bundle sells for $300, and Xbox Live Gold (two year's worth) can be found for anywhere between $100-$120. If you buy the subsidized console, with the contract, the final price ends up being more expensive at $460, but you have two years to pay off that money, which some people may find preferable.

For now, this remains a rumor, and it seems the console will only be sold at retail Microsoft stores, which are mainly available only in California, but could certainly be expanded if the practice gets followers.

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7 user comments

13.5.2012 1:29

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The subsidized console will be something new for the industry
Sega did this over a decade ago with the Dreamcast. Hardly a new concept.

23.5.2012 1:29

No thanks. I'll keep the 360 I already have and the $30 one year card for Gold.

33.5.2012 8:07

the xbox 360 arcade bungle with a white console and kinect + 2 games and kinect star wars and 3month gold subscription is selling here brand new for $378.at $15 per month it would be $360 plus $99 = $459.personally dont think its worth it. also xbox 360s are selling for as low as $50 on ebay my m8 got 1 from ebay.


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44.5.2012 7:17

why would consumers get into this deal, when they could go to their nearest rent-a-center. Or a smart consumer would just simply save up the cash and buy a new or used one retail.

I don't think this plan will work as good as MS hopes it will.

54.5.2012 13:53

Originally posted by Mysttic:
why would consumers get into this deal, when they could go to their nearest rent-a-center. Or a smart consumer would just simply save up the cash and buy a new or used one retail.

I don't think this plan will work as good as MS hopes it will.
not sure how the rent centers work there but here you get hit with so much interest.the interest = more than the products cost in the first place.layby is always an option if you want an xbox 360

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

65.5.2012 10:39

How many people whipped out their calculators?

$100 for the console
$360 for 24 months @ $15
=$460

-or-

$300 The full retail $ of the kinect 4gb system
$80 for the average cost of 2 years of xbox live
=$380

They must think we are pretty stupid. What next, they come up with a crazy money scheme where the value is different than that of US currency to confuse us into spending more than we want to?

75.5.2012 10:43

EDIT: BB selling gold memberships for $60 Amazon at $48. Even paying 2 years @ $60 your still saving $40.


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