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Microsoft to ship $99 Xbox 360 with subscription?

Posted on Thursday, May 03 2012 @ 20:49:36 CEST by

The Tech Report reports about rumors that Microsoft is planning to release a $99 Xbox 360 Kinect bundle with a two-year Xbox Live Gold subscription tie-in. If the rumors are right, the announcement should arrive as early as next week.
As part of the rumored deal, users would plunk down $99 for the 4GB version of the system with a bundled Kinect sensor, and they'd enter a two-year contract with a $15 monthly fee. The fee would entitle them to an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Users would also receive warranty coverage throughout the two-year period.

As The Verge points out, the total cost of ownership after two years would add up to $459. By contrast, the 4GB Kinect bundle costs $300 today, and two years of Xbox Live Gold membership will set you back $120—so, you'd be paying $420 in total. Taking home a Kinect-enabled Xbox after a measly $99 down payment has definite appeal, though; I wouldn't be surprised to see users go with that option, even if it costs more in the long run...



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