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Report – Microsoft to release $99 Xbox 360 Kinect bundle next week with two-year gold sub

Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 16:41 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Next week Microsoft will launch a $99 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle with two months of gold, according to sources close to Polygon. The two-year subscription will be “subsidized with a monthly cost of $15,’ and will be available through “Microsoft Stores in the US.” Microsoft has yet to confirm the bundle, and we’ve sent a mail asking for comment.

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12 Comments

  1. The_Red

    F*** me. I just got a new 360 slim!! Seriously f*** me.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    @1
    It’s not that great a deal when broken down – unless the streaming stuff is good. Total outlay is $460 vs. $420 if bought up front.

    I’d like to see a nice good value Slim + Kinect bundle in the UK announced at E3 – that could tempt me.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. M. K.

    WTF?! Seriously? I guess the next Xbox is really coming soon huh?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. polygem

    @1: same here……but i bought it used for 130 euro. it is kinda brandnew though, only 2 month old with guarantee and all. i also kind of need more HD space than these 4gb and do not need kinect. this pricing will make reselling much harder for sure but pricedrops are always welcome!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. The_Red

    @2
    I know but still.
    @4
    Yeah, 4gb simply too low. I usually install games because of the load times and always feel the need for more space.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Still, it would make a decent replacement option for people with aging systems?

    But you have to agree to pay 15/month for two years right? Sorta like a cell phone contract. Meaning that 15 X 24 + 100 = 460 for the bundle.

    Kind of sounds like clever marketing more then anything to me. But for some, maybe alright.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. NiceFellow

    Another buy now pay more over time lure?

    I’ll never get why people go with these – even allowing for factoring in cost of money you’re always paying more vs just saving up a bit first then purchasing.

    Clearly aimed at a certain demographic and I presume US only initially?

    @7 I don’t see how it’s a better replacement option than just replacing it. It’s just a deal where you pay more in total for the luxuary of paying a bit less up front.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    I agree with ya NiceFellow.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. pukem0n

    seriously, 4GB xbox 360 + a Kinect??

    and they STILL make profit on those bundles ^^

    guess how much they make on regular priced ones :>

    #9 3 years ago
  10. drewbles82

    $15 a month, seriously. I dont know how much it is for a yr sub but heres i get mine for £26, thats like just under $40

    #10 3 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    I got one of the 4GB with the kinect in it, and then i purchase i cheap 250 GB hard drive and i did installed, i think i save 80$, therefore if one can find a very cheap hard drive, i think this is a great deal.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. NiceFellow

    @11 how is it a great deal? You pay (assuming it’s not a false rumour of course) $99 + $330 (22 months at $15 dollars – first 2 free if I read it correctly) = $429

    In short, you can buy the exact same thing for less right now simply by purchasing a decent 4GB bundle – for example I see one on Amazon for $298. Assume two years of Gold at $40 dollars and you pay $378 for the same thing. It’s not a great deal.

    This is simply a lure to get certain people to go “wow I can get a 360 for $99″. Once you factor in the monthly fee (which is your Live sub plus the rest of the cost of the console – ’cause you’re not really getting it for $99) you’re actually paying more that someone buying a bundle up front.

    Now if you really have such cash flow issues that you can’t stump up the full price I can see the attraction, but you’re paying extra (as you always are with these deals) for the luxuary of spreading the payments.

    #12 3 years ago

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