It is fully expected that Microsoft will announce a Xbox360 budge package, complete with Kinect sensor and 4GB drive for only $99 starting next week.
The hitch? You also are then tied to a monthly subscription fee of $15 for Xbox Live for two years. Rumors are that the $15 per month will give you access to a Gold level subscription and possibly some streaming content. There will also be an early termination fee and if you’re attempting math in your head this deal is equal to about $459 over the course of two years versus $420 if you’d just bought the $299 bundle with a two years of Gold.
Microsoft is clearly gearing up for the 360 to move well past its gaming origins and trying to make it a full service media center. Lots of talk about a new music “Woodstock” service being rolled out later this year. So as many ways for people to spend their money to get one, the better for Microsoft.
- Microsoft planning $99 Xbox 360 with subscription – Report (gamespot.com)
- $99 XBOX 360 Coming Soon from Microsoft (blippitt.com)