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    The $99 Xbox 360....with a catch

    This COULD be a great deal, depending what other subscriptions are included.

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/2/299...sidized-bundle

    Exclusive: $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle launching next week with two-year subscription


    Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox console package with a monthly subscription as early as next week, according to our sources. The software giant will offer the 4GB console with a Kinect sensor at its range of Microsoft Stores in the US, subsidized with a monthly cost of $15. We're told that the two-year subscription will provide access to the Xbox Live Gold service and possibly some additional streaming content from cable providers or sports package providers. Customers who sign-up for the deal will also be covered under a two-year warranty.
    There will be an early termination fee for those wishing to break the contract ahead of its two-year duration, and we understand that Microsoft will position the package as a competitor to Apple TV, Roku, and PlayStation 3. For those buying the bundle now and getting the cheapest two-year Xbox Live Gold option, that's about $299.00 + $120 = $420 vs. $459 over a duration of two years. With E3 2012 on the horizon, and Microsoft working on a "Woodstock" music service it's clear that the company wants to ensure as many people as possible have an Xbox in their living rooms.


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    $#@! deal, plain and simple
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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    $#@! deal, plain and simple
    It all depends on what subscriptions are included.

    I have no idea how you can say that without knowing what is included. It could be $#@! or could be great. If it would included Netflix Streaming and say The Woodstock Music, those 2 and Live would make this a very good deal.


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    sad for MS'S part to do this they will make a ton of money from a 99 dollars xbox why charge people a fee every month if they dont use it. if they do this next gen i would never buy a MS again and just stick with sony

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    Still $#@!... I will op out of any future Microsoft console if they go this way
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolguy View Post
    sad for MS'S part to do this they will make a ton of money from a 99 dollars xbox why charge people a fee every month if they dont use it. if they do this next gen i would never buy a MS again and just stick with sony
    I don't use Netflix everyday but I still have to pay for it. I still pay $50 a year for Live but I don't use it daily? How is this any different?

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    If I didn't already have two 360's I probably would get this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    Still $#@!... I will op out of any future Microsoft console if they go this way
    Lol. Typical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Dyack View Post
    Lol. Typical.

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    So it's basically like the kind of financing you can get at any store.

    But MS wants you to pay a total of $460 for two years of XBL and a $200 Xbox/Kinect bundle. Okay.


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    I can almost guarantee that this is a trial run for next gen.

    And it seems like a crap deal for a system we all own, some of us even having more than 1, but for someone waiting for a price drop this looks like a good buy because he can afford $99 up front and he can afford $15 a month.

    Imagine if the Playstation 3 launched at $299 with a 2 year contract and a premiere PSN membership getting you first access to all new PSN features or something like that.
    I would say Playstation would have dominated this generation hands down.

    could MS launch a next gen Xbox at $299 or even $250 with a contract getting you a special Live package plan, and ease your mind about a red ring scare, with a return and replace at authorized dealer location tag line.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Dyack View Post
    It all depends on what subscriptions are included.

    I have no idea how you can say that without knowing what is included. It could be $#@! or could be great. If it would included Netflix Streaming and say The Woodstock Music, those 2 and Live would make this a very good deal.
    I doubt Netflix subscription would be included. It would be 'unlocked' if you are a subscriber, meaning as long as you have a separate Netflix subscription and have got the Xbox subscription package, you can stream Netflix.

    I guess I will be surprised if it is included....

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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    $#@! deal, plain and simple
    I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sainraja View Post
    I doubt Netflix subscription would be included. It would be 'unlocked' if you are a subscriber, meaning as long as you have a separate Netflix subscription and have got the Xbox subscription package, you can stream Netflix.

    I guess I will be surprised if it is included....
    You're right. But until we know what is included it's tough to tell if this is a good deal or not. If could end up being a bad deal but we won't be able to judge until we get all of the details.

    I'm very curious to see what they're going to include.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolguy View Post
    sad for MS'S part to do this they will make a ton of money from a 99 dollars xbox why charge people a fee every month if they dont use it. if they do this next gen i would never buy a MS again and just stick with sony
    Sad for the consumer's part to buy the Xbox and accept a subscription agreement to GIVE MS a ton of money and not use it. KUDOS to MS if they make it successful.

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