Microsoft Offers Xbox 360 and Kinect Bundle for $99
Microsoft is set to release a $99-worth Xbox console package next week, which feature a Kinect sensor, reports The Verge. The 4GB Xbox console with the Kinect motion sensor will be sold through various Microsoft outlets all over the country, and all at a monthly subscription fee of $15. The 2-year subscription will allow users to access Xbox Live Gold and will also secure a 2-year subscription warranty. Inclusions may also feature added streaming content through cable service, although this hasn’t been cleared yet according to reports.
An affordable scheme
The subsidized scheme at $15 monthly may be viewed as a strategy to attract consumers who are not prepared to drop an outright fee of $420 for the console and the Xbox Live Gold subscription. A straightforward calculation will result in $459 for the $99 bundle price and $15 monthly fee at 24 months. Paying the one-time fee for the bundle and subscription offers a slight discount, but it’s clear that the subsidized payment method offers an attractive alternative option for Xbox gaming aficionados.
This move by Microsoft could be viewed as an effort aimed at accelerating Xbox 360’s already-favorable position within the video game console market. The last 15 months have seen the Xbox 360 console as the top-selling game console in the United States. Xbox 360 plans to release more titles and content by the end of the year, including new features on the “Halo” franchise and other experiences like Nat Geo TV.
A few caveats
With the subscription fee limited to a solid span of two years, consumers will have to deal with an early termination cost should they decide to forego the contract before the agreed period is up. The bundle is not announced to be available online yet, although it will be distributed through Microsoft retail stores within the U.S.