$99 Xbox 360 with Kinect Contract Model on the Way?

May 2, 2012


According the latest report from The Verge, Microsoft is aiming to try a new consumer strategy. Starting next week, Microsoft intends to place a “contract” pricing model for consumers who don’t have the cash to spend on purchasing the console fully upfront. Upon spending the $99, you’ll receive an Xbox 360 4GB model with the Kinect sensor. However, you’ll be locked in a 2 year contract, similar to that of a cell phone plan. You’ll also be covered under warranty during the contract, which is always a great addition.

For $15 a month, you will have an active Xbox Live subscription and possibly some video services as well. Apparently, this plan is set to go in effect sometime next week. Should you try to “terminate” your contract, you will be forced to pay a penalty…just like a cell phone contract.

While the price seems attractive, going this route will ultimately have you spending more than just buying it out. A 4GB Xbox 360 model with the Kinect sensor costs $299.99. Going this subscription route, you’ll be spending a rough total $460. Granted you’ll have an Xbox Live subscription and possibly some access to video services (although nothing was confirmed here yet), you have to look past the initial attractive price and figure out if this is the best route for you to go or if it’s better for you to just buy it out in full.

What do you guys think about this subscription model? Sound off in the comments below!

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One Comment on “$99 Xbox 360 with Kinect Contract Model on the Way?”

  1. argus9 Says:

    See, cell phones are becoming a necessity these days. The idea of being without one, it’s just unthinkable, and cell phones are becoming so stupidly cheap that just about anyone can afford to own one. An Xbox 360 though? That’s a luxury item. You don’t *need* a gaming console. So if you don’t have the money to get one up-front, I don’t see how it’s a good idea to lease one. Let’s not forget the price of video games as well.

    Just my two cents.


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