Microsoft To Launch $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect Bundle, But There’s A Catch

By Ishaan . May 2, 2012 . 10:45am

Technology news site, The Verge, are reporting that Microsoft will launch a suprise 4GB Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle next week for the low price of $99. The catch? That it comes with a mandatory two-year subscription to Xbox Live, which will cost you $15 per month.


Let’s do the math to see just how much value this bundle really offers the consumer. Here’s what it would look like if you bought all of these components and services by yourself separately:


$200 (4GB Xbox 360) + $100 (Kinect) + $120 (Subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for 2 years) = $420


Here’s what it looks like if you buy and Xbox 360 and Kinect, but then buy Xbox Live Gold membership cards off Amazon instead of a monthly subscription:

$200 (4GB Xbox 360) + $100 (Kinect) + $100 (Two Xbox Live Gold cards) = $400


And finally, here’s what this new “$99” bundle works out to:

$100 (4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect) + $360 (For $15 per-month Xbox Live Gold) = $460


That said, the Verge say that the 2-year Gold subscription with the bundle will come with some additional streaming content from cable providers or sports package providers, although this content hasn’t been detailed yet. You will also be allowed to terminate the $15 per-month Gold subscription, but for an unnamed fee. More details will presumably be available next week.


Thanks to Siliconera reader, MiauMiaut, for the heads up!

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  • KuroiKen

    Isn’t this like totally tricking buyers?
    Well, most will probably pirate on it, so Live is unneeded.

    • Barrylocke89

      Xbox live is incredibly popular actually. Not for me personally as I don’t own an Xbox and mostly play JRPGs anyways, but talking to friends that do, they consistently say that Xbox Lives service is better than online gaming on the PS3 (and we ALL know that few games beyond Monster Hunter Tri have decent online play on the Wii)

      My guess is that if this works well for Microsoft, they may try and have this business model become the norm. Which the numbers suggest wouldn’t be the cheapest option for the consumer :/

      • KuroiKen

        I have a 360, and I too play japanese games mostly, which do not require Live in any way. Not even interested in it.
        I also have PS3 and Wii, and the only thing I ever did on PSN is bought DLC for japanese Tales of Graces f. Nothing else, never ever logged in there since.

        • Barrylocke89

          Well just keep in mind that the gaming habits that you and I have don’t necessarily match up to those of the gaming population as a whole, especially in the West. :P

          Xbox live has its audience. I just hope that that audience won’t be duped by this deal, unless the “extra streaming content” is a Netflix discount or something that actually makes the extra money worth it.

          • brian yep

            Don’t forget shmups and indie games.
            (Strania, Hitogata, Deathsmiles 2, Cthulhu, etc)

  • Men. Can I just get the xbox360 along with kinect and not pay the 15$ subscription fee? Cause the whole xbox360 kinect bundle sounds like a steal.

  • Nitraion

    Robbing is it ? ==”

  • Darrel Daley

    Microsoft shenanigans strike again. Xbox 360 is my first and last Microsoft console. It felt very unprofessional when i was canceling my Gold account. There were like 10 different screens telling me not to cancel.

    • I liked my xbox 360 until I had to replace it 5 times and spend ~5 months time in RMA back and forth for repairs…

      I don’t really even trust them on the hardware front anymore, let a lone anything else.

      • Nitraion

        Wow…. ._.

    • cj_iwakura

      The oXbox is a great console. The thing is a tank, and had lots of great games. Arguably way more than the 360. (Phantom Dust, Jet Set Radio Future, the directors cut of Fatal Frame 1 & 2, Xyanide, Otogi 1 & 2, Gun Valkyrie, etc.)
      Also has a larger hard drive than most 360s. For no extra cost. Funny about that.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      I have to admit that I feel a bit foolish having been an early adapter on the 360. I just saw what looked like the beginning of a flood of exclusive JRPG’s and I put my money down on the system, only to then later have to get a PS3 as well, when that flood turned out to just be six games, only three of which I like.

      Next gen, I’m probably going to wait a couple years before I update to whatever the next system.

      • XiaomuArisu

         Imagine you would play jump and run games.
        My friend asked a gamestop employer if there were good jump´n run games for the 360…that guy laughed and showed him the shooter corner….

  • SirRichard

    Right, so, as far as I’m aware, Microsoft’s Xbox Division is doing pretty well for itself, right? 

    Maybe it recently took a pounding that I missed or something, but with the recent announcement of putting even more advertisements in the parts of Xbox Live restricted to Gold Membership (including ones that interrupt you using the system to make you watch them), rumours of further squeezing of Xbox Live for money and antics like this, they seem to be really desperate for money.

    Is this all that Kinect advertising, exclusive-acquiring, TV-service-gaining and other suggestive wallet openings taking a toll? I would’ve thought they would easily have made it up in subscriptions, peripherals and the like by now.

    • They posted a ~$220 million dollar loss on the xbox division just recently.  Granted for MS that is nothing unusual, they have multiple departments that post huge losses for years simply because they want to be in all markets and throw money at stuff to gain marketshare.

      • Barrylocke89

        It’s pretty shocking considering that the 360 is one of the most popular consoles in the west. 

        • It has to do with MS’s smoke and mirrors tactics and spending too much money.  Example, they say that Kinect is the fastest selling gadget, but it’s due to a $500m initial marketing budget + selling kinect hardware at a HUGE loss, etc and doesn’t account for software sales which actually make money.

          They will sell stuff at a huge loss (for the entire division) to stay in the game and rely on profits from other divisions.

          • cj_iwakura

            The flood of shovelware soon after it hit the big time sure didn’t help its rep much, either.

      • malek86

        Their EED posted a loss this quarter, but do keep in mind that they had had constant profits since 2009, and that now the division is including Windows Phone too (which is losing quite a bit due to the Nokia deal).

        Microsoft itself is doing pretty well overall, almost all their divisions are making money, aside from the Online Services (as always). And their overall profits and revenues keep rising each year, although there’s probably inflation to take into account.

        But you can never shake away the feeling that they can’t catch up in the new markets that will count in the future, so that’s something they’ll eventually need to address. If I were a MS investor, I’d be worried for the future. Granted, if I were a Sony investor, I’d be worried for the present instead, so that’s not so bad. Despite all, Microsoft is still in a much better position than most other electronic market companies today, since their profits percentage is still very high.

        •  They also had losses on the xbox division all the way from even before 2001 (since it only launched in 2001) until 2008, so…

          • malek86

            Yes, but investors don’t mind spending money if it makes them money in the future. Overall, MS made a bet with the Xbox, and considering it makes them money now, it seems to have paid off enough. Even our economics teacher praised them for their work on the Xbox 360 (but criticized them for losing their chance in the smartphone market).

  • Code

    Wow, that’s nasty o~o;; Microsoft should really watch themselves, this type of wheeling never looks good and definitely will reflects on there public image. Just a really bad move, and I feel bad for anyone who gets suckered into it, especially because it’s targeting consumers who don’t know better o~o;

    • You think so? It’s the same thing that cell phones do and people buy those all the time. I don’t see this having any sort of negative impact in the least, personally.

      In fact, if anything, it’s going to force Sony to drop price on PS3 again, which means another quarter of losses.

      • The difference is that people generally get cell phone plans regardless and cell phone plans are generally REQUIRED by the carrier anyhow…  On most US carriers you can’t even sign up for service without a contract (other than smaller prepaid services, which limit phone selection).

        A lot of people do not require xbox live gold and even if you do, you can get xbl gold for much cheaper than what they are locking you into.

      • Code

        I have no idea about cellphones, at all >3<;; But it's still a situation where you're paying more for the end product, not that it's a lot more, but there is going to be a lot of people that get tangled into this because of that face $99 price, that aren't going to consider the fact it's $460 down the line opo;

      • Buyer’s remorse of a product is a lot more common with a gaming console, which is not a necessity, than a cell phone which, in this day and age, is a necessity and is sometimes a person’s only form of communication for personal and business.

        You have to keep paying that contract for two years, at 15 bucks a month, even if you don’t like what that contract gives you. Same goes for cell phones. What happens when the console breaks? Red rings of death happen. You STILL have to pay that 15 dollars a month for two years even IF you don’t replace the console or go towards warranty work. A lot can go wrong with plans like this.

        Gaming shouldn’t need a contract.  MS will get money from it, though.

      • malek86

        While it’s true that many things (such as Sky, smartphones, etc.) are bought in a monthly manner, I don’t think this particular offer is very convenient or attractive. Also gamers aren’t used to this. Granted, someone has to start.

        It might work better if it were free of charge and had a higher monthly cost. Like let’s say, zero upfront and $20 each month for two years. It would actually cost more overall, but zero dollars upfront seems more attractive when you look at it. Most people don’t really do math anyway.

        • @malek86:disqus Right, I don’t think is for gamers. I mean, most core gamers likely already own a 360 by now. This is for their expanded audience and it’s a model that they are very much familiar with.

          For example, the way a family might think of this is replacing cable almost entirely with Xbox Live, provided they have a good enough Internet connection. Plus, you can be sure Microsoft will continue to pile on entertainment services and we’ll probably see more announcements along those lines at E3.

          @PoweredByHentai:disqus I can’t tell if you’re arguing for this or against this. You just pointed out to me that consoles have a longer lifespan than your average phone, which a lot of people already buy. So, from that point of view, wouldn’t this be considered a better investment? 

          @Hiryuu:disqus Especially considering that the vast majority of current Xbox Live users are using it for Netflix and the like, rather than to play online games, I would think that the 360 is more of an all-around entertainment device rather than just a videogame console at this point. 

          I agree, games shouldn’t require a contract, but we aren’t even talking about games here. We’re talking about what could effectively be a replacement for your cable company’s services. Also, the warranty on this bundle has the user covered for two years, which I think is pretty generous.

          • Depends if you want to call the 360 a cable service box or not.

            At least if your cable box breaks during a contract, they’ll replace it typically free of/low charge.  Last I checked, the 360 only has a year limited warranty.  That month 13-24 will be with some risks.

          • PoweredByHentai

            @Ishaan:disqus :
            I thought that I made it very clear that I’m against Microsoft’s shenanigans.

            I just felt that your comparison to the cellphone market needed some clarity on why the cellphone market works like that.

            I personally don’t think that this promotion that Microsoft is doing is in the interest of the customer.

          • Ah, I see that now in the last part your comment. 

            I don’t feel, however, that the cell phone comparison was off. The things you listed aren’t the kinds of factors your average buyer takes into account while buying a cell phone. My point was that this sort of a pricing model may not be familiar to gamers but it is is very familiar to more casual buyers.

          • PoweredByHentai

            @Ishaan:disqus :
            While there are similarities, it might have been better to limit the scope of the cellphone comparison for clarity’s sake.  =/

            The other thing is that even though the sales/contract model might be similar to cellphones, the market is different enough that it doesn’t make sense, especially to the customers who are aware of the cellphone market.  Apple’s entry into the smartphone market demonstrated that people were willing to switch phones on a more frequent basis.  A home console, however, doesn’t get an improved model that often.  As such a 2 year XBL contract doesn’t really make sense for the customer.

      • PoweredByHentai

        One difference is that cellphones (inclusive of smartphones) are a one-off deal.  Once the 2 year contract with the cellphone carrier is up, your cellphone is usually outdated and no longer “hip”.  With the iPhones, you can expect its firmware to be supported regularly.  With Android phones, that sort of regular firmware support isn’t consistent across the board.  Also, cellphone contracts tend to be more expensively on a monthly basis because the cellphone service itself is charged separately from the data plan.

        With video game home consoles, you can still expect it to be supported with new games 5 years down the line.

        Third, the other difference between cellphones and video game consoles is how the hardware cost/value is amortized over time.  Cellphones are a very time-sensitive commodity so their value depreciates faster over time, hence the 2 year contracts that subsidize the “cheap” cellphone.  Video game consoles, however, aren’t as time-sensitive as cellphones and are subsidized primarily through software sales.  Having and encouraging a subscription service helps increase revenue but still doesn’t change the fact that consoles are heavily dependent on software sales for profit.

        Finally, the cellphone market is sort of a mess.  Since the iPhone and its iOS are both Apple properties, revenue sharing is relatively simplified because most services have to go through Apple itself.  With the Android phones however, revenue-sharing is chaotic because you have different hardware manufacturers running different versions of Android and a sort of free-for-all market environment on the Android App store.  On Android, any company can sell Android apps aside from the Android App store (i.e. Amazon’s Android App store).  You don’t see Amazon selling iOS apps, do you?

        To clarify, I don’t condone Microsoft’s shenanigans but the comparison to cellphones needs to have better context.

      • Not exactly, you have to remember that because PSN is free people like the idea. With it being free that’s where Sony makes quite a bit of change, because people think they’re spending less not having to pay for their online service, while they usually tend to spend more on other things they can buy on PSN.
        Not to mention a 4GB 360 really can’t take you anywhere, because the game’s install data takes up a bit of space and once you run out of that you have to purchase another hard-drive. So ou’re already paying more than $100 for the console there.
        In my opinion a 180gb ps3 for $250 is a better deal than a 360, you get a high-definition gaming console with free online features, built in blu-ray player, online browser and other things. The 360 is practically the same thing, just without the blu-ray and internet browser (no big deal) and some exclusive titles for it while the same could be said for Sony.
        The 360’s popularity didn’t start off because people wanted it more than a ps3, at first when the 360 and ps3 came out they both had a horrible game selection so they weren’t really any different…except for Sony’s brilliant idea to make the ps3 cost $600 off the bat, scaring off a mass of potential buyers.
        Over all in the longrun a 360 is going to cost more than double for what you might have paid for a ps3. They’re both great consoles, but I’m not running to get myself a 360 any time soon, even if one was given to me as a gift, I wouldn’t play online I would just buy an occassional game (maybe a halo or GoW title, because there aren’t many other exclusive I personally like).

        • If PSN being free made a lick of difference, PS3 would be outselling the 360 on a monthly basis, though. It hasn’t been doing that. I agree that, overall, the PS3 represents a better deal than the 360 for gamers, but clearly, the vast majority of people don’t think this is the case.

          • Nemesis_Dawn

            It is only outselling the PS3 in The United States and, I believe, possibly England, though. The PS3 is ahead of the 360 in Asia, Australia, and the rest of Europe. 

          • It’s sales aren’t too far behind the 360 anymore since it’s been selling more recently (in the US, it’s still ahead everywhere else, except maybe Europe like Nemesis_Dawn stated below). I’m not arguing that one sells better than the other, just that the 360 sells in the US because of it’s “low prices”, and the fact that many Sony fans left the ps3 behind when it was originally announced to be $600 and Sony’s original statement that they would not be lowering the price from there (if they didn’t lower that price tag, I wouldn’t be surprised if the best it sold was a few hundred thousand from it’s release till now)..

  • Nyandroid

    Damn. And here I thought I was going to get a cheap Xbox 360 sooner than expected. Oh well.

  • jc0111

    4GB… wow…

  • Barrylocke89

    I understand that the 360’s online service is more uniform and mostly better to the PSN, but if I ever pick up a 360 (unlikely with the games that I play), I’ll be sure to stick to the prepaid cards. You can get those things practically anywhere, from Gamestop to Amazon to convenience stores.


  • SetzerGabbiani

    Amusing that $15*24(months) = $360. What isn’t amusing is the math.

    • Christopher Cates

      I can almost see the Microsoft accountants chucking to themselves when they figured that out, as they went for a round of circle jerk afterwards.

  • Another reason to go with PSN, it’s free (of course becuase of this more people purchase things off PSN because they think they’re spending less money for not having to pay for online services) not to mention you’re going to continue to pay for online on the 360 as long as you have it. So really that cheap bundle’s price tag steadily goes up and up for however long you have it.

    • Adding this quote verbatim:

      “Meanwhile us Sony fanboys are still enjoying free online multiplayer,
      free access to Netflix and Hulu (if you subscribe, obviously), amazing
      exclusives, and our subscription service includes dozens of free games,
      auto-updating and cloud saves.


  • Gaming contracts!

    We’re in the future now, boys…

  • Even if I didn’t already have a 360, this certainly wouldn’t make me want to buy it, no offense to Microsoft fans. There just aren’t any games on there that aren’t also available on PS3, and I just plain don’t like Xbox Live, much less being forced into it.

    My 360 has been collecting dust in my room for years… In hindsight, I wish I would’ve just kept that money for something else.

    It DID have Viva Pinata, though, the only exclusive I enjoyed. Too bad that franchise has disappeared off the face of the Earth. It was a bit addicting.

    It’s an interesting package deal, though. I wonder how many people will take advantage of it? To me, it seems like all the gamers who like online play would already have a 360, and parents probably don’t care to buy a console for their (younger) kids if they have to keep shelling out $15 a month.

    Hmm, I’ll be interested to see the sales this thing gets.

    EDIT: Okay, to avoid further confusion, what I intended in the first paragraph was that “There just aren’t any games on the 360 that appeal to me that also aren’t available on PS3.” I wasn’t trying to make a generalization about the opinions of everyone, nor was I trying to say that I believe my on beliefs to be the one and only truth. All I was doing was stating how I personally feel about my experiences with my 360.

    • Unfortunately, there’s going to be an audience that doesn’t see past the 100 dollar price tag or the fact that they’re going to be locked in at 15 bucks a month for the next two years, regardless of what happens to the system and how much they use it.  That’s what M$ is banking on and they know there will be takers.

      It’s a genius move on MS’s part, really, especially with poor, college kids with no sense of the word ‘money’ or ‘responsibility’ mooching off student loans.  Just ‘cheap’.

      •  Yeah they are essentially targeting stupid bargain hunters (to be blunt) and they, sadly, will find a lot of them…

      • OverlordZetta

        Honestly, if you take away the “big picture” viewpoint that we were presented with in the main post, fifteen dollars a month isn’t actually all that month if you have a steady income.

        • Or you could just save up your money.

          It’s really the difference between buying it that way or doing a rent to own scenario.

    •  “There just aren’t any games on there that aren’t also available on PS3,”

      What? If you don’t like the 360 fine by me, but that’s just a stupid and ignorant statement to try to justify it with.

      • JustaGenericUser

         Sounds like he’s saying, “There aren’t enough 360 exclusives that I like, and any game on the 360 I *do* like is also on the PS3, which I own.”

        • Yes, that’s exactly what I was trying to say! I just didn’t know how to word it. Maybe I should go make an edit.

          Thank you for pointing that out! :)

      • I’m not sure I understand how that is ignorant or stupid.

        I go on many video game sites, so it’s not like I don’t know what games are available on each console. I’ve seen what the 360 has to offer, and it doesn’t appeal to me. That’s a personal opinion, so it’s not like I’m trying to say something like, “X-Bots are stupid, Xbox sux, Sony 4life!” I can see the appeal of the Xbox brand, it’s just that I personally have no interest in it.

        Ignorant and stupid? Let me tell you what games I have on the 360. I’ve got Sonic 2006, Sonic Unleashed, Soulcalibur IV, Guitar Hero III, Devil May Cry 4, Viva Pinata (and the sequel), and Eternal Sonata.

        None of those are Microsoft exclusives except for the Viva Pinata games, which I already mentioned in my above post. And I’ve had this console since launch, so I’m quite serious when I say there aren’t many games that interest me on it that I couldn’t have bought later after getting a PS3.

        I was justifying my own displeasure with my 360, I wasn’t trying to act like this is true for everyone. The 360 thrives in western markets, so clearly it appeals to people. Just not me.

        That’s all I was trying to say.

        • cj_iwakura

          By and large, the most devout(niche) followers of the 360 are shmup fans, as the system11 boards prove. Sadly, the system is region locked and importing those games cost $texas, so…

          Shame shmup devs love the 360 so much. I think it’s because of the PC-like programming. The only game I ever wanted one for was Deathsmiles and maybe Project Sylpheed.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         So he is ignorant because he doesn’t like the exclusives on the system and can get the non-exclusives on the ps3…Yeah he is clearly ignorant…Great job for making yourself look stupid.

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        Not stupid or ignorant, at all, and I say that as a 360 owner. He doesn’t like the exclusives on it. What is so stupid or ignorant about that?

  • brian yep

    I’d think that $60 extra would be too little for them to risk getting lashed out at by people that catch onto it.
    Sure, multiply that by some thousands but it still seems like it would be pocket change.

    • It ends up being more than $60 because:
      -people don’t always cancel subscriptions after they are initiated
      -I would imagine MS forced auto-renew will kick in after the 2 year period..  The process for stopping this is pretty annoying not straightforward.

    • midgard229

      idiots will buy this though because they will look at the 15$ a month as paying the system off very slowly like financing, People r stupid like that, especially when it comes to MS

  • D H

    So… what would happen if for whatever reason MS decided to ban my system (for some reason other than modification, since that would obviously void my side of the contract anyways)?  Say my last name is Gaywood, and I decide to use that in my Gamer Tag.  History shows I’ll end up banned, and then have to keep paying for a service I can’t use?  Or if I don’t even have a broadband internet connection…

    This just seems really… I dunno, gimmicky?  Not well thought out in the customer relations department?

  • Actually, now that I re-read that…what IS that termination fee?

    You know it’s going to be around 100-200 bucks.  Most cell phone contract termination fees around around 200-300.

    •  Depends what they try to recoup.  I wager $200 minimum to recoup the discount on the xbox + kinect…

      • That’s what I’m thinking as well.

        Either way, MS is going to be making some mad bank off this if it becomes a thing.

        • cj_iwakura

          I want to say people aren’t that stupid, but I’ve worked retail in the past.

          They are.

          • Same here.  I know where there’s money to be made after doing work on a sales floor for a little over a year.  People will fall for the little money up front deal.

            I mean this is basically doing a Rent-A-Center XBOX 360 yet slightly cheaper than how they would mark it up.

  • How nice of them. . . = ,=

  • Tatsuya1221

    I was looking to get a 360 around christmas, needless to say, i either will get one at the higher price without XBL, or i will not get one, i don’t want my consoles to become like cell phones.

  • JustaGenericUser

    Hahahahaha. Nice try, Microsoft.

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  • midgard229

    Lol More Scams by MS

    “Xbox Live, It’s good to Pay together.”

  • Good thing I got the higher GB version of the slim 360 and the Kinect before this. What a scram!

    Well they do have they’re reason, but it doesn’t look good here.

  • takopako


  • OverlordZetta

    … Can’t one just… not get a live account?

    … Oh, mandatory–


    Just… wow.

  • Godmars

    Just wondering; are they still overcharging for HDD?

    Also can’t help but think of all the pointless arguments where people defended the Arcade SKUs. How those were supposedly a good deal and not a rip-off. 

    • MrRobbyM

      Microsoft products are always overpriced and always will be. So, yes.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yep. I bought a HDD off Amazon during a sale by a stroke of luck. Full retail? $130.

      What the hell. It amazes, amuses, and disappoints me all at once that people actually put up with that pricing.

    • thebanditking

       yup they are, its because of the proprietary case and connector the drive comes in, nice huh?

  • thebanditking

    Wow…… dick move if true.

  • XiaomuArisu

    My ps3 and the wii of my brother costed thogheter less than this.Thats crazy!Can it get worse?
    Microsoft present Xbox Vista!

  • MrRobbyM

    I just want a cheap 360 with decent HDD space. Why can’t you just give me that, Microsoft?

    • Kevadu

      Because they would rather make oodles of profit on their overpriced proprietary HDDs.

  • AzureNova


  • Guest

    “Microsoft To Launch $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect Bundle, But There’s A Catch”

    AWW, SWEET! So, what’s the catch? X3

    “The catch? That it comes with a mandatory two-year subscription to Xbox Live, which will cost you $15 per month.”

    …..So? (._.)

    “Let’s do the math to see just how much value this bundle really offers the consumer.”

    Okay. (._.)

    “Here’s what it would look like if you bought all of these components and services by yourself separately:
    $200 (4GB Xbox 360) + $100 (Kinect) + $120 (Subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for 2 years) = $420”

    That’s true. So? (._.)

    “Here’s what it looks like if you buy and Xbox 360 and Kinect, but
    then buy Xbox Live Gold membership cards off Amazon instead of a monthly
    $200 (4GB Xbox 360) + $100 (Kinect) + $100 (Two Xbox Live Gold cards) = $400”

    Uh-huh……? (._.)

    “And finally, here’s what this new “$99” bundle works out to:
    $100 (4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect) + $360 (For $15 per-month Xbox Live Gold) = $460

    Ya finally lost me. (ಠ_ಠ)

  • Vyrus

    I bet you $100 that there will be at least one sucker that buys this bundle…

  • Solomon_Kano

    I hope this blows up in their face, but I know some suckers are gonna fall for this. Particularly during holiday season.

    MS does some questionable stuff with the 360, which is precisely why mine has been collecting dust steadily since I originally got it.

  • Haha, no, no. You so crazy, Microsoft.

  • Aoshi00

    Hm.. for that price, would be nicer to get the regular bundle and hunt for cheap Gold live cards.. I usually get them when they’re on sale for $30-40 (instead of MSRP $60) from ebay,, and such..  I guess this is like interest for spreading the payment of the system..  I do like the videos and Netflix and the voice feature though.. but hate the commercials before the videos now..

    • SerendipityX

      I don’t understand why they just don’t lower the price of the 360 in general? ^^; But like you aoshi, I wait to pick up the cards when their on sale. I’ve got like 4 years worth of Xbox live stack from buying the cards when they drop to $30-40. Still all the Microsoft hate here makes me cringe(IMO Sony is just as bad sometimes…) Despite all the love PSN gets for being free, it’s very underwhelming compared to Xbox live (which is great if you know how to get around MS’s shady tactics)

      • Aoshi00

        Yeah, that’s a bit sneaky.. but I see it as interest for spreading out the payment over 2yrs.. you pay in full up front you pay less, if you pay it later in installments you pay more right.. I guess they have to make people pay something before they walk out the store.. I agree w/ Ishaan it’s kinda like a 2-yr contract cellphone, some phones are free, some better ones are $99 or $199 and then sign up for 2 yrs..

        The Gold Live cards are on sale every so often, sometimes for as low as $30-35, and for a year the stellar service is totally worth it.. I got the $40 ones sometimes because I like to collect the special ones w/ pictures of Gears or Call of Duty.. or special Halo Reach point cards.. I do that w/ Nintendo’s Wii/3DS Zelda point cards too :)  I still have like 2 yrs and still got several cards not redeemed yet (I stocked up on tons of 1600/4000 point cards too), I hope it’s good for 720 in the future lol..

        I much prefer 360’s interface, controller, & online service too, and installing the whole game, and the video programs from Inside Xbox, the avatars/rewards, community, etc, and I prefer 360’s exclusives as well (Witcher 2 is awesome and I don’t play PC).. I got PSN plus and I don’t even use the system all that much except to watch blu-ray movies.. but I find myself streaming more Netflix or Crackle lately :)

        It’s sad most people here diss the 360 every chance they get.. but what can you do, we should be used to it by now..

        Also maybe I’m just lucky, people kept dissing the hardware, I got 3 Xboxes and they never failed on me.. the old Jpn system, then US Jasper (got some nice faceplates), & now Gears LE.. loved them.. and I’ve told this story beforfe, actually one time I messed up my Jpn system on my own and MS Texas replaced it w/ another Jpn system (they didn’t have to), give me a free month Gold.. so I’m satisfied w/ their service..

      • Aoshi00

        Actually for that price, one could get the limited edition Star Wars system w/ the white Kinect, Star Wars game, gold C3PO controller, and a 320Gb HDD.. it’s on sale on Amazon now for $400 (instead of $450) plus if you get 2 Gold Live cards for $35 each..  I would’ve totally gotten it if I don’t alrdy have the Gears system *.*… I want that gold controller.. too bad it’s not sold separately and people are greedy on ebay..

  • TheDarkEmpress

    -OR- you can do this.

    Not buy an Xbox 360 in any way, shape, or form.

    -$100 -$360 = $460 SAVED for something worthwhile.

    Try again Microsoft, and quit trollan’….$15 per 24 months = 360, XBAWKS 360, I can see the trollfaces over at Microsoft right about now.

    • Lmao! Microsoft has always been pretty shady, but this little stunt further confirms it.

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    Is this new ?

    MS has been pulling cheap marketing tricks throughout 360’s life. I honestly don’t mean to be offensive but the US costumers will fall for this, they always did.

    360 has been the least typical console ever since every little thing has been sold separately. HDD, wifi, HDDVD (before it died), online play, rechargeable batteries…

    At this late point in its lifespan, it would be a far better choice to get a graphics card for your PC, not joking.

  • Sorry Microsoft but you won’t fool me.

  • for RPG player like me…oh well 0% percent chance to get it because i need new title not some old series on the past

  • l777l

    Nice contribution. It will be interesting to see how well-accepted this model will become.

  • Man, dudes at Microsoft must takes us as a bunch of fools.
    What even made them think this was a good idea?

  • Chippel

    While this is very cheap and honestly weird, I am surprised that nobody has pointed out that the Kinect is this much anyway. I’d imagine a lot of the “suckers” buying this would in fact be buying it for the Kinect. 

  • you guys remember when we had the Philips CD-I and the Panasonic 3DO


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