$99 Xbox 360 + Kinect Bundle Headed To Best Buy, GameStop

By Ishaan . June 5, 2012 . 8:21am

You may recall that, last month, Microsoft announced a brand new $99 Xbox 360 + Kinect bundle with a mandatory premium-priced 2-year subscription to Xbox Live. In case you’ve forgotten what this entailed, here’s a quick refresher:


4GB Xbox 360 + Kinect ($99) – Paid upfront

$14.99 per-month Xbox Live Gold subscription ($360) – Paid over two years.


And you can find details on cancellation fees for the mandatory subscription here.


So far, this bundle has only been available at Microsoft’s own retail stores. This morning, however, Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb announced that the bundle will be made available at all U.S. Best Buy stores and select GameStop locations later this month, adding that the bundles would be limited in number.


“This next phase of the pilot program will be limited in terms of both timing and the number of units available,” Hryb writes on his blog. “We’re excited to forge new ground and explore a new retail model for Xbox 360, but also want to emphasize that this is a pilot period for the program.”

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  • Tatsuya1221

    Still not interested in being ripped off, if i want a 360 i’ll buy it at full retail for less money in the long run, seems to be the most logical path.

    • Godmars

      You’re not, but people not expecting to be ripped off will be interested in this. Sadly for them and possibly us if such becomes a standard practice to cover for more expensive systems.

      • Tatsuya1221

        If that happens, it will be the final nail in the gaming industry’s coffin for me.

        • WyattEpp

          It’s okay! When consoles die, the best platform will still be alive and kicking! (Hint: You’re probably reading this comment on one.)

          •  Once they get actual controllers.  I agree.

          • kupomogli

            Controllers have been available for PC for a long time.

            I used to be a PC fan and console fan, but quit playing PC for thet most part since variety didn’t match consoles.  I’d go back to PC, but any game you purchase now has DRM out the ass.  Most games are Steam required, meaning that the disc you own is worthless.  I’ve since stuck to console games as I have actual ownership of the games when playing online or off.

          • WyattEpp

            That’s a joke, right?

            @kupomogli:disqus Likewise for you: That’s a joke, right?  Are you really trying to sell me on the idea that consoles have more variety than PC?

            And you’re complaining about Steam while talking about “owning” console games (or your console, for that matter).  I hope you’re just being facetious. 

    • SerendipityX

      *sigh* I wouldn’t really call it rip off. This is more for people who want a X360 asap and don’t want/have to immediately drop $200-$300 on it.

  • This really temps me to buy a Xbox 360. I’ve only cared about 3 games on the system (that’s not multiplatform) so far, and I only need room for DLC on the console anyways. Consider it sold!

  • The_Real_Oyashiro

    A 4GB Xbox360 should be $99 by itself. No Kinect, no Live subscription.


    • $733987

      Seriously? It took the ps2 about 10 years before it started selling at $90++, you know?

      • The_Real_Oyashiro

         Yes, I’m dead serious. Its all that sku is worth IMO. 4GB is worthless this generation. Its literally enough room for 3-4 demos. They need to drop the price on it or phase it out completely.

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