According to sources at The Verge, Microsoft will unveil a new Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle next week. The price – an unfathomably low $99. Considering that the 4GB Knect bundle is currently priced at $299, logic would dictate that there would have to be a catch. Logic has dictated correctly.
Buyers of the alleged bundle would be required to purchase a two-year subscription that would include a two-year warranty, Xbox Live Gold subscription and some other perks in the way of streaming videos for $15 per month. All told, the price over the two-year period would amount to a rather staggering $459. Compare this price to the $429 one would spend for the traditional bundle and an equivalent subscription to Xbox Live Gold, and suddenly the once amazing deal seems less than spectacular. Let’s not forget that those who end their plan early will incur an undisclosed termination fee, which if indicative of smartphone deactivation fees, will likely be rather hefty.
What it really comes down to is whether individuals mind paying more upfront and less later or vice-versa. Given that the average gamer is not necessarily the most patient person in the world, it stands to reason that the new bundle is going to be a big hit. Either way, it seems as though Microsoft wants to coax long-standing holdouts by any means possible.