Subscription-based Kinect-equipped Xbox 360 hardware bundle now available at Best Buy and GameStop locations across the United States.
Gamers looking to pick up an Xbox 360 for just $99 can now do so at participating Best Buy and GameStop locations across the United States, Microsoft has announced. Previously, the deal was available only at official Microsoft stores and through the company's website.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it would be expanding the deal to the retailers, but did not say when the program would kick off. In May, Microsoft confirmed a deal that will sell the 4GB Kinect-equipped Xbox 360 hardware bundle for $99 if customers commit to a two-year Xbox Live Gold subscription at a cost of $15 per month.
The $99 Xbox 360 deal would cost less up front, but consumers will wind up spending more in the long run. If purchased separately at today's standard prices, the console and two-year Xbox Live subscription would cost $420. If purchased under this promotion, the deal's total cost at the end of the two years would come out to $460.
There is also an early termination fee for those who want out of the contract, with the penalty starting at $250 in the first three months of the contract and scaling down to $12 in the 23rd month.
Someone would have to be incredibly unintelligent to purchase this... so most likely it'll sell pretty well.
Well, some people cannot pay $420 up front so they would gladly pay $99, then $15 and end up paying an extra $40 in the end. It is like a 2 year loan where Microsoft is making 11.5% interest. So what, buy what suits your fancy and economic situation.
I love how people scream "This is a Scam". How many of you have a Cell Phone that you got for $99 or more with a 2 year contract? Add up how much YOU pay per month to your Cell Phone Provider and tell me your phone was worth that much! iPhone=$199, Service=$60/month, Total=$1639. And yes, I do have a Cell Phone on a 2-year commitment and that is why I say it is not a bad deal.
@IMOinNH No, that's not the same. It's not remotely the same. You get the service for $60/mo. Here in the MS deal you are overpaying for "service" (The xbox live monthly cost is much larger for takers of this "deal") and outweighs the savings. I mean it's a small loan so whatever. It will just sell more xbox to broke fools who can't afford a luxury item like an xbox.
It seems to be a good deal, overall. I just hope that there are more concessions to similar deals that I am sure will be offered for future consoles.
I don't see it as a good deal no matter how you add it up. You end up paying more money in the long run.
Save up and purchase the console new, it's worth it for warranty alone.
Microsoft hopefully will have a similar offer when Xbox 720 debuts in 2013. Then the 2 year Xbox live contract for a reduced up front fee for Xbox 3. Which is going to cost $500.00 which MS can get away with. And in a difficult economy such a offer would help the Xbox 720 install base.
I just hope that Microsoft is not using the $99.99 Xbox 360 subscription as a experiment test run. Since 2005 MS has sold 67 Million consoles, So other than people who are very,very late to Xbox 360. I cannot see the $99.99 subscription deal really taking off. Since most people who want Xbox 360 by now have one.
If they use this idea in 2013 with Durango/Pulse/720 and with Smartglass MS surface tablet. That would be a great. I would sign on even though contracts are not the greatest.
i am a PC gamer not console, well XBOX ain't got that much exclusive titles like PS3 got, if it was PS3 i would have buy it in blink of an eye but i don't want 360, but for people who want console game & can't afford payin too much its best thing to go for , but for me. i can spend more, but don't want a 360
Microsoft still sells a 4gb console? Seriously? This reminds of the days when hard drives didn't come standard with the 360 and you had to get memory units.
It's 2012 Microsoft, 60gb should be a minimum for console gaming.
Why are people freaking out? Its like rent to own in a sense, not in others. I don't see why its a big deal.
I wish stores would refuse to sell this blatant ripoff. Any gamer that would know about this wouldn't even waste money on this.
It is targeted at people that don't know to take advantage of them.
Many game companies have delivered low blows before, but this one really loses them most of the little respect I have for them.
People that could not afford and unable to save $300 on a gaming console should not use their time on gaming in the first place, get your priorities check!!!
this deal makes the Wii-u more appealing since it has free online and will probably be cheaper. can't wait for the Wii-u.
I may do it. I don't really need the big hard drive since I'm unlikely to be playing much more than 360 exclusives like Gears and I'd get a Live account anyway. There are too many things going on in my life to drop $300 or even $200 on a console, but $100 and the Live subscription is something that might actually work for me. Plus, with Gamestop I could trade older games towards the cost of the system and spend next to nothing up front.
When do you sign the contract?
What's stopping somebody from paying $99 in cash and walking away with the system?
@nathanmaxtro Like any cellphone subscription they'd need some ID from you, and then they'd run a credit check on you. If you don't pay them they'll hit you with fees then report you to collections. Who'd want this shitty deal anyways, Xbox isn't even a good system lol.
@nathanmaxtro Maybe you need sign up for xbox live with your CC details before you leave the store
@nathanmaxtro Something tells me that as soon as you attempt to hook it up to the internet it recognizes that it's the special "subscription" version of the 360. But if you never bother to go online then I don't see how they could do anything.
Just curious but how is MS making consumers pay for this XBL service? Are they billing you monthly or is it up front?
I still don't see how some people can think this is a good deal? Just because some people can't afford the initial cost of the system up front doesn't make it a good.
Get a credit card, even if your just starting out most first time credit cards have enough of a limit to buy the system and an XBL subscription. Monthly payments would most likely be cheaper than getting this deal as well. And before anyone goes and says people with bad credit would benefit from this kind of deal, first off if you have bad credit how can you even afford a 360 in the first place, and even if you have bad credit why would MS even approve you for this offer if they have to run a credit check?
@mike468 I have bad credit I own 3 Xboxs 2 PS3 and 2 gaming rig desktops...my credit sucks because I fucked up in my youth...I have a decent career and I pay for everything cash....so it's easy to afford even on bad credit.
I smell a bad deal. Don't let the $99 up-front trick you. The mandatory Xbox Live subscription is what's going to eat your wallet.
It's like a bad phone plan that you can't get out of.
@Dudeinator I found this video sometime ago, but I think it is good.
What they didn't mention was that you'll have to buy yourself a new 360 in a month when you run out of drive space.
How many minutes does this come with. Is it 3g or 4g LTE. O wait sorry it an XBOX 360 i get it now. It all makes sense
im not sure why everyone says this is a bad deal...ANYBODY can manage 15$ a month. but handing 420$ cash over? ehh
@victorlamy You don't need to pay for 2 years of Live the moment you buy your system. Live is $50 a year, and I'm sure you can find that same hardware for much less than $300. Take out the Kinect that people will think they want but end up sitting there, and that is a much larger saving.
Microsoft... we do NOT have the word SUCKER stamped on our foreheads. It is not a deal and if anyone believes it is you need to stop and think. How are they going to lock you into a 2 year overpriced XBL with this machine. What happens if the 720 comes out next year? WHOOPS. Now you are in a fix for real.
@kenken2g That is the plan, get out as many 360s before a new system drops. Remember with the original Xbox that when the 360 released games stopped coming out for the original and the system was phased out as fast as Microsoft could so they could make more money.
So does this mean the next Xbox console won't be released for at least another two years? Because this would seem like a strange offer if the replacement for the 360 came out in the middle of a bunch of people's contracts for it, at least for the people that signed up for contracts when it was first offered.
Just hurry up and lower the price of the 250GB 360 Slim to $199. That's all anyone cares about anyways. Who cares about the 4GB XBox 360? They should just sell it for $129 and call it a day.
Whoever buys this is a moron. The ps3 is actually cheaper when you add this all up... and it has a blu ray drive.
im reading some posts, how the hell is it not good for gamers. 15 dollars a month is nothing for some1 that has a job. its true that u can pay 420 upfront to get it but 460 plan for 2 year will feel cheaper for people that has jobs.
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