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Microsoft Begins Selling An Xbox 360 (With Kinect!) For Just $99*

Submitted by on May 9, 2012 – 11:09 amOne Comment

If you’ve been holding off on buying an Xbox 360 or a Kinect for whatever reason but you think you might finally be ready to pull the trigger, now is the time to do it. Why? Well, because Microsoft has started selling their Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for a grand total of just—drumroll, please!—$99. That’s right. For less than 100 bucks, you can get your hands on the Xbox 360 and play games without your hands using the motion-sensor Kinect. Of course, there is a slight catch (what? You didn’t think we put an asterisk in the title of this post for nothing, did you?!).

Microsoft hasn’t slashed the price of the Xbox 360 simply to try and get people to buy up a bunch of new Xbox 360s that they have laying around. Rather, they’ve decided to try and adopt a subscription-based business model to try and sell a bunch of Xbox 360s. So, in addition to paying $99 for the 360 and the Kinect, you’ll also have to sign a two-year contract that will require you to pay $15 a month for Xbox Live Gold.

Now, if you’re buying an Xbox 360, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll want an Xbox Live account anyway—it’ll let you access the Xbox Live network, Netflix, Hulu, etc.—but this approach allows Microsoft to essentially force folks into buying a subscription. And, if you decide to cancel that subscription, you’ll be required to pay anywhere from $250 down to $12, depending on when you cancel Xbox Live. Oh, and this deal is only valid at participating Microsoft stores. So, you can’t simply apply for the deal online.

All of that said, if you’re in the market for an Xbox 360 or you’ve been thinking about buying one for some time now, you might want to seriously consider making a move before this promotional offer runs out. It’s important to note that, in the long run, you’re not getting that great of a deal when you factor your Xbox Live subscription into the total price. But, in this day and age where dropping $300 for an Xbox 360 bundle isn’t feasible for everyone out there, this business model will allow some people who might not be able to afford the bundle otherwise to get it. Not a bad strategy by Microsoft. Not bad at all.

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