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  (Source: gamespot)
Customers can get these prices on any of the three models when they sign up for an Xbox Live Gold account for two years

Just in time for the holiday season, Microsoft is broadening its subsidized Xbox offer to two new models and possibly more stores. 
According to a new report from The Verge, Microsoft is adding two new models to its subsidized Xbox offer: a 250GB Xbox 350 for $99 and a 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect for $149. These are in addition to the original option, which is a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect for $99.
Customers can get these prices on any of the three models when they sign up for an Xbox Live Gold account for two years. The membership is $14.99 per month. 
Microsoft originally offered the $99 4GB Xbox with Kinect at 16 Microsoft stores, but this could soon change as a new note on a holding page says, "check back later to see a full list of participating retailers."
Last week, three other Xbox 360 holiday bundles were announced. This included a 250GB Xbox 360 with "Skyrim" and "Forza 4 Essentials Edition" with one month of Xbox Live Gold for $299.99; 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect, "Dance Central 2," "Kinect Sports," "Kinect Adventures," and one month of Xbox Live Gold for $399.99, and a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect, "Kinect Disneyland Adventures," "Kinect Adventures" and one month of Xbox Live Gold for $299.99. 

Source: The Verge

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By valkator on 10/23/2012 10:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
Then they think they can fool you by making everything in he game shiny and very detail lacking. Not fooling me. Even PC games now, (I know the PC game market isn't very good anymore), have some pretty good graphics.

RE: Shiny
By inperfectdarkness on 10/23/2012 11:54:33 PM , Rating: 3
Bringing out "the new consoles" isn't going to fix anything. And the PC market isn't flailing for lack of hardware.

The bottom line is, you did this. Every one of you fanbois who swear on a stack of bibles that your beloved ps3/360 is so much better than everything else. You have accepted watered-down stock. You have told the game developers with your spending that you really don't want them to invest the time/expense in producing truly high-quality gaming, because you're willing to pay $60 for another COD game with some virtual paint thrown on it.

PC gamers like me have been shouting it for years. You just didn't listen. You were too busy railing against nintendo's choice to opt for substance over flash. Laptops have reached virtual parity in gaming performance at 1080p with desktops--thanks to this stagnation. Bleeding-edge PC hardware isn't being sold in the numbers it has previously, and the result has pushed up the cost of "bleeding edge".

This translates in 1 of 2 ways. Either you're going to pay a LOT more for your next console--because the PC enthusiasts haven't attritted the cost of the hardware down due to a dearth of gaming quality. Or 2, you're going to pay about the same for your next console, and you're going to bitch that it doesn't have the hardware you think it should--even though it's not going to need anything more than a pathetic 1080p output.

Take a good, hard look in the mirror.

RE: Shiny
By xti on 10/24/2012 1:19:09 AM , Rating: 2
you sound creepy.

RE: Shiny
By valkator on 10/24/2012 9:33:08 AM , Rating: 2
Umm... I am a PC gamer idiot.

RE: Shiny
By Telset on 10/24/2012 3:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
I got into arguments with someone last year about most of the points you have I said to him that gears of war 1 looks better on the pc than gears of war 3 on 360 he was like ah no way you are crazy then I showed it to him on my pc he shut up pretty quick. Its been a sad few years in gaming graphics.

RE: Shiny
By SPOOFE on 10/24/12, Rating: 0
RE: Shiny
By inperfectdarkness on 10/25/2012 10:02:18 AM , Rating: 1
really? so you believe that EVERY game ever released for PC should be a hit...and that when daikatana's happen...that's somehow proof that "PC gaming sucks"?

do you know how long starcraft 2 was delayed? how about team fortress 2? do those "Suck"?

the truth is, you wouldn't have 1080p if the PC gamers hadn't pushed for better and better graphics. as evidenced by several trends in the market currently (including screen resolutions) without a "push" from videophiles, the industry stagnates.

oh, and for the record, the gaming industry DID listen. or at least one company has--Epic. alien swarm wasn't created out of thin air; it was birthed by the "make something unreal" contest. the ones who are preventing "feedback" from getting to game developers are people like you and your console cronies who keep shelling out $60 for a game that's identical to last-year's edition--only with a roster change or some pretty new shaders.

i agree that we've had enough hardware to support "gaming goodness" since the SNES. i'd say actually since the original famicom. the problem is, even though you say that--you and your ilk also bitch that the wii is "underpowered" and "lackluster" even though it has plenty of horsepower for what it was designed to do--provide quality gaming experiences.

so if "mindlessly pursuing graphics" at the expense of everything else is a BAD thing--then why bitch about the wii? why is virtually every console player i come across (ps3/360) constantly telling me that the wii sucks?

you can't have it both ways. the PC gamers and videophiles are what makes the tech world go round. we may not develop the tech, but we sure as heck are the ones whose dollars are bringing the cost down for everyone else. only the military does more. ;)

No hassle gaming.
By mrhunter9 on 10/24/2012 3:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
I have been in the PC industry for 25+ years. Here is my reason for using an Xbox 360: Its easy to use and play games on.

Granted, the graphics are not top of the line compared to the PC if you have the latest GPU, but it is stupid easy to play a game on and it still looks good on a TV. Also, I didn't have to pay $200-$500 for just the GPU in the PC to play with the best graphics. My whole Xbox cost less then most current GPUs. Plus you don't have to have Windows and drivers to update. You just drop a disc in the drive and play. You may have updates on Xbox Live for your games but it is all automatic. No configuring to do.

RE: No hassle gaming.
By CaedenV on 10/28/2012 11:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
The biggest barrier to me (at least for the xBox) is that damn membership fee. $15/mo over 2 years, plus console cost of $100 is $460. $460 PC will get you a pretty sweet little game rig these days, and if you happen to already have a PC laying around to start from, then $460 in upgrades makes for a very nice experience. Plus with modern games, there is no disc to keep track of, or keep the kids from scratching up, just find the icon, and click, nice and simple. On top of that I cannot remember the last time I paid $60 for a single game. Between Steam's awesome sales, and that PC games drop in price faster than console games, you can get a ton more games over time for the same money.

Game PCs are not nearly as expensive as they use to be (unless you want to be on the bleeding edge... but that is hardly necessary to play games on high settings), and consoles combine a crap expierence, and terrible hardware, with high prices. Personally I don't get it, and I would like to see new hardware come out soon so that those of us who do have decent systems can take better advantage of the hardware we have.

It should be $99 no contract by now.
By Telset on 10/23/2012 8:30:38 PM , Rating: 2
I was playing Xbox on by brothers 60 inch plasma I am using a 42 inch. Man it looks bad now the graphics are extremely stale bring out the new consoles already :<.

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