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The bundle is expected to launch as early as next week

Microsoft will soon release a $99 Xbox 360 bundle that includes the console and a monthly Xbox Live subscription.

The new bundle consists of a 4GB Xbox 360 console, a Kinect sensor, and a two-year Xbox Live Gold service subscription.

The only catch is that there's a $15 monthly fee for the service. Gamers can receive the regular online gameplay features of an Xbox Live Gold subscription along with extra content from cable providers.

The total cost of the two-year bundle is $459, which is a bit of a hike from the current $418 4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle with two years of Xbox Live Gold.

Microsoft will charge an early termination fee to those who decide to cut the service before the two years are up. The exact amount of the fee is unclear at this point.

Microsoft is looking to change the way people consume entertainment via its Xbox 360 console and Xbox Live services. With the tech giant working on a music service called Woodstock, and with video services becoming increasingly popular, creating a bundle that provides such content via its Xbox hardware seemed like a smart way to boost Xbox sales and attract customers to its latest services. Customers will just have to decide whether the extra $15 monthly cost is worth it.

The bundle is expected to launch as early as next week.

Sources: The Verge, CNN

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To hell with that.
By quiksilvr on 5/3/2012 12:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
Make it $10 a month and FREE, then we'll talk. At $99 it should be a 250GB 360, not the gimped 4GB.

RE: To hell with that.
By The Raven on 5/3/2012 4:48:00 PM , Rating: 3
The 4GB should've never been created. You can't play certain games with it and it is annoying that the thing is on my list of storage devices. Plus considering that they did decide to make it, it is just rediculous that they didn't AT LEAST double it. 4GB really?!!

RE: To hell with that.
By Trisped on 5/3/2012 6:51:46 PM , Rating: 2
it is just rediculous that they didn't AT LEAST double it. 4GB really?!!
Yeah, with 8GB flash drives in the $6 range it does not really make sense.

Of course when they launched the system it came with what, a 20GB HDD? At the time you could get a 2.5 inch HDD with 240GB for around $100 and they wanted to change you $100 for a 20GB drive.

RE: To hell with that.
By Wolfpup on 5/4/2012 1:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
I really hate that they ever released a hard-drive-less model to begin with. They things are CRAZY loud and of course perform worse too.

But oh well...IMO $400 for a console's no big deal, but some people think $250 is expensive...

RE: To hell with that.
By tayb on 5/3/2012 7:22:59 PM , Rating: 2
250GB w/ Kinect + 24 months XBL - $499. $10/month - $240. No way that will happen. You would have to increase the monthly charge to at least $22 for it to be reasonable for MS. The current offer is extremely fair. You don't end up paying that much more than you would have if you bought it up front.

RE: To hell with that.
By inperfectdarkness on 5/6/2012 8:45:03 AM , Rating: 1
proof positive that MS simply makes a fortune off live fees. i'll stick to PC gaming, thanks.

$15 a month?
By 1reader on 5/3/2012 12:51:09 PM , Rating: 3
If this is a prelude to how they plan to market their next console, they can forget it.

RE: $15 a month?
By shabby on 5/3/2012 1:10:27 PM , Rating: 2
Free - 4gb xbox 720
$99 - 120gb xbox 720
$199 - 240gb xbox 720
$299 - 480gb xbox 720

It'll happen.

RE: $15 a month?
By therealnickdanger on 5/3/2012 4:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah... I think I'm done with consoles for while.

I used to be big into PC gaming starting with the DOS days all the way up to Unreal Tournament 2004. I had numerous affairs with each console - NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, Saturn, Dreamcast - but after UT2004 I was spending a lot more time on consoles. Halo LAN parties were so much fun - moreso than PC LAN parties mostly due to ease of setup... then Ninja Gaiden absorbed me a good long while. I was an avid XBConnect user before joining the Xbox Live beta and been on Live ever since...

However, over the past year I've been buying games off Steam faster than I can play them. $5 for real AAA titles on sale that play better with more options (and modding) while the console versions are $20 used. Then there's the whole direction consoles are going with digital distribution and used copy lockouts/DLC codes... I don't want any part of it. Right now, Steam gives me the freedom to play what I want on the device I want for the price I want.

If Steam follows the direction of consoles with DRM and grotesque sales tactics, then I will just have to dust off the ol' 14" CRT, fire up UT99, and grab some M-M-M-MONSTER KILLS! KILLS! Kills! kills...

RE: $15 a month?
By GruntboyX on 5/3/2012 11:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
couldnt agree more

RE: $15 a month?
By inperfectdarkness on 5/6/2012 8:41:01 AM , Rating: 1
IF that happens, MS will lose $400 per console sold. the gpu you'd need to put in the 720 just to give it performance acceptable to the loud-mouthed wii-hating fanbois would cost $400 on its own.

Extra Content
By Mitch101 on 5/3/2012 12:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
At first it sounds like a overpriced Live subscription to offset the cost but there is a lot of speculation to the extra content portion. Some even think this will allow cable companies to get into territories of other cable companies. Ill just wait to see before commenting further.
Gamers can receive the regular online gameplay features of an Xbox Live Gold subscription along with extra content from cable providers.
I would expect the launch of Skype on the 360 to co-inside with this.

RE: Extra Content
By joex444 on 5/4/2012 8:16:56 AM , Rating: 3
"Co-inside"? ????!

Seriously? Does this make any sense to you?

The word is "coincide." Now please leave the conversation to those capable of communicating.

RE: Extra Content
By Mitch101 on 5/4/2012 11:58:30 AM , Rating: 2
Really the hyphen caused that much misery for you?

Can you listen to RAP or does that make you run for the dictionary and chant?

By p05esto on 5/3/2012 5:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
I don't mind offering an option to buy the box cheap with a long term contract.... but just make sure they offer it both ways for those who don't want to be under a contract.

I think it should be CHEAPER if a contract is used.

By Trisped on 5/3/2012 6:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think it should be CHEAPER if a contract is used.
Usually it is the opposite, as you have to pay interest.

Of course in this case it probably is cheaper since you are getting the internet service at the same time. Weather you want the services it provides or not is another issue.

By Alexvrb on 5/6/2012 12:10:27 AM , Rating: 2
Even if they go with a plan like this for the next Xbox launch, I'm certain they'll offer contract-free units as well. I will certainly be buying a contract-free unit outright unless they seriously F up their launch.

By Samus on 5/3/2012 12:32:45 PM , Rating: 2
Subsidized consoles? What's next!

RE: Wow
By StevoLincolnite on 5/3/2012 3:32:57 PM , Rating: 2
Technically consoles have been subsidised for years.
Console manufacturers origionally loose money on a console and make up for it by selling games.

This is a Pilot for Durango (Xbox 3)
By Arsynic on 5/3/2012 2:48:45 PM , Rating: 2
Word on the street is that Durango will retail at around $600 due to inflation and the cost of components (dual GPU, multicore CPU, Kinect standard). So Microsoft will have to introduce contract-subsidized consoles to avoid sticker shock.

We'll see Durango at launch for $149.99 with a 2Y $15.99/month or $599.99 off contract.

By xprojected on 5/3/2012 3:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
We'll see Durango at launch for $149.99 with a 2Y $15.99/month or $599.99 off contract.

150 + (24 * 16) = 534, so probably more than that.

By GruntboyX on 5/3/2012 11:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
I need to know more about this extra content we are getting for 15 bucks a month. If it is netflix then I can be persuaded. If it is just access to some on demand content from my cable provider then forget that. I am not going to pay 15 bucks a month to access content on top of the 100 bucks a month I pay my cable provider.

We really need more details .... right now it just isn't that attractive of a deal.

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