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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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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...

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