Source: Microsoft Store
quote: First off, I agree with Retrospooty. There is no reason to be upset over this. All it does is give you a choice. They aren't taking the option to buy it outright away. But no, this isn't some sort of price cut or cheaper way to pick up a 360... Just another option. This could be a way to get people to keep paying for an old system if the new Xbox is released within 2 years... BUT this could just be MS testing the waters to see if such a payment system could work for the 360's successor. If MS isn't able to sell the new hardware for the usual $200-400 and expects the cost to be higher, this could be their way of releasing a $600+ system without the backlash that the Playstation 3 suffered. Aren't rumors saying that the following Xbox will heavily rely on a Live! Gold membership? Seems like cell phone marketing for sure but without the internet/data coming from another provider.