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There will be an early termination fee of $250 that decreases after 3 months

The Microsoft Store officially posted an offer for a $99 Xbox 360/Kinect bundle on its website.

Last week, rumors circulated that Microsoft was planning on selling a 4GB Xbox 360 bundle with a Kinect sensor and two-year Xbox Live Gold service subscription. The only catch was that there'd be a $14.99 monthly service fee for the service, but gamers would 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 an increase from the current $418 4GB Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle with two years of Xbox Live Gold.

The Microsoft Store online published a redeemable coupon for the $99 bundle today, where offer code 885370366266 can be brought to a local Microsoft store in exchange for the latest deal.

Last week's report also noted that there may be an early termination fee (ETF), but the amount had not been specified at the time. Microsoft has now confirmed that there will, in fact, be an ETF that is set based on the number of months passed after the start of the two-year subscription. If the service is terminated within the first three months, the ETF will be $250. At the fourth month, the ETF is $240. From there, the ETF decreases by $12 each month until it hits $0 at 24 months.

Source: Microsoft Store

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By ShaolinSoccer on 5/8/2012 7:52:06 PM , Rating: 2
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.

Now it's a bit easier to read...

By BillyBatson on 5/11/2012 9:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
lol much appreciated. That's what happens when you type on an iPhone and happen to hate proof reading lol

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