Microsoft Unveils Two-Year Contract Xbox Deal with Kinect for Just $99

Kinect And Two Year Subscription For 99 Bucks

Rumored Xbox bundle is live, but do you want to buy into two years of Xbox Live?

Microsoft is continuing to push Kinect, with its latest bundle offering Kinect with a two-year Xbox Live contract

I’ve never really imagined the Xbox 360 being offered in a two-year contract, as something akin to a mobile phone or tablet plans. In fact, I don’t even want to pay for Xbox Live for year: sometimes I don’t play for a week so I don’t want to commit to that price. Apparently, I’m one of the few: as reported yesterday Microsoft is continuing to push Kinect. For $99.

The 4GB Xbox 360 comes with Kinect for $99 with a two-year Xbox Live Gold contract for $14.99 per month, which means players can play games online and generally have access to anything Xbox Live offers. To buy one, you’ll need to live near a Microsoft Store and bring a coupon – or have to the store associate enter a specific code – and sign up for two years of service. Like a mobile phone contract, canceling early requires a fee. So be sure you’re going to be playing Xbox Live for two years.

Short term gain, long term pain

Overall that means the bundle will cost $458.76 over two years, compared to an Xbox 360 S console for $299 (and cheaper if you’re buying second hand). Xbox Live subscriptions for a year would cost $59.99 if bought individually, and can be found for cheaper online. The result is the deal saves money in the short-term, but is ultimately more expensive over the two years.

Customers who pass a credit check have 30 days to return the console for a full refund, though the first month’s subscription fee won’t be refunded. For the first three month, the early cancellation fee is $250 and drops to $240 in month four. Every month thereafter drops by $12. As Michael Pachter noticed in the Bonus Round covered yesterday, Microsoft sees the Xbox 360 as a complete media device. Media apps are more popular the games now, so pushing Kinect is no surprise.

Personally speaking I wouldn’t buy the product if I lived near a Microsoft Store, but then again I’m not the average gamer.

Published: Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 Last Modified: May 8, 2012

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