$99 Xbox 360 with Kinect with two-year contract on sale now

The rumors are indeed true: Microsoft has just launched a new deal on its Xbox 360 game console, via its Microsoft Store retail locations, that allows people to get an Xbox 360 with a 4 GB hard drive and the Kinect add-on for just $99. The deal requires a two year contract that also has the user paying $14.99 a month for the Xbox Live Gold service. With the two year contract, that means people will end up spending $458.76 for the deal.

By contrast, the same Xbox 360 hardware bundle costs $299 but with no Xbox Live Gold service at other retailers. Users can purchase a 12 month subscription to Xbox Live Gold for $59.99, or just under $5 a month. In fact Amazon is selling a 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscription for just $48.41. Over two years, the total amount is actually lower than the Microsoft Store deal at $418.98 with the regular Xbox Live Gold 12 month price.  It also doesn't consider any future sales or possible price cuts for the console or the Xbox Live Gold service.

The terms and conditions of the Microsoft Store Xbox 360 bundle include a way to get a full refund, as well as a cancellation of the contract, without penalty within the first 30 days of purchase. Microsoft will still charge customers $14.99 for the first month of Xbox Live Gold service. After that, Microsoft will charge an early termination fee for any cancellation of the contract, starting at $250 after the first two months and going down every month until the end of the contract.

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This is a terrible deal. I understand people love financing but I personally think the majority of those people are simply not intelligent enough and spending beyond their means. If you can't afford a GAME CONSOLE at retail price, maybe you should skip the game console altogether for the time being and concentrate on more important things, such as improving your financial situation to where buying the game console isn't an issue. This is like people who drive expensive cars but live in a rat-infested dump...

I see this as potential headache and collection issue. Especially if some of the younger crowd are able to take advantage of the offer. Very good though for the people that use it.


John Brancela

ACTIONpack said,
Thats a bad deal. Your paying $120 more in those 2 years then getting a 2 year Gold + xbox 360 4GB

Well, that other $50 (£31) will most likely be for the administration costs. That sounds like a pretty good finance deal, considering most finance deals I've seen online charge you an upfront £50 administration fee, as well as milking you for another couple of hundred.

I love how people are happily buying cell phones with a 2-year contract and overpriced service, then come around and say how this new Xbox pricing is stupid.

DigitalE said,
I love how people are happily buying cell phones with a 2-year contract and overpriced service, then come around and say how this new Xbox pricing is stupid.

Apples to oranges dude

este said,

Apples to oranges dude

Oh? Tell me in WHAT way is this different than subsidized smartphones? How much are off-contract *new* smartphones (which, more often than not, are still semi-locked-out of specific carriers due to frequency usage) - especially in the US and Canada? Smartphones are no more a necessity than the current-generation of console; I, for example, have NEVER owned either a console or a smartphone (despite having owned three cellphones). Sounds very disingenuous.

I don't see any upsides to this deal, it looks like one of those Rent to Own deals, you can have this for $99 down, $14.99/mo and you can have this shiny new 360... Especially with such a high early term fee, must have been learning from cell carriers...

Wow, sounds like an awful deal to me. Especially considering I haven't payed more than $40/yr for the past couple years for our xBox Live Gold service.

willard27 said,
This is a terrible deal, do not do it. It makes no sense.

It makes perfect sense if someone wants an Xbox and doesn't have the money to buy it up-front.

-Alex- said,

It makes perfect sense if someone wants an Xbox and doesn't have the money to buy it up-front.

What's wrong with saving up?

xiphi said,

What's wrong with saving up?

Agreed. If i dont have the money for something, i save up till i do have the money, i dont ever get finance.

Shikaka said,

Agreed. If i dont have the money for something, i save up till i do have the money, i dont ever get finance.


That's your personal choice though... a lot of people appreciate the finance.

-Alex- said,

It makes perfect sense if someone wants an Xbox and doesn't have the money to buy it up-front.

Craigslist? Gamestop?

Colicab said,
LOL, not way in hell would I get this.

It's not really worth it right now since you can get a 360 for cheap on its own etc but think about it for the next-gen one that will start off costing $399 I bet. Lots of people would rather fork over $99 that they have now and pay the rest up over time instead of having to wait that extra few weeks or maybe more to save up the whole sum.