Gamers who either haven’t yet got their hands on an Xbox 360 or who have experienced hardware failure (quite likely) and need a replacement console will soon be able to pick up an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle for just $99. This is according to sources speaking to The Verge.
There is, of course, a catch: buyers will be locked into a two-year subscription plan costing $15-per-month. For that you get an extended warranty, Xbox Live Gold membership, and possibly extra streaming video content.
At the moment it would cost around $420 for a similar package ($299 for the console bundle, $120 for Xbox Live Gold), whereas this new deal works out to $459 ($99 up front, $360 in installments). Which means it may suit those who cannot afford to buy an Xbox 360 outright.
This is a clever strategy with rumors of the next-generation consoles being revealed any day. E3 2012 takes place in June, and it would make sense to get as many people on board the Xbox 360 bandwagon before the successor is revealed.
This deal is due to be officially unveiled as early as next week.