After nearly a week of rumors, Larry Hyrb, Microsoft’s Director of Programming for Xbox Live today confirmed, on his twitter account, that Microsoft is now offering the Xbox 360 with a Kinect sensor for only $99. There is however, a catch or two, the offer requires two years of $15 monthly payments and is only available at official Microsoft stores. Luckily, for those living in the Los Angeles area there are a couple of these retail outlets nearby and a couple more if you feeling driving south, towards San Diego.
Those that maybe concerned about the monthly payments and ending cost that ends up at $460, keep in mind that Xbox Live itself runs about $5 by itself and if you were to pay cash for the bundle you would only save a few dollars. Used Xbox 360s bundled with a Kinect sensor at your local GameStop will set you back $250 and will not include Xbox Live. Microsoft seems to be counting on a cell phone-type pricing plan that includes their high margin Xbox Live service.
Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is over seven years old but has been able to outsell its competitors over the last couple of years, regardless of lacking the blu-ray playback that Sony’s Playstation 3 includes. Arguably, the Xbox 360 offers the most variety in gameplay and a host of new features and software that utilizes the Kinect sensor. Microsoft has spent that last year focusing their efforts on fleshing out the Kinect in apps and gaming. Core games like Mass Effect 3 and now Skyrim have been enhanced to utilize the sensor.
At the time of this article, the Microsoft store website does not contain any mention of the special offer. Luckily, Major Nelson included a link to the coupon offer in his post. While reading the terms of the offer, there is a cancellation penalty. There may also be a credit worthiness requirement as the terms do require an authorization for a credit check. If all of that sounds good to you, you’re bad at saving money and you’re looking for an Xbox 360, this is a pretty good deal. Make sure you print off the coupon before you head out as it does contain a promotion code.
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