05-02-2012 02:32 PM #1
Rumored $99 360 bundle to be subsidized by 2 year XBL contract.
I would not be surprised at all if this were real.
Americans generally dislike having to pay for something upfront. Look no further than the popularity of the smartphone. While "unlocked" phones can go upwards of $600, most opt to sign two-year contracts with providers to get the cost of the device subsidized. According to a new report, Microsoft may be exploring the same kind of business model for Xbox 360 and Kinect.
The Verge claims that Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 bundle that will include a 4GB console with Kinect sensor. That bundle currently retails for $299--so how is Microsoft cutting the cost so significantly?
In order to get the discounted Kinect bundle, customers will have to agree to a two-year subscription. "We're told that the two-year subscription will provide access to the Xbox Live Gold service and possibly some additional streaming content from cable providers or sports package providers," the report details. The subscription would supposedly cost $15 a month.
It's unclear what additional value the $15 subscription would include, but over two years, the "discounted" $99 bundle would end up costing more than just buying the same bundle without the contract. Over two years, the subsidized bundle would cost $459 versus $419--and those costs will only increase over time.
When contacted for an official response, a Microsoft spokesperson told us: "We don't discuss plans about our pricing, and we've made no announcements."
Last edited by Bane; 05-02-2012 at 02:51 PM.
05-02-2012 02:45 PM #2
05-02-2012 02:53 PM #3Receiver: Denon 3808CI / Remote: Logitech Harmony 1
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05-02-2012 03:01 PM #4
05-02-2012 04:09 PM #5
Xbox Live's exclusive video series, Inside Xbox, has been discontinued. The ongoing series offered Xbox 360 owners a Microsoft-flavored look into the industry with shows like Major's Minute and Insider Moves.
"At Xbox, we are focused on making entertainment and gaming more amazing, and we must continue to invest our resources and talents wisely. Consequently, we've decided to discontinue production of Inside Xbox in the United States," Microsoft's Larry Hyrb wrote in a statement.
Speaking on the Major Nelson blog, Hyrb added that Microsoft remains "committed to providing our members with access to high-quality news and information via the console," and will leverage third-party news and video content. While there will be "select first-party offerings," Hyrb notes that all "day-to-day news content and weekly programming" will cease production. So long, Featured Videos. Good bye, Xbox 101.
05-02-2012 04:15 PM #6
Anyway, I wish more hardwaremakers would go with this approach. Honestly, despite criticisms from executives in the mobile market, subsidized pricing and contracts are what sell phones in the US. There's no way in hell anyone would spend the 700-800 dollars HTC and Samsung charge for their flagship phones.. If Sony or MS could put their hardware out on a subsidized, 2+ year contract deal? I'd say their next hardware would have double or triple the install-base of current consoles/handhelds.Great quotes on the internet:
I hear Galaxy is brilliant, and it probably is. Just can't picture myself sitting down and playing it. That would take time away from watching the Disney Channel and working on my coloring book.Ryan Payton (MGS4 Associate Producer)
05-02-2012 04:27 PM #7
I could see if it were a 4-person gold membership “family pack” as they call it, but it wouldn’t make sense for a single XBL Gold membership @ $15 monthly. Not sure what “additional streaming content from cable providers or sports package providers” they are talking about.DarkRedRain (XBL, PSN, WiiU)
05-02-2012 08:40 PM #8
Well currently the 4gb kinect is going for $299 + 12month gold cards going for around $48 at Amz. I guess we still don't have all the details regarding the subsidize, but as of now, I'd rather go with the Amazon route. I've seen the 12 month gold cards go for as low as $30-40, picked up a few at $35 some several months ago.Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.
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05-03-2012 09:25 AM #9
Seems odd that they would do this with the current gen ready to end. You also end up paying more, so I'm not sure who would be dumb enough to agree to this plan. I also wonder what, if any, effect this move would have on their plans to price drop.
Oddly, if Sony or MS offered a beastly console to be subsidized for $300-$400, I would probably go along with it.
05-03-2012 10:07 AM #10
05-03-2012 11:09 AM #11
Initially I thought this was a bad idea, but those that are on a fixed income cannot always afford $300+ up front so paying $99 and then having a monthly bill is doable for some even if it costs more later..
Like those places where you dont need to have good credit or any credit and you can buy furniture and electronics (rent to own) like Aarons. Those people pay 1.5x (or more) the cost of the actual product and know it, but they cant afford a 1k TV but they can afford a smaller monthly payment....
I dont know, options are never a bad thing, for most people oe people like us (more disposable income) this doesnt make senes. There are are a lot of low income families though where this does make sense.Legnd K1ller
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05-03-2012 04:11 PM #12
05-03-2012 04:16 PM #13
I think they are just blowing smoke up the asses of whomever believes this, and are hoping to god they can come up with some 'additional content' somewhere before the plan rolls out.
Actually - I've figured it out. They are cancelling all those free video services that were like qore so they can offer them back up as 'additional content' at a later date for these subsidized plans. Genius.
05-03-2012 04:44 PM #14
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