Microsoft Expands its $99 Subscription Based Xbox 360 Program

by William D'Angelo, posted on 23 October 2012 / 6,499 Views

Microsoft has made plans to expand its $99 Xbox 360 subscription program. Consumers are able to pick up the 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect for just $99 and are required to pay $14.99 a month for two years. The program was initially just available in Microsoft stores and it has since expanded to Best Buy and at select number of GameStop.

Microsoft plans to make the program available in more retailers in the coming weeks. The program will be available at all GameStop outlets, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.

Microsoft is also adding two new bundles to the program. Consumers can now pick up an Xbox 360 with a 250GB hard drive for $99 and an Xbox 360 with a 250GB hard drive and Kinect for $149. Both will require a two year subscription and cost $14.99 per month.

"We wanted to see if we would get sustained consumer excitement and willingness from partners to get this in retail," said Microsoft's GM of marketing Matt Barlow, speaking with the Wall Street journal. Due to the previous success of the program Microsoft plans to maintain the program for the foreseeable future and is looking at bringing the program to international markets.

Barlow suggested that the program could be coming to future product launches, which means it could be available for the next Xbox at launch. "This type of program is pivotal to our business," he added.


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7 Comments

camaro52391 (on 23 October 2012)

$460 for an xbox?!?!?!?


ironmanDX (on 23 October 2012)

How are there so many people having a sook about it? Are you paying it? No? Then really isn`t it just good profitable marketing to casuals or people with tighter budgets? People go on phone plans and by the time its over you`ve paid hundreds or even thousands for an obselete phone. If Sony or Ninty thought of it first I doubt you`d have the same opinion.


binary solo (on 26 October 2012)

So you're paying 42% interest per annum. That's getting pretty close to being an abusive level of interest. I would have expected more like credit card interest rates, like around 18-20%pa. You can expect to end up paying more by paying things off, unless something's being advertised as being on interest free terms, but 42%pa more? That's A LOT. I'm impressed that MS seems to be pulling it off.


halil23 (on 24 October 2012)

Dumbest thing I've ever seen in a video game industry...oh wait it M$, no surprise here...


Michael-5 (on 23 October 2012)

24 months of $15 subscriptions is $360. So a 4GB w/ Kinect Bundle costs $460....wow, just another way to take money from you. Wii U is only 2/3rds the price and it's 8th gen. I don't think I'll be getting a nextbox if they continue to sell their systems at such upscale rates. It's the cheapest system to make (compared to Wii U and PS3) yet the most expensive.


ganoncrotch (on 23 October 2012)

yes... it would put me off buying a system too if the company selling it offered different methods of payment! cheapest system to make? how do you know this? :> the components for the wiiu have not been confirmed but you know how much it costs to make?


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ganoncrotch (on 23 October 2012)

If you consider the fact that you are probably going to want to sub to xbox live gold when you get an xbox anyway this is just a console for 99dollars.


Michael-5 (on 23 October 2012)

So $40 a year (costco rate) for 2 years somehow accounts for $360? This is a rip off, and casual gamers are too blind to see that.


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ganoncrotch (on 23 October 2012)

costco's site sells 12 month game cards for 49.99 perhaps you have been blinded by costco taking one cent off to make you think it's fair cheaper? :> but no this is equivalent to the MS cost of buying live one month at a time rate pretty much with no added bonus's to buying extra amounts of months like you get when purchasing larger subscriptions to anything. Don't see what this price has to do with casual gamers tho?


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VGKing (on 23 October 2012)

If you don't have money to buy an Xbox upfront, you should be committing to a 2 year contract with monthly payments. Simple as that. This is just a rip off. You're better off saving for an Xbox. I really hope this isn't successful and that people see through what Microsoft is trying to do.(rip them off). The last thing we need is subscription-based consoles.


ganoncrotch (on 23 October 2012)

did you mean you shouldn't be committing? I don't follow what you mean.


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Michael-5 (on 23 October 2012)

If you really can't afford an X-Box you could just wait until Black Friday/Holiday sales. For the last 2 years they have been selling 4GB 360's for $130, they even did that for this spring. No one should subscribe to a $460 X-Box. Finance from the bank and buy a PS3 or a Wii U, it would be cheaper.


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ganoncrotch (on 23 October 2012)

so you would recommend if someone wanted to get an xbox cheap they should take out a loan and buy another system than the one they wanted? but... they still wouldn't have the system they wanted to buy.


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sales2099 (on 24 October 2012)

Why don't you go and host a debt talk show because this is news that clearly doesn't concern you. If Sony does this down the road, I would really l like to see what you'd say.


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