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Old 05-08-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Microsoft tries something new: Xbox 360 for $99, but with a catch

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by Ben Gilbert on May 7th 2012 3:30PM
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Today's big Xbox 360 news isn't without tempering, it seems. "On May 7, we launched a pilot program at Microsoft Stores in the United States to test a new pricing model for the Xbox 360," a Microsoft spokesperson told Joystiq this morning when we followed up on the $99, two-year contract Xbox 360 announcement.

A pilot program, you say? Apparently the program's a "pilot" based on its extremely limited availability the $99 Xbox 360 is only offered in "the 16 Microsoft Stores in the US." As for that two-year Xbox Live commitment, that won't include any of the rumored "various types of streaming content," as it's identical to a normal Xbox Live Gold subscription.

According to MS, the program, "aligns with our ongoing commitment to test new products and offers to understand how to best serve our customers." According to us, this is all very weird.
SOURCE - http://www.joystiq.com/2012/05/07/mi...-sold-exclusi/

I'm surprised that no one posted this yet.

Sounds like they're trying the Cell Phone plan and applying it to the 360


Pretty much my thoughts

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I didn't post it because, well, I'm stupid. It's dumb anyway. $15 a month lololol.
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Them sly dogs. I wonder how many people will actually go for it.
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Heh, this reminds Zero of the Dreamcast/SegaNet deal.

...And not to sound like a fanboy, SG, or get an argument started, but to be fair it did cost Sony over $800.00 to manufacture each PS3 at launch. So, hardware wise, the PS3 wasn't exactly a rip-off. Still, most gamers don't wanna pay that much for a console. Although, Zero did.
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So first of all, I strongly disagree with everyone bashing the part in the new Kinect Starwars game with the dancing. It really isn't that bad and definitely does not destroy the Starwars franchise, it is funny to say the least.
Watch this:
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How can you not think that is funny? It pulls in a wider audience to the game and the franchise as a whole while poking a little humor at it. It is only bad for those who think that only people who were fans from the beginning should be fans and are scared they will lose that. Otherwise, it really shouldn't affect you.

And also, I don't think that this is necessarily a rip-off except the fact that they make you get the 1 month at a time thing. Think of it like a car loan, there is a down payment, but there are still more payments along the way and by the end you end up paying a lot more than you would if you just bought it straight up.
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