I told you last week about the rumor about Microsoft launching the Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle. Now we can officially say that it has happened. Microsoft has officially launched the bundle, which will include a 2-year Xbox Live Gold plan that will require you to pay $15 a month fee.
It seems like Microsoft is hoping to move the consoles that have stalled in the past 2 years thanks to no price cuts. However, many people won’t be pleased to know that cancelling the subscription could increase the cost up towards $250. But that isn’t the worse of it, the Xbox Live Gold subscription won’t support some of the additional features that a regular Xbox Live Gold subscription would. It would be mainly for online gaming only.
On top of all of this, it is also concerning that the next year we should expect the newest Xbox generation. With being locked into a 2 year agreement on an older version could hurt, since most games will likely be released for the newest one. While PlayStation 2 has managed to do well in sales even after the third console came out, Microsoft should not expect the same for their previous consoles. So for those considering it, you should think about if you would rather wait for the newer generation or not.
Also, I want to add that you can typically buy a gently used console for around $99 during Christmas time at stores like GameStop. They typically sell them for a low price without a contract, which would give you savings in the long term. Best of all is that all hardware sold used at GameStop is tested, so no worries about buying a lemon are needed. However, that will be up to you to decide if you wish to buy an Xbox 360.
It is being sold at Microsoft Store retail locations only at this point.