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Microsoft to launch pay-monthly Xbox 360

by Parm Mann on 2 May 2012, 17:11

Tags: Xbox 360

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Seeing as Microsoft has confirmed that the next-generation Xbox won't be announced "anytime soon," now might be a good time to revisit the venerable Xbox 360.

The console's now six-and-a-half years old, but sales are still going strong and Microsoft's hoping to entice new customers with the introduction of a pay-monthly subscription model.

That's according to sources at The Verge, who claim Microsoft will next week introduce a $99 Xbox 360 bundle with a two-year subscription charged at $15 per month.

The bundle is said to include a 4GB console and a Kinect motion sensor, as well as Xbox Live Gold membership and the possibility of "additional streaming content from cable providers or sports package providers."

There's no mention of whether or not this will be a US-specific package, but if Microsoft can get content providers on board, the monthly subscription model could prove to be a hit in the UK. £100 for the console, an extra £15 or so a month for Xbox Live, a Zune Pass and - who knows - a basic LoveFilm subscription? Sounds like a goer to us.



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Sounds like a good piece of thinking. Not interested in it myself (there's already a pair of ‘360’s in the house, with a Family pack XBL subscription to cover them), but it's an interesting development.
£100 for the console, an extra £15 or so a month for Xbox Live, a Zune Pass and - who knows - a basic LoveFilm subscription? Sounds like a goer to us.
If they offer a bundle deal FamilyPack+Netflix combo subscription then that's something I'd like to see - if it was a reasonable price (say £100pa) then my reply would be “where do I sign up?”. ;) Not sure about the Zune pass or LoveFilm…
Since when did 1 USD = 1 GBP? Even taking into account of 20% VAT it's no where near 100 quid if they're only paying 99 dollars (75 quid). Is the purchasing power per capita of the British higher than the Americans?
Er. Since forever? Whatever something is RRP in dollars is pretty much what we will end up paying by the time it hits our rip-off-shore lines. If you still think UK pricing is set by the USD:UKP exchange rate I think you've been living in your own little world for….. well for well over a decade?
Umm isn't a 4Gb xbox a £105 anyway? I can't see the incentive (Kinect certainly isn't one!). Just seems to be another way to force people on to xbox live…
I sort of get it, and i don't.

My interpretation is that you go to the MS store, get $99 Xbox at which point they take your card details and take $15 off you each month? What's the point in a low entry price-point if you're going to lose $15 a month anyway? It does't work out much cheaper than a normal 360 anyway.