Microsoft has just announced plans of releasing a new $99 Xbox 360 bundle next week. The bundle consists of everything you would get from a Kinect based bundle of the console. However, Microsoft has also announced that the bundle will only be available to those who subscribe Xbox Live Gold service for at least 2 years at the time of the purchase. The monthly cost for the subscription has been set to $15 per month and will include access to several services from other cable services. Additionally, the purchasers will also be covered with a 2 year warranty as soon as they purchase the console.
Currently the bundle will have a 4GB console and Kinect motion sensing controller with no extra games announced yet. Whether games will be available with the new bundle or not, we will find out next week when the bundle goes live in retail stores.
Those who purchase the new $99 Xbox 360 bundle will also have the ability to terminate their contract with Live subscription, however, the termination of the subscription will cost additional fee. Microsoft is currently positing its new package to match against that of PlayStation 3 and Apple TV. Anyone who will buy the new bundle will have spent $420 against $459 in the next two years.
With E3 just ahead next month, we are already seeing what the console titans are up to. With the new bundle, this is a sure indication that Microsoft will be launching their new Woodstock music service at their conference. Additionally, we can also expect the software giant to announce new partnerships with other streaming service just like it does every year. The $99 bundle is something that will attract a lot more potential customers, and Microsoft hopes that with the new music service, Xbox 360 should be in every home.
E3 will be held in June and we are excited to see how things are going to turn up. As always, we can expect some major new announcements from all our favorite developers and console manufacturers. Be sure to check out on more updates on pre E3 over the internet.