Xbox 360 250GB to cost $99 with a contract

Back in May, Microsoft started offering the cheapest member of the Xbox 360 lineup, the 4GB model, for $99 instead of the usual $199. The catch? You had to sign up for a two-year Xbox Live Gold membership.

Now, as The Verge reports, Microsoft is about to extend the deal to cover the 250GB version of the console. A page on the Xbox website says the vanilla 250GB Xbox 360 will be available for $99 with a two-year, $14.99-a-month Xbox Live Gold subscription. Users will also be able to spring for the 250GB Kinect-equipped model, which will be on offer for $149 as part of the same contract.

That’s a reasonably steep discount, considering the Xbox 360 250GB normally sells for $299.99, and the Kinect variant is $399.99. Of course, factoring in the two-year Xbox Live Gold tie-in means brings the total cost of the two consoles up to around $458.76 and $508.76, respectively. Without the contract, Xbox Live Gold membership costs as little as $5 a month, so you’d be paying only $420 with a 250GB Xbox 360. The Kinect model would actually set you back slightly more without the contract, though—$520 in all.

In any case, the new deals aren’t available quite yet. Microsoft states on the page, "Please check back later to see a full list of participating retailers."

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    • CaptTomato
    • 7 years ago

    If people saw games like Crysis1, Metro, FO3 HD, Doom3 HD etc, etc, on PC, they’d toss their low rent console out the window.
    The image quality on console must be sickening to a PC gamer, even a crappy laptop probably has a ton more power now let alone compared to a sensibly configured PC.

      • ALiLPinkMonster
      • 7 years ago

      Some people actually don’t care about graphics. I know it’s hard to swallow, but a lot of people just like the simplicity and convenience. Not to mention the exclusives. I detest COD as much as the next guy, but Halo is another story. Hate on me all you want, there’s just something about the story and gameplay mechanics that I love (the main series anyway; Reach was terrible).

        • CaptTomato
        • 7 years ago

        How hard is it to dl a game from steam or to install off DVD…?

          • ALiLPinkMonster
          • 7 years ago

          Not very, but how easy is it to split-screen with some friends on a PC?

          Just to clarify, I prefer to play the vast majority of games on the PC. Thing is, when a game like Borderlands or the latest Halo comes out and I know certain friends will want me to play with them, I go with the Xbox (mostly because they’re too poor or ignorant to build a gaming PC :p).

          • deruberhanyok
          • 7 years ago

          Well, that depends. Does it have always-on DRM? Do I have to be connected to the internet to authenticate with Steam before I can play? If not, is it patched to the latest version? Do I need to update my graphics drivers because of a bug? Should I sign in to GFWL even though I bought this game through Steam? Which network are my friends on? Why can’t they hear me on teamspeak? Can I play on the same system and screen as my friends who are in the same room with me?

          I play games on both a PC and XBox, I can honestly say I prefer playing on a console for most games – for lots of different reasons. Simplicity is just one. I’m more comfortable playing games on my couch with a controller in my hand than I am at a desk with a keyboard and mouse. I even had an HTPC gaming setup for a while… but sitting at a couch with a keyboard and mouse isn’t very comfortable at all.

          As for the image quality difference, well, I don’t think there’s a big difference in image quality between a $300 console and a $300 PC. In fact I think the console will probably look a bit better.

          Now, if you’re talking about a $1000 PC, well, yeah, it might look nicer there. But will it be $700 nicer?

          If I’m given the choice between a game on a console and the same game on a PC, I’ll probably play it on the console.

            • CaptTomato
            • 7 years ago

            Your choice, but in most instances{and consoles aren’t patch/problem free}, I rarely have a problem with my games, granted I have a 100% Windows PC.

            I just recently fired up Crysis1 at 1920×1200 on my 26in LCD, and DAMN does that shit rock!!!….using maximum settings really brings out the best of Crysis1 and I can see now why people say Warhead was dumbed down a bit, Crysis also has a good solid difficulty level on Delta, so it also has good gameplay.

            I also play PC racing sims{which only exist on PC} and I can buy any wheel I want and get the best FFB.

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      It’s not that bad, and more than a few console games use AA(AF is far rarer, but some do use it).

      It’s not like the old days of the PS2/GC/Xbox/DC here.

        • CaptTomato
        • 7 years ago

        That’s your opinion, but I don’t agree, console games looks like ass and I hate low AA, but then again, I can always game at 1080p native anyway.
        The next gen should have enough power to guarantee the ugly days are behind us, but let’s wait and see what their prices and pricing model/s are.

        Go on ytube and compare Borderlands 2 on PC vs console….console is vomit inducing, and Borderlands 2 isn’t even a poster child for PC’s best GFX.

      • Waco
      • 7 years ago

      Image quality != amount of fun.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    When Rock Band (one) was popular, I decided to buy a 360. I’m pretty sure I bought a black, Xbox360 Elite (120GB) without a contract for £119.99 (about $150 I guess, given the typical conversion rates for tech items).

    [b<]This was almost FIVE YEARS AGO.[/b<] I've had a couple of RROD's fixed under warranty but other than that, I've mostly stopped using it for a few reasons: [list<][*<]I gave it to an ex and she's still using it[/*<][*<]Games started to look pretty dated[/*<][*<]The interface stopped being a games console and became an advertising & sales system[/*<][*<]RPG's, RTS's and MMO's are PC-only, really. [/*<][*<]Everything else just looks and plays much better on the HTPC anyway [/*<][*<]The Xbox360 gamepads work on the HTPC just fine [/*<][*<]THe Xbox360 isn't as portable as my laptop, [/*<][*<]My savegames aren't synced to the other two machines via the steam cloud (or dropbox).[/*<][/list<] I used to believe there was a place for games consoles in my life, but with the interfaces of the 360 and W8 becoming thinly-veiled online stores rather than functional interfaces, I think I'm right to be cutting that aspect of Microsoft out of my life for as long as possible.

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      I’m with you- unless you want to play sports games, or games on the cheap, the PC is your system.

        • travbrad
        • 7 years ago

        Even for “games on the cheap” there is an argument to be made for PC games, if you play a lot of games. The cost of the hardware may be higher but the games are generally a lot cheaper, and there is no monthly fee to play online. Mods and free2play games add a lot of value to the platform as well.

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 years ago

          Aye – I’m not trying to turn this into a consoles vs PC’s thread – that war has been raging for years and there are perfectly good reasons to favour each one. In my own, personal, biased and specific example, I’ve moved away from consoles, despite being more of an “armchair” gamer than I ever used to be.

          With tablet gaming (/shudder) and Android/ARM set-top boxes gaining momentum, the traditional consoles really aren’t defending their corner of the market properly, and if anything they are offending the people that would traditionally stick up for them by hijacking their gaming systems with adware and online-storefronts.

    • cynan
    • 7 years ago

    Huh.. They still sell those?

    In a month the Xbox 360 will have been on the market for 7 years (its graphics chip was designed by ATI, long before AMD was in talks to buy them).

    Unless people are buying to replace broken, out of warranty units, why would anyone decide to buy into the Xbox 360 system at this point? At any price?

    Microsoft and Sony: Stop trying to milk a few more $$ selling antiquated game tech on antiquated systems and bring out the next gen consoles already (or someone like Valve will beat you to the punch).

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      Are you saying games stop being fun as they age?

        • cynan
        • 7 years ago

        Of course some older games are fun. Heck, just the other week I dusted off the old SNES to play some Mario with a friend’s kids. And I still play through the old Japanese RPGs once in a blue moon, as well as a few others…

        The fact of the matter is that these “current” gen consoles are becoming ancient fast. Yes, MS and particularly Sony got caught with much higher hardware expenses than anticipated, and as such, are reluctant to anti up expenses for a new generation. But that’s mostly due to their failure to anticipate the market (or in MS’s case, to build reliable hardware). How long must the current console gamer be forced to pay for these past mistakes?

        And then there’s the dilution of PC gaming titles due to the popularity of console porting…

        You know what the response would have been if TR announced a new pricing deal for the original Xbox 7 years after its release? “Who cares. The Xbox 360’s already been out for 3 years”

      • Kurotetsu
      • 7 years ago

      I bought a like-new (aka floor model) Playstation 3 for pretty cheap on Cowboom just a few months ago. Thought it was a great purchase then and now. And I’m primarily a PC gamer.

      • Welch
      • 7 years ago

      +1 to Cynan, Just because the games might be fun doesn’t mean that the manufacturers shouldn’t get off their ass and release a new console that is BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE (Take Note Sony) with their last generation console. Its in their benefit as people would be able to use their old games and have a reason to keep buying the games they feel are still fun to play.

      But reselling the old stockpiled stuff is just shameful when your offering nothing new other than maybe a larger HDD.

        • Diplomacy42
        • 7 years ago

        I was a console gamer, I became a PC gamer because of the PS3.

        1) 60-70 dollar games too expensive.
        2) PC games have mods and expansions, Sony won’t give us the access.
        3) My old PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games. Either A) backwards compatible or B) free download. Taking the games I paid for, making them obsolete, then selling them back to me? No thank you!

        I never considered the xbox. I hate the controller and I don’t like xbox live.

      • ET3D
      • 7 years ago

      I’m considering buying a 360 for Kinect. I think it will be great for the kids and I imagine I’ll enjoy these games too.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      The release is schedule for Q4 2013. So you have one more year to wait.

    • SoM
    • 7 years ago

    i’d rather buy a llama

      • Jason181
      • 7 years ago

      Nah, the leash controller is so 1800s.

        • ClickClick5
        • 7 years ago

        And the real spit feedback is just…dated. It was a messy design in the first place.

    • xxxSakurachanxxx
    • 7 years ago
      • ALiLPinkMonster
      • 7 years ago

      That’s just like, your opinion, man.

      • I.S.T.
      • 7 years ago

      Dark Souls is a multiplatform game on the X360 as well, and CoD is also on PS3. Hell, a lot of best selling PS3 games are also on X360.

      *sigh*

        • xxxSakurachanxxx
        • 7 years ago
          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          The best ones are all Japanese. I’m a huge Disgaea fan, for instance. Great games.

            • yogibbear
            • 7 years ago

            Catherine. Seriously that game is AWESOME.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        Dark Souls is not Demon’s Souls, though I think it’s actually a spiritual (ha!) successor.

          • I.S.T.
          • 7 years ago

          I was more saying that using Dark Souls as an example of a good game was a bad idea.

          Also I REALLY wish I’d waited a few months on that kinect bundle… a 250 gig drive would have been a lot better for 99 than the 4 gig plus kinect one was!

      • superjawes
      • 7 years ago

      What a fantastic, reasoned, and well worded argumnet. Please continue your contributions in these discussions!

        • xxxSakurachanxxx
        • 7 years ago
      • TurtlePerson2
      • 7 years ago

      I feel the same way and consequently have a PC and a PS3. The XBox exclusives are typically shooters, which I find frustrating when I play on consoles. And the PS3 has a Blu-Ray player, which adds to the value of the device significantly.

    • gmskking
    • 7 years ago

    Horrible deal

    • Shambles
    • 7 years ago

    Or you could take that $500 and build a budget gaming PC that will blow the consoles out of the water, and pay have games that cost you $5 instead of $60.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      sure, but you’d lose the kinect, the fact that you probably know more people that play xbox vs pc as well. Nevermind there are NO sports games on PC. wanna play golf? you’re SOL. a decent football (not soccer) game? you’re SOL. i am a pc gamer, but i understand the attraction of consoles.

        • Shambles
        • 7 years ago

        I remember the glory days of modding NHL 95 on PC to swap out all the music and game sounds with crappy rock music and sound effects from whatever terrible kids programming I watched at the time. I felt like such a badass at the time.

        • superjawes
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah…I bet you could do some cool mouse + keyboard things with sports games, but I don’t think the volume would justify the investment…

        With consoles, you make one game and just map the controller.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          sure. but because of it, you have games. pc doesn’t.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Or, you could use that $500 to buy 1845 marshmallow peeps and two boxes of toothpicks, and have a microwave jousting tournament that lasts for [i<]weeks[/i<]. Everyone has different hobbies.

        • cygnus1
        • 7 years ago

        i’d try that once

        • The Dark One
        • 7 years ago

        Yes, this should provide adequate sustenance for the Doctor Who marathon!

      • ALiLPinkMonster
      • 7 years ago

      But then you couldn’t play Black Ops II. That game has invisible robot zombies.

      • internetsandman
      • 7 years ago

      Unless the latest IGP’s from AMD are more capable than the GPU in the Xbox 360, (I admit I know very little about the graphics in consoles) I’d estimate it at closer to $600 in order to get a good GPU for gaming on

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      It’d be too big. Console form factors are hot.

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