250GB Xbox 360 Now Available In Subsidized Deal For $99

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Were any of you planning to pick up an Xbox 360 in order to play Halo 4 or Forza Horizon this holiday season, but don’t know if you can afford one? If you have found your finances to be in a, shall we say – precarious position (hey, join the club), then Microsoft may have found the answer for you.

You may have heard about the Xbox subsidy program that Microsoft started running earlier this year. In effect, you purchase the initial hardware at a discount if you subscribe up-front to a couple of years of Xbox Live service. Well, whilst the offer was initially restricted to just the 4GB budget model, it has now been expanded to cover the 250GB flagship model of the console, as well as the SKU which includes Kinect, if you really must have one of those devices…

The 250GB model will cost $99 with the subsidy, while the version with Kinect will set you back $149. Available only in North America for now, you can purchase the subsidized console through the Microsoft online store, as well as Gamestop, Toys R Us and Walmart stores. The news comes courtesy of Microsoft marketing manager Matt Barlow, who was talking with The Wall Street Journal. He also made it clear that the subsidized cost of the system with an Xbox Live subscription may be coming to international markets at some point, as well as it being something that will be a focus for the company in the future – potentially being a way of getting the more expensive next-gen Xbox into people’s homes.

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Mark Coupe

Mark Coupe

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I'm a UK based gamer, as well as being more obsessed with video games and Doctor Who that any adult has a right to be. I keep telling myself I will grow up one day, but certainly not if I can help it.
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