Brand new Xbox with Kinect for only $99!*
*There’s a catch – why wouldn’t there be? According to Joystiq, some GameStop and Best Buy locations are selling Xbox/Kinect console bundles, normally priced around $250-300, for only $99 provided you also sign up for Xbox Live Gold for 2 years at $15 per month.
If you do the math, which Joystiq did for you, you will actually end up spending about $60 more over the next 2 years under this contract, than if you bought the bundle at retail plus two 12-month XBLG cards for $50 each. So basically it’s the same marketing trick as rent-to-own or building up debt on your credit card: pay less now, but more in the long run.
It should be interesting to see how well this cell-phone pricing model works for Xbox. Just FYI, you can still do a lot on Xbox Live for free, without paying for the extra Gold subscription. You can still buy downloadable add-ons and songs for games like Just Dance 3 and Dance Central, use Your Shape‘s online workout-tracking features, and download free demos of Kinect games (you may have to wait a week or two for them to become available to non-Gold members).