Grommyfrog wrote:If Sony had offered this kind of financing when the PS3 launched... I imagine it would have out sold the Wii .
For sure, except I bet the terms wouldn't have been nearly so reasonable back then. "Pay just $399 up front and then just $89/month for 17 years! It's the deal of the decade! Or two decades, actually!"
I do think this could be hugely successful, though, and I imagine if it works for Microsoft, Sony would have little choice but to follow. And frankly, I think, say, two years of Plus would be a way better deal than two years of Gold, so if the next generation launches with financing like this (and doesn't kill renting and used games) I'll probably jump on it.
I wonder how much money Microsoft is really saving by using the 4GB model for the bundle. Wholesale prices on hard drives just aren't very high at all. Maybe they're just doing it because they make a lot of money on their ridiculously overpriced aftermarket drives?
As to concerns about the next generation XBox… I doubt there'll be that much overlap. It seems pretty certain that neither MS nor Sony will announce the next generation this year, so the earliest they're likely to be announced would be E3 next year, and I'm guessing the earliest they'd come out would be next year's holiday season. So there might be a six month overlap, if that. Not a huge deal IMO at $15/month.
Still, the 4GB thing really changes the complexion of the deal. Amazon is selling a 250GB Kinect bundle for $394. That's a lot more than $99, which really feels almost like "oh f*** it" money, but not so much more than $189 for the deal + a reasonable hard drive. But then the Amazon option doesn't include two years of Gold.
So Bob and Grommy, as folks who used to just have PS3s, how happy are you to have XBoxes as well? Do you pay for Gold? Do you feel it's worth it? I kind of doubt I'll get much (if any) added value from whatever video services MS throws in — I have Netflix and FiOS, which already give me pretty much all the movies and TV and VOD I could possibly want and then some — so I imagine it'll really just come down to the gaming. How do you like Kinect, if you have it? Are there really worthwhile Kinect games despite the lack of buttons?