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grommyfrog wrote:It's not a bad deal for anyone who can't afford the upfront costs of buying a new console. I figure the final cost is right about what purchasing an Xbox with a credit card would be with two years of interest (basic payment plan without any special APR stuff).
I would consider going this route for the next generation of consoles if it is offered.
HDDs are $50-100 on Amazon right now. You need a HDD!
BigBadBob113 wrote:Yeah, you would DEFINITELY need to invest in a new hard drive, as 4GB is nothing. I think it is a great offer though, because a lot of people may not be willing to drop over $400 as a one-time purchase, but $15 a month interest-free is a pretty good way to finance a new console. Like Grommy said, if this pricing system catches on I will definitely be using that for the next generation of consoles.
Microsoft won't confirm if it will indeed sell its Xbox for $99 plus a subscription fee. If it did, it could upend the race to dominate the living room.
Grommyfrog wrote:If Sony had offered this kind of financing when the PS3 launched... I imagine it would have out sold the Wii .
Macrocephalus wrote: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!"
Macrocephalus wrote: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?
grommyfrog wrote:I have a paid Gold LIVE subscription and it is necessary to really enjoy using the console. You can buy LIVE subscriptions at a discount from Amazon (any store that carries the cards) and save $20-30 on a years service. ALWAYS buy your Points cards from Amazon! If you buy Points from Microsoft they charge Sales Tax. Amazon gives a small discount and delivers the Points/LIVE Subscriptions via a emailed digital code. I guess if you get the $99 deal you don't have to worry about LIVE cards.
grommyfrog wrote:Unless you like buying AA batteries you will need this.
Xbox 360 Black Play and Charge Kit
Macrocephalus wrote:grommyfrog wrote:Unless you like buying AA batteries you will need this.
Xbox 360 Black Play and Charge Kit
Wait… the controllers don't come with rechargeable batteries by default? Or is it that you just can't charge the controller and play at the same time without buying this extra accessory? Either way, that's insane!!! It's exactly this kind of BS nickel-and-diming (along with the RROD) that dissuaded me from even considering a 360 in the first place.
Speaking of which, I guess one important question about the $99 subscription deal will be how it handles console failures.
smurphster wrote:Wait... the PS3 doesn't come with a headset?!?!?
although I did wear out one of the three batteries (kind of have to expect that after so many charges).
Macrocephalus wrote:I noticed people on Amazon complaining about that, but I don't see why the batteries should be so crappy. My PS3 controllers are all still going strong years into their lives.
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