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According to several reports online Microsoft could be launching the Xbox 360 package for $99 up front when you make the purchase with a subsequent two year monthly payment plan where you are required to pay $15 a month which brings the total up to $459. The folks over at TheVerge (via Kotaku) believe that the bundle could ship as early as next and in the entire bundle users will apparently be privileged to a 4GB Xbox 360, Kinect, and an Xbox Live Gold Subscription. Of course in the company’s best interests, if users allegedly break their contracts, Microsoft will apparently charge an early termination fee.

If the reports are true, this move is apparently in response to competing entertainment services like Apple TV and Roku. The report also indicates that the $99 Xbox 360 bundle will only be available at official Microsoft Stores with no news as to whether it will be available online or hit other possible retailers for now. Since this news has not yet been announced officially, we hope you can take it with a pinch of salt. However, if it is true, it seems like we might not have very long to wait. What do you think about this alleged Xbox bundle which is going the same way as smartphones with their 2-year contracts?

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