Best Buy, GameStop to sell $99 Xbox subscriptions
Microsoft plans to expand its discounted subscription and console bundle at retailers as part of a pilot program, the WSJ reports.
Microsoft plans to expand its an entry posted in a company blog today.to all U.S Best Buy stores and some GameStop stores later this month, according to
The deal is for a limited number of users for a short period of time, but if there is enough interest, the company may expand the offer again, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Currently, the offer is exclusively available at 17 Microsoft stores. The $99 offer combines an Xbox 360 and Kinect motion sensor with a two-year service contract.
The companyas a cheaper way for consumers to buy the console. To get the $200 savings, however, they'll need to sign up for a two-year Xbox Live Gold membership, costing $14.99 per month.
Access to the Xbox Live network lets gamers play games with one another, watch streaming videos, and access Netflix, among things.
The Xbox and Kinect package retails for $299. The Xbox Live Gold online subscription regularly costs $60 per year.
The company has been working hard to change the image of the Xbox from a video game console to a full entertainment system, and E3 game expo yesterday.at the
Update, 11:24 a.m. PT: Updated with more info.