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Microsoft Partners with Four Retailers for Subsidized Xbox 360s

Microsoft recently added two new Xbox 360 packages to its subsidized subscription deal; the 250 GB Xbox 360 model priced at $99, and the 250 GB model with the Kinect sensor for $149. These packages join the 4 GB Xbox 360 with Kinect deal Microsoft has offered at its Microsoft Store locations for $99. For those who don’t have a Microsoft retail store nearby, you now have four more options when it comes to securing these deals, thanks to partnerships struck by Microsoft with GameStop, Toys R Us, Walmart, and Best Buy.

Here’s how it works. Much like a wireless phone provider, Microsoft is subsidizing the cost of the Xbox 360 package you choose by requiring you to sign up for a 2-year Xbox Live subscription, priced at $15 a month. Over the life of this subscription, Microsoft is able to make back the initial discount on the Xbox 360 package, much like a 2-year wireless agreement covers the subsidy you receive when you purchase a phone through a carrier. But is it a good deal?

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