Microsoft is planning to launch a $99 Xbox console package with a
monthly subscription as early as next week, according to our sources.
The software giant will offer the 4GB console with a Kinect sensor at
its range of Microsoft Stores in the US, subsidized with a monthly cost
of $15. We’re told that the two-year subscription will provide access to
the Xbox Live Gold service and possibly some additional streaming
content from cable providers or sports package providers. Customers who
sign-up for the deal will also be covered under a two-year warranty.
There will be an early termination fee for those wishing to break the
contract ahead of its two-year duration, and we understand that
Microsoft will position the package as a competitor to Apple TV, Roku,
and PlayStation 3.