Analysts say Microsoft's low-priced subscription offer for Xbox 360 could be a Trojan Horse for its Xbox 720 strategy.
Hell no! Even with all that Windows 7 and upcoming Windows 8 money, even Microsoft can't pull a $99 launch and I really doubt this Contract thing is going to work out. May be I am wrong but I just don't see a $99 next gen console even with some sort of contract. Heck the mobile companies charge $199 and upwards) for cellphones that we ALL know carry bloated prices. It's all about profit especially at launch where both the companies already have a bad experience of bleeding money.
The only way this could even have a sniff at happening is if it was fully cloud based like an onlive system but even the $99 is a push for the big 3!
"I really doubt this Contract thing is going to work out" that's what they said about cell phones.
Who said that about cell phones?
Yea screw that, I'll go back to older generation games from the ps3, original xbox and even n64 that I missed for awhile before I'd even consider paying for a monthly plan that will eventually add up to way more than what a brand new console would cost. However I admit I pay for Live now so if MS just condenses everything into a small monthly payment, it may not matter to LIve subscribers much depending on how much it could cost If they do this. Still means bad signs for core gaming too.
Cellphone companies have been doing it for years. If $199 comes with a two year contract it's no different. But they would have to have a premium service that adds up to more than $60 a year. But these consoles might be a lot cheaper to make than people think. None of the new console will likely have a separate CPU and GPU. They will most likely be the same die. That cuts the cost of a new console by a third on day one since those are the two most expensive parts. Plus these aren't built with a huge expensive die size. These will be 28 or maybe 22nm chips. They will be far cheaper chips to produce than the ones in the 360 and PS3 at launch. The cost of consoles drops as the generation goes on because of parts prices being re-negotiated. But mostly from die shrinks. Instead of getting 20 90nm chips from a $100. You get 80 28nm chips from the same wafer for $100(just example numbers). So you can make 4 times the consoles from that wafer.
Who knows? Maybe you can have an option on paying in full, or doing the payment plan with the console. I would of course pay in full so its mine right away. But the payment plan would be good for the people who cant afford it in one sitting. I think its a great idea.
So....'rent to own'? Yeah, that'll revolutionize things. /s
yeah and I will be the next president
Lord knows that will never happen
lol very true seeing I have 0 interest in politics
So I think I'm starting to see the picture more clearly now, better and more advanced hardware = a quarter of the cost. I'm sold! /S
Can't you buy anything like that already anyway with laybuy? Or do you guys not get that in the states?
U mean credit card payments??
I spelt it wrong it is actually "Lay-by" 'A 'lay-by' is essentially a contract where you pay a trader for a product over a period of time rather than upfront.' http://www.accc.gov.au/cont... Not all stores do it here but a lot of the major ones do (Target, K-Mart, Big W etc)
in some states (CA) its called "Lay-Away" but ya i under stand what you mean
The moment that cellphone-style plans come out for consoles is the moment I distance myself from them entirely.
If they costed $100, i would die of happiness but i doubt they will be that low and could even possibly be more expensive but i also believe they'll be around $300-$400.
Worst case scenario is if they charge $300 AND try to pull some monthly payment plan/subscription crap just to do basic things like play your games online, or use stuff you would rather use on pc anyway (like Netflix). Oh wait! Microsoft already does that now to it's customers via Xbox Live. And even with all that money they don't bother to invest in making/acquiring exclusives. See what just happened there?
See what just happened there? Yeah, you made a moron mad and he negged you! /s
^ LOL :D
as soon as the $99 subscription was announced i said it was just a test for next gen, and nothing has changed my mind. it would allow microsoft to release a big powerful and expensive new piece of hardware for the price of the current 360. that is all kinds of good for marketing and reception, and for video game players too. with the $99 xbox 360 youre only paying $50 extra over 2 years, but you get a 2 year warranty so it cancels itself out. its a great deal. Sony will follow suit, dont you worry about that.
Sigh, I just really don't like the idea of these contracts, especially with microsoft and their credit card policy. It's not as hard as it used to be to get your cc removed from their services, but I can't see myself buying a console and having to treat it like a cell phone service as some have said above.
Firstly, IGN always write too much, secondly, they will cost about 2-300, with a monthly fee.
Oh yea definitely! 50 bucks, what a smart and educated guess! You must have graduated college!
If this happen then I would seriously just stick strictly to PC gaming.
Retailers do it with PC's
That would make me the happiest boy in the world. Edit: buying a console ala rent-a-center is for rubes.
Just because Ouya is said to be priced at $99, doesn't mean next gen consoles will be priced at $99. Ouya isn't even a threat to MS, Sony, or Nintendo.
seeing how the current monthly payment plan for xbox isnt going well i doubt the next consoles will try it. and no way at launch. there is a 99$ console coming but it is android based and will be playing the games you get on your phone. it is built to help develop and self publish android games but i doubt that sony or ms will attempted anything like that
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