According to The Verge, Microsoft will be selling a ninety-nine dollar Xbox bundle with a four-gigabyte model and a Kinect motion sensor device.

According to The Verge, Microsoft will be selling a ninety-nine dollar Xbox bundle with a four-gigabyte model and a Kinect motion sensor device.

Currently, such bundles sell for three-hundred dollars at retailers. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft has suddenly undergone a charitable change of heart. The catch to the two-thirds price reduction is two years of a fifteen dollar a month subscription plan.

It’s a smart idea on Microsoft’s part. At the end of a two year period, customers will be paying slightly more than they otherwise would have for the same bundle and a similar subscription. However, despite the extra charges, it is entirely likely that customers will still go for the option of paying less now. For some, fifteen dollars a month is a lot more realistic than three hundred dollars in a day.

Included in the subscription is a two year warranty, membership to Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold service, and possible extra streaming material. If customers are so inclined, they can break from the contract early by paying an early termination fee. However, the sum of this fee has not been disclosed.

The announcement has been made while Microsoft and other gaming companies prepare for next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, the biggest industry showcase.

If the bundle does end up selling well, Microsoft will receive more customers and more money simultaneously, albeit over a more prolonged period of time. It just goes to show that good things really to come to those who wait.