2010 may very well be the best time there is to be an Xbox 360 fan, but in order to be a 360 fan these days, you’ll have to pay big time. Following are several ways Microsoft is working to make the Xbox 360 more expensive in 2010.
Xbox Live Gold Price Hikes
The new price hikes for the Xbox Live 12 month Gold membership from $50 to $60 a year – that’ll go into effect November 1, 2010 – has lots of loyal Xbox 360 fans questioning Microsoft’s intentions and wondering if they’ve switched over to the dark side. This new additional $10 price hike is the first time Microsoft has changed the pricing model of its Xbox Live service since it was introduced to the original Xbox almost 8 years ago.
New Wireless Xbox 360 Controllers
Xbox is set to release a new Xbox 360 wireless controller this November that’ll add more precision, come bundled with a Play & Charge kit, and also burn a big hole in your wallet. The current Xbox 360 Wireless controller is already expensive, but the new, all gray, Xbox 360 Wireless controller with an all new “Transforming D-pad” will cost an overwhelmingly expensive $64.99 (US) – and that’s just for one controller.
The Xbox 360 Slim
If you’ve been checking for an original Xbox 360 console in retail stores, you’ll find nothing but the new Xbox 360 Slim – and that’s if you can find that. The original Xbox 360 was a bit pricey at $249.99, but the new Xbox 360 Slim raises the prices of the Xbox 360 Elite and Arcade b $50 with the Xbox 360S 4GB priced at $199.99 from the Xbox Arcades $149.99 price and the Xbox 360S 250GB priced at $299.99 from the Xbox Elite’s $249.99 price tag.
Yep, the Xbox Kinect is on its way and to play without a controller, you’ll have to dive deep down into your pockets and emerge with a wad of cash. The new Xbox Kinect costs a whopping $149.99 – the current price of a Nintendo Wii – and if you’re the owner of an original Xbox 360 that isn’t Kinect ready, you’ll have to pay a bit more to purchase an Xbox Kinect adapter as well.
For more, read The 3 Worst Ways Xbox Live Has Screwed Over Its Fans in the Last 8 Years , Why 2010 was the Best Year Ever to Be an Xbox Fan , and Halo: Reach Pirates Will Be Hunted Down by Microsoft and Banned from Xbox Live
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