Microsoft has ended its financed subscription based $99 Xbox 360 program, apparently. The program allowed consumers to pay $99 for a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect and then pay a monthly fee of $15 over a two-year period. The program was launched in May of 2012.
Speaking to Wall Street Journal, Microsoft spokesman David Dennis said that the pricing model was always intended as an experiment.
"This program was intended to be a pilot from the start, and Microsoft routinely adjusts the mix of offers available to its customers and this change was simply standard business practice," he told the WSJ.
In all the years it ran this little experiment, Microsoft never once discussed how successful it was. Many believed that it would eventually be adopted for the Xbox One.
The entire scheme was a good way to get an Xbox 360 if you couldn't afford to drop hundreds of dollars in one shot on a game system, but the long term cost over that two-year period came to roughly $459.00.