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Xbox 360 for Only $99?

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft’s rumored Xbox 360 for only $99 has just become real. Naturally though, with a drastic price reduction there are a few catches.

For $99, you’ll get a 4GB console along with the Kinect motion-capture sensor. The catch is you also have to agree to a two-year, $15-per-month Xbox Live Gold Contract. Similar to a cellphone contract, if you decide to opt out early, termination fees will run you anywhere from $12 to $250, depending on how much time is left on your contract.

After two years, this “deal” will cost almost $460, compared to the regular purchase price of just $299 for the bundle and two years of Xbox Live at $59.99.

Consumers who don’t have the cash on hand for the $299 bundle might be enticed by this offer, but in the long run, it’s not as cost-effective.

For now, this “promotion offer” is only available at Microsoft’s official retail stores.  It’s unclear if the software giant will expend this experiment into its online store or other electronic retailers.

Trying to capitalize on the same strategy used by cellphone carriers, Microsoft hopes this new promotion will entice consumers.

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Microsoft to Bring Kinect Gaming Device to PCs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft is set to bring its popular Kinect to PCs. The company is letting software developers create apps for Windows computers that take advantage of the controller-free system designed for the Xbox.

The first apps are scheduled to be released in late June.

Microsoft sold eight million Kinects in its first months on the market.

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Microsoft Plans for Windows Phone 7 Upgrade

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft is the latest company looking to turn smartphones into video game remotes. Microsoft says it hopes to connect phones running on its Windows Phone 7 software to its Xbox video game console.

The company showed a video of one player using the Xbox Kinect while two others joined in on their phones.

The new feature is expected to be added later this year.

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Kinect Sensor Boosts Microsoft to Record $19.95-Billion Revenue

Photo Courtesy - Microsoft(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft sold eight million units of its Kinect gaming device, the $150 Xbox accessory that allows for remote-less gameplay.  The company estimated that it would sell five million of the devices, but just 60 days after its release, Kinect sales exceeded Microsoft's goal by three million.

“We are enthusiastic about the consumer response to our holiday lineup of products, including the launch of Kinect. The eight million units of Kinect sensors sold in just 60 days far exceeded our expectations,” Peter Klein, the Microsoft chief financial officer said in a statement Thursday.

The technology giant reported record revenues and earnings per share while disclosing the financial results from its fiscal second quarter.  Microsoft says that its $19.95 billion in revenue and $0.77 per share were driven mainly by the 55 percent growth in the Entertainment & Devices Division.  Microsoft credits the Kinect sensor for the upsurge in Xbox 360 console and game sales as well as Xbox Live subscriptions.

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