(CBS News) Microsoft may be shifting pricing strategy for its Xbox 360. Rumors that the software giant will subsidize the popular video game console in exchange for a two-year Xbox Live Gold subscription are circulating.
According to tech blog The Verge, Microsoft may offer an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle for $99 with a two-year, monthly subscription to Xbox Live Gold, which is priced at $15 per month. If the rumors are true, Microsoft customers could save about $40 in the deal.
The cheapest Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle is about $299.99 and a year of Xbox Live Gold is $59.99, costing about $460 for the bundle and two-years of Gold. The rumored $99 bundle plus $320 for two-years of Xbox Live Gold would total about $420.
Ultimately, customers will have to choose between flexibility and moderate savings. It's worth noting that if Microsoft were to release the next generation Xbox in the next two years, the Gold subscription should be transferable to the new console.
Microsoft has not confirmed any of the rumors.
"We haven't made any announcements and we don't comment on rumor or speculation," a Microsoft spokesperson told CBS News.