Yesterday’s post on finding the best deal on a Nintendo DS was so well-received that I set off to do another “Where Can I…” installment. This one is dedicated to the XBox 360 Kinect.
4GB vs 250 GB
The XBox comes in two “flavors” – with 4 GB of memory or with 250 GB.
We decided to get the 4GB, namely because it was – and still is – about $100 cheaper.
If you plan to save a lot of games / scores / other-things-I-don’t-understand, you may find yourself wanting the higher RAM. You can’t upgrade once you have bought the unit, so be sure to consider that when making your decision.
The XBox is a standard game system – i.e. you play the games by holding a remote control in your hand.
There are a number of games (particularly sports games like NBA 2K12 – a favorite in my house) that don’t require the Sensor; but without it, you can’t play a lot of the games (like the super cool Kinect Star Wars.)
You can get by without the Sensor, but for the extra $40ish dollars, I think it’s worth it to get the whole deal.
XBox Package Deals
Most offers that we will be seeing this week and throughout December are package deals – which means you get the console, a wireless remote control, a game (or two), and possibly the Kinect Sensor.
Your buy-now price for the 4GB package, with one or two games, and the Sensor — is $199.
You can also expect Amazon to match the $199 price at least once during a Lightning Deal. Last year we saw four such deals over Thursday and Friday.
One final player to keep your eye on is Microsoft. Last year, I was actually able to get our bundle from Microsoft for $199, without any waitlists or shenanigans. I expect to see the same deal again this year.
If you want just the console, without the Kinect, you will pay $40 – $50 less.
Walmart will have a Skylanders Bundle, for example, for $149 – available in-store only.
You will also get “select XBox consoles” from Microsoft for $149 – available online only, start at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.
If you want the 250 GB of RAM, expect to pay $249 or more. The XBox 250 GB with Kinect Sensor will start from $299.
Game Stop will have the XBox 360 250GB Holiday System Bundle with three gaames (Skyrim, Forza 4 and Call of Duty Black Ops 2) for $249.99. This does not come with the Kinect.