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Microsoft is looking to boost sales by giving gamers a freebie

Microsoft and participating U.S. retailers will be sponsoring a new promotion for those looking to purchase a new Xbox One console. Starting on September 7, gamers who purchase an Xbox One will be able to choose one free game (valued at $59.99 or less) to take home with them.
The promotion will end on September 13, but that should be more than enough time for gamers to pickup an Xbox One and the highly anticipated title Destiny, which will be available starting September 9.

The Xbox One now starts at $399 (thanks to ditching the Kinect camera), which matches the price of the Sony PlayStation 4. Sales for the Xbox One have been on the rise ever since the effective price cut, although the PS4 still has a healthy lead.

Source: Major Nelson

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desperate measures
By GulWestfale on 9/4/14, Rating: 0
RE: desperate measures
By elleehswon on 9/4/2014 11:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
I miss playing virtua fighter on my 32x.

RE: desperate measures
By Mitch101 on 9/4/2014 3:26:00 PM , Rating: 2
MAME Arcade Hard Drive

Not sure anyone has them for download via online services like Steam or X-Box Gold etc so above may be your only option. E-bay?

RE: desperate measures
By FITCamaro on 9/4/2014 11:35:53 AM , Rating: 2
Sony's weak financial state stops them from doing the same thing.

RE: desperate measures
By EasyC on 9/4/2014 12:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
No, Sony being in the lead by a large margin prevents them from doing this.

Why would you start offering promotions when you're already in the lead and readily outsell your competitors (even while they run promotions).

MS is desparate, hell even retailers are desparate. Every week I see a different promotion or sale by retailers directly related to the xbone. Get a free game, get a free controller, get a free game and controller. They are attempting just to gain market share to push the product forward, but it isn't working.

They still haven't shown full fledged commitment to getting there, though. Microsoft is a lot of things, but it isn't stupid. It knows why it's losing, and it's still pussyfooting around with weak promotions. Either make your product performance/price competitive or play around in market purgatory. At some point, the hardcore fanboy customers will dry up as they are getting fewer in numbers. But hey they still have the Wii U to look down on, right?

RE: desperate measures
By karimtemple on 9/4/2014 1:30:30 PM , Rating: 2
It's kind of a bad idea for MS to try to create a price structure that's based on "performance." They're equivalent products that should have equivalent prices. Each has value propositions that the other does not.

Unfortunately for MS, the real solution to their problems is really based on time. They need to spend a notable amount of time demonstrating that they've righted the wrongs they're so famous for this generation, patiently and consistently providing consumers with irresistible exclusives and awesome features. Value and marketing. They do that for a year, they're back in the game.

RE: desperate measures
By Shadowmaster625 on 9/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: desperate measures
By karimtemple on 9/4/2014 1:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
Lowering the price on a console too far too early is actually a tremendous detriment, and for good reason a mistake you'll never see a Big Three company make. These are not phones. They expect to sell these for years at a time.

RE: desperate measures
By atechfan on 9/4/2014 1:36:06 PM , Rating: 3
So Sony, a company bleeding money, should take a profit cut on one of their few money makers just to cause Microsoft to exit the console market all because you apparently cannot say no to your brats?

RE: desperate measures
By Arsynic on 9/4/2014 2:13:01 PM , Rating: 1
Typical console warrior.

RE: desperate measures
By GulWestfale on 9/4/2014 2:25:12 PM , Rating: 2
my last console was a 360, and i had a dreamcast before that. i only play on PC these days.

RE: desperate measures
By Connoisseur on 9/4/2014 4:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I know the PS4 has technically superior specs but the XBONE isn't exactly Wii U. Any differences in graphics power between the two machines won't be earth-shattering.

RE: desperate measures
By StevoLincolnite on 9/4/2014 6:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention if Specs, Performance and Graphics power are so important you wouldn't be gaming on a console anyway.

The PC has been so far ahead for a long time, it's really not funny, 1440P displays from Korea are in the same price ballpark as 1080P TN panels these days, you can turn up all the bells and whistles like Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering...

RE: desperate measures
By Alexvrb on 9/4/2014 10:54:37 PM , Rating: 2
You have to consider the source. Do a double blind test on him with Destiny and he'd be hard-pressed to reliably pick out a clear winner every time.

Alternatively you could stick two identical PS4 setups side by side, and hide the consoles from view. Tell him the one on the left is an Xbox One and he'd find flaws with it's output.

Oh well...
By XGAMER777 on 9/4/2014 12:58:13 PM , Rating: 4
Just bought my XBONE with Kinect and Forza bundle on labor day weekend at Best Buy. Wish I could have gotten the extra game too.
I gotta say, after looking at both consoles, very glad I went with XBONE. Don't understand what all the hate is about.
The new Kinect is awesome! Also the XBONE controller is perfect. Never liked the Sony controller. Plus like the XBONE interface too.
Love the HDMI passthru! Connected my Samsung HDTV tuner settop to it and am amazed at how well it works! Couldn't be happier.

RE: Oh well...
By Arsynic on 9/4/2014 2:16:55 PM , Rating: 1
The hate is all console warrior bullshit. I care less about games and more about the other functionality.

RE: Oh well...
By inperfectdarkness on 9/5/2014 3:11:11 AM , Rating: 2
Then why even have a console? Sounds like all you need is a media-center PC.

I'm a gamer. I don't give a flip about functionality--I DO CARE ABOUT THE GAMES. That's why I'm still a loyal Nintendo fan.

For those of you comparing the XBONE to WiiU, Thanks. That was my point prior to these consoles being released--there's no significant capability that hampers gameplay on one system vs. another. Gamers should buy on what has the games they want, what is most economical, and/or (god forbid) what features they are looking for. Nintendo's 1st party game library is what keeps me interested.

This news is another tacit admission that MS just can't compete in the console market. The 360 was a fluke, largely caused by Sony winning the format war & sacrificing the PS3 to get there.

RE: Oh well...
By degobah77 on 9/4/2014 2:50:45 PM , Rating: 3
The fact that the PS4 can render something most people won't notice while playing is the argument I hear about the current consoles these days. I have both units as well as a decent gaming PC (4790K, GTX770) and I'm glad I have all.

I've actually used the Xbox One the most though. Having that TV pass thru is great. I can go from the middle of a game to an HBO show right back to the game in an instant.

Who cares
By zlandar on 9/4/2014 12:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
Zero "must buy" games for either system.

RE: Who cares
By inperfectdarkness on 9/5/2014 3:13:29 AM , Rating: 2
And that's why my Nintendo love has remained strong. Mario 5,348? Sure, bring it. Because at least I know that it will bring some new innovation to the table that will surprise and amaze me.

Radical New Idea
By DN23 on 9/4/2014 2:06:54 PM , Rating: 2
How about, 'Buy an XBox One and you get ALL of your old games for free?'

So disapointed by Destiny...
By Wolfpup on 9/8/2014 10:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
A Halo MMO? I don't care about multiplayer in Halo, and that's sure as heck not what I was looking for in a new IP from Bungie...

Oh well, hopefully it won't wreck them and they'll do something more interesting next time.

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