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$75 promotional code can be used towards the purchase of games, movies, etc.

The Xbox One already saw its price dropped to $399 thanks to jettisoning the Kinect camera, but it looks as though Microsoft is ready to make the console even more enticing to its loyal customers. Microsoft has a new a targeted offer which gives Xbox 360 users a $75 promotional code to use towards the purchase of games or entertainment if they purchase an Xbox One.
 
This promotion doesn’t appear to be available to all Xbox 360 owners, but those that do fall in Microsoft’s good graces can purchase an Xbox One console from any retailer by July 31 and activate it by July 31. Once you complete that step, Microsoft will send a message to your Xbox One console by August 15 complete with your $75 promotional code. You will then have one year to use the code or its full value will be forfeited.

 
A $75 promotional credit isn’t exactly the same as $75 in cold hard cash, but it’s better than nothing and a great deal for the select few that will qualify for the offer.

Source: VG24/7



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Whats that smell?
By jnemesh on 7/8/2014 12:00:26 PM , Rating: 1
Oh, it's just the stench of desperation wafting off the Redmond campus. Hope we get some wind soon to disperse it!

Seriously, if sales are THAT bad that MS has to start throwing cash at customers, it's pretty obvious that the console has one foot in the grave!

I can't wait to see what they do when even THIS fails to move boxes!




RE: Whats that smell?
By sweetca on 7/8/2014 4:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
"it's pretty obvious that the console has one foot in the grave!"

I think that may be a little bit of an exaggeration. MSFT and Sony would be glad to make a lot of $ on their hardware. The reality, they make way more on software sales. They are accepting, grudgingly, short term losses in order to boost profits down the road.


RE: Whats that smell?
By inperfectdarkness on 7/9/2014 4:09:26 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, since the idea surfaced at MS, xbox has been nothing but an excuse for MS to burn money hand over fist in order to forcefully shove itself into a market that it has ZERO business being in--at least with respect to hardware.

Xbox marketing for each HALO game has trumped the marketing on even the biggest movie releases. I once quipped that I was fairly certain that MS spent more on marketing for the Xbox than it did on R&D (which is an entirely plausible hypothesis if you factor in the RROD debacle).

The best thing that could happen for console gamers everywhere is for LIVE to be united with PS & XBOX to go away.

/rant


RE: Whats that smell?
By FITCamaro on 7/9/2014 10:15:50 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously? Microsoft has instilled new competitiveness in the console market. Without them, Sony would largely be unopposed. Nintendo still would have gone down its casual gaming path. Leaving Sony as the only console maker with serious gaming in mind. You think they'd have pushed the envelope to improve without Microsoft there to make them? PSN sucked until only the last few years. We had to wait for a new console in order to get things like party chat on a Sony console. Microsoft absolutely belongs in the console business. While I wish their hardware specs were better this go around, they're trying to unify PCs, tablets, phones, and gaming consoles all under one common interface.

I don't have an Xbox One yet, but I still plan to get one to complement my PS4 and my PC for platform exclusives. And I certainly think a world without Microsoft getting into the console race would have been a sad one indeed. Microsoft pushed the envelope in the total platform experience while running neck and neck with Sony on hardware in the last generation. They only dropped the ball a little this time due to cost and a bad economy.


RE: Whats that smell?
By jnemesh on 7/9/2014 1:06:28 PM , Rating: 1
Sony would be largely unopposed....yes...and how well did that work out in the PS2 era? We did JUST FINE without MS being involved before, and the industry will survive just fine without them in the future.


RE: Whats that smell?
By inperfectdarkness on 7/10/2014 4:34:26 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, 2/3 generations of Xbox have sucked, compared to PS. The only reason why 360 thrived was because Sony sacrificed PS3 on the altar of winning the Blu-Ray format war--and it paid off.

PS is now back on top where it was. Xbox is little more than a MS joke of a footnote, and Nintendo is still chugging along doing it's own thing.

Frankly, I take offense to your insinuation that Nintendo isn't for "serious gaming". Sony isn't behind 99% of the games that are dubbed "serious" be the console fanboys--3rd parties are. The Wii-U is fully capable of 1080p gaming, which is where the console market has stagnated at. The arguments against Nintendo are full of nothing more than hot air.

If you want to decry Nintendo's position in the market, the finger needs to be pointed at the 3rd party developers who have bought into (or worse, perpetuated) the myth that Nintendo isn't for serious gaming.

You sound like one of those idiots who claims that Windows users can't be "hardcore" PC users, and only Linux users can be.


To sum it up
By BRB29 on 7/8/2014 10:38:53 AM , Rating: 2
So MS is telling you to buy an xbox one or bundle and give you enough credit for 1 game + 1 DLC. I guess it's better than nothing.




RE: To sum it up
By amanojaku on 7/8/2014 10:51:06 AM , Rating: 2
How is MS telling anyone to do anything? If you buy the One normally you don't get the $75 gift, so it's an incentive. You could just ignore the offer and keep playing your 360.


RE: To sum it up
By xti on 7/8/2014 1:55:53 PM , Rating: 3
this is a crime. we should get paid to have these high end luxuries.


Not good for Microsoft
By TheDoc9 on 7/8/2014 11:14:01 AM , Rating: 2
Already dropping prices so much. It's looking like They'll need to go to $299 to have a chance.




RE: Not good for Microsoft
By EasyC on 7/8/2014 12:00:33 PM , Rating: 2
Meh, they just having hit the right price for the performance. Things like this will keep happening until they hit the right price and start to gain a little traction.


RE: Not good for Microsoft
By FITCamaro on 7/8/2014 12:08:48 PM , Rating: 2
Already seeing PS4 prices drop too. The economy is hurting games in general. Look at how fast PS4 and XB1 games have dropped in price too.


it's not the price, it's the content
By Dr K on 7/8/2014 2:11:17 PM , Rating: 2
The real issue isn't the price, it's the lack of compelling content... ie., games. I could afford to go out and but an XBone today, but I'm not going to bother until (if?) they give me a compelling reason to do it. This means they need to release games that are only available on XBone; simple as that. I'm a long standing Xbox fan, but I'm still on the fence for the next gen consoles. Will I switch to PS4 for this round? I don't want to own both.




They need content.
By DJMiggy on 7/8/2014 2:52:24 PM , Rating: 2
The PS4 and the xbox one need some killer content to push console sales farther. Right now a lot of the games aren't exclusive or just are rehashes that a majority of people barely care about.




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