Xbox One price drops $50 for the holidays

27 Oct 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

The Xbox One’s Price Just Dropped $50 Until Next Year.

It’s a limited-time thing, but Microsoft’s giving fence-sitters plenty of time to make up their minds, running the promotional pricing from November 2 (next Sunday) through January 3, 2015. The Xbox One Assassin’s Creed bundle will be available for $349, or $449 if you want Kinect included, while the Sunset Overdrive bundle will see its price chopped to $349.The launched last year at $499 including the Kinect with all systems, but Microsoft chose to unbundle the two and sell a base Xbox One console for only $399 earlier this year, which helped to increase sales.

The temporary discount starts on Nov. 2 and applies to all bundles of the system, including consoles that come with big holiday releases like Sunset Overdrive, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The price cuts appear limited to the US at present, and Microsoft has named Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Stores, Target, Toys ‘R Us and Walmart as participating retailers.

Throughout the entire holiday season exclusively in the US, all Xbox One consoles and bundles will be $50 less, which means the standalone Xbox One will only cost $349. I’d include Nintendo’s Wii U, which checks the “most anticipated exclusives” and “innovative independent games” boxes, but it fumbles the “newest blockbuster franchises” one because of the abject state of third-party support. The Xbox One’s temporary price drop is both a sign of how much Microsoft’s trying to change the sales narrative around its flagship console — the perception that its basically getting clobbered by the PlayStation 4 worldwide — and an indication that the company’s willing to do more than it’s competition to make that happen. No doubt this strategy is all about getting more Xbox Ones under Christmas trees than its biggest competitor does. “Fans don’t have to wait for Black Friday this year to enjoy great savings on Xbox One.

Notably, when the special Xbox One deal goes into effect, it will make Microsoft’s console less expensive than the rival PlayStation 4, which sells for $400. As a result, if you are thinking about picking up an Xbox One this week along with Sunset Overdrive, you may strongly want to wait until next week now.

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