Considering Upgrade to Xbox One? Microsoft Offering Select Users $75 to Switch

Microsoft rolls out "short-term promotion" for some gamers in the US, Canada, and UK.

Some Xbox 360 owners turned on their systems this week to find a surprising image (above) informing them that if they buy an Xbox One this month, they'll get a special $75 credit. As it turns out, this is part of a limited-time offer for select gamers in the US, Canada, and UK.

"This short-term promotion is offered to select Xbox fans in the US, Canada and the UK," a Microsoft spokesperson told GameSpot. "We are always looking for opportunities to bring promotions like this to our customers."

According to the image--obtained by NeoGAF forum user BeforeU--the promotional credit is going out to some of Microsoft's "very best customers." It's unclear how Microsoft is choosing people for the offer, but we have to think having an active Xbox Live subscription for an extended period would improve your standing in Microsoft's eyes.

If you were one of the lucky ones who received the offer, you need to buy an Xbox One (standard or Kinect bundle) and activate it by July 31 to receive the credit. You will then receive a code for a $75 credit through your console, which you must redeem it by October 15, 2014 and spend by a year later.

With a $75 credit, you could buy any one of the many, many games coming to Xbox One this year, including first-party games like Sunset Overdrive or Halo: The Master Chief Collection, or multiplatform titles like Assassin's Creed Unity or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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Discussion

177 comments
ruttedrat
ruttedrat

i never got my rebate, how do i go about getting it.  i upgraded to an xbox one july 18th. i have also been an xbox live member for years. what gives microsoft???

adrunk3nduck
adrunk3nduck

Being a PC gamer since I was 3 then swiftly moving to my first console when I was 7 (Gamecube), then having a PS2 and later owing an Xbox 360 I have seen some interesting things. I have played all of them respectively and have never found a reason to like a certain one specifically. PC is expensive but has better graphics, Xbox is owned by a corporation that practically INVENTED gaming, Playstation has quite a large fanbase due to the fact that it cares about it's consumers and Nintendo seems to be stuck in the past, making GOOD games, catering to the Nostalgia Addicts and pumping out pretty much the same thing every year. Each one has exclusives and a different "feel" to them. In the end it all comes down to one thing...which one can cater to the fans better and make more money in the process. Gaming is a consumer-based media built to take said consumers money while still keeping them satisfied. So we can have fun on any console or PC or whatever, but it's still all the same in the end. The corporations want your money...and they have a good reason to do just that.  So the next time your deciding on which one to spend money on...decide, play and enjoy. By all means become a fan of that one machine, just remember there are always other choices.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I have owned a few xbox 360s - first one off the boat still works though it has been modded like crazy to keep working. And I have kept two xbox live accounts active since 2002 or 2003 - i used two different emails and both with fake names and fake debit card accounts (DO NOT PUT your real name and chit on those accounts). The xbox live account I have kept active nonstop did not receive this offer but the one that was kept up maybe 50% of the time was - and of course the email account attached to it is dead or I cannot remember the pass word to it.

Anyway I am still not buying a new next gen console until one year later - but I would much rather receive a few couple new games then a hard to use rebate. Which seems to be pressing you to buy digital rather then hardcopy retail, I prefer retail only because I either give my old games away to family or sale them on Amazon/ebay which allows me to buy even more games. 

I would prefer a leaner Operating system allowing better graphics comparable to the ps4, the specs of both machines are very close but the xb1 runs way too many apps at the same - I just want it to play games first - that other social babysitting apps facebook/twitter/tv live can be buried in the menus. They do not need to be running in the background. 

dead_face
dead_face

I think a $75 credit should also be given to any one with an Xbox One and the Day One achievement.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Even without Kinect, it sounds like they're getting a bit desperate to have people purchase/upgrade to the Xbox One.  Killer Instinct, Sunset Overdrive, D4 and Project Spark are enough for me to consider a purchase in the near future.

bmart970
bmart970

I bought one a week amd a half ago...

nintendians
nintendians

I bet that to receive that you have to be a gold member for a certain long time.

jatr1234
jatr1234

Titanfall is on sale for 40 bucks after three months. ahahhaha TITANFAIL!

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

Seriously Microsoft you look desperate and weak I get you are trying to sell Consoles but Come On Really? How many Price drops and bundles dropped already in the first year........And yet you are that desperate you have resorted to Sending Emails with Discount codes to people who have had more then enough chances to pick one up cheap so really it is just Spam.

jackzor123
jackzor123

Still seems like they're getting desperate since it costs $471 to manufacture (Including kinect) and that package retails at $499 (gamestop). So if they're giving us $75 dollars back, and they did things like released that Titan Fall bundle which was $449. Knock $75 dollars off a $449 bundle with manufacturing costs of $471 and yeah... not exactly a great money maker.

cvanderson983
cvanderson983

The "very best customers" ARE the ones with an Xbox ONE. What are they talking about?

JalalBlack
JalalBlack

I just bought an XBox One , Sony is better , it has a better controller , dedicated store for our region , no need for an attachment for your controller to use a headphone , the home page is a Games page , do I regret buying an XBoxOne , no , I wanted to try an XBox , it's good , but Sony is offering a better service for Gamers .

creepyburrito
creepyburrito

@dead_face Except that they already said they arent giving them anything, and that such customers shouldnt expect anything, unfortunately. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

@dead_face I like your way of thinking. HEAR THAT MICROSOFT??!!! How about hookin up your REAL best customers first?

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

@jatr1234 "On Sale" doesn't mean the game is fully knocked down. Pretty sure Playstation has done sales like this all the time with some of their newer games (highly around the Holiday season). A new game getting a "sale" doesn't mean it is failing. It just shows it is dropping in price to attract more people.

eorde
eorde

Assasins Creed 4 is now 14.99 on Amazon... BFF is 34.99 what are you trying to prove?

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@jatr1234 It should of been that price when It launched to be honest since it lacks any type of Campaign and has less content for Multiplayer then most games that offer both....

Barighm
Barighm

@jatr1234 So what? I saw Halo 4 marked down to half price at Christmas and there is no denying Halo is a far more successful franchise/game.

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

@sonyonly4 How are they desperate? Console is selling fine. Sure it's not as great as the PS4 in sales, but from all the people that I know that have both consoles, the Xbox One is the one they play more because it is liked more. Microsoft is listening to its fans and making them happy. This is a rewards opportunity for the fans that have been with Xbox for so long. Is that bad that they are rewarding their fans with one hell of a deal?

I don't see Playstation doing things like this to their "lifelong" fans. 

eorde
eorde

why are you mad that there are sales... do you not like saving money?

Teebown24
Teebown24

@cvanderson983 this is a marketing play to push Xbox one sales. Xbox one owners, therefore, are not the target market. its all a marketing play. now, whether or not it will work is another question entirely. 

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@cvanderson983 The "Very best Customers" only got a Day One Dumb ass achievement worth Nothing plus do they really wan't to throw that term around for Customers to see and feel their Business is not respected when they check their Inbox? God damn it Microsoft you need to go to rehab because right now you are having a Bigger Meltdown then Britney Spears.

Barighm
Barighm

@sonyonly4 This seems most likely. I've had XBL practically from year 1 and replaced my 360 on four different occasions, bought multiple controllers and hard drives, and for the most part already paid for my X1. I didn't get the promo.

creepyburrito
creepyburrito

@Bazongaman502 @sonyonly4 Then I would argue that you are respectfully blind, or an xbox fanboy possibly. I'm sorry but Microsoft cant touch Sony when it comes to fan appreciation and service and online capabilities, etc. I have a 360, I have dabbled with a xbox one, even got it as a gift. (I gave it away because that thing is a joke to me and I wish its new owner the best. Though apparently it broke, I'm not surprised...microsoft is a very Americanized company when it comes to attitude) there are reasons that I left microsoft, and my being on the ps4 is a totally different and positive experience than what microsoft has to offer to me. All the free games, constant discounts, the more grown up community online(not as much ragers or teenage to idiotic people constantly throwing around racial slurs trying to be cool ,etc) not as much foul play in said games, etc. No clipping on graphics, no lag on framerate, that and the ps4 doesnt sound like a loud dying car. All that said I actually still have an active membership to xbox live. 6 years a member now, and yet no offer or anything. Not that I'd take it. I just refuse to support Microsoft now after I was treated, that and what good friends I had on live also went with the ps4 this round too. But it stands to reason that if they really cared about their fans, then why isnt everyone in good standing getting an invite? That and if Sony sucks with fan appreciation, etc then tell me why did microsoft steal their playbook just recently? The xbox is now modeled after their system practices. Anyway I think they are dropping the ball again..But hey

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 If I sound upset god only knows how upset you must be........Probably been attempting to tie a Noose but are too thick to do so.

creepyburrito
creepyburrito

@rorytmeadows @jackzor123 They are an analyst because that's what they do, they study the market, and are regarded as experts, they get paid to watch and look for positive to negative trends with profits, etc. I get being a fan and all but trying to discredits facts like that and attacking someone that simply pays attention to such is just.....sad. 

jackzor123
jackzor123

@rorytmeadows @jackzor123 Okay, the excessive amount of deals, bundles and discounts still doesn't exactly scream great success, neither do their shipping numbers...

Rude pr*ck

Bazongaman502
Bazongaman502

@daikkenaurora12 @JalalBlack Why would they be crying? They bought something they like. I love my Xbox One. I like the PS4, but I think the Xbox One is the better console overall.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@Barighm @sonyonly4 Didn't they say they did something like this back with Killer Instinct? Has anyone actually proved this to even be true?

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 Please go ahead and explain to me why I would be upset?

Lets look at the facts.

I don't own an Xbox One.

I don't Want an Xbox One.

I did not pay for Xbox Live or buy any games for my 360 for the last 4 years so would not of received a Code even if I was Interested..

So explain your Logic why I would be upset? 

creepyburrito
creepyburrito

@rorytmeadows @creepyburrito @jackzor123 I think I'm inclined to believe someone who is educated, and has earned degrees in order to study a company, industry, or wherever their minds lead them. Rather than some illegitimate fanboy trying to prove himself tough on the internet. Yes, you're failing miserably at that by the way. Especially when you have nothing beneficial to say even when it comes to trying to insult someone. "shoot yourself" really? Somehow "you need a life" just doesn't quite say it.,,

creepyburrito
creepyburrito

@rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 That seems a wee bit stalkerish to me. Didnt know people even kept track of that..But no, maybe they just want to talk about gaming in general? I mean I once was an xbox guy and now I own a PS4 but I do enjoy seeing whats going on with gaming as a whole now and again. 

brewskimi
brewskimi

@rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 For someone who ripped others for "not having jobs and sleeping in", you're sure spending a lot of time (ALL DAY) in these comment threads.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 Maybe because I wan't to discuss gaming with normal people? Why do you have to keep Replying I have destroyed you Over and over and over again stop getting back up and stay down already, Nobody on this site takes ANYTHING you say seriously.Go back under your bridge T.roll you're boring.

hemer21
hemer21

This is too perfect, gold Richard, gold, pretty sure this comment wins and it just put my day off to a great start hahahaha. We should make shirts with this Logan on them, I bet we would sell more of these than Microsoft selling XB1.

Teebown24
Teebown24

@creepyburrito @rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 THIS. why does everyone think that because you own one console, you are immediately not allowed to interact with owners of the other console, or read news relating to it. there are some of us who buy both because we want access to the exclusives both sides offer, and cant afford to upgrade a PC every year to keep it up to date.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 LMFAO Yer right Slow Brain I wouldn't take one if it was free, I have a PS4 so no need since its exclusives don't interest me in the slightest and if Microsoft can't sell them got a feeling I will struggle to get rid off the thing myself.

creepyburrito
creepyburrito

@Teebown24 @creepyburrito @rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 I would hope that wasn't directed towards me, because....yeah if so you basically put words in my mouth big time bud. That said I personally never buy both, waste of money to me. I choose one and only one, with a rare chance of my getting another due to a deal or something. Im considering getting a Wii U but I for sure wouldnt get an xbox one. 

hemer21
hemer21

Creepy burrito I have to agree with you on this, rorytmeadows only comes to these articles to jump on the first person who brings up a flaw in the xbox one...for instance some may think this deal is a joke and I totally agree, because I still can't find two games that would make me want to buy the xbox one...(this is me feeding the troll, couldn't resist)

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@rorytmeadows @sonyonly4 Yer that is the type of stupid trash I would expect to hear from an Xtot. Really? Speaking about peoples mums smoking crack is what CHILDREN do in school XD yet again Exposed.Achievment Unlocked 100g The Hypocrite Achievement.

creepyburrito
creepyburrito

@hemer21 Yeah seems he is known. I surmise everyone might just have to resist putting him in his place, even if he might ask for it and at times it might be hard. Perhaps its time to treat a childish mind just as that, as a child. Ignore him and let him tire himself out in some lonesome corner. That said yeah I'm like that too. The xbox just really has nothing about it I admire or want at all this time around. However with PS4 there are so many games I cant wait to get for the console.