Microsoft not dishing out any freebies to those who bought an Xbox One ahead of $399 price cut

Microsoft confirms there will be no compensation for anyone who purchased an Xbox One for $499.


After dropping the price of the Xbox One to $399/£349, Microsoft has said it has no plans to offer any compensation to those who paid full price for the machine when it launched back in November.

No freebies, then, Microsoft? "No," explained a Microsoft spokesperson to Eurogamer. "As with many first generation products, the offerings can be expected to change and evolve over time."

"Kinect remains an integral part of our vision. Xbox One is better with Kinect, making games, TV, and entertainment come alive with premium experiences."

When Nintendo slashed the price of the 3DS shortly after launch, for instance, it offered up an ambassador program that bolstered libraries with a slew of Virtual Console titles. There was no such offering when the Wii U price was reduced, however.

When asked by GameSpot yesterday about the possibility of compensation for early Xbox One adopters, Microsoft chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi said the company is instead looking to deliver extra value.

"Part of what we're trying to do is really deliver value for those early purchasers," said Mehdi, "and that's part of what we're doing with some of the Games with Gold value offer that we've brought. One of the things that we did is we're bring an extra [free] game to Xbox 360. So we're always trying to reward our best fans with more services."

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