Xbox One Price Drops to $350

Microsoft drops pricing on Xbox One by $50 starting tomorrow.

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Microsoft has announced a price drop for the Xbox One in the US starting tomorrow.

Speaking in a video posted on the Xbox site, corporate vice president of marketing Mike Nichols said, "Building off a record-setting holiday, we are excited to announce a new promotion in which fans in the U.S. can buy an Xbox One at a special price of $349, starting tomorrow, January 16, from their preferred retailer."

The price drop follows what Microsoft dubs a "record-breaking holiday," with the Xbox One leading console sales for the months of November in the US and UK. The Xbox One also topped sales last month in the US. However, for all of 2014, Sony's PS4 came out as the top-selling console both in the US and worldwide.

Nichols announced that the ability to capture screenshots would be coming soon to Xbox One, which players will be able to share via social networks. The Xbox team is also working on integrating gaming experiences with the Windows 10 operating system on PC. More details will be revealed on January 21 at the Windows event.

Pricing for the Xbox One dropped by $50 on November 2 last year in the lead up to the holiday season. The promotional offer was valid in the United States for a limited time, and finished on January 3. Xbox One software sales were also strong in November. During the month, more Xbox One games were sold in the US than PS4 or Wii U.

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Microsoft was told to do this by the community but didn't listen, so people didn't buy their console as much as they would have. Now having flashed a 1TB drive and white console, I would prefer those to the basic model. Especially since its now 2015, not providing ample drive space is very 1990s. I guess when they want my money they'll give the user more options than an AC bundle (and no discount even for a base model, lol).

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It's amazing what happens when you start listening to your customers instead of the delusions of your executives.

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Listen my ass, they had no other choice are continue to be slaughtered by the PS4.

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So, is this permanant?

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Find top sites offering best deals and huge discounts on PS4, Xbox one, Laptops, iPhone6, HDTVs, and more, visit now >>>> HolidayShoppingMart:com

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This will definitely keep the sales flowing in.

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The price should never have gone back up to $400 in the first place

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Hooray for X1 doing well! I was one of those silly folks who paid for the full-priced $500 version within a few weeks of release in 2012. I'm not gonna say I regret my decision... I mean, saving $150 would've been nice, but I've been enjoying it since I bought it. If I hadn't purchased one already and was looking to do it now though, I'd definitely go for the $150 version. Anyway.... what I'm curious about is the misleading wording. Gamespot and other places are saying it's a price drop - but Microsoft is calling it a promotion, so is this permanent or temporary? It's not really clear.

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This is a great price for Xbox one $50 more than Wii U and $50 less than PS4. At sweet spot for people considering entering the 8th Gen of games who have not yet done so. Microsoft should keep this price as long as they can do so.

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LOL.

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I kinda figured on that one. I mean, they weren't going to see that big of a sales bump at $350 and then raise it back to $400. That would have been just the absolute height of insanity for them.

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trying so hard to stop people reselling there door stop xbox one so new users just go, stuff it, its not much more to buy a new one and current stagnant users will say, stuff it, i may aswell keep it, i that case i might hold out and wait for a 250 second hand console, two can play at this game :P

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Wait, what?

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Hotwog21 said it, so it must be true..

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desperate and still cant take screenshots or talk to my friend on 360 on the same network, you should be ashamed


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Smart move, it sold better then the PS4 with a reduced price in the US, Canada, and UK.

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Where could I buy a good gaming pc that is not overpriced like Alienware?

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Still waiting on the games for both systems, than will make the jump. Until then my PS3/360 are just fine along with my new gaming PC.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sunset Overdrive is incredible. Post-Patch AC Unity is loads of fun. Shadow of Mordor is great. Titanfall is really good even for me, a person that generally hates FPS games. Everybody seems to like the Halo Master Chief edition even with broken multiplayer and from what I hear they are gushing over Halo 5.


As for upcoming games - Quantum Break promises to be interesting (It's either going to revolutionize what games can do or be a complete fiasco - but it'll be interesting either way). Batman Arkham Knight is almost a lock on being great. The new Tomb Raider is gonna be fun. And Evolve didn't strike me as at all interesting at first but looks to be good now that I tried the beta.


On the indie scene - Valiant Hearts was incredibly good. Never Alone is fun. Child of light is great. Threes is, perhaps, the best thing to do while watching netflix.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> All good games, don't forget Scalebound, (hopefuly 2015), Smite looks sweet, there is also a beta for Neverwinter 1&2, and on the indie side there is a very cool looking game called Cuphead. All kinda cool stuff coming. Also a very cool system update in february

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> And, of course, Dragon Age Inquisition. I haven't played it but those who have are really happy with it...


Plus, there is my standby game - "Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare".... I have to say that it never quite ends up being the only game I play but it is the game I keep coming back to in between all of the others.

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@Triton I have both systems and I'm not going to PR one over the other like those two did with the Xbox One. But PS4 has an awesome line up coming 2015 as well. Dragon age, Evole, Batman Arkham Knight are on both systems. Tomb Raider a timed exclusive, it will be on PS4 and I believe PC as well. To get a better feel of which console you might purchase do some research on the Exclusives and go with what appeals to you the most.

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good news for gamers. The more competition the better.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That's just illogical. Even if there's just one console maker left, there's always PC, which offers endless competetion.

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Timed price cut or definitive?

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NOT. EVEN. SLIGHTLY. SURPRISED.
I said they would do this while they had that "sale" on, it was just incentive to be quick and buy now.

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SCAMMERS!


Fully expected from these sleazy slimebags though...

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so the momentum they had stopped after the price went up to 400$, who would have guessed? was a stupid decision to raise the price in the first place

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<< LINK REMOVED >> They had to, it was all planned in the 2014, obviously. They dubbed the first pricedrop "Temporal", so they technically had to raise the price again (for one day! LOL) to keep their word. Dirtbags...

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Important to note that the version with Kinect has not changed in price. So the gap between the two is now $150 instead of $100.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Give it a week.
I don't think they care for the Kinect anymore, but they've gotta shift those consoles somehow.

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They have already topped the sales two months in the US, that's not where they need the price cut the most. They need the pricecut in all the countries selling even up to 7:1 ratio in ps4 favour. Why not a global pricecut?!

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Have to say I'm rather tempted to use my xbox one more often. I'm still regretting buying cod on ps4 it was lag city on almost every multiplayer game... I'm pretty sure whatever host system they're running just sucks (or it's a ghost town and I'm playing with the euros) for that game... nothing nearly as bad when playing destiny... and my ps4 controller has some mushiness to the buttons while my xbox one controller still feels amazing but but... then I can't play on the games on my vita.... and there's always that question... How will it run in comparison? I honestly couldn't care less about 900p vs 1080p... we're talking small differences and in comparison to say 4k vs 1080p.. peanuts. So if that's all no worries but as people HAVE to have 1080p they're likely to take something away and I have no way of controlling what so yeah I look before I jump nowadays.

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I admit i was wrong....I thought the xbox one would get trounced by the PS4 this holiday season....

Well not the 1st time i was wrong wont be the last....

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PS4 would have dropped by $50 and 2 free games. It would have been doomsday for the Xbox One during the holidays. Sony wasn't hurting for sales with the PS4. Xbox One just can't compete when it's priced the same as the PS4.

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That's actually a smart move by Microsoft. Well, that and getting rid of Kinect, including free games, ending the paywall for steaming services like Netflix, firing Dan Mattrick, and getting rid of their initial anti-consumer DRM policies. Unfortunately Micorsoft first party studios are terrible and they're basically Forza and Kinect shovelware factories. The last new IP by a first party Microsoft developer that WASNT a Kinect title was Alan Wake in 2010. 5 years ago! When the Xbox one gets some unique new IPs I might pick one up to sit next to my 360 and ps4.

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Good for you MS! The price drop has shown that the value of the bundle got everyones attention. Keeping the price down is smart. Now rotate in different bundles to keep people's attention and keep up the advertising. You need to tell people that its holiday season all year round in Xbox territory. Should always be the lowest priced of the twins in the US.

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It's worth more than the $350/$450 sales prices but this is the only way that Microsoft can shake people out of their "1080p this, FPS that, DRM this, PR disaster that" over-dramatic voodoo bullshit.

If that is what it takes then so be it, people need to wake the hell up.

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meanwhile xbox one costs 500$+ in my country

way to go microsoft

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