Microsoft announces a massive digital game sale on Xbox Live that will run from December 22nd through January 7th, offering discounts on over 200 games.
After the PlayStation 4 won the Black Friday battle with Xbox One, there’s precious little time for Microsoft to respond before the holiday sales season is complete. Along with dropping the price of the Xbox One to $300, Microsoft is also planning a significant game sale later this month.
According to a new promotion by Microsoft, the “Countdown” sale will run from December 22nd to January 7th. This date range is definitely no accident, since many gamers will be receiving a brand new Xbox One just a few days after the games sale kicks off.
Microsoft hasn’t yet revealed which “epic games” and add-ons will be included in the sale, but claims it will be the “biggest digital games sale of the year.” That’s quite a statement considering the many other impressive games sales that happen throughout the year. Of course, considering that’s Microsoft’s own claim, gamers need to take it with a grain of salt.
Gamers can expect more than 200 deals during the sale, with discounts ranging from 40 to 60 percent. The deals will be available to everyone, though Xbox Live Gold members will receive the biggest discounts.
There’s no word on if the sale will come in waves or if everything will be available for the duration of the sale. However, considering the dates range a little over two weeks, fans can likely expect each week to feature different games and add-ons. Additionally, it’s probable that the sale will include games across Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. If any Xbox 360 games are included, they’ll almost surely be ones available on Xbox One’s backward compatibility.
It will be interesting to see if this sale announcement, backward compatibility, and the Xbox One price drop will give Microsoft an edge over Sony through the rest of December. That may still prove difficult considering PlayStation 4’s own price drop to $300 and the recent announcement of the PlayStation 2 emulation on PlayStation 4.
Everything Microsoft has done over the last couple months seem to be focused on removing any roadblocks for Xbox 360 owners to upgrade to the Xbox One. This may be Microsoft’s opportunity to close the sales gap between Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Do you think Microsoft’s sale will be as great as they claim, or is it just a marketing ploy to drive more sales of Xbox One? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.