As part of a spring sales promotion, Microsoft announces plans to temporarily sell the Xbox One for $300, and discount various digital Xbox One and Xbox 360 games.
Anyone in the market to purchase a new Xbox One system should hold off on buying one for a couple of days. That’s because Microsoft has announced that the company will be temporarily discounting the Xbox One from $350 to $300 beginning March 20th. It has not yet been revealed when the price of the system will return to its usual $350 price point, so interested consumers should probably buy one as soon as the sale goes live.
Microsoft is discounting the Xbox One as part of a spring sale promotional event, which will also see a number of digital PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 backward compatible games receive significant discounts. Microsoft hasn’t announced all the games that will be on sale, but it did mention that some of 2015’s biggest releases, like Fallout 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, will be a part of the promotion. Furthermore, some games will receive discounts of up to 60%, which could be enough to convince the budget-minded gamer to take the plunge on some of the aforementioned releases.
Besides discounting digital video games, Microsoft’s spring sale event will also lower the prices of movies and TV content purchased from the Microsoft Store. Whereas the Xbox One hardware discount begins on March 20th, the digital content sale will begin on March 22nd. As is the case with the Xbox One hardware sale, however, Microsoft has not divulged exactly how long the spring sale event will run.
With the PlayStation 4 the best-selling console most months, it makes sense for Microsoft to have aggressive sales like this in an attempt to win consumer dollars. This past holiday season actually saw Microsoft pick up a victory amidst the release of Halo 5: Guardians and a number of Xbox One holiday bundles, many of which were also discounted to $300, so perhaps this spring sale could help the Xbox One push some units.
In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how heavily Microsoft discounts some of the games that will be available at lower prices in the spring sale. After all, games like Black Ops 3 and Fallout 4 still pop up on the monthly NPD sales charts, showing that gamers are more than willing to buy them at full price.
Overall, this spring sale promotion could possibly put more Xbox Ones in the homes of gamers, which certainly isn’t a bad thing for the Xbox community. Having more players equates to more activity in online mulitplayer games, and more people to purchase the software developers create for the system. Time will tell if this spring sale promotion results in an increase in Xbox One sales, but the temporary $300 pricetag may be too good a deal for some to pass up.