Masiv / Mar 20, 2016
Microsoft revealed an Xbox One price cut Friday as part of a limited time spring sale from March 20 to March 28. The $299 price, down from $349, is not permanent, but it could hint at the future for Xbox One. The new price affects all bundles, which is a great deal considering it covers games such as "Tom Clancy's The Division," "Gears of War: Ultimate Edition" and the upcoming "Quantum Break."
The spring also sale includes a 40 percent to 60 percent discount on new games. "Fallout 4," "Halo 5: Guardians," "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" and "Far Cry Primal" are among the 150 games on sale. Xbox Live Gold members receive an up to 10 percent discount on top of the original deal.
For those waiting to purchase an Xbox One, this is the best deal to date. The Xbox One "Quantum Break" bundle, available April 10, includes a digital copy of "Alan Wake." As part of a cross-platform play by Microsoft, the bundle includes a digital copy of "Quantum Break" for Windows 10. The Name Your Game bundle lets players choose from "Forza Motorsport 6," "Rise of the Tomb Raider," "Gears of War: Ultimate Edition" or "Rare Replay."
Considering the gap in sales between the Xbox One and PS4, the former has sold around 19 million consoles worldwide while the later has sold 37.7 million, the price cut could become permanent in the near future. Microsoft previously slashed the price of its console from $399 to $349 for a limited time before the official price cut, according to gaming site Kotaku.
With Sony unveiling the PlayStation VR earlier this week, which will run on the PS4, this could be an attempt by Microsoft to persuade gamers to purchase the cheaper Xbox One.