You might remember that back during the middle of 2014 the price of the Xbox One console, Microsoft’s next gen video game machine, dropped down in order to better compete with the price of the Playstation 4. Both consoles have been in a sales race ever since their release in late 2013, with the PS4 topping sales charts more often than not.
Now, perhaps to close the gap between the two devices, the Xbox One is scheduled to be lowered in price by $50 for the time being, according to Microsoft on their own blog. The offer officially started on the 16th of January, and whilst it’s not clear for how long the offer will last or whether it’s indefinite, but what we do know is that for now the reduction in price is limited to customers in the USA.
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The holiday season of 2014 was indeed a record breaking one for the Xbox team over at Microsoft – sales figures for the console from the November and December months actually saw the Xbox One take the top seller spot over Sony, as well as achieved one and a half times more sales than the previous Xbox 360 in the same point in its life cycle.
“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,”
“We are thankful for all the excitement for Xbox One this holiday and proud to offer more fans the amazing games lineup, Xbox Live gaming community, and continual innovation that Xbox One fans have come to enjoy.”
– Mike Nichols, Xbox Corporate Vice President of Marketing.
The lineup for the upcoming year on the Xbox was also mentioned in the recent blog posting from Microsoft, with Halo 5 Guardians being acknowledged as the big multiplayer exclusive for the year following a very well received multiplayer beta. Halo fans are not yet able to get their hands on the single player side of the title, however, for devotees to the complicated Halo story line, it looks like a lot more is in store compared to the previous Halo title.
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Additionally, the blog post named Rise of the Tomb Raider, Evolve, Screamride, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Ori and the Blind Forest, Battlefield Hardline as titles to watch for Xbox gamers in 2015. Additionaly services such as HBO GO, Showtime Anytime, Pandora, ReddX, GoPro, and Twitch broadcasting are reportedly on their way to the console.
If you’re a US console fan looking to get on board this year, the Xbox One is definitely the one to go for if you’re into the latest blockbuster titles with the best graphics and online multiplayer services. Xbox live and the Xbox One are sure to give main competitor Sony and their PlayStation 4 a run for their money this year.
Via: Xbox Wire