Are you a longtime Xbox 360 owner? If so, Microsoft may be giving you $75 in credit to upgrade to an Xbox One.
Xbox 360 owners on NeoGAF and Microsoft's own Xbox Forums report that some users are being offered $75 in digital credit for buying either an Xbox One or Xbox One bundle. Although the bundle can be purchased from any retailer, the credit itself must be validated at either Microsoft's store or a participating "Microsoft online stores" by mid-October. (The credit can not be applied as a discount to the Xbox One purchase itself--just for games, DLC, or other digital content.)
Microsoft representatives did not respond to a request for comment.
According to a screenshot posted to NeoGAF, the reward is for Microsoft's "very best customers," implying that the deal is somehow exclusive to just a few.
The screenshot says that the new console must be purchased and activated before the end of July and is limited to owners within the United States. The code must be redeemed by Oct. 15, 2014 and spent by Oct. 14, 2015, potentially permitting Xbox 360 owners to cash in on some holiday deals for additional savings. Naturally, the offer is not transferable.
Although Microsoft dominated the last generation of game consoles with its Xbox 360, the current Xbox One has been consistently outsold in the United States by the Sony PlayStation 4. Last month, Microsoft trimmed the price of the Xbox One to $400 by making the Kinect camera sensor optional and has pushed many of the entertainment apps it previously reserved for its Xbox Live's paid Gold tier out into the basic, free Silver tier. Meanwhile, Microsoft has added other conveniences, such as support for external hard drives and support for the Xbox One controller in PC games. Microsoft has also built a community "voices" site for Xbox One gamers to request changes and updates from Microsoft.
Assuming this is a legitimate deal, it's unclear where Microsoft goes from here. Will the same deals be offered to other Xbox 360 owners? Or will Microsoft make clear that, say, only Xbox 360 owners with several years of Live Gold membership will receive the credit offer? Either way, a $75 free credit is nothing to sneeze at. But it could brew resentment among other long-time Xbox 360 owners, too.