Discounts on Major Xbox One Games Shows Microsoft Means Business

Friday brought us fairly shocking news. No, not that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;birth 2 was delayed in Europe, but that two major Xbox One games would be deeply discounted at the Microsoft Store. After a solid Black Friday showing, the Microsoft Store is no stranger to deals, but these were outside of that realm. Instead of giving a few dollars off a top game, or discounting a game nobody wants, Microsoft dropped the hammer and the prices of both Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Both games were available in-store for $19.99 or online for $29.99. Let’s think about that for a minute; Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. These are not only indisputably two of the biggest releases of the year, but also games that were just recently released. Call of Duty games don’t generally drop much under $40 until a year after they’ve been released and Microsoft was offering the latest for a mere twenty dollars within five weeks of release. Destiny is a game that is proving to have legs and snagging it for the same price is just as impressive. But they didn’t stop there.

Microsoft has been a major player in Amazon’s 12 Days of Deals over the weekend. First they dropped Halo: The Master Chief Collection to $45; a first-party game released mere weeks ago that was already a steal at $60 and received perfect (moving aside the server issues) marks from us. That would have been more than enough, but today they dropped Sunset Overdrive to $35 and Forza Horizon 2 to $35. Both of those are again recently released major titles and strong Game of the Year contenders.

Microsoft isn’t discounting the games nobody wants. Within three days, Destiny, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 have been substantially discounted. That list could equally serve as the best Xbox One games of the year.

Following a month where Microsoft dropped their console to $329.99 with two free games and finally overtook PS4 as the best selling-console, the company is doing exactly what they need to do. Many consumers now have the console in-hand, but instead of letting them turn to the PS4 for their holiday purchases or multi-platform games, they are basically guaranteeing buying power be focused on their console. After all, who would pay ~$50 for Destiny or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS4 when they could have been had for nearly or over half of that on Xbox One?

Those are two of the biggest multi-platform games of the year and Microsoft is making sure they’re bought on Xbox One. If you’ve bought them on the console, what’s to stop you from continuing to purchase third-party games for the console? Both are games that will unarguably consume countless hours, so it might be natural to continue playing on the console so much time has been invested in. But even overlooking the third-party power, two of the console’s best exclusives can be had for $35. That’s a deal Sony has not attempted to match and quite frankly couldn’t as they’re still awaiting their comparable system sellers. Within mere weeks, Microsoft has cemented themselves in a great position and could continue experiencing exponential growth if the pattern is maintained.

  • RandomDev

    Clever MS, clever MS.

  • coip

    “Instead of giving a few dollars off a top game, or discounting a game nobody wants, Microsoft dropped the hammer and the prices of both Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.”
    So, they discounted Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and a game nobody wants.

    • u dodo

      You still out here fighting for your worthless indiebox ? Go play knack or driveclub or another worthless indie. Bankruptcy soon has no power…no cash…and no games. You have fun with that !

      • coip

        I think you have me confused with someone else. I would never own a Sony product, especially a PlayStation. They’re the worst thing to happen to gaming, ever.

      • You are flat out wrong

        Coip is a Shitbox shill like you are, FlopzaFailEver.

    • Mark Den Uil

      Dont be silly, Destiny and Advanced Warfare both are in the top 3 of most sold console games in 2014. Perhaps even top 2.

      • coip

        That was all based on hype, in the form of pre-orders and first day sales, before everyone realized that Destiny sucks.

        • Mark Den Uil

          Based on what I notice in my friends list every day, Destiny is still quite popular!

          People just love to co-op, and Destiny fills that need. Even though it involves lots of content repitition, it still offers something CoD and BF can’t. It lacks the content of a real mmo, it hardly has any story, but it does give console players a very accessible mmo-like social experience. I think that’s why Destiny continues to be popular.

  • Monokuma

    Microsoft knocking it out of the park as usual.

    • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

      LOL, this guy. Must be an awfully small park. Remember third place is still second loser.

      • asbofive


  • uptownsoul

    Can’t wait till I get a Xbox One…I figure it will be 3 months till it’s at $249 and then I’ll pounce!

    • u dodo

      Now the time…price is headed back up after the holiday. Its better than ps4 the price will stay at 399 after the holiday.

      • uptownsoul

        Microsoft isn’t going to raise the price back up to $399…When both consoles are $399 the PS4 dominates (June 9, 2014 – October 31, 2014)…Not to mention Xbox hast to try and compete with PS4 even though the Xbox One has no AAA exclusives till well after E3

        • rogerdodger

          Okee dokee…better games now and better games moving forward. Only a fool thinks otherwise. As for price…wouldnt count on it staying 349 but dont care either way…just as long as i keep getting the best games

          • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

            You made me laugh roger cause it was pretty clear from your comment you’re the fool, LOL. Oh and those “best games” you claim to have, we can all play most of the on PC so your xbone is a total waste.

          • uptownsoul

            “better games now and better games moving forward. Only a fool thinks otherwise.” — Such a ridiculous statement… “Better games” is pure OPINION…So what your saying is, anybody that doesn’t agree with your OPINION is a fool…smh

      • You are flat out wrong

        No one’s falling for your shilling, FlopzaFailEver.

    • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

      You should wait until they are paying you to take that piece of garbage.

  • u dodo

    No waiting for greatness on xbox one. Best games, best features and best online service.
    Let the ps4 fools keep waiting while we are playing all the best games.

    • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

      No on xbone we are still waiting for just adequate, they cant even get that right, but you fools keep swallowing the BS their feeding you like you always do, man it must be painful to be in last place this gen.

    • DarthDiggler


      Deep discounts means MS in trouble. You don’t see discounts on the iPhone 6 do you?

      Keep it real u dodo, REAL DUMB!

      • Apple knows its market will pay whatever cost they ask for the newest, even if it’s nearly the same product as before.

  • tplarkin7

    The only reason MS is dropping the price is that the games are not selling. But, it is the right thing to do, given the situation for the Xbox brand. It is also working. Sony’s game library stinks, and MS is capitalizing on that with better games and prices.

    • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

      Correct but I love how much spin Steve has put on this article, obviously there’s no shortage of xbox reputation management folks like old Steve here, out there reping Microsoft hard. This article is filled with so much obvious bias and Micrsoft knob gobbling it should have been on an xbox only site where it belongs.

    • You need to get back to enjoying video games instead of spending so much energy on representing a corporation. Such a waste of time.

  • Brian

    good job ms


    I guess desperate times call for desperate measures. Must be a thin line between the proverbial “hookup” to keeping the desperation ship afloat.

    One guy in here is right though…….I’ll hookup on my XBOne when the system costs as much as the PS3 and 360 in a couple of months. This just proves that your games on this console will be roughly 5 times cheaper due to desperate measures/times.

    I’ll buy into it then….. HAHAHAHAHAH how the tables have turned from the pauper station to what is now that one even has a decent back bone to stand with.

  • Cloud Air

    xbox is trash lol.. they are putting their 3rd party games on sale because they are downgraded versions of the ps4 ones.. why would someone with both systems buy the downgraded version other than price?

    and the exclusive games suck lol.. people don’t realize they are buying xbox one because of one game and that is sunset overdrive.. MS has always peddled forza and halo, its not like those are new or innovative.. forza’s graphics SUCK BALLS compared to drive club!!!!! (don’t believe me? go look up comparisons)

    and don’t give me that crap about drive club launch because the master chief launch was even WORSE!!!!

    anyway.. like i said people are buying xbone for one game.. sunset overdrive.. it does look like a good game but its still just one game

    sony is going to come back when MS has nothing new coming out.. sony will have bloodborne, guilty gear xrd, the order, uncharted 4, and street fighter 5

    not to mention the best multiplats as long as companies aren’t purposely gimping the ps4 versions to make them equal to the xbone version

    there is just no comparison sony dominates over MS so hard its ridiculous.. x-bots got ONE GAME from insomniac while sony has has multiple spyro games, multiple resistance games, and multiple ratchet and clank games.. my point is, you are all excited about ONE GAME when we have had that company giving us everything for over a decade!

    enjoy our sloppy seconds!!!

    sony has dropped the ball by allowing MS to have metal gear and kingdom hearts, but sony still has way more tricks up its sleeve.. you guys got a mere taste of it at PSX!!!!!!!

  • WhyWai

    they could win otherwise, so they resort to Price War now.

  • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

    “means business”

    translation: is desperate!

  • Great deals. Thanks for sharing, fellas!

  • asbofive

    No it means they’re desperate