Microsoft is offering free games to anyone who buys the Xbox One. The selection of freebies is surprisingly good, too.
I expected Microsoft to be like, "Hey, you can have Ryse or Kinect Sports Rivals!" This isn't just a way for them to offload their older Xbox One games, though. Instead, though, they're letting you pick any game released through stores. Also, it doesn't matter whether you're buying the Xbox One by itself or with other extras.
"Whether you want to lock-and-load with your friends in Destiny or Titanfall, face the legions of hell in Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, hack the planet in Watch Dogs, or hit the sports arena of your choice in Madden NFL 15 or NHL 15, the choice is yours."
"The offer is valid for any retail Xbox One game, and the offer is good for our Xbox One system bundles, too – so if you want to pick up the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle or Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle, you’re getting another free game of your choice priced at $59.99 or lower on top of it!"
One restriction is that you can only get a free game that costs $59.99 or less. This means you can't get the Ghost Edition of Destiny or some other limited edition bundle. Still, you're getting a full game to start off your collection so it's hard to complain about this limit on the detail.
The other, more important restriction is time. The offer is only good from September 7th through the 13th. That sadly means the deal will expire before a lot of gamers hear about it.
The timing suggests that Microsoft's making a serious play for prospective Destiny buyers. Destiny will be launching on September 9th on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. Sony's lined up exclusive DLC for the PlayStation versions along with a white PS4 bundle. It's arguable whether the free Xbox One game outweighs all that but at least Microsoft's putting up a fight.
Destiny sales are worth fighting for. It's the most hyped release for new-gen consoles so far. Analysts are expecting it to sell 10 to 15 million copies, making it the biggest launch of the fall. A significant number of gamers could purchase a new console with the game in mind. It only makes sense that Microsoft and Sony would do anything in their power to capture the lion's share of that money.
You can check out the full list of Xbox One games eligible for this deal here. Again, though, you can only get games available by the time you purchase the console. This means other fall games like Assassin's Creed Unity or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won't be eligible for the offer.
Does this deal make you more likely to buy an Xbox One?