Microsoft Offering Huge Discounts on Xbox Games
There's no better time than the holidays to pick up a new Xbox 360 or Xbox One Game, especially with Microsoft's recent sale.
The company announced earlier this month that it would be offering 17 days of discounts on select video game titles. Among the most notable titles includes Grand Theft Auto V (40% off retail price), Ori and the Blind Forest, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Red Dead Redemption, and Madden NFL 16, just to name a few.
"The first week of deals will be available from December 22 to 28. The Countdown sale will also feature Daily Deals and will run from December 22 to 31," said Microsoft when announcing the deals. "We’ll ring in the New Year with more offers beginning December 29 to January 7. Xbox Live Gold members will save up to an additional 10 percent on top of the game discounts, so now is a great time to go Gold and enjoy the benefits."
As noted above, Microsoft plans to offer a second set of weekly deals on December 29, beginning with 50% off Need for Speed (2015) and 40% off PopCap Bundle with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Peggle 2: Magical Masters Edition.
So, why is Microsoft offering such steep discounts on popular Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles? One plausible reason is because it's trying to encourage gamers to purchase digital copies of video games. It cost less for a company to sell a digital copy of a video game as opposed to a physical copy -- much less. And lower production costs means more profit for the video game company and the respective platform on which it is played. Other experts believe that Microsoft is trying to capitalize on gamers' decision to purchase titles on impulse, meaning some gamers will likely purchase digital titles without really thinking about. In any case, we're glad to see Microsoft is slashing the prices of Xbox 360 and Xbox One games.
Of course, Sony is also offering steep discounts on select PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games for the holidays. The new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has been reduced to just $39 and Battlefield: Hardline is just $20 bucks. You can check out a full list of Sony's deals by clicking here.