GameStop to launch Xbox 360-to-Xbox One game upgrade program

While there will be some games released exclusively for the Xbox One, many of the games for Microsoft's next generation came console will be ports of games made for other platforms, such as the current Xbox 360. Today, GameStop announced a special upgrade offer that will allow a few Xbox 360 games to be traded for the same game on the Xbox One for a much higher credit amount.

GameStop's press release states that members of its PowerUp Rewards program can trade in those select games and get a minimum of $50 credit towards purchasing the same game for the Xbox One. The list of eligible games includes:

  • Activision: "Call of Duty: Ghosts"
  • Electronic Arts: "Madden NFL 25," "FIFA 14" and "Battlefield 4"
  • Ubisoft: "Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag"

PowerUp Rewards members have to purchase the games that are part of the offer within 30 days of their initial release to be eligible for the offer. The Xbox 360 game can then be traded in for the same Xbox One version of the game GameStop says, "Following the purchase of an eligible current generation title, members will receive the guaranteed $50 trade-credit coupon via email and in their PowerUp Rewards Active Offers." The coupon must be used by Dec. 31; in 2014 the coupon will no longer be valid.

Source: GameStop | Image via Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

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Personally I think MS should offer an upgrade path for digital only games from XBox 360 to XBox One. This would get users into the mindset of Digital trading/sharing with the Family Sharing I hope they bring back.

1) Buy game for your XBox 360 say... GTA5
2) Finish it and turn it in for a specific credit towards the purchase of a new game or even a full version of the XBox One game.

It would be a clear differentiator from the PS4.

...and Gamestop will still be making 5 bucks off these trade ins.

Not sure it'd be something I'd bother with myself, granted can't say I'd be interested in picking up any of those at launch anyway, so I suppose it's a moot point.

Boxster17 said,
...and Gamestop will still be making 5 bucks off these trade ins.

Not sure it'd be something I'd bother with myself, granted can't say I'd be interested in picking up any of those at launch anyway, so I suppose it's a moot point.

Plus the resale...

Nonsense, why would anyone pay for the same ****ing game? I say get a freaking PC, it's way cheaper and you can upgrade it every time you want.

It is not cheaper. Relatively speaking. If you play tons and tons and tons of game, yes it is. You can get super special discounts on Steam. Otherwise, upgrading your video card each two years to maintain High - Very High settings is not cheaper than paying 350$ or 500$ once per 10 years.

Jose_49 said,
It is not cheaper. Relatively speaking. If you play tons and tons and tons of game, yes it is. You can get super special discounts on Steam. Otherwise, upgrading your video card each two years to maintain High - Very High settings is not cheaper than paying 350$ or 500$ once per 10 years.

Because when you buy a console you maintain the equivalent of High - Very High settings for 10 years? I guess consoles have found a way of magically upgrading their own hardware without user involvement and with no money down...

You just don't get it... Developer's can specifically develop for console hardware, knowing that it will be exactly the same regardless of console. With a PC, developers have to cater for an almost infinite number of variations.

I believe that this generation, console games will be better than some PC games, simply because developers have way more to play with. You can have the most amazing PC, but if the developers can't optimise for it, it's useless.

IgorP said,

Because when you buy a console you maintain the equivalent of High - Very High settings for 10 years? I guess consoles have found a way of magically upgrading their own hardware without user involvement and with no money down...


Maybe I went too far .

What I really wanted to state is that just for playing games with playable FPS, you'd need to be upgrading your hardware constantly (with constantly I mean 2-3 years depending on your build). Instead, with these devices, developers know what they are having on their hands and tend to optimize their games for better performance.

Jose_49 said,

Maybe I went too far .

What I really wanted to state is that just for playing games with playable FPS, you'd need to be upgrading your hardware constantly (with constantly I mean 2-3 years depending on your build). Instead, with these devices, developers know what they are having on their hands and tend to optimize their games for better performance.

+1

IgorP said,

Because when you buy a console you maintain the equivalent of High - Very High settings for 10 years? I guess consoles have found a way of magically upgrading their own hardware without user involvement and with no money down...

Meh, I get what you are saying but not everyone needs to stay on "Very High" settings in order to still enjoy their gaming experience. I have used my nVidia 8800GT for the past 6 years now and just in the last few months upgraded.

Jose_49 said,

Maybe I went too far .

What I really wanted to state is that just for playing games with playable FPS, you'd need to be upgrading your hardware constantly (with constantly I mean 2-3 years depending on your build). Instead, with these devices, developers know what they are having on their hands and tend to optimize their games for better performance.

While it's true that the hardware restricitons of consoles force developers to push that particular technology to its limit, it is also true that this holds developers back from making the kind of large leaps in quality we were seeing every couple of years back in the late 90's - early 00's.

As a result, it is no longer neccessary to upgrade every 2-3 years on PC either, as most games are made with consoles in mind.

I have a Geforce 295 GTX that I bought ~5 years ago, and I don't really feel the need to upgrade yet. I can still play many recent games on High settings at my native resolution. Obviously for some of the more graphically intense games I have to lower the detail settings, and/or the resolution, but generally the games are still looking and running better than their console counterparts.

Shadrack said,

Meh, I get what you are saying but not everyone needs to stay on "Very High" settings in order to still enjoy their gaming experience. I have used my nVidia 8800GT for the past 6 years now and just in the last few months upgraded.

Not sure what point you thought I was trying to make, but I absolutely agree with you.