Microsoft will give Xbox 360 owners $75 credit to buy an Xbox One

Own an Xbox 360 and don't yet have an Xbox One? You may want to purchase one before the end of the month, as Microsoft will give you a $75 digital credit to use on games and other digital downloads.

As spotted by NeoGAF user BeforeU, Xbox 360 owners are now being presented with an ad that promotes the deal, which lasts until 11:59 p.m. PST July 31. It's not clear yet if the deal applies to all Xbox 360 owners, as the ad displayed to Before U states it's being sent to "one of our very best customers." According to the ad, the promotion applies to "any Xbox One or Xbox One bundle from [the] Microsoft Store or your local retailer."

The disclaimer for the ad states it began yesterday, July 7, and that Xbox 360 owners in the U.S. are eligible. The deal appears to be associated with a user's Microsoft account and Xbox Live gamertag, as the $75 gift code "will be sent from Xbox to your Xbox One console message center" by Aug. 15. The code is only redeemable until Oct. 15, and after it's redeemed it must be spent by Oct. 14, 2015, or within 365 days, whichever occurs first.

The deal doesn't appear to be a hoax, as other Xbox 360 owners are also reporting seeing the ad.

Source: NeoGAF | Image via BeforeU

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You have to buy the Xbox One FIRST and then you get a $75 credit to spend at a games retailer. The title implies that you get $75 credit towards the purchase of an Xbox One, which you do not.

Yea buy the xbox one and have two consoles; Xbox 360 to play games and Xbox one to make your life miserable with terrible speech recognition and lack of games. Where is the freaking 360 simulator for the XB1?

I have an X1 and would love to replace both X360s in the house with X1s but Media Center on X360 is a requirement, so both X360s are staying in the racks. They would need to offer a few hundred to buy small form factor HTPCs to hook up to the X1s and that isn't going to happen. First company that can come up with a Media Center replacement for the app era might just have something special.

Well, considering that Microsoft isn't even supporting their own platform, I think you will have to hang on to those 360s for a long time...

MS almost completely abandoned Media Center...and they are doing NOTHING to promote it's use going forward.

Desperation much, MS? Apparently, the price cut/new sku at $399 wasn't enough to move the needle, so now they are just flinging money at customers! It's not going to help the perception that they are the inferior choice this generation...in fact, "promotions" like this (and the $10 credit for Xbox Destiny customers) are only going to reinforce that perception. Question is, what are they going to do when even THIS isn't enough to win July NPD?

Why is offering a promotion desperation. This is just like when they were offering Forza or Titanfall as a free game. Them giving $75 in MS money is not giving away $75 in US dollars..

Because they JUST introduced a new, cheaper sku at $399 a month ago. With almost NO bump in sales due to the cheaper sku, now they are testing the waters with additional discounts. Problem is, price isn't the issue...it's the quality of the hardware and the lack of games compared to the competition.

It does sound like Microsoft are getting jittery and want everyone using a One because of the PS4 sales. Everyone in the US at least, as always, "U.S Only".

My Xbox One is currently unusable after just 6 months because of a faulty microswitch on the controller right bumper, it's stuck fully on, making the menus go fully to the right, so I'm back on my 360 until I can fix it or buy a new controller, my retailer wants me to send the whole console back, and I ain't redownloading nearly 200GB of games!

Excellent! I'm looking for grabbing Halo The Master Chief Collection for this year's end, and I'll need an Xbox One for that ;)

Os basically, you're asking me to give you my 360 (and the ability to play many, many, many great games)... in exchange for a console who doesn't have more than 5 good games?

Nope

I got a free helmet for my avatar for hitting 10 years on Live (was in the Beta).

I'm guessing since my counter has been reset after dropping Live awhile back that I am no longer one of their valuable customers.

More (disguised) price cuts for the X1. Not looking good.

Shyatic said,
If I can't run Media Center as an extender I have zero interest in an XBone.

Yes, please!!! Or at least make it so I can play some of my network files. MS needs to get some balls and stop being the Bitch of the cable companies.

You can use DNLA to push files to an Xbox One or 360 using the "Play to" feature in Windows 8. They will eventually have a DLNA browser.

I can't play back recorded content though. I already use Media Browser to push content all around my network so that's not an issue -- the recorded content and LIVE content is what's most important to me.

Shyatic said,
I can't play back recorded content though. I already use Media Browser to push content all around my network so that's not an issue -- the recorded content and LIVE content is what's most important to me.

I'm hoping when they open it up to more developers, so that they you can dual develop Windows Apps and Xbox Apps, somebody will develop a codec pack, all in one player, whatever that can play all the formats all that natively or streamed from your computer on Xbox One.

Astra.Xtreme said,
If I get a code and can use it towards the X1 w/o Kinect, I'll gladly pull the trigger on it.

that's a price cut and that's not what this is. You have to buy the console first and then you get $75 "free" dollars, to spend on any content on Xbox Live.

" It's not clear yet if the deal applies to all Xbox 360 owners . . . "
". . . Xbox 360 owners in the U.S. are eligible."

So, it is very clear that the deal does NOT apply to all Xbox 360 owners. Yet again, Microsoft seems to
think the world starts and ends with the USA, and totally disregards the entire REST OF THE WORLD!

DJGM said,
" It's not clear yet if the deal applies to all Xbox 360 owners . . . "
". . . Xbox 360 owners in the U.S. are eligible."

So, it is very clear that the deal does NOT apply to all Xbox 360 owners. Yet again, Microsoft seems to
think the world starts and ends with the USA, and totally disregards the entire REST OF THE WORLD!

I'm in the US, and I don't have this offer...

I will upgrade to an Xbox One eventually but only when the game library matures, and there is a slim version. I'm not an early adopter of consoles...I bought my Xbox 360 Slim w/ Kinect in 2011, and just bought a PS3 last week. I have my PC if I need to play some of the latest and greatest games.

I'm sure that MS would like to provide this kind of promotion to you as well, but there are certain restrictions that each companies must comply or deal with within the geographical location they are located in.

DJGM said,
" It's not clear yet if the deal applies to all Xbox 360 owners . . . "
". . . Xbox 360 owners in the U.S. are eligible."

So, it is very clear that the deal does NOT apply to all Xbox 360 owners. Yet again, Microsoft seems to
think the world starts and ends with the USA, and totally disregards the entire REST OF THE WORLD!

Best way to support this is to not buy an XO at all.

Very true. I'm sure there are plenty of legalese excuses for it, and yes, technically there's nothing wrong with local offers...but with a brand as global as Xbox, with a community as global as gamers, and with this high of a profile for this promotion, it is insulting to 360 users outside the US. Sold my own 360 before getting an X1 and it's fine, i don't expect $75 or anything, but yeah, if you offer something like this, try to make it global. Or don't offer it.

Steve Galbincea said,
Give me the ability to play my 360 games on the X1 - then I will buy one.

(I know, I know.....but still - no good reason yet to upgrade IMO)

My emotional side agrees with you. But my rational side does not. Backwards compatibility is an unrealistic expectation that we got because of the last generation of consoles but it has always been a bit more complicated that that. Perhaps at the time of cartridges it was easier since a cartridge could include the necessary extensions for the 'previous' architecture (such as the Super Game Boy, or the Genesis Power Base adapter). But ensuring backwards compatibility is a compromise that can hinder innovation. In the case of the XB360 vs XBONE, the architecture is completely different.

Having said that, I reckon Microsoft should eventually include the ability of XBONE to play original XBOX games.

pmdci said,

My emotional side agrees with you. But my rational side does not. Backwards compatibility is an unrealistic expectation that we got because of the last generation of consoles but it has always been a bit more complicated that that. Perhaps at the time of cartridges it was easier since a cartridge could include the necessary extensions for the 'previous' architecture (such as the Super Game Boy, or the Genesis Power Base adapter). But ensuring backwards compatibility is a compromise that can hinder innovation. In the case of the XB360 vs XBONE, the architecture is completely different.

Having said that, I reckon Microsoft should eventually include the ability of XBONE to play original XBOX games.

Did they "innovate" this generation, cause I missed it.

AR556 said,

Did they "innovate" this generation, cause I missed it.

I don't think they did. But that is subjective.

pmdci said,
Backwards compatibility is an unrealistic expectation

...unless you're a PC gamer. :)

(I'm just being facetious, I get what you mean heheh)

AR556 said,

Did they "innovate" this generation, cause I missed it.

Was it an innovation over the previous consoles? Sure, but unlike previous consoles, this new generation of consoles lag quite a bit behind the PC which shows how much PC's have advanced. Not just that but with previous consoles, companies always push new technology, faster hardware i.e. The Cell CPU, The Xbox 360's GPU etc but this time round they are using slower/older tech and will show their age a lot faster.

dead.cell said,

...unless you're a PC gamer. :)

(I'm just being facetious, I get what you mean heheh)

I agree, though. Always better off with a PC! :)