Microsoft is still trying to prime the pump on Xbox One sales. Its latest attempt announced Thursday is to include a free game with the console. Yeah, we’ve seen this with bundles for the console before, but this is not just any free game. The offer is for any free game you want and it is conveniently timed with the launch of Bungie’s "Destiny." This Xbox One deal potentially gets hotter at the Microsoft Store due to other on-going offers.
From Sunday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 13 you’ll be able to receive any new retail game you want for free when you purchase an Xbox One from "participating retailers" in the United States. The Xbox Wire post making the announcement does not specify which retailers, but it is safe to presume that it includes Amazon, Best Buy, Kmart, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and the Microsoft Store are on that list.
There is a pair of Microsoft Store offers that could make this free game deal even hotter. According to PlayXBLA, the retailer will offer a $50 Xbox Gift Card with the purchase of any Xbox One from Sept. 5 through Sept. 15. That nicely overlaps with the free game deal.
The second offer that could make this deal even hotter is a trade-in deal at the Microsoft Store that gives you up to $100 toward an Xbox One when you trade in a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 toward the console.
So you could potentially get a "Madden NFL 15" Xbox One bundle plus a new $59.99 game for $299.99 with a $50 gift card. The catch is the fine print on the new game offer which states, "Cannot be combined with other offers." We’ll have to wait and see how this is enforced when the free game deal goes live on Sunday. As they say on deal hunting sites, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).