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$50 Xbox One Price Cut Ends on Saturday, January 3 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 29 December 2014 / 10,028 Views

Microsoft has posted a reminder that the $50 price cut for the Xbox One in the US is ending this Saturday, January 3, 2015. Every bundle for the Xbox One has been on sale for the entire holiday season in the US, with the cheapest on sale for $349.

"The holidays are almost over, but there’s still time to take advantage of the special, limited-time pricing of $50 off the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle and Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle with Kinect. For one final week, fans can purchase Xbox One starting at $349 in the U.S."

The $50 price cut and heavy bundling at many retailers has helped push Xbox One sales past 10 million worldwide. However, once the deal ends at the end of this week, sales are expected to drop back down to what it was before the price cut.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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44 Comments

Euphoria14 (on 29 December 2014)

I wouldn't be shocked if sales are lower than they were before the price drop.

  • +14
Captain_Tom (on 29 December 2014)

That would actually make a lot of sense. Whether MS likes it or not they have trained prospective buyers to wait for big sales. Meanwhile Sony has basically given little to no reason for people to wait in comparison.

  • +3
chidori-chan2 (on 29 December 2014)

sales of xbone will drop like a rock. mark my words....

  • +12
fluky-nintendy (on 29 December 2014)

PS4 going back to isolated domination it seems. Boring times ahead.

  • +9
MastermindPT (on 30 December 2014)

It never left domination even with XBO price cut

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MastermindPT (on 30 December 2014)

It never left domination even with XBO price cut

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MastermindPT (on 30 December 2014)

It never left domination even with XBO price cut

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super6646 (on 29 December 2014)

Bad choice Microsoft, bad choice. Now for 10 more months of loss....

  • +9
narre (on 29 December 2014)

You're dumb..

Do you have any idea that MS is losing money at this moment? They already bribed many game studios (Tomb Raider, Sunset Overdrive, ....) to give Xbox One exclusive games. And now they are bribing their customers to buy X1 with $50 cut and free games.

  • -1
binary solo (on 29 December 2014)

You mean 10 months of profit, but at lower sales numbers.

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NewBeginning (on 29 December 2014)

He means 10 months of loss to PS4.

  • +3
MastermindPT (on 30 December 2014)

Selling XBO at 350 is loss already

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Azuren (on 31 December 2014)

What do you mean ten more? You talk as though the PS4 wasn't still stomping XB1 in worldwide sales.

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Donutsticks (on 29 December 2014)

ouch for microsoft. going to go from loosing money on each console sold to not selling hardly any consoles at all.

  • +6
Michael-5 (on 31 December 2014)

and once again WiiU will outsell XB1

  • +5
OfficerRaichu15 (on 31 December 2014)

if that happens
thatll be
hillariously sad
but hey itll probably happen

  • 0
Sixteenvolt420 (on 30 December 2014)

Bye bye sales. They are going to drop considerably once the price is raised back up, imo.

  • +5
fleischr (on 29 December 2014)

Then will probably start again the following Monday

  • +5
NuckinFutz2014 (on 29 December 2014)

Sony is probably breathing a sigh of relief whether they want to admit it or not. That being said the first half of 201 5 should belong to Sony now hands down.

  • +4
MastermindPT (on 30 December 2014)

Sony never lost the lead even with XBO at 50 less

  • +1
Ryng (on 30 December 2014)

Probabily that Jenuary will be worst XOne NPD, less even than in May (77K). Don't see XOne to close 100K.
But February will be discrete, 120,000 to 150,000 imho.

  • +2
Namiirei (on 31 December 2014)

Well, of course.

Ms already lost A LOT OF MONEY with this, even more with the Xone at 330 + 2 or 3 free games (+50 prepaid card sometime... for black friday).

They need to stop this, or else they will have desastrous financial results for the end of the fiscal year, it will already be bad enough for the Xbox division as it is now.


The Xone will probably drop to 300$ next november, and for good this time.

  • +1
SlayerRondo (on 30 December 2014)

I initially thought that they put a date on the price drop to encourage people to buy Xbox One's quickly before the price went up, and then announce the price drop continues from Jan 3rd onwards. Now I believe the price drop was a temporary measure. Which makes sense as an increase in sales from the price drop must have cost Microsoft a considerable amount of money. Imagine if Sony dropped the PS4's price on Jan 3rd as well?

  • +1
51JBerger (on 30 December 2014)

It's good that I got my Xbox One today while it was still $349.99.

  • +1
Azuren (on 31 December 2014)

Or just simply unfortunate that you got an XB1.

  • 0
kdognumba1 (on 29 December 2014)

They really shouldn't do this.

  • +1
Mr Puggsly (on 29 December 2014)

My guess is they will bundle major games throughout the year and $299 around the holiday.

  • +1
binary solo (on 29 December 2014)

Very cunning PR speak. They are saying the lower price for the AC bundle ends on 3 January, which no doubt is true. But they don't say that the plain Xb one price will go back to $399. Perhaps not $350 but I bet the plain xb one won't be $399 on 4 January.

  • +1
Garland (on 29 December 2014)

But then without any games bundled in, people are going to look at this & go, "Meh, I might as well get a PS4."

  • 0
Insidb (on 03 January 2015)

Maybe. I would expect a good PR person to add, "But you can still get the standalone console for $350!" Unless their goal is to squeeze in more sales before the end of the cut, wouldn't you expect them to use it to hammer home the continued price difference?

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SlayerRondo (on 30 December 2014)

I initially thought that they put a date on the price drop to encourage people to buy Xbox One's quickly before the price went up, and then announce the price drop continues from Jan 3rd onwards.
Now I believe the price drop was a temporary measure. Which makes sense as increases sales from the price drop must have cost Microsoft a considerably amount of money.
Imagine if Sony dropped the PS4's price on Jan 3rd as well?

  • 0
EpicGamingLive (on 29 December 2014)

hey you never know, with the release of crackdown, quantum break, and halo 5. With a new forza game and possibly and xbox classic returning next year (Phantom Dust) the xbox might be not as consistent but will still sell well

  • 0
Ganoncrotch (on 29 December 2014)

very rarely... if not ever has a console increased in price during it's life time.

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r3tr0gam3r1337 (on 01 January 2015)

the 360's price went up in the UK with the arcade SKU, it's RRP was £130 but Microsoft made some lame excuse about currency exchange rates and changed the price to £160 (ironically when the pound was almost worth $2)

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chidori-chan2 (on 29 December 2014)

sales of xbone will drop like a rock. mark my words....

  • 0
Richmyster6907 (on 29 December 2014)

Its a good way to make anyone panic buy for the console. Wouldn't be surprised if they got some good numbers in the last few days it has at this price.

  • 0
NeoMahi (on 30 December 2014)

Sony's losing their footing in North America. North America is what Microsoft brags about. It's what feed's their ego. It really doesn't matter if they have solid footing in Japan. They just want to be winning on their own turf. Sony.... If you want to bury Microsoft, you've got to be consistently outselling the Xbox One IN AMERICA. ON THEIR HOME TURF! Nothing humiliates a team worse than losing in their home arena. And they're hurting you here and feeling good about it. Break their spirits.

  • -1
Garland (on 31 December 2014)

Not to worry. As soon as Microsoft's back on top, they'll go back to being cocky just like they were before E3 2013, & then they'll screw up again.

  • 0
Azuren (on 31 December 2014)

Considering the XB1 was $50 cheaper for two months and still didn't manage a single worldwide victory doesn't mean anything, especially when the numbers are still far in Sony's favor.

  • +1
Nettles (on 30 December 2014)

WiiU will outsell xbone when it goes back up in price.

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OfficerRaichu15 (on 30 December 2014)

no just no
unlessthey make a bunch of bundles and pricecut its not outs elling xbone

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Ryng (on 31 December 2014)

If M$ don't make a price drop, first Q1 2015 Wii U will have second place almost for sure...

  • +2
Ryng (on 31 December 2014)

If M$ don't make a price drop, first Q1 2015 Wii U will have second place almost for sure...

  • +2
OfficerRaichu15 (on 31 December 2014)

wii u will outsell xbox one by a lot in france and germany though

  • +2