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Microsoft offering store credit bounty on PS3s

Microsoft offering store credit bounty on PS3s

An ad encouraging customers to ditch their PS3s has been released to some mailing lists.

Microsoft is offering $100 of credit to its store when trading in Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

The promotion is an effort to further promote the Xbox One and encourage gamers to trade up on their current console. The fact that they are also encouraging trade ins of Sony's devices has raised a few eyebrows.

An ad has been emailed out to several customers encouraging them to 'ditch' their PS3 in exchange for store credit towards the Xbox One. The terms and conditions require for the consoles to be in working order and without any broken or missing parts, with original chargers and accessories and can't be locked by a password.

Whilst Microsoft is likely to re-sell the Xbox 360s, it is unclear what Microsoft intends to do with the Playstation 3s that it receives.

The offer is only available for residents of the US, Canada and Puerto Rico and is only valid in physical Microsoft retail stores as opposed to online. The deal will run from now until the beginning of March.

The Xbox One and Playstation 4 have both been locked in a close-run race since their launch with both units breaking the 1 million units mark very quickly after their respective launches. At the end of last year, Sony sold approximately 4.2m Playstation 4s and Microsoft sold approximately 3.2m Xbox Ones.

Current figures released by Sony suggest that in the UK, its console is outpacing its Microsoft rival by 1.5 Playstation 4s sold for every single Xbox One.

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Gaming_freak_10 31st January 2014, 09:15 Quote
Offer a trade for both ps3 and xbox 360s and you got a deal! I ain't selling my 360 for $100 in store credit for xbox one.. frig that..
Corky42 31st January 2014, 09:24 Quote
If you trade in both a 360 and PS3 would you get $200, or do the T&C prevent that.
SexyHyde 31st January 2014, 10:16 Quote
Looks like someone is getting a bit nervous at the competition gaining more sales.
Umbra 31st January 2014, 10:19 Quote
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Looks like someone is getting a bit nervous at the competition gaining more sales.

That's one way to wipe $100 off the price of an xbone without a blatant discount
sotu1 31st January 2014, 15:20 Quote
It's a pure sales driving technique, very aggressive one at that.

I think CEX was offering the same price so there's no advantage in selling to MS.

I suspect the PS3's will be melted down for components and raw materials somewhere, in the same way that mobile phones are
Alecto 31st January 2014, 18:04 Quote
Well, at least that's some use for defunct PS3. Users can ditch them now for discount as long as they are willing to board the M$ train.
Jim 31st January 2014, 19:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
I suspect the PS3's will be melted down for components and raw materials somewhere, in the same way that mobile phones are

They're probably better off selling them on and driving down the price. Not that this number of PS3s is going to make a particularly noticeable dent in the average selling price.
SexyHyde 1st February 2014, 08:00 Quote
I know most people wouldn't be interested in this though. Giving up access to the last 7 years of games for $100 to get on the current gen and it's meagre games selection seems poor value. Everyone willing to do this has already done it by selling their PS3/360.
Waynio 1st February 2014, 18:48 Quote
Nad shot to Sony XD.
NIHILO 1st February 2014, 20:49 Quote
next thing we see is...

"Sony offering free disposal of all Xbox models when you buy a PS3 or PS4. Xboxes returned will be melted down and used to make a giant middle finger outside of Microsoft Headquarters"
toolio20 2nd February 2014, 15:14 Quote
This is all about XBL - who gives a $#!T about $100 upfront if it means getting another brainless, open wallet buying in to your free revenue ecosystem?

Besides the usurious poll-tax-on-the-dumb that is XBL, this is skewed to M$' favor in other ways. They WILL get probably somewhere around $40/per for the equipment (which according to terms will include a controller) be it scrap, salvage, third-party reseller, whatever. So, balance a $60 reduction in price of a $500 console with the inevitable XBL subscriptions and game/peripheral sales, plus the psychological hit of "culling" a Sony console from the market while "converting" it's prior owner and...hell, best bang for "$100" M$ might ever hope to ask for.
Corky42 2nd February 2014, 16:43 Quote
At least they are being upfront with paying people.
What i don't like is when company's use money to sway the market and try to keep it secret.
PingCrosby 3rd February 2014, 10:58 Quote
My doctor is a geordie and when I told my armpit smelled of coconuts he said, ' aye, its Bounty'
Harlequin 3rd February 2014, 13:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by toolio20
This is all about XBL - who gives a $#!T about $100 upfront if it means getting another brainless, open wallet buying in to your free revenue ecosystem?

Besides the usurious poll-tax-on-the-dumb that is XBL, this is skewed to M$' favor in other ways. They WILL get probably somewhere around $40/per for the equipment (which according to terms will include a controller) be it scrap, salvage, third-party reseller, whatever. So, balance a $60 reduction in price of a $500 console with the inevitable XBL subscriptions and game/peripheral sales, plus the psychological hit of "culling" a Sony console from the market while "converting" it's prior owner and...hell, best bang for "$100" M$ might ever hope to ask for.

you mean like Playstationplus being compulsory on the PS4.....
SexyHyde 3rd February 2014, 23:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
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Originally Posted by toolio20
This is all about XBL - who gives a $#!T about $100 upfront if it means getting another brainless, open wallet buying in to your free revenue ecosystem?

Besides the usurious poll-tax-on-the-dumb that is XBL, this is skewed to M$' favor in other ways. They WILL get probably somewhere around $40/per for the equipment (which according to terms will include a controller) be it scrap, salvage, third-party reseller, whatever. So, balance a $60 reduction in price of a $500 console with the inevitable XBL subscriptions and game/peripheral sales, plus the psychological hit of "culling" a Sony console from the market while "converting" it's prior owner and...hell, best bang for "$100" M$ might ever hope to ask for.

you mean like Playstationplus being compulsory on the PS4.....

Its optional like xbl. The opinions i've heard from people that have used both are that PSN is better in almost every way. The only people saying negative things about PSN are people that used it around its inception.
Vallachia 4th February 2014, 00:49 Quote
"Whilst Microsoft is likely to re-sell the Xbox 360s, it is unclear what Microsoft intends to do with the Playstation 3s that it receives."

Once they have thousands of PS3s they will melt them down to make a throne for their new CEO.
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