Microsoft seems to be taking extraordinary steps to make sure that the Xbox One is embraced by the gaming community when it finally hits the market.
Yesterday it came to light that there are a few different retailers that have worked out deals to offer up discounted upgrades to Xbox One titles if the gamer already has the Xbox 360 title.
This kind of move could be a real money maker for the company because it encourages people who are fans of games like Madden 25 to go out and get the 360 version of the game. Then, on November 22 when the Xbox One is released, they will be well on their way to getting the next generation version. This also appears to be a bit of a nod towards users who are none too happy that the next gen console will not be remotely backwards compatible. There were initial reports that the device might be somewhat backwards compatible but those rumors were quashed early on.
Amazon was the first retailer that offered up this particular upgrade option. The offer is apparently going to have a shelf-life. Once the calendar rolls into 2014, this upgrade option will not be available anymore.
Best Buy became the second retailer that announced they will be honoring trade-ins when looking to go from Xbox 360 to the Xbox One version of select games. Unlike Amazon, the trade-in must be done in person, instead of over the net, but otherwise it is just as simple and convenient.
It might seem like a no-brainer, but Microsoft stores are actually the third retailers to announce this particular feature. Like Best Buy, customers will need to physically bring in the Xbox 360 version and pay the $10 to get the Xbox One title. This deal includes Madden NFL 25, Battlefield 4, Need for Speed: Rivals, Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA 2K14, FIFA 14 and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
One title that stands out as not being included is Watch Dogs.