Microsoft Will Give You Any Xbox One Game If You Buy The Console Next Week


Thinking about picking up an Xbox One to play some Destiny when it launches?

You might want to wait a few days. Do that, and you’ll get Destiny — or literally any other Xbox One game — for free.

From September 7th to September 13th, every Xbox One console bought at a retailer comes with an Xbox One game of your choosing. Want Destiny? Okay! Titanfall? That’s fine too. Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare? I’ll probably make fun of your decision making skills, but okay! If it’s $59.99 or under, Microsoft will eat the bill.

Oh, and the deal stacks on top of bundled consoles too. If you can track down one of those Xbox One Madden NFL 15 bundles (which goes for the same $399 price as the sans-Madden Xbox One) next week, you’ll get Madden and a game of your choosing. (It should work for the Xbox One/Kinect/Forza bundle, too, but that one is ~$100 more and pfft Forza.)

Microsoft just announced the new promotion, presumably timed in hopes of nabbing any would-be Destiny players who might still be on the fence about which console they’re going to pick up.

A few things to consider, from Microsoft’s fine print:

  • Microsoft notes that games must be disc-based, so you’re not getting a promo code for a digital download here. Meanwhile, Microsoft says to “see your local retailer for details”, which means there’s a non-trivial chance the guy behind the counter will have no idea what the hell you’re talking about.
  • It doesn’t work on pre-order games — so if you’re trying to use this for free Destiny on launch day, it looks like you’ll have to wait until September 9th to make your purchase.