Microsoft takes $50 off the Xbox One for the holidays

The Xbox One will be a little bit cheaper this holiday season. Microsoft has announced a deal good for $50 off the console, bringing the starting price down to $349. This is a limited-time offer, though: the promotion runs from November 2 to January 3, giving gamers a two-month window to get in on the action.

At least the deal can be applied to any Xbone. The $50 discount is good for standalone consoles, those with Kinect, and even a collection of new bundles based on upcoming titles. Those new bundles include an Assassin's Creed package with the Unity and Black Flag chapters in the franchise; a Sunset Overdrive bundle with that game, a white console, and a white controller; and a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle with that title, a 1TB hard drive, and a custom-painted controller and console. The CoD package will sell for $449 after the $50-off discount, while the other two will be available for $349.

The holiday deal will be available at "most national retailers," including Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart, among others. There are no details on similar discounts for other countries, but the Microsoft announcement notes that "regional availability and timing outside the U.S. will vary." It seems likely that comparable deals will be offered in other parts of the world.

Whether a comparable discount comes to the PlayStation 4 remains to be seen. That system starts at $399, and it's apparently been outselling the Xbone console by a wide margin. According to numbers crunched by Ars Technica, "the PlayStation 4 has sold at least 42 percent more units worldwide than the Xbox One through September." Sony may not need to counter with a discount of its own, especially given the limited-time nature of the Microsoft deal.

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