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Microsoft Offering You $100 to "Ditch Your PS3"

...so long as you use it to purchase an Xbox One, of course.

If you're signed up to the Microsoft Store mailing list, you may well have received an email this morning offering you $100 to "ditch" your PS3.

Here's the juicy bit, courtesy of NeoGAF member Lik Chan.

Yes, this is real.

Digging a little deeper into the offer -- which appears to be legit -- reveals the fact that you can also trade in an Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E, and that you must purchase an Xbox One at the same time as "recycling" your old console in order to receive the store credit.

And don't go thinking that this is an easy way of offloading a faulty console -- you're only eligible for the store credit if the console is in "fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing or liquid damage" and must not be password protected. Oh, and it must include the original chargers and accessories, too.

It's interesting, understandable and a little bit hilarious that Microsoft has chosen specifically to target PS3 owners with this marketing campaign, particularly since the PS3 appears to be in a much more healthy position for the next couple of years (thanks largely to Japanese developers and titles such as Persona 5) than the now all-but-abandoned Xbox 360 -- not to mention the Xbox One's serious lack of must-have games at present. It's also quite amusing that the store credit effectively does nothing more than bring the Xbox One down to the same price as a PS4, which led a NeoGAF member to bring us this chuckle-worthy alternative take on the situation from Sony's perspective:


The console wars are back with a vengeance, people. Things are going to get messy.

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