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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.

By Pete Davison. Published 2 months ago

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:

Note: NOT REAL.

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

The best community comments so far 13 comments

  • lonecow 2 months ago

    Everyone forecasts doom and gloom for Nintendo, but I think Microsoft will have the biggest struggle this generation.

    Having played both PS4 and XONE I think the Xbox is more impressive at this point, but it has such negative connotations locked with it, I don't see it overcoming any time soon, unfortunately.

  • brionfoulke91 2 months ago

    Seems a little early for this kind of desperation.

  • Daikaiju 2 months ago

    Jeez. I haven't seen something like this since the "Nintendon't" days.

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