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Xbox One digital games discounts to be "tested"

Sam Loveridge


Ryse: Son of Rome

Microsoft will begin “testing” Xbox One digital games discounts starting tomorrow, February 18.

From Tuesday February 18, Microsoft will experiment with introducing select Xbox One game discounts via the games store.

According to Mike Ybarra, Studio Manager for Xbox, Microsoft will start the digital game price drop experiment with Ryse: Son of Rome following a wealth of fan feedback.

“Lots of people asked for better deals on our digital marketplace,” said Ybarra on Twitter. “So we’re testing some and [from] 2/18 through 2/24 you can get Ryse: Son of Rome off digital marketplace for $39.99.Special deal on add ons starts from 2/25.”

Ybarra also revealed that the deals would not be exclusive to the US, and would be available for UK Xbox One owners as well.

UK Ryse: Son of Rome digital promotion price will be £34.99 – confirmed with Marketing group”, he added in a later tweet.

Currently the UK pricing for the digital edition of Ryse: Son of Rome is a whopping £49.99, so you’ll be able to get a £15 discount with the promotional offer.

“That’s far better than the used price at GameStop and others! Go digital!”

Last month Larry Hryb, Director of Programming for Xbox Live (aka Major Nelson) confirmed that competitive digital pricing for Xbox One digital games was “on the agenda”, following a Reddit thread discussion.

Microsoft was heavily criticised by fans for raising the prices of key digital Xbox One exclusive from £44.99 to £49.99 in December, which included titles like Ryse, Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3.

All Xbox One and PS4 digital titles cost more than their physical copy counterparts, but hopefully Microsoft will start the ball rolling by introducing this preliminary price drop.

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February 17, 2014, 8:03 pm

Ye this should have been the case right from the off. I can buy hard copy of games delivered for less money than a digital download. I mean look at Titanfall for example (talking pc) amazon has it for £34.99 free delivery and even a digital download for the same price, If i was to buy a digital download straight from the publisher EA in this case it will cost me £44.99 for both physical and digital copy, I mean what is going on ? complete rip off they been to pull there finger out big time, And actually the reason i don't own a new console is because the price of the games. And yes i know they have to pay a license fee but £45+ for a game is criminal no excuse for up. Greedy capitalists.

I am unanimous in that

February 18, 2014, 5:17 am

How about cutting the price of the xbox one full stop? Another major game just announced running at 720p on Xbox one compared to 1080p on PS4. PS4 sales nearly doubled those of XBox one. Pull your finger out Microsoft, the Xbox one is heading for an almighty virtual sales car crash the way it is going.


February 18, 2014, 2:21 pm

I can't get my mind around the digital downloads at all. I got Forza for $39.99 at Amazon. that had to be packaged, shipped, and produced. The digital copy of a game should always be at least $10-$15 cheaper or it doesn't make any sense to buy it when you could trade a physical disk for at leats a few dollars down the road. At the current crazy prices digital will not catch on.


February 18, 2014, 2:50 pm

But you still can't sell a digital version.
Digital versions should be half the price of a disc based game as it has no resale value.

They are just milking the ignorant. Look at ebay where people try to sell console with digital games. If you had bought 4 digital games at nearly £200, one assumes they have value. They don't they are worthless. You are infact selling only the console!

Be warned, digital games have NO SECOND HAND value!

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