Quite a few Xbox account owners have received an email today stating that they have been give, yes given, a free Xbox One console.
When you see the word FREE in the same sentence as Micro$oft you can only come to the conclusion it is a scam!
What? Microsoft gives away more free sh%t than its two biggest rivals Google and Apple combined, wtf are you talking about, even you dont know do you?
now this is the right way to win people over, not PR and spin.
i have been using my bing points to try and win an xb1. Must have entered over 20 times. If I did win AND got one of these emails as well, one of them is going on craigs list.
It's not at all a win. Since very few people are getting it and it sounds "too good to be true". When someone here's that on the news they thing it's not true or they put a negative connotation with it typically. But anyway.. if you get one of these you should resell it for money and get a PS4 instead.
I wonder if they count these in their "sold" numbers...
Won't matter because it's a drop in the bucket to them. Unless they give away 50,000 consoles it won't matter. It's not a meaningful number in the law of very large numbers. 39,9950,000 compared to 40,000,000 is not a big difference.
FREE? I'd take it! damn lucky bastards!
I keep getting telemarketers telling me that my windows PC doesn't work and that the guy works at Microsoft. I would not trust any of those emails, or at least be skeptical. Either way, I guess they can afford giving the console to you for free given they'll resell all of your private data anyways. Like mikeslemonade said, take it, and then sell it for a PS4.
Conclusive proof that no matter what ... ... you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Like pointing out something for being what it is...
Only if you are MS! If you are Sony, then everything is God's gift to man!
Haha, wow... I cannot see how people see this as a NEGATIVE! Microsoft is literally giving you an xbox one ($500 value!) for FREE... Not a game (which they also are), not some DLC (which they also are doing), but the actual friggin console. Beats the free PS+ game rentals by a mile. Please send me this email, I would actually appreciate it unlike some lucky sony fanboy that will do nothing but complain that he got a free console.
What does this have to do with PS+? Are all Xbox Live subscribers getting free Xbones?
It's NOT a negative; That's good marketing to help spread the word. I gotta admit, good job, Microsoft.
When you see the word Microsoft in a comment spelt Micro$oft you can only come to the conclusion it is a troll.
It's a visual expression of how I and others feel M$ puts the $ ahead of it's Product and Consumer!
It's a visual expression of how you are incapable of viewing MS unbiasedly.
@ Deadrabbits. Really? So Sony isn't in the game for money? If you think money is not the most important thing Sony cares about then you are more delusional then you think. Every company everywhere cares about one thing, profit.
Battletorn, I agree. $ony gives away free games and N4G bows down in respect. MS gives away free consoles and it's a scam or MS is desperate. Gotta love the two face nature of this site.
If people actually got one of these free consoles, I'm sure they would be singing a different tune. I used to think Windows phone OS was kinda meh, until MS gave me one for free a few years ago. I still don't like MS, mostly due to recent activities, but the WP-OS is pretty good.
Rainslacer good to here someone liking windows phone. I have used it from day one and I relly enjoy the os and what Microsoft are doing with it. Alot of people still think of Microsoft as the bulling company and they are wrong as they are no longer the dominant force in the IT world as Apple and Google have now managed to get a grip on some markets which for me is not a bad thing at all as having competition is better than none and having a choice is what technology should be about. I do think its funny how this site has now become so for Sony and against Microsoft and Nintendo. Sony have made some bad mistake over the last few years and did with the ps3 and the vita. Microsoft and Nintendo have also made mistakes but that is because no company is perfect and never will be. In the gaming world it should never be about the console power etc it should always be about the games is this is the reason above everything else we buy a console. The fan boys should be talking about what games they are looking forward to playing and the games they have pre ordered rather than I had such a console or company because of something. We do really live in a sad time where people wan to tell everyone what they have is better than what someone else has and it is really sad imp as we are all different and have choices for a reason.
Got to love you Godmars, you say you always contruct an decent comment, but its always, let me repeat ALWAYS, the same bitter crap. Maybe they will throw in Kate Upton wth the X1, will you still complain? I am sure she is 1080p...
They can afford to give away Xbones since they're gouging all their actual customers for $500 a unit.
I just checked my emails and ive been given Killer Instinct for free, apparently. The email reads: "You're a fan of ours and we're a fan of yours. Thank you for your dedication to Xbox. We want to show you our appreciation, so we're giving you: KILLER INSTINCT" Nice. I guess having over 103k gamerscore and paying for Xbox Live gold since 2009 paid off.
haha seems your in the same position as me! the free game is nice huh? i was unsure about buying killer instinct and now i dont have to worry! :D
Legitimacy aside, what is more concerning about this is that Microsoft is so quick to give away Xbox Ones so willy nilly. I know for a fact that something like this takes away from your pre-order allocations/initial shipment. If it is a small percentage of the initial consoles (0.01% - 0.1%) then who cares. I don't know how many total consoles are being given away, but if Microsoft has resorted to this because they still have excess even after the pre-orders allocations I would question their stance and success in starting this new generation. Even the crappiest of consoles (or any newsworthy product) should be selling through initial shipments.
You guys have amazing spinning skills.
Could you imagine Xbots saying "Sony giving away free games with PS+ is "concerning" and "what does it say about Sony that they have to give software away so willy nilly"
Xbox fans can now literally say - "Microsoft could give their entire next-gen console away for free, and Playstation fans will still turn it into a negative"
Dude, they probably gave out 1000 of these systems to loyal individuals that probably already paid for their Day Ones.... As a recipient of a console, I can tell you that I am not complaining.
Omfg...... okie dokie gents, please logically explain how this is in anyway shape or form a scam and the repercussions of receiving a free $500 next gen console. Oh wait you can't because you and EVERY OTHER PS4 FANBOY on this site are completely and utterly delusional and will do everything in your (very miniscule) power to try and turn every piece of positive xbox news into a negative because guess what, you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING better to do and are just trying to compensate for some nonsensical insecurity or problem that you have in real life by accessing the internet on your parent's computer so that you can take your frustrations out on companies, all of this trolling time could be spent doing something productive!!!!
You do some research before you start spitting out dumb shit like that. Microsoft always has a tendency to give away free shit at most of their events. Have you forgotten that everybody got a free Xbox 360 slim at E3 2011?.. Also they regularly give away free devices to developers like Surface and Other windows tablets.
It is not a scam.
The horse is dead pal
@ holyduck: "Don't you have to... pay for a PSN subscription to... you know... get the most out of your playstation?" no. because you don't need a PS+ subscription to access everything that would be behind the XBL pay wall. and if you don't care about multiplayer or aren't concerned about free games/discounts, then there's no need to pay for a PS+ subscription.
am not sure I have gold from the original xbox and pretty high gamer score and rewards member and have not seen anything from Microsoft.. I dont buy a lot of content so it might because of that...
Nice. Would be nice to get one for free. I have two of these pre-ordered. Off topic, man some of you people are trying to spin this into a negative is utterly ridiculous!
Free but it's behind a pay wall amiright....
@Memots - Did not know any console was behind a pay wall. On XBL is a payed subscription (pay wall), but the console is not. Wow, really. You can play Xbox, 360, and XB1 games without XBL (not MP though)...but I am figuring you already know that.
i was being sarcastic Sayai jin. I felt burn with my 360, Explaining to my wife she could not use netflix on it and she had to move the ps3 to our bedroom when she needed netflix, I have not used my 360 much , Forza horizon is the last game i used it for. Without gold there is no point in even having one if you have both.
@Deadrabbits: I got a free X-1. If that is your definition of scam, then yes.... I got scammed.... I wish that Sony would scam me also :P
Free e-mails? Sweet.
very desperate from ms to get the spy machine into your home
Jealousy is a cruel thing.
Yeah. I came here and saw MS having free email on xbox one, over 1000* wth? Hasnt email always been mostly free. Lol. I know I wont get an email. Stopped paying for live years ago.
This is cool!
WOW...I doubt I'll get this email, I'd love to cancel my Xbox one preorder and save 500$ LOL! Is Titanfall a launch title? I haven't preordered any games for the one, and only KZ for ps4. LOL at free emails.
no - Titan Fall comes out in the spring
Probably the only way I would get one anytime soon. And the odds, are against me
Man, how do you get on that list?
Two ways according to Ms:
1. High gamer score
2. Gold member for many years.
and FYI I got mine a few mins ago!!!!!!
Ive had gold for almost 8 years. Still nothing.
What's your gamescore and Gold tenure?
@carnage Yeah I am so tempted to call them.
Congratulations. Very excited for you. Your loyalty to the Xbox brand has paid off.
@MELMAN26 if you do, leave a comment below telling us what they said.
what's your gamerscore and tenure? im curious to see if i stand a chance at getting a email fromn them
Ya I'd also like to know your tenure and GS. I have 7 systems at my place, was a day one subscriber to XBL with the original Xbox, was a day one purchaser of the original Xbox and my total tenure is shy of 9yrs now with a GS of 74K.
Its nothing to do with how long you have had gold for or GS , there was one person that have had gold for a year and won one.
@carnage Sooo...I said screw it and I called. I told her that I knew what they were giving away xb1's and KI characters and I wanted to know what the criteria was to be selected. What I was told is that they only a selected a few costumers (at random) and if you haven't already received the email, then you probably wont. They selected the people that they wanted to give these things to and its done basically. They cant give this stuff to everybody for free, I commend them for doing this though, it is awesome for the people who got the emails.
Which is what I said on various sites already...they Microsoft Store employees dont seem to be well informed.
Well, thats unfortunate. It would of been nice to of gotten something after being on xbl gold for 8 years. Oh well. Thanks for the response.
Oh damn. Maybe my wife's jewlery will be spared from the pawn shop afterall
If you havent had one by now you havent won.
See how the sad ones still try to make this a bad thing, hahaha life is going to rip them apart when they grow up if this makes them rage!
Wow. This is a great promotion for Microsoft. It will help create a buzz right before launch. I can only afford one console right now, but would be ridiculously happy to get in on this.
Edit wrong comment reply sorry
awesome news.....i want an email...how do i get one?..
What's your e-mail address?
lmao.....dude are you my fairy god father?.i dont wanna give out my mail adress without some sort of back up plan. for all i know you could be a serial killer..
ahhhhhh...i got an email from xbox, but they just gave me all characters for killer instinct for free. Damn, what a let down