Xbox One price gets the holiday ax, bundles available too

As mentioned last week, Microsoft is cutting down the price for the Xbox One, albeit temporarily only. The $50 discount, which brings the Kinect-less package down to $349 at the lowest, will be available across all units and bundles. The official statement is that this is to match the upcoming holiday season and to save gamers from grueling long Black Friday lines by buying their packages early. We'll give them the benefit of the doubt that this isn't about the Xbox One's sales trailing behind its PS4 rival.

Aside from the console alone, Microsoft is also introducing a new bundle, featuring Assassin's Creed. The Xbox One that will come with this bundle doesn't have any special markings, but it will come with Assassin's Creed Unity as well as Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, for just $349. But wait, there's more! If you want one with Kinect, it's going to cost you $449, but you will also have Dance Central Spotlight thrown in as well.

Other bundles also get the holiday treatment. The Sunset Overdrive Bundle is now also available for $349 but only in very limited quantities. Why? Because this is the mythical white Xbox One edition, complete with white controller. Of course, you also get the game plus Day One in-game goodies as well. Not exactly the same price, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now costs only $449. The higher price tag of this limited edition is justified by what comes with it, like a 1 TB drive, custom console with matching custom controller, a Limited Edition exoskeleton, and of course, a digital copy of the game, the Day Zero edition.

If you've been thinking of getting an Xbox One eventually, Microsoft says now would be the perfect time to think about it even harder. Don't think too long though, as it isn't a permanent thing. The promo extends only up to January 3, 2015 only, after which the prices go back up, presuming Microsoft doesn't do some permanent adjustments afterwards. This special price for the Xbox One will be available from most retailers in the US, including Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, and more, but availability outside the country may vary.

SOURCE: Microsoft