Microsoft expecting to see a surge in Xbox One sales this Christmas

Microsoft is expecting a surge in Xbox One sales this Christmas with tens of millions of Xbox 360 users waiting to make the transition over to the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has told GameSpot.

This holiday season has been marketed by Microsoft as the best one yet with a huge range of first-party games releasing in the coming weeks as the well addition of third-party blockbusters. If there is any time to make the jump over from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, this holiday season is it believes Greenberg.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a holiday like what we have this year where not only is Halo 5 coming, but we have Gears of War, we have Rare Replay, we have Forza 6, we have Rise of the Tomb Raider; just kind of a non-stop lineup of AAA exclusives titles”, said Global Marketing boss Aaron Greenberg. “In addition to an incredible lineup of big, third-party blockbusters like Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront. So if you’re a gamer, you’ve never really seen a holiday lineup like this before. ”

When questioned about the impending arrival of backwards compatibility for the Xbox One, Greenberg revealed that Microsoft expects a massive migration following this holiday season’s games line-up as well as the extra functionality the Xbox One will be receiving.

“There’s tens of millions of Xbox 360 fans that are out there that are still playing on Xbox 360 and they’re waiting for the right time and the right reason to migrate over to Xbox One.”

“Whether they’ve been waiting for the first true next-gen Halo with Halo 5 or if they’ve been waiting for solutions like backwards compatibility, we do expect to see a pretty massive migration this holiday of those fans. And being able to continue to get the value in the game purchase you’ve invested and take that value with you to Xbox One is the key idea behind that and we’re excited to deliver that for fans.”

“We’re going to be the only next-gen console delivering backwards compatibility”, Greenberg continued. “And we’re launching that on November 12, we’ll have over 100 games that basically come free of charge. If you own these titles, whether you have the disc sitting around or digitally, they’ll automatically show up in your games library and, in many cases, more than double or triple your available games to play on Xbox One. I think it’s a huge benefit. ”

Following Microsoft’s price cut of the Xbox One which has seen the official RRP drop below £300, there’s no doubting that a huge influx of gamers taking up the Xbox One is likely this Christmas. After all, when the first-party line-up is compared to what Sony is offering for the PlayStation 4, it looks like there is only one clear winner.

In the US, you can currently grab an Xbox One 1TB console bundled with Halo 5: Guardians for under $500.

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