Microsoft's Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale is live all week

By Shawn Knight
Jul 2, 2013
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  1. If you’re a fan of Steam’s annual summer games sale but just happen to be a console gamer instead, listen up. Microsoft’s Xbox Live Ultimate Game Sale is here with a number of titles scheduled to be on sale this...

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  2. Basically, steam sale prices plus xbox comission.
  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 800   +201

    Microsoft is continuing its recent trend of playing catchup and copying everyone else's ideas/concepts.
  4. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 214   +45

    This site has become a Microsoft trolling arena. Game sales has been available on Xbox Live for a while. The "ideas/concepts" of sales has also been around for a few thousand years.
    m4a4 and spectrenad like this.
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,039   +218

    So your telling me mass sales like steams have been on xbox live for a while... since when o.O? Also whats point when your not gonna be able to use em on your xbox one? Specially as its gonna be scarce user base for the xbox one due to 95% of all xbox fans going to playstation 4.
  6. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 800   +201

    I've been using live for years, I have scrolled thorugh every game on Live and bought old classics from Banjo Kazooie to newer games like the new Mortal Kombat. Thier "deals" were not deals, when they had AVP for $40, it was on steam for $10. When they dropped GTA4 to $30, it was $5 on steam. Only recently have they had "deals" worth looking at.
    Thier prices have always been terrible compared to anywhere else (Amazon, Steam etc) and they have never ran specials worth a damn.
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  7. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 214   +45

    GameStop continues to sell boxed games at higher prices, too. Different medium/contracts/sellers means different prices. It is natural. Of course, who wouldn't want lower prices? I just don't see the need to troll when prices are going down. Hey, if prices can come down even more on Steam or PS3 now, even better.

    The whole idea that putting games on sale is copying someone's concept is just absurd.
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  8. danhodge

    danhodge Newcomer, in training Posts: 80   +13

    His point was that its a bit dumb to say they are copying others, since its a pricing strategy that pretty much every business, big or small, has used. Including them.

    Its their transition into a more digital market. Don't start bitching about them copying other businesses, because in this case its well within their rights, and take advantage of it if you have an Xbox.
  9. I know that he said M$ were copying everyone else, but I think he just meant that once again M$ stubborn in their ways of dropping prices, doing anything nice for their customer base, finally decides to fall in line with everyone else.

    But as the other fella said, why buy them for the 360, when you may not be able to play them on the xbone.

    It should be mandatory for some kind of backwards compatibility IMO that when we move to the next console we can bring our catalogue of games of which we spent our hard earned cash on, along with us. Especially when they want some BS law that you can not sell your games second hand. But then steams digital accounts and games are not allowed to be resold. And Sony, were Aholes, when they said the backwards compatibility on the PS3 needed removing from the device, and Im sure I read something about security holes as an excuse, like with the linux removal.

    All they wanted to do, was to make sure you had to rebuy your ps1 and ps2 classics from their digital store. Steam at least take small amounts of money off me in sales by comparison to console dvds and digital downloads.

    And xbone preorders apparently went into overload when M$ backpedalled once more saying they wouldnt do the things people were hating on so much. But Sony and M$ will say whatever they want until you buy the console, because in the small print of their TOS which you wont read any of anyways, it will say, this update removes everything you like, adds everything you hate, and you have too much money invested in our system now for you to whine like little girls.
  10. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 800   +201

    It's really dumb to say they have been doing this (being competitive) for years, they haven't. They didn't give a crap about competition. These online deals (that are actually deals and rival that of Steam, for example) from live are new.
    Transition? :lol: They have been in the digital market for several years now with multiple devices/features available on both PC and console.
  11. danhodge

    danhodge Newcomer, in training Posts: 80   +13


    It would be, but you misquote him. He said they 'have been doing game sales for a while'. He didn't say major game sales, that made them competitive, did he?

    Microsoft have, yes. The 360 however still relies on the sale of actual disks for the point of sale with a game (DLC excluded). This is most likely their way of getting people into digital sales, to have the domination over their platform that Steam has over PC gaming (which is a lot more control than letting stores make all the sales).
     
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,383   +607

    I might pick up Forza Horizon, or some other stuff. For $10-15, why not.
  13. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,272   +90

    He's wrong and you're wrong. Just stop. Microsoft hasn't done these kind of digital sales before, he said they did. There was no other implication; MS has had XBL since 2002. He proved him wrong, he swallows the pride, learns from it and moves on.

    This change in the XBL marketplace was clearly fueled by the vastly better value found in PS+, the known Steam Summer Sales and Amazon, which unsuspected XBL subscribers are starting to notice more and more, as the XB1 fiasco has been used as a marketing device by competitors and fanboys alike to shed light on their respective services.


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