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Microsoft Will Pay You to Dump Your PS3 for an Xbox One

Posted by Sammy Barker

We're like so whatever

Remember that old Avril Lavigne video where the “punk princess” tries to get one over on her nerdy double? Well, this brand new Microsoft promotion reminds us of that. Y’see, the Redmond-based manufacturer doesn’t like your old console, and it thinks you need a new one – so much so, that it’s even willing to pay you to upgrade.

A group of NeoGAF posters discovered an advertisement published by the North American firm, encouraging gamers to ditch their PlayStation 3 in order to switch to the Xbox One. In truth, the investigative fellows over at have done a little digging and discovered that this is a pretty standard trade-in promotion – but we’re still going to have some fun with it anyway.

The promotional image notes that you’ll nab $100 towards the company’s new console if you take your ageing machine to a Microsoft Store before the 2nd March in North America. It adds that your adopted device will then be recycled – presumably by poor Xbox executives who’ve missed out on top exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War III.

Seriously, though, the company’s since clarified that it also accepts old smartphones, Blackberries, and computers as part of its ‘Recycle for Rewards’ initiative. However, this particular promotion is limited to the PS3 and Xbox 360, and will require your unit to be in a “fully functional” state. Don’t go thinking that you’re going to offload that expensive paperweight with the Yellow Light of Death, then.

Of course, the emphasis on the Sony system in this promotion made it ripe for parody, with one sharp forum poster noting that gamers could instead “Keep their PS3 and save $100 by ignoring Microsoft and buying a PlayStation 4”. Sorry guys, but you did walk straight into that one.


User Comments (50)



Sanquine said:

LOL, i thought it was a really fun thing to do by Microsoft. The only stupid thing is that is pointed out by the new poster is that the Xbox one is 100 euro more expensive... Btw shocking comparison between tombraider Ps4 vs XBox one... After the whole generation xbox 360 kicked ps3 butt this time it's the other way around... Xbox one version again 900p with tombraider... Funny. But this is good because microsoft will do a lot to catch up ( Considering buying one when they make a title that is up my alley)



benrawr said:

I genuinely laughed out loud when I read the second image. Sony need to hire that guy!



Sanquine said:

@get2sammyb Well PS4 destroyes Xbox one multiplatform games.. Serves them right! Don't want to sound fanboyisch but i have been bullied by my friends since most of them got 360 ( I got the ps3 ). 2006 till 2008 wasn't a funny time being a Playstation fan. Guess who is laughing now!




@Sanquine It was for me, I'd say, without exaggerating that over half a dozen 360 owning friends, they went through about 15 launch units (including repairs) through RROD. One actually sent his 360 back 5 times within a couple of months.
And they didn't have Heavenly Sword, or Warhawk



rjejr said:

Got this email this afternoon in case anyone is wondering if it were legit.

I'm on their mailing list b/c a Microsoft store opened near me soI signe dup for all the windows laptop deals. Havent actually been to the store yet but hey ya never know. .



Gamer83 said:

I wonder if Sony will have some clever response to this, or just ignore it like it should.



JaxonH said:

HERE'S HOW: Visit your nearest store, and let us recycle your PS3

(And by recycle, we mean disintegrate all traces of physical existence)



JaxonH said:


Is it? My copy's on the way, so I'll be playing soon enough. How good is the game though? Is it as good as people say or not so much?



Carl-G said:

Bring back your Xbox ONE's & swap it for a PS3 i say Much more fun to be had on a PS3 i say



tdbt said:

This proves what I've felt all along: you literally can't even pay me to have interest in an Xbox One!



ShogunRok said:

Awwww, and after all of those nice comments on Sony's "great launch". Tut tut.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Hilarious. Firstly why would I get rid of my ps3? Why would I want any kind of Xbox credit or an inferior xboxone right now? Ps4 is cheaper? I know its a standard trade in offer but is anyone getting a whiff of desperation. My ps3 is pretty old now, never had a problem with it, it probably is t even worth a £100 or a $100 either. I would trade it in for a new ps3 or a vita though.



goonow said:

Even though i have a ps4, i still need my ps3 more than i need an xbox 1



Tasuki said:

I wonder if that deal is good if you have a PS3 that isn't working then I could see someone doing that.



AhabSpampurse said:

I've spent the past two days assisting my bro in law (I'm the driver) in realising his dreams of getting an xbox one. We had to drive 20 miles for the first one, which had a faulty disc drive. Returning it the following day, we then had to wait for them to test the unit to verify there was a fault, before agreeing to replace it. Its now sat in front of me as my bro has no internet at the mo, downloading a myriad of updates for dead rising 3, ryse and fifa. Its been doing this now for nearly 24 hours, as all the patches combined are approximately 20gb. Unless I disconnect this thing from the net thus preventing the patches from being applied, he physically can't play the games. Check out my gamerscore (Khr0n1k666), I'm no MS hater, but this console really does leave a lot to be desired, the OS is really awkward, and the fact that you can't actually sidestep a patch and play regardless seems silly to me.



ReigningSemtex said:

Hmm do I ditch my console with a great library of games for money towards an xb1 nah I'm good cheers.



Volmun said:

sniff sniff whats that smell? Oh I know its Despration... tbh im supriced that this sort of thing is aloud



Shaolin said:

I'm just thankful that Sony didn't try to compete by offering a discount scheme of their own. I've just read that the rating agency Moody's has downgraded Sony stock to junk status and they don't think that Sony will make as much profit as they did in 2010

So I think Sony is doing the responsible thing here and not trying to compete with discounts that it can't afford to make. Hey, It's not like people aren't already happy with the price of the ps4, hence their very witty response in the 2nd image above.



Deadstanley said:

I loved original Xbox, and then 360, but the One doesn't appeal to me because the scope of the system is to "do everything," leaving the gaming prowess as kind of an afterthought. Nothing wrong with it, I'd probably pick up a One years down the line.

That being said, I really disapprove of Microsoft's pay-off tactics. From paying off YouTube reviewers, to trying to remove competitive products from the marketplace by flat out buying them from the consumers. I feel like the One is really stumbling in trying to reach sale goals, and executing a strategy to rectify that isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, the payoff promotions they introduce makes me feel like they can't justify why you NEED TO HAVE an Xbox One, instead they are just hoping you impulse buy at the discount opportunity. As a former Xbox fan-boy, I've really lost respect for them. The reason PS4 appeals to me is because I can look at it and realize that based on what I see in terms of features, hardware, and potential, that this is the console that I identify with more. Sony didn't have to grease my palms in order for me to realize that.



hYdeks said:

I rather keep my awesome PS3 and get a PS4

Why would you want a Xbox One?The system is $100 more and the PS4 versions of games are better. On PS4, all their games run on 1080p, on Xbox One some of the games (that are 1080p on PS4) are only in 720p on Xbox One...why??!!??

Sorry M$, but Sony is where I'm staying...

EDIT I love how no one expects anything back from their Wii's or even the Wii U lol



shingi_70 said:

@Pushsquare @get2sammyb s

Was this article even needed other than pushing clicks from Fanboy bait. This is standard practice in the retail industry as it pretains to games.

I expect so much more from this website.



GraveLordXD said:

@Sanquine I've had the original Xbox and the 360 the 360 was utter trash hardly any exclusives a noisey hunk of junk that broke down on me more than I can remember it was by far the worst console I've owned and I've owned pretty much every thing from the Atari days till now minus the virtual boy lol
I'm no fanboy but I guess you can say I'm a hater because I hate Microsoft and their idea of what a console should be the xbox1 is a joke I don't see who in their right mind would go out and actually pay $500 on that especially after the mess that the 360 was they also killed rare they are slowly killing gaming as we speak, %$&# them! You would have to pay me to take that pos system into my home and then I would take it outside and run it over with my truck a few times then pour gasoline on it and light it on fire
Whew OK had to get that off my chest



Vincent294 said:

I loved that second image. I like Xbox, but Halo may not be enough to keep me on board considering how Sony's stepping it up this gen & Nintendo's working on some good games. Microsoft is stupid to force you to buy Kinect. For $100, we might at least get something most people want to use, like the Wii U gamepad. I understand the whole people wouldn't support it otherwise argument they have, but it just isn't worth it.



Vincent294 said:

@shingi_70 I dislike how they've been doing this lately on some of the Nintendo Life sites, etc. Pure Xbox hasn't really done this, though that place is a bit dead in general. I wouldn't mind seeing some criticism just to push for improvements, such as more Vita games, no forced Kinect (it's not something most people want to use), finishing Nintendo Network accounts, & Nintendo giving incentives for more 3rd party support.



Grieva said:

(Sorry for above doge comment, is it necrophilia to dig up the dead memes?)



Madd_Hatter401 said:

Xbox one is awesome but I would never trade in my PS3 for anything. Okay maybe for a lifetime supply of sam adams boston lager but thats about it

Edit: stop being fanboys.. its obnoxious, both systems are friggin sweet and ur missing out if you have plans on staying so narrow minded in the future. Id absolutely suggest getting a PS4 before XB1 but would also absolutely suggest getting an XB1 in the futur. Dont punish yourself by missing out on great exclusives and an overall fun experience.



KelticDevil said:


You have the most **** gamertag (Khr0n1k666) in the history of everything. No offense.

Btw, can we get a ban on the internet......the whole entire internet.......of 13 yr olds making ridiculous "haxor" names? What year is this?



KelticDevil said:


Me not getting an Xbox One and disliking Microsoft is not about being a fanboy. I choose to not get an Xbox One or any Microsoft junk because of my previous experience with their products. My Xbox 360 broke down 2 times in the first 6 months I owned it. That is ridiculous. I also don't want to be forced to pay an extra $100 for a stupid, useless camera that I don't want.

I have no allegiance to any company. They are all designed to do the same thing......make $. I have been playing games since the Atari & Commodore days, and I have seen all of these companies make idiotic decisions eventually. Atari, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, etc.

I liked the original Xbox more than PS2, actually. I liked the Xbox 360, at first, while Sony was busy completely butchering the PS3 launch. Then Xbox 360's started breaking left and right & Microsoft made the moronic decision to go all-in on a stupid motion sensing camera that nobody asked for because the Wii was making lots of $ at the time.

My point of all this is that fanboys are ridiculous. You are right. Being loyal to one company makes no sense, since they are certainly not loyal to any of us in any way. These companies are designed to make as much $ as possible, simple as that. And I have been gaming long enough to know, they all screw up eventually. So I just play whatever console I feel is the best at that time. And right now, that is certainly NOT the Xbox One. That could change over the years, but as of right now.........I would rather stick with my endless backlog on PS3 and wait till I feel the time is right to get a PS4. In fact, I would rather purchase a Wii U then get an Xbox One.



AhabSpampurse said:

@Godsire- how can you say something obviously offensive then say no offense? Its like someone saying something hurtful and then saying "I'm just being honest.", thinking it gives them licence to be a ****. If you're honest opinion is that of a dick, then chances are you're a ****.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not trying to start an argument here, but I feel compelled to say this this for your benefit because your comment actually makes you sound like an idiot.



AhabSpampurse said:

By the way people, no one is allowed to make a ridiculous gamertag anymore, either by accident, for laughs, or on purpose. Verily yea, "Godsire" (snigger) has decreed it so!

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