In celebration of the March 11th release of Titanfall, Microsoft will start selling an Xbox One Titanfall Bundle, which includes a free, digital copy of the game. So the bundle doesn't cost any more than the Xbox One's regular $499 price tag. Still steep, but a bit sweeter.
You can make your reservation here, if you are so inclined. You can also find the bundle at BestBuy.com and basically any major retailer.
The bundle comes with the Xbox One console, wireless controller, one month of Xbox Live, headset, and a digital copy of Titanfall. Clever on Microsoft's part to go digital, as it means players will always have it and can't sell it back. It's also more Earth-friendly, though I bet Microsoft is happier about the dough they saved.
This bundle will likely prompt those who have been holding off on purchasing the console to wonder if now is the right time to do so.
Titanfall is a gaming event after all, and it's the first genuinely big next-gen specific title. While the game has been ported to the 360, and while it remains to be seen if there are any actual differences in performance, for those who are inevitably going to buy the console, this just might be the time to take the plunge.
Speaking (writing) for myself, it's never been more difficult to justify making the upgrade to a new console. In the past, when I was a wee child or angsty teen, it always seemed like the newer consoles rendered older ones obsolete, and that they offered substantially unique, innovative experiences. I'm not sure, given the excellence and continued relevance of the 360, that the gap between consoles is great enough.
Purchasing it is more about the fun of having it, participating in this shared experience, and less about fulfilling some lack in one's gaming life.
So I'm not sure. I'll continue to deliberate. One thing's for sure though; Titanfall looks awesome and this is the best Xbox One deal thus far.