Ditching your 360? Amazon offers Xbox One game upgrades for $10

The Xbox One may not be backwards compatible with the Xbox 360, but if you decide to upgrade to the next-gen console this holiday season, Amazon can help you bring your favorite game along for the ride—assuming it's from a select list of hot new titles and you have an extra $10, that is.

If you buy one of the eight games listed below for the Xbox 360, you can trade it in later and get a $50 credit towards the Xbox One version later. The $50 credit is split up into a $25 bonus credit and a minimum $25 trade-in credit. Amazon’s wording suggests that you could earn an even bigger trade-in credit, but did not specify what the terms might be for getting a bigger trade-in bump. We’re checking in with Amazon on this and will post an update should the company respond.

The new deal is similar to a game upgrade program that GameStop announced earlier in August. The only difference with Amazon’s deal is that it offers an extra three games that its retail rival doesn’t have.

Amazon’s deal is only good until December 31 and covers the following new titles—release dates are in parentheses:

  • Madden NFL 25 (August 27)
  • FIFA 14 (September 25)
  • NBA 2K14 (October 2)
  • Assassin’s Creed Black Flag (October 29)
  • Battlefield 4 (October 29)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (November 5)
  • Watch Dogs (November 19)
  • Need for Speed Rivals (November 19)

The fine print

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Amazon’s trade-in program covers any boxed version of the Xbox 360 games, even if you didn’t buy it from the online retailer—the only requirement is that you buy the Xbox One version from Amazon. The offer does not apply to PlayStation games. The other downer is that you can only get this deal a single time for a single game, so choose wisely.

Echoing GameStop

If you don’t like Amazon’s terms you can try GameStop’s version of the deal, which was announced on August 8. GameStop’s deal is similar to its rival’s in that you can trade-in a select Xbox 360 title for a $50 credit towards an Xbox One title. GameStop’s deal also ends on December 31.

But GameStop has a few more restrictions than Amazon. For starters, GameStop offers the deal on only five games compared to Amazon’s eight. The three titles missing from the GameStop deal are NBA 2K14, Need for Speed Rivals, and Watch Dogs.

You also need to be a member of GameStop’s free PowerUp Rewards program and purchase the title within 30 days of its initial release. So don’t expect to trade-in Madden NFL 25 or FIFA 14 in late September. GameStop didn’t specify whether this was a one-time only deal or applied to multiple game purchases.

Take it easy

Helping to ease the awkward transition between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One without breaking the bank is becoming something of a theme for Microsoft and its partners. Last Wednesday, Microsoft announced a Season Pass Guarantee for select titles that automatically grants you an Xbox One season pass when you purchase the same pass for the Xbox 360. Season passes are a way to encourage gamers to pay in advance for multiple sets of downloadable gameplay content slated to come out for their favorite games.

Microsoft didn’t specify all the games the season pass guarantee will work with, but the company did say the guarantee will be applicable to Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4.

The only downside to Microsoft’s deal? You have to own both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One versions to be eligible—but that's where deals like Amazon's and GameStop's come in.

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