Microsoft Celebrates Xbox One 1st Birthday with Free Games and Digital Goodies


The sun has set on the chance to play one of the hottest Xbox One exclusives of the year, but Microsoft is still handing out gifts to the early adopters of its latest gaming console.

Microsoft gifted early adopters of the Xbox One with free play of Insomniac Game's Sunset Overdrive. For 24 hours, early adopters had the opportunity to play the game in full; it's like a weekend rental of sorts.

The Windows maker has tons more presents to give early adopters of the Xbox One, which Microsoft describes as anyone who purchased one of the consoles before Oct. 1 and subscribed to Xbox's marketing emails before Nov. 11. Early adopters must be at least 17 years of age, have logged at least 10 hours of usage on the console and live in one of the 13 Xbox launch markets.

For those who missed out on Sunset Overdrive's free play period, it's time to move on from thinking about what could have been and start enjoying the latest gift. Microsoft has begun sending email notices to early adopters, stating that the company will gift them each a copy of Limbo when the indie game is ready to make its transition from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One.

"While we're just getting started in some markets, we remain committed to all of our incredible fans worldwide and we're so grateful for your support over the last year. Thank you for helping us celebrate this incredible milestone," stated Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, director of programming for Xbox Live and an evangelist of the platform.

Microsoft has already given early adopters a Year One gamer picture, commemorative Xbox One backgrounds, Year One desktop art, a free rental of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and a free rental of the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods.

Along with gifts to everyone, Microsoft is randomly selecting early adopters as the recipients of items from long lists of Xbox One content. Some of the possible gifts include the limited edition of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the special edition of Sunset Overdrive, the Forza Horizon 2 edition of the Casio G-Shock sports watch and 12 months of Xbox Live Gold.

In gifting content to Xbox One users for simply believing in the console, Microsoft's drumming up loyalty in the console race it has been losing -- that's if the Wii U isn't counted. However, sales of the Xbox One are said to have been outpacing those of the PlayStation 4 for the past several weeks in the U.K.

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