Amazon Offering $10 Game Trade-Ins For Customers Who Want To Upgrade Their Xbox

xboxonegamesOne of the big knocks against the upcoming Xbox One gaming console is that it not backwards-compatible with titles for the Xbox 360, meaning you’d need to keep your old console hooked up to your TV if you want to play all those games you’ve acquired over the years. To ease that pain for some customers, Amazon is offering a $10 trade-in program on a handful of Xbox 360 games that will also soon be released on the Xbox One.

There are eight games involved in the offer — Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA 2K14, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, Need for Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25, and FIFA 14. All of these titles are slated to be available when the new console releases in the coming holiday season.

The way it works is that you trade-in the game and get at least $25 from Amazon, who then tosses is an additional $25 in bonus credit. That’s $50. The retail price on the Xbox One versions of these titles is $60 each, meaning people who trade in will only be on the hook for $10 (plus tax and any applicable shipping) when the newer version gets released.

The idea is to get gamers used to buying next-generation games as quickly as possible. The transition period between console generations is always tough for both manufacturers and retailers, as they have to put out multiple versions of popular titles in order to please those who plunked down hundreds of dollars to get a new console from the start and those who are perfectly happy with their existing consoles and won’t upgrade until they have to.

This trade-in program won’t do anything to alleviate the hassle of switching between consoles when you want to play any of the older games you might have in your collection, but it might be of interest to some people who weren’t happy to pay full price for an Xbox 360 game that will also soon be coming out on the Xbox One.

You can see all the details here. The promotion runs through Dec. 31.

[via PCmag.com]