Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has secured its hot-spot in the holiday console gaming war with a new affordable Assassin’s Creed-themed Xbox One bundle.
The special edition Xbox One bundle comes packed with Ubisoft’s (NASDAQ: UBI) next-gen exclusive Assassin’s Creed: Unity as well as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and will be available in Kinect ($499) and Kinect-less ($399) flavors.
Both bundles will be available starting November 2 at select retailers, and are boxed with the general basics including the Xbox One console, a wireless controller and chat headset, a free month of Xbox LIVE, and if you opted for the $499 option, a Kinect sensor.
A digital voucher for Assassin’s Creed Unity is included along with a physical copy of Black Flag. The download key for AC: Unity can only be redeemed on November 11, but players will be able to jump right into Black Flag without a hitch.
The AC-themed Xbox One joins Microsoft’s roster of holiday console bundles, including the exclusive Sunset Overdrive bundle and the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle which packs in a massive 1TB hard-drive and a stylized console/controller combo.
“This holiday we’re focused on offering fans the best games, with unprecedented choice and value,” Microsoft’s corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi said over on the Xbox Wire.
“Combined with our award-winning games line-up this holiday, it’s an incredible time to play on Xbox One. Over the next two months, we look forward to celebrating with fans every week as we launch new games, new bundles, and a few surprises for Xbox One.”
Considering the standard Xbox One’s are $399, this new holiday bundle is a steal, and will most likely be a deciding factor for many gamers who are on the fence about Microsoft’s next-gen system. It’ll be interesting to see if this boosts their sales across the globe, and whether or not this initiative can compete with Sony’s dominating PlayStation 4.