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GameStop launches Xbox One sales promotion

You won't want to dawdle. The sale cuts the price of Xbox One accessories and games but is good only Friday and Saturday.

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Gamers looking to grab an Xbox One console, accessories, or games may want to head over to your local GameStop store to check out a new sales promotion.

Running just Friday and Saturday, the new promo slashes the prices of certain Xbox One accessories and games and promises to lower the cost of the console itself depending on what you offer as a trade-in. One example, you can save $10 on an Xbox One controller and $20 on an Xbox Live Gold Membership when you buy the console. You can also save $20 on an Xbox One stereo headset and $30 on a Turtle Beach Ear Force X07 headset.

Sales of the Xbox One console itself have lagged behind those of Sony's PlayStation 4, which passed 7 million worldwide sales in April. Earlier this month, Microsoft began selling the Xbox One without its Kinect motion-gaming sensor for $400 , matching the price of the PlayStation 4. Previously, the Xbox One could only be purchased with a Kinect for $500.

The selection of video games designed for the Xbox One has also initially been limited. Microsoft took advantage of the E3 gaming industry event earlier this month to emphasize games and promise more titles to come. Until then, any promotions from major retailers such as GameStop could provide the Xbox One with a much-needed shot in the arm.

On the game front, GameStop's sale is offering Wolfenstein: The New Order, NBA2K14, and Zumba Fitness World Party for $20 off the regular price. The retailer is also juicing up its trade-in deals to try to convince gamers to give up their current systems in exchange for an Xbox One. In a deal good until July 13, consumers can score an extra 50 percent credit by trading in any system toward an Xbox One.

For example, trading in an Xbox 360 (S Model) 320GB console normally scores a trade-in value of $75. Add in the 50 percent bonus, and you get $112 total that can shave the cost of an Xbox One. GameStop's Trade Center website provides all the details on trade-in offers and values.

(Via GameSpot)