Microsoft Celebrates A Year Of Xbox One With Free Game Rentals And Other Goodies

The Xbox One reached the one-year milestone this weekend, and to celebrate its first anniversary, Microsoft is sending just about ever owner of its console a gift package containing several digital goodies. This applies to customers who purchased an Xbox One between November 22, 2013, and November 11, 2014, within Microsoft's 13 launch markets, are 17 years or older, and have at least 10 of hours of usage on the console.

A bit less exciting are the achievements celebration emails being sent out to Xbox One customers who purchased the console prior to October 1, 2014, also with the same criteria as above and who opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails prior to November 11, 2014.

Xbox One Year One

Getting back to the good stuff, Microsoft's digital gift package consists of the following items:

  • A Year One Gamer picture
  • New Xbox One backgrounds: A Special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One background for those who unlocked the Day One achievement
  • A Year One background image for use on Twitter, your desktop, etc.
  • A free rental of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (for a limited time)
  • A free rental of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods movie and a sampler pack of Dragon Ball Z TV episodes (for a limited time, available in the U.S. and Canada only)

Nothing particularly earth shattering, though a nice gesture for those who purchased the console. In addition, Microsoft will randomly select fans to receive a "special gift" from Microsoft, which could be anything from an Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive bundle to in-game items.

Looking back at its first year on the market, Microsoft says the Xbox One has logged over a combined 2 billion hours of game time with a cumulative Gamerscore of more than 11 billion to date. More importantly (for Microsoft), shipments to date were recently reported to have been nearing the 10 million mark, with sales being boosted by Microsoft's recent $50 price cut and game bundles for the holiday period.