Black Friday: Microsoft Stores offer deals on PCs, Xbox games
There's a lot of hype and anticipation for what the Apple stores may or may not have on sale this Black Friday. But Apple rival Microsoft has retail stores too and the tech giant is already talking about the discounts it'll offer and a few of them look pretty good.
There are fewer Microsoft Stores out there than Apple stores, but if you stop by one, you'll find $100 gift cards (good for use at Microsoft Stores, of course) given away with the purchase of a new PC from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday.
The Microsoft Stores are also offering a holiday shopping promotion tied to how much a consumer spends that will begin for Black Friday but run through Jan. 2, 2012. When more than $100 is spent, a shopper will get 15% off in-store, 20% off when $500 or more is spent and 25% off of purchases of $1,000 or more.
There are also Black Friday-specific discounts, which were listed on the Microsoft Stores' Facebook page, that center around one of Microsoft's most successful products: the Xbox 360 video game system.
The Kinect for Xbox 360 motion-sensing camera bundled with three games (Fruit Ninja, Gunstringer and Kinect Adventures) is selling for $99 rather than the normal $149.99 -- Amazon.com is currently offering the same discount.
Xbox games are seeing price drops as well with Assassins Creed Revelations; Batman: Arkham City; Forza 4; NBA 2K12; FIFA 12; Battlefield 3; and Call of Duty Black Ops all selling for $28 each, down from a regular price of $59.99, among other discounted titles.
— Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Photo: Microsoft Stores, this one in Mission Viejo, are offering Black Friday deals. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times