Microsoft is giving away freebies for the Xbox One’s first birthday

If you bought an Xbox One during its first year of sale (that would be November 22, 2013 through November 11, 2014… which isn’t really a full year, but this is Microsoft talking not me) and you’ve logged at least 10 hours of use, you’ll be getting a selection of freebies to celebrate the Xbox One’s first birthday. The announcement was made by Microsoft spokesperson Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb in a blog post yesterday.

Here’s what’ll be in everyone’s gift bag:

  • Year One gamer picture
  • New Xbox backgrounds
  • Year One desktop image
  • Free rental of Forward Unto Dawn, a 4 part, live action Halo mini-series

US Xbox One owners will also get to rent Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods movie and a selection of Dragon Ball Z episodes.

But what, there’s more! “Selected fans” – though there’s no official word on how this selection will be made – will also receive an extra gift, picked from the following list:

  • Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle
  • Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle
  • One month membership for Xbox One-exclusive EA Access service
  • Tiger Shark cash card for Grand Theft Auto V, worth $200,000 in-game GTA Online dollars
  • Forza gift pack with Forza RallyCross hat, Lamborghini Huracán 1/24 scale replica, and Xbox One Controller (launch team edition) signed by Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear America, Global RallyCross champion and professional stunt driver
  • Forza Horizon 2 Limited Edition Casio G-Shock Men’s Black Multi-Function Digital Sports Watch
  • Grand Theft Auto V gift pack with the Los Santos Sheriff Trucker cap, Michael, Franklin and Trevor Posters, and a Grand Theft Auto V sticker pack
  • Xbox Live Gold 12-month membership digital code
  • Killer Instinct Season 1 Combo Breaker Pack, the retail version of Killer Instinct Xbox One’s first season and includes all eight season one characters: Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Thunder, Sadira, Orchid, and Spinal. Also includes
  • Fulgore DLC character.
  • Special limited edition Nissan 370Z, featuring a custom Casio livery for Forza Horizon 2
  • Air Vehicle shortcut for Battlefield 4 for immediate access to all available unlocks for helicopters and jets available in the main Battlefield 4 game
  • Arno’s French Rapier for Assassin’s Creed Unity to improve your combat skills
  • 75 Platinum in Warframe
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Costume Pack for Peggle 2
  • Epic Quest Table in Pinball FX2
  • Dance Central Spotlight (full game token)
  • Project Spark Premium – 15 days: Grants 2x gain of Spark XP, credits, and champion XP, as well as the ability to purchase new token-only content for earned in-game credits

What we also don’t know is how many of each gift will be given away, or if there will only be 18 super lucky winners to get the extra stuff. Still, I’m not one to cry at free stuff, and it’s nice to see Microsoft doing a little something for the Xbox One community which is going strong. I’m assuming these gifts will be parceled out on Saturday, November 22nd on the Xbox One’s actual birthday, though Hryb’s blog post didn’t specify an exact date.

Jenna Fraser
A New England born, Boston native, Jenna says "wicked" with reckless abandon. She loves video games almost as much as she loves words and to say that she has an obsession with Queen would be the biggest understatement of all time.
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