Microsoft Gives Thanks to Xbox One Owners

By Michelle Balsan, 4 years ago
Right around this time last year, 360-owners started to mysteriously receive emails from Microsoft containing gifts, ranging Killer Instinct download codes to Xbox One consoles. It was assumed, at the time, that these gifts were largely in response to messaging mishaps surrounding the Xbox One's announcement, and intended to keep gamers in good spirits about the new console.

Flash forward a year and times have changed. The Xbox One has topped 10 million shipped units, and has made adjustments, such as releasing the console without a Kinect, in order to bring more gamers into the fold. It seems, also, that Microsoft has decided to revisit last year's gift giving, though they're laying it out for us this time around.

If you purchased an Xbox One between its launch last year on November 22nd, 2013 and November 11th, 2014, are in one of the 13 launch markets, have used the One for more than 10 hours, and are over 17, you can expect to receive some gifts. For the first set of goodies listed below, you must also have opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails prior to Nov 11, 2014, which you can check by going to and checking your contact preferences under privacy settings.

First off, starting on Friday, everyone meeting the above criteria will receive the following:

•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)
Then, people selected at random will receive one of the following gifts.

•Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle (U.S. only)
•Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle (U.S. only)
•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 (U.S. only)
•Forza Horizon 2 Limited Edition Casio G-Shock Men's Black Multi-Function Digital Sports Watch (U.S. only)
•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 (U.S. only)
•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
Finally, since we love our stats and acheivements here at TA, Microsoft also revealed some information relating to how that went down over the One's first year:

•Overall, the total community Gamerscore earned on Xbox One is more than 11 billion
•Fans spent more than 2 billion hours playing games on Xbox One
•The top four most popular achievements unlocked include:
Forza Motorsport 5Welcome to Forza MotorsportThe Welcome to Forza Motorsport achievement in Forza Motorsport 5 worth 5 pointsComplete the very first race.

TitanfallBuild YourselfThe Build Yourself achievement in Titanfall worth 16 pointsCreate a custom pilot loadout

DestinyShip RiteThe Ship Rite achievement in Destiny worth 20 pointsRebuild a Jumpship.

Call of Duty: GhostsSpatial AwarenessThe Spatial Awareness achievement in Call of Duty: Ghosts worth 10 pointsKill your first enemy in the Call of Duty® Ghosts campaign.
If this is anything like last year, the emails will roll out over several days. Not everyone will receive something, but if you do, let us know in the comments below!
Credit for this story goes to Mark Farley
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.