Now is as good a time as any to “Jump Ahead.” Microsoft is back with another ‘limited time’ price drop. You can grab Xbox One consoles for just $299. Have your eye on a bundle? Those are $50 off at participating retailers too.

But don’t buy today. The $50 drop doesn’t go into effect until March 20th. And if you end up missing the limited time offer, wait a little longer for the ‘limited’ price drop to become permanent.

Microsoft tends to make these ‘limited’ price drops permanent. It’s just an easy way to get people on the fence for a Xbox One to pull the trigger. Last year, they did a similar $50 price drop to $350. It went up to $400 again for a short time before Microsoft made it permanent. I imagine a similar price permanent price drop is on the way.

For those of you who waited, congrats – a $300 Xbox One is a helluva deal. I look back at my $500 purchase in disgust now. Ok, maybe not disgust – but I am jealous of those who are picking it up now. Not only is $300 a good deal, but you have a lot of great games to catch up on. Sunset Overdrive, Halo 5: Guardians, Forza, Rise of the Tomb Raider (if you don’t have a PC) and many more.

Ryse: Son of Rome

If you’re about to pick up an Xbox One, check out Ryse: Son of Rome. It’s a fun romp through ancient Rome and scratches the Gladiator/Spartacus itch just fine.

The sales don’t stop at hardware

The Xbox One spring sale isn’t for just consoles. Next week, Microsoft is slashing prices on some of the biggest recent games by 40-60% off. That means games like Halo 5, Fallout 4, Black Ops III, Rainbow Six Siege will be $40. Not a bad deal if you are grabbing a Xbox One or picking up a few games you skipped on.

Remember, Microsoft has a habit of making these price drops permanent. If you can’t pick one up next week, wait a few weeks.

Here’s the page where all the deals will go live starting on March 20 and March 22 (for games).

Are you buying a Xbox One next week? If so, which games are you thinking about getting?

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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