Microsoft, maker of the Xbox One entertainment console and more, has offered big discounts and deals to holiday shoppers looking to purchase the console for weeks. Now it’s turning its attention to the millions that already have an Xbox One in their living room. Today marks the official start of its Year-End sale. Games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Call of Duty Black Ops 3 and Halo 5: Guardians are all on sale.
Owners of Xbox One consoles and visitors to Xbox.com began seeing the deep discounts on games and more this morning. The Xbox One is Microsoft’s current-generation gaming console. It’s the direct competitor to Sony’s PS4 gaming console and a high-end alternative to the Apple TV, which just picked up games support this fall. This Year-End Xbox One Games deal has two parts. There are immediate savings running for at least a week before being replaced by other deals. There’s also fast sales coming once each day. Xbox One owners with a membership to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold subscription service get some additional savings on most items. The deals end on January 7th.
For this week only, Halo 5: Guardians, Rare Replay and Rise of the Tomb Raider are all discounted. Each of these games arrived on store shelves this year, with Rise of the Tomb Raider and Halo 5: Guardians still selling for $59.99 at places like GameStop. Halo 5: Guardians is $47.99 right now. Rise of the Tomb Raider is $40.19. NBA 2K16, this year’s entry in the best-selling basketball game franchise, is $44.99, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is $49.79, despite arrive on store shelves just this past November. The standard version of Batman Arkham Knight is $32.49. Minecraft Story Mode is $21.24 for the complete episodic adventure. Microsoft says that it’s partnered with some retailers to offer discounted disc games too.
All of these prices are with an Xbox Live Gold Account’s additional savings. Xbox Live users without a Gold subscription still get discounts on games during the sale. They just aren’t as steep as what’s available to those that have it. Additionally, the Xbox Store has deep discounts on entire seasons of television shows, movies and free month-long trials in Hulu Plus.