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Black Friday: Save 40% on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

This year’s Black Friday deals from Microsoft include savings on Xbox games and services, plus a big discount on three months of Game Pass.

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This year’s Black Friday deals from Microsoft include savings on Xbox games and services, plus a big discount on three months of Game Pass.

With Black Friday around the corner, we’re getting confirmation of this year’s offers and bundles from the big three console manufacturers. Nintendo has reduced the price of selected first-party games for a limited time and released a new Mario Kart 8 Switch bundle. Sony has yet to confirm its plans, but expect news shortly.

Black Friday Xbox Game Pass Discount

Microsoft is, as you might expect, leading with Xbox Game Pass. The all-you-can-play subscription service is the cornerstone of the Xbox gaming strategy, and Microsoft is hoping to entice new subscribers with a 40% discount when you purchase three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The offer is available at selected retailers between November 22-30. After the discounted three months expire, the subscription continues at $14.99 a month, which is still excellent value.

As a reminder, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes access to Xbox Live Gold and a game library of over 100 titles across PC, Xbox consoles, and Android devices via streaming. EA Play has also been rolled into the service, so if you want to revisit, say, Dante’s Inferno, you absolutely can.

Black Friday Xbox Games Sale

From today until December 3, the Xbox digital Game store is also running a Black Friday sale which discounts some top games by up to 55%. Recent hits like Watch Dogs: Legion, FIFA 21, Marvel’s Avengers, Tony Hawk’s Pro-Skater 1+2, and Star Wars Squadrons are all on offer. We’ve highlighted some of the best games here.

Finally, until November 30, you can grab $20 off selected Xbox controllers from participating retailers. The lineup includes the Carbon Black, Robot White, and Shock Blue, variants.

So what’s missing from the lineup? Yep, Xbox consoles. Demand for Xbox Series X and S excludes Microsoft’s two next-gen systems from being included official bundles, but other retailers may cobble something together if stocks allow. As for the Xbox One X|S, there’s nothing officially announced, and nor do we expect there to be.


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