New releases and old favorites have their prices slashed, as Microsoft kicks off a massive week-long sale across titles for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows 10.
Microsoft has launched its annual Xbox Ultimate Game Sale for 2016. This year, there’s a wide variety of titles on offer, ranging from recent additions to the backward compatibility list to new releases that only hit shelves a matter of weeks ago.
Anyone that’s missed out on some of the biggest releases of the year so far will be well served by the discounts being touted. The surprisingly satisfying reboot of Doom can be had for just $42, whereas well-received Xbox exclusive Quantum Break is only $45.
Indeed, the Windows 10 version of Quantum Break is also discounted — although the promotion that grants owners of the Xbox One version access to the PC port has now concluded. Still, it’s clear that Microsoft is serious about its plans for a Unified Windows Platform.
Other newer releases on offer include Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at the bargain price of $36 and Dark Souls III for $45. Looking a little further back, there’s Rise of the Tomb Raider for $30 and State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition for $15.
However, in terms of sheer value for money, a pair of bundles containing two games apiece for just $7.50 might take the cake. The first features highly praised FPS Metro 2033 and its sequel Last Light, whereas the second couple Saints Row IV: Re-elected with spin-off Gat out of Hell.
There are plenty more bargains on offer among the ever-growing list of Xbox 360 games playable on the Xbox One thanks to backward compatibility. Fans of South Park can snag 2014’s The Stick of Truth for $8 in anticipation of its upcoming sequel The Fractured But Whole.
Another sale item might suggest that a longstanding fan request might soon be making its way to the backward compatibility roster. Red Dead Redemption is being offered for $7.50, and while it’s not yet playable on the Xbox One, this could be an indication that it soon will be.
While there are plenty of tantalizing offers for gamers in North America, consumers further afield have criticized the sale for unfair regional pricing. Some games are far more expensive when purchased in particular regions — but it’s worth noting that these decisions are made by individual publishers, not Microsoft.
The Xbox Ultimate Game Sale will run from July 5 to July 11 — and for the best prices, you’ll need an active Xbox Live Gold membership. For more information, check out the official blog post detailing the promotion from the service’s director of programming, Major Nelson.