Microsoft announces $50 price drop coming to Xbox One consoles next week

Update (10/30 12:25pm): Best Buy has now dropped $50 off the special edition COD and Assassin’s Creed bundles (w/ Kinect version) to match Amazon ahead of the official November 2nd drop date as well.

Update (10/28 7:55am): It looks as though the $50 price drop is now live on Amazon for the Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle ($449) shipped and the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle without Kinect ($349) shipped. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on either bundle and nearly a week ahead of the scheduled price drop.

Update (10/27 4:45pm): Microsoft is offering an additional 5% off any purchase from the Microsoft Store when you text Play to 29502 from your mobile device, simply enter the promo code that you receive via text during checkout. We have not seen any limitations or exclusions for this deal and assume that it will work once the $50 discounts for Xbox One begin.

The crazy deal season is just around the corner now, with Black Friday like discounts starting as early as the beginning of next month from what we are hearing at this point. Microsoft looks as though it will be one of the first major manufacturers to announce deep sale pricing with its latest home console dropping $50 across the board.

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Amazing Games Mac App Store sale: BioShock $10, Rayman Origins $5, GRID $10, Batman Arkham Asylum $10, more

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Apple is currently running a special promotion for select Mac App Store apps called “Amazing Games – Amazing Prices.” This promo includes limited time pricing on some of the most popular Mac games. Our favorite titles include:

Check out the rest of today’s app/game deals in our morning roundup.
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Games/Apps: Notes Plus $0.99 (Reg. $10), Xbox One w/ free game, Photo Cookbook is the free App of the Week, more

notes-plus-ipad-appUpdate (9/6 2:05pm): Newegg has the Xbox One Madden 15 bundle with a copy of Destiny for $399.99 + $4.99 shipping.

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In today’s best game/app deals, Notes Plus for iPhone and iPad has dropped to $0.99, which is the lowest price it has ever hit. It’s also 90% below the list price of $9.99. Developer Viet Tran proudly proclaims that Notes Plus is the “best handwriting experience.” It features typed text, audio recording, annotation (PDF/Word compatibility), and support for images and shapes. Nearly 5,000 App Store users rate it 4 out of 5 stars, while over half of which are 5 star ratings. Learn how to use Notes Plus with these free video tutorials. This special pricing ends tomorrow.

If you’re interested in note taking and drawing on the iPad , then be sure to check out the new styluses that Wacom announced yesterday.

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Starting this Sunday, September 7th, Microsoft will launch a weeklong promotion that includes a free game ($59.99 or lower) with the purchase of an Xbox One console. And the best part is that this promotion include the Madden NFL 15 bundle and the Forza Motorsport 5 bundle. That means you can pick up a kinectless Xbox One with a copy of Madden NFL 15 and any other game of your choosing for only $399.99. There’s no word yet on specific retailers that will be participating in this promotion, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

Head below for the rest of today’s best iOS price drops including The Photo Cookbook that has gone free as the iTunes App of the Week.

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Amazon Coins 20% off: save on Android apps/games

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Amazon always offers up to a 10% discount if you buy Coins in bulk, but for a limited time the 5,000 ($50) and 10,000 ($100) lots are available at a 20% discount. This drops the prices down to $40 and $80.

These Coins are a form of virtual currency that can be used to purchase apps and games at the Amazon Appstore for Android. Remember, Coins can be used for more than just Kindle apps/games:

Now Android phone and tablet users can save up to 10% on apps, games, and in-app items with Amazon Coins. Coins are only available on the latest version of the Amazon Appstore.

This is a great opportunity to download some top-tier, premium-priced games like Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft. Learn more about Amazon Coins and the Appstore for Android here.
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IGN makes Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season 2 its free iOS game of the month

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IGN has named Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season 2 as its free iOS game of the month for August. The app usually runs for $5.99, but you can head over to IGN to get it for free right now. The game runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The second season picks up where the previous one left off, following fan-favorite Clementine through a bleak and brutal world based on Robert Kirkman’s wildly popular post-apocalyptic comic series. Choices made in the first season will carry over and impact the story going forward.

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Celebrate #MayTheFourth with the best Star Wars deals: Lego, lightsabers, apps/games, freebies, more

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What is May the 4th be with you? It is the saying used by Star Wars fans to commemorate Star Wars day, May 4th. The idea for the day originated as a play on the cult Star Wars phrase, “may the force be with you,” which is said by multiple characters throughout the epic saga.

Star Wars Day is even bigger this year thanks to the impending release of the Disney-produced Episode VII and as a result deals are kicking off sooner than ever! We’re here to help you celebrate May the Fourth by rounding up the absolute best Star Wars sales from across the deal galaxy.

We will be making a special post on May The Fourth to cover all the last minute deals and exclusive merchandise. Amazon is planning an all-day Gold Box event  (click the upper May the Fourth banner to see only Star Wars lightning deals) so you know there are going to be some great deals to be had through Monday.

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GameStop 15% off games/accessories: MGS V: Ground Zeroes $25.50, Watch Dogs $51, PS Plus 1 yr. $42.50, more

GameStop is offering 15% off one item when you enter until promo code PAYPAL15 at checkout. You can even stack the promo code SAVER to get free shipping.

While we have a number of great console and iOS deals in our daily round up post, you can get a bit more creative using the aforementioned codes on random games, accessories, and even preorders. It’s our understanding that this coupon is only supposed to work if you checkout using PayPal, but as of right now it is working with any valid form of payment. Coupon excludes game consoles, tablets, phones, iPods, and others. It’s scheduled to expire on March 23rd but we wouldn’t be surprised if it gets squashed before then.

You’ll find titles like Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for $24.50 (Reg. $30, released today), Watch Dogs preorder for $51 (Reg. $60) and even the rarely discounted PlayStation Plus is available is included for $42.50 (Reg. $50).

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Game/App Deals: 2K game sale, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best gaming/app deals, the iOS deals are continuing to pile on with sales from 2K, Feral Interactive, Activision, and 50% off Final Fantasy games on iOS from Square Enix, among others. Don’t forget you can still grab Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition on Mac for just $15, which comes packed with nearly $100 worth of story based DLC. More details here.

In case you missed it late yesterday, Infinity Blade III for iPhone or iPad dropped down to $3 (Reg. $6)

Some notable discounts today include XCOM: Enemy Unknown for 50% off, FINAL FANTASY IV for $8 (Reg. $16), Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies for $3 (Reg. $7), Fieldrunners 2 HD for $3 (Reg. $5) and Fruit Ninja HD for $1 (Reg. $2), among many others.

As for today’s highly rated freebies, you got Flick Football (Reg. $1), Toy Defense 2 (Reg. $2) and LostWinds (Reg. $4).

You can check out the full list of today’s discounted apps below including everything mentioned above as well as a sale on Korg’s popular music production apps. EA, Warner Bros. and Disney have also begun their massive iOS sales, offering up to 90% in savings.

Lastly, App Santa (a collaborative campaign between a group of award-winning app developers) launched today offering a numbering of great discounts on highly rated apps including 1Password and Tweetbot 3 for iOS.

Head below for the complete list of today’s iOS and Mac discounts and freebies:

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Newegg’s Black Friday deals are now live: HDTVs, iOS accessories, games, more

Newegg-Black Friday-sale-live-01Newegg’s Black Friday deals have now gone live. There are some solid discounts on everything from HDTVs and streaming boxes to hard drives, games, headphones and displays. These deals are selling out quick so jump on them while you can. We have put together some of the notable discounts available below.

You can pick up a refurb Roku 3 streaming box for $70 shipped among a number of other accessories including headphones, cases, cables and chargers like the RAVPower 10000mAh 3.1A Power Bank for iPad 4, iPhone 5 and Android for $25 (Reg. $80).

As for game deals, Newegg currently has Dishonored GOTY Edition for $25 on Xbox 360, and for PS3, Metal Gear Solid: Legacy Collection for $30, GTA: Complete for $10 and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for $15.  You can also grab Pikmin 3 on the Wii U for $40. Head over to Newegg to see the rest of their Black Friday game deals.

We picked the two best deals on HDTVs. The first is the Changhong 50″ 1080p LED HDTV for $380 (Reg. $600) and the next is a refurbished Samsung 32″ 1080p 60Hz LED Smart TV for only $300 (Reg. $600).

Game/App Deals: Angry Birds Star Wars (Kindle) FREE, Puppeteer $25 (Reg. $40), iOS freebies, more

In today’s best gaming/app deals, Kindle owners get treated to some free apps via Amazon including Angry Birds Star Wars Premium HD, Puppeteer drops to $25 on Amazon, and we also have some great iOS freebies today including some Halloween themed apps and Draw Race 2 for iPhone and iPad.

Puppeteer is available on Amazon today for $25 (Reg. $40). The game features a gorgeous art style, played from the perspective of an actual puppet show: audience, lights, sets, music and narration included. But this not your average puppet show, Puppeteer has received great reviews as a truly unique platforming experience, with a huge variety of moving backgrounds and charming storytelling. You can see the game in action below the fold.

PS3: Puppeteer: $25 (Reg. $40) – 80/100 Metascore

Set in a magical puppeteer’s theatre, this title will introduce you to a strange and fantastic world, where the environment is constantly changing. Players will enjoy a rich, dark fairytale where surprises lurk around every corner.

PS3: The Last of Us: $45 (Reg. $60) - 95/100 Metascore (NOTE: Also currently available for $36 on Playstation Network for PS Plus members only)

iOS Universal: Tank Battle: 1944: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: Krashlander – Ski, Jump, Crash!: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: Effexy – Photo Effects: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: movieStudio-Use photos to make video: FREE (Reg. $3)
iOS Universal: PicTok: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: Link that Gugl Pro: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: The House of the Dead: Overkill­- The Lost Reels: $1 (Reg. $5)
iOS Universal: Smart Merge: FREE (Reg. $1)

iPad: DrawRace 2 HD: FREE (Reg. $3)
iPad: Royal Envoy 2 HD (Premium): FREE (Reg. $5)
iPad: Paper Notes +: FREE (Reg. $1)

iPhone: DrawRace 2: FREE (Reg. $3)
iPhone: ParkingBreak plus: FREE (Reg. $2)
iPhone: Vampify: FREE (Reg. $1)
iPhone: ReKillers : Zombie Defense: FREE (Reg. $1)
iPhone: Photonia: FREE (Reg. $1)
iPhone: Gardenscapes™ (Premium): FREE (Reg. $1)

Android: Diner Dash Deluxe: FREE (Reg. $1)
Android: Toca Builders: FREE (Reg. $3)
Android: SketchBook Mobile: FREE (Reg. $2) – Today only
Android: OfficeSuite Professional 7: $5 (Reg. $15)

Each FREE Kindle Fire app download will earn you 20 Amazon coins towards future app purchases:

Kindle: Angry Birds Star Wars Premium HD: FREE (Reg. $3)
Kindle: Splashtop Whiteboard: FREE (Reg. $10)
Kindle: Fishdom Premium: FREE (Reg. $5)
Kindle: The Room: FREE (Reg. $2)
Kindle: Diner Dash Deluxe: FREE (Reg. $0.99)
Kindle: Toca Builders: FREE (Reg. $2.99)
Kindle: Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector’s Edition (Full): $1 (Reg. $3)
Kindle: Shiver: Poltergeist Collector’s Edition (Full): $1 (Reg. $3)

Mac Game Store has now launched its Halloween sale with up to 50% or more on some great scary titles. There are some highlighted deals below, but you can check out the full list of discounted titles here.

Mac: The Wolf Among Us – Season Pass: $22.50 (Reg. $25)
Mac: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings: $10 (Reg. $20)
Mac: The Witcher Director’s Cut: $5 (Reg. $10)
Mac: Doom 3: $5 (Reg. $10)
Mac: Amnesia: The Dark Descent: $10 (Reg. $20)
Mac: Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs: $10 (Reg. $20)
Mac: PaintTime: FREE (Reg. $2)

Consoles: Playstation 3, 250GB Move bundle w/ Battlefield 4: $270 shipped – similar bundles will run you around the same price elsewhere but without a copy of Battlefield 4. Based on our lowest price of this bundle at $230 (without Battlefield 4), one way of looking at it would be that you are picking up a 250GB PS3 Move bundle matched at the cheapest price ever plus Battlefield 4 for $40, which would be its lowest price ever.

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Game/App Deals: 50% off Scanner Pro by Readdle, Metro Franchise Pack: $20, iOS freebies, more

In today’s gaming and app deals, Readdle is dropping the price on Scanner Pro for iOS, Amazon is offering a great deal on the complete Metro franchise, Best Buy is offering some great deals on Wii U games including Black Ops 2 for $20 and we have your daily dose of solid iOS deals and freebies.

Amazon is offering the Metro Franchise Pack for just $20. This bundle comes with both Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light as well as Last Light DLC: Ranger Mode and the RPK weapon pack. This brings you about $40 in savings, compared to having bought the content individually. Remember Amazon is still offering the Bioshock Triple Pack for just $20 as well.

PC Download: Metro Franchise Pack: $20 (Reg. $60)

Metro Last Light: It is the year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above…. A civil war is stirring that could wipe humanity from the face of the earth forever.

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Mac Game Store is offering all Borderlands 2 for Mac content including the main game for up to 60% off all weekend. You can grab Borderlands 2 for $12 (Reg. $30), Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep for $4 (Reg. $10) and Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt for $4 (Reg. $10). The deal extends through to all the Borderlands 2 DLCs and add-ons.

Mac: XCOM: Enemy Unknown: $34 (Reg. $50)
Mac: Mac App Bundle w/Camtasia 2 + 9 others: Name Your Own Price (above $1) – as much as $411 in savings.

Wii U: Angry Birds Trilogy: $30  (Reg. $40)
Wii U: Call of Duty Black Ops 2: $20  (Reg. $60)
Wii U: Zombie U: $30  (Reg. $60)

Playstation 3: Ni No Kuni: $19 (Reg. $30)
PS Vita: Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified: $20 (Reg. $50)

iOS Universal: Scanner Pro by Readdle: $3 (Reg. $7)

Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and iPad into portable scanners. It allows you to scan receipts, whiteboards, paper notes, or any multipage document…The application incorporates special algorithms that remove shadows, make scans sharper, correct perspective and make them as readable as possible.

iOS Universal: Toca Builders: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: Voice Translator™: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: Sand Slides: FREE (Reg. $2)

iPad: Osmos for iPad: $1 (Reg. $5)

iPhone: Osmos: $1 (Reg. $3)
iPhone: ProCamera: FREE (Reg. $5)
iPhone: POCO Camera: FREE (Reg. $1)
iPhone: Pushups Trainer: FREE (Reg. $1)

Android: Doodle Army: FREE (Reg. $1)
Android: Space Battleships 3D: FREE (Reg. $1)

Game Deals: Tiger Woods 14: $40, The World Ends with You: $10, iOS freebies, more

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In today’s best game/app deals, you can grab Square Enix’s The World Ends with You: Solo Remix for iPad and iPhone at up to 50% off. The game The New York Times called “one of the best role playing games ever designed for anything,” has dropped from $21 down to $11 on iPad and down to $10 for iPhone. Head below for more of today’s game discounts.

Xbox 360/PS3: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14: $40 (Reg. $60)
Xbox 360/PS3: Red Dead Redemption: $15 shipped (Reg. $20)
Xbox 360/PS3: Batman Arkham City GOTY: $15 (Reg. $20)
Xbox 360/PS3: The Elder Scrolls IV: Skyrim: $13 + $3 shipping (Reg. $30)

iPad: The World Ends with You: $11 (Reg. $21)
iPad: RDM+ HD: Remote Desktop for Mac and Window: $5 (Reg. $8)
iPhone: The World Ends with You: $10 (Reg. $18)
iPhone: SpeakToSnooze Pro – Alarm clock: FREE (Reg. $3)
iOS Universal: Doodle Truck 2: FREE (Reg. $1)
iOS Universal: IM+ Pro: $3 (Reg. $5)
iOS Universal: iDisplay: $3 (Reg. $5)
iOS Universal: Business Card Reader Pro: $3 (Reg. $7)

Rated number 1 in IGN’s people’s choice awards, Fairway Solitaire is also currently available for FREE right now on the iPad (Reg. $3) and iPhone (Reg. $1).

Mac: Brutal Legend: $10 (Reg. $30)
Mac: Boom: $4 (Reg. $7)

Boom provides the ability to boost the volume of your music and video files residing in the iTunes library of your Mac and on the disk. It lets you enjoy the new boosted experience on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad through a seamless transfer by creating a separate playlist.

Android: IM+ Pro: $3 (Reg. $5)
Android: iDisplay: $3 (Reg. $5)

Pure Nintendo Magazine on iOS and Android is currently being offered for FREE. That is $37 off the regular print edition listing.

iPad: Pure Nintendo Magazine: FREE 
Android: Pure Nintendo Magazine: FREE