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Xbox One replaced Xbox 360 in 2013 as Microsoft’s flagship video game console. It’s a direct competitor to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U. Microsoft originally positioned Kinect to be an integral part of Xbox One, but security concerns and low consumer/developer interest have contributed to the motion tracking and voice recognition device becoming somewhat of an afterthought. Unlike PS4, Xbox One One supports backwards compatibility for select previous generation games.

The console’s connectivity options and tech specs include HDMI, three USB 3.0 ports, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, 1.75 GHz 8-Core AMD custom CPU, Blu-ray/DVD optical drive, non-replaceable 500GB/1TB hard drive (supports external storage), 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet. Exclusive Xbox One game titles include Sunset Overdrive, Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War 4, and Crackdown 3.

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Get Black Friday pricing now with Microsoft’s Xbox One Wireless Controller at $40 (Reg. $50+)

antonline (98.5% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals is offering the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller for $39.99 shipped. That’s over $10 off the rate at Amazon and is match for Black Friday pricing that will be offered at retailers like Best Buy. Enjoy multiplayer gaming this holiday season when you snag an extra controller for your Xbox One. Rated 4+ stars by over 70% of reviewers.

Xbox One Stories November 13

expiredBe ready for multiplayer gaming sessions with an extra Xbox One Wireless Controller: $35 (Reg. $50+)

rushhourwholesaler (95% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals is offering Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controllers for $34.99 shipped. That’s around $15 off the going rate found at most retailers and is within $1 of Amazon’s all-time low. Now is a great time to pick up an extra controller for multiplayer gaming sessions this holiday season. Rated 4+ stars by over 70% of reviewers.

Xbox One Stories April 18

Microsoft has been teasing the new Xbox One avatar system for quite a while now. We first got a good look at the new online personas back at E3, but the system has since missed most of its early launch targets. We expected to see the system in place on Windows systems by the end of 2017, but it looks like most of that is getting pushed to next month or later. Just recently, a now removed video of the system was leaked on to YouTube giving us a much better look at what we are in for when the new Xbox/Windows avatars finally make it to prime time. expand full story

Xbox One Stories January 23

When Microsoft first announced Xbox Game Pass back in June of 2017, there was an initial offering of some 100 titles available for play. But the subscription service at times felt like it wasn’t offering the latest games that we were all pining for. Fast forward to today, and Microsoft is announcing a few major updates to its Xbox Game Pass service.

Microsoft plans on expanding its subscription offerings to include all day one releases from its in-house studio, which includes future iterations of Halo, Forza and others. Along with this news, subscription offerings will now be available in varying lengths, as opposed to one year. More details below.

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Xbox One Stories August 10, 2016

Today we’re taking a look at Microsoft’s new Xbox One S. The “S” stands for slim and holy crap does this console live up to its name. There are quite a few reasons to love this version over the OG Xbox One, but we’ll let you be the judge of that…

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Xbox One Stories June 28, 2016

expiredSave nearly $300 on Apple’s latest 13-inch 256GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1,200 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

ElectronicsValley (Top-Rated Plus Seller, 99.6% positive feedback) via eBay Daily Deals offers Apple’s latest 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB (model MF840LL/A) for $1,199.99 shipped. For comparison, Apple charges $1,499 direct and $1,269 in refurbished condition.

Apple’s latest Retina MacBook Pro has a 13-inch 2560 x 1600 Retina display, two Thunderbolt 2 and two USB 3.0 ports plus HDMI out and a SDXC card slot. There is also 802.11ac wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0.

Check out our roundup of the best external display options now that Apple’s Thunderbolt monitor has officially been discontinued.

expiredGames/Apps: Quantum Break $29, AC Syndicate from $19, The Division $38, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Quantum Break on Xbox One is down to $28.70 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s 50% below the original listing and the best Amazon has offered it for.

Other notable deals include Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on Xbox One and PS4 from $18.49 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $40, Amazon all-time low) and the Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack from $19.99 Prime shipped on Wii U and PS4 (Reg. $40). Amazon is still offering WWE 2K16 on Xbox One and PS4 for $29.99 Prime shipped (matching the Amazon all-time low) and Tom Clancy’s The Division is now down to $38 Prime shipped (Reg. $50).

Now for the hardware. As part of is Gold Box Deals of the Day, Amazon is offering up to 40% off Logitech computer gear and accessories. There are some best-selling gaming mice in there starting from under $29 Prime shipped. We also have some console deals including the Xbox One 500GB Kinect Bundle with Dance Central, Sports Rivals & Zoo Tycoon for $229 shipped (Reg. $300+) and the 1TB, 3-game Xbox One console bundle with a free 1TB hard drive for $305 shipped ($350+ value).

Here is the new Free App of the Week, Ticket to Ride hit its lowest price yetGoat Simulator Waste of Space is now available for free on Android (Reg. $5) and one of the best RPGs of all-time just went 50% off on iOS: Secret of Mana $4 (Reg. $8). Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac including Lumiè, GREG – A Mathematical Puzzle Game, Red Clock, Open Bar!, Stand O’Food and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 27, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Star Fox Zero/Guard $37, WWE 2K16 $30, Metro Last Light $4, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, we have Star Fox Zero + Star Fox Guard on Nintendo Wii U for $36.82 with free Prime shipping or in orders over $49. That’s almost 40% below the original listing, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best we have tracked. “Players use the GamePad to control their Arwing spaceship and see the view from the cockpit, while the TV shows the overall context of the full battlefield.”

Next up, Amazon is offering WWE 2K16 on Xbox One and PS4 for $29.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s 50% below the original listing, matching the Amazon all-time low and the best price we can find.

Other notable deals include The LEGO Movie Videogame from under $15 Prime shipped (Reg. $17+), Evolve on Xbox One for $9.99 Prime shipped (Reg. up to $20), and Guitar Hero Live from under $26 Prime shipped (Reg. $40+).

The Steam Summer Sale is live from now through July 4th. We are seeing a massive collection of titles on sale here including deals on BioShock, OutlastFTL: Faster Than Light for under $3 and many, many more. Be sure to double check as some are only for PC and not Mac as well.

Here is the new Free App of the Week,  Ticket to Ride hit its lowest price yet, don’t forget to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary w/ free game downloads and Runtastic Bike GPS app went free this morning. Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac including Metro Last Light, Death Worm, Adventures of Mana, Secret of Mana, and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 23, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Trine 1 & 2 for Mac from $2 ea, Rainbow Six Siege $30 or less, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, we are seeing both the first two Trine titles for Mac on sale. Trine is available for $2 and Trine 2 is down to $3 from a usual listing of $15. While we have seen both titles go for one dollar less, that was way back in 2014. Otherwise, this is matching the lowest price since then. Trine 2: “You play as one of the Three Heroes who make their way through dangers untold in a fantastical fairytale world…Physics-based puzzles with fire, water, gravity and magic; Wicked Goblins; Climb the tallest trees and towers in the enchanted forest!”

And there are still some very notable console bundle deals stil live at Amazon: Xbox One Elite 1TB bundle for $349 shipped with an extra controller attached ($500+ value). We also have the Xbox One 1TB Console with 3 games, an extra Xbox One Wireless Controller and Forza Horizon 2 for $299 shipped ($400 value). 

Other notable deals include Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege from under $30 Prime shipped, but Newegg is currently offering the game for free with the purchase of the Plantronics Rig Flex 3.5 mm Headset for $32 shipped using code EMCEKGG36 at checkout. We also spotted DiRT Rally on Xbox One and PS4 for $44.99 shipped (Reg. $60, matching Amazon low).

Yoga Studio is still free, there is only a few hours left for the latest Free App of the Week, Don’t Starve dropped to $1 and you can now purchase/activate Best But GCU memberships online.

Down below you’ll find the rest of today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Phone Drive, The Greedy Cave, Kingdom Rush Origins,  Kingdom Rush Frontiers, ArtRage and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 22, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Ratchet & Clank PS4 $27, Xbox One 4 game bundle w/ extra controller $299, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Newegg is offering 40% off a wide selection of games today using code EMCEKGG33 at checkout. There is a number of notable deals here, but one standout is the new Ratchet & Clank on PS4 for $23.99 plus $3 shipping. That’s a few dollars under Amazon’s all-time low and within a dollar or so of the lowest we have ever tracked (and that deal was only for Best Buy GCU members). 

Also at Newegg, you’ll find Doom on Xbox One and PS4 for $35.99 shipped using the same code as above at checkout. This is a few dollars under the lowest we have seen it go for. It’s currently $43+ on Amazon. 

Now on to hardware. If you’re in the market for a second controller, Amazon is offering the Xbox One Elite 1TB bundle for $349 shipped with an extra controller attached ($500+ value). We also spotted this Xbox One 1TB Console with 3 games, an extra Xbox One Wireless Controller and Forza Horizon 2 for $299 shipped ($400 value). 

Lastly, after PDP dropped a number of very cool new amiibo stands, we have the HORI 8 amiibo Figure Travel Case on sale for $7.49 Prime shipped (Orig. $25). We are starting to see the latest characters (Waluigi, Boo, more) go up for pre-order on Amazon and Best Buy. Prime members can grab them at 20% off ($10.39 shipped or so), just like GCU members can

The extremely popular Yoga Studio is still free and there is only one more day left for the latest Free App of the Week. Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals including a very notable deal on Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition as well as the very highly-rated Living Earth, AURA – Camera Photo Editor, Desert Golfing and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 21, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery $1, AC Syndicate $22, Resident Evil Collection $25, iOS freebies, more

Update (6/21 2:55pm):

In today’s best game/app deals, the top-rated Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP for iOS is now on sale for $1. It usually sells for $4 and hasn’t dropped this low since September of last year. Previous to that, it has been a few years since we have seen it go for less.

Other notable deals include Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate on PS4 and Xbox One from under $22 Prime shipped (Reg. $40), Resident Evil Origins Collection for under $25 Prime shipped (Orig. $40, contains HD remakes of Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil 0) and we stil have Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at its all time low: $39.99 Prime shipped. We also have digital versions of Mortal Kombat XL on PS4 from $36 (Reg. $41+).

Just about all of the iOS Grand Theft Auto games are still on sale,  the extremely popular Yoga Studio is still free and the latest Free App of the Week is right here. Down below you’ll find the rest of today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Flip Clock, Alto’s Adventure, Chameleon Run and more. And these new Donkey Kong, Zelda and 8-bit Mario Bros-themed amiibo stands are some of the best we have seen.

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Xbox One Stories June 20, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Doom $38, Fallout 4 $20, BOGO 20% off Xbox/PS/Nintendo gift cards, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, we are seeing a new low on the latest version of Doom for consoles. Both the Xbox One and PS4 version can now be had for $37.98 shipped using code EMCEKGE27 at checkout. That’s $2 under our previous low/Amazon’s current listing and the best we have seen. More on upcoming content for Doom in our E3 2016 coverage.

Other notable deals include Fallout 4 for under $20 shipped over at Costco (or even less for Costco members, Reg. $30+), and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst has now dropped down another $2 to its all time low at $39.99 Prime shipped. We also still have digital codes for Shadow of Mordor GOTY on PS4 for just $11.99 right now (Reg. up to $25).

Best Buy now has Buy One Get One 20% off on gaming gift cards from just about everyone including PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox/Microsoft, Steam, League of Legends, EA Origin, Facebook and many more. There is quite a long list of options/denominations here, so be sure to scroll though before making a purchase.

The entire Grand Theft Auto iOS series is still on sale,  the extremely popular Yoga Studio went free and the latest new Free App of the Week is right here. Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Lara Croft GO, Blood & Honor, Silent Swords, and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 17, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Shadow of Mordor GOTY $12, Xbox One 1TB Elite bundle + $50 GC $350, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering digital codes for Shadow of Mordor GOTY on PS4 for just $11.99 right now. That’s $3 below the current PSN E3 2016 sale, the lowest Amazon has offered it for digitally and the best price we have tracked. Jump on this while you can, it likely won’t last long.

Other notable deals include Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 on PS4 and Xbox One from $39 Prime shipped (Reg. $45+, Amazon all-time low) and we are starting to see the latest amiibo characters go up for pre-order on Amazon and Best Buy. Prime members can grab them at 20% off ($10.39 shipped or so), much the same way GCU members can

GameStop is still offering a series if different Xbox One bundles with $50 Game Stop gift cards attached starting from $279.99 shipped. But we spotted the Xbox One 1TB Elite Console with Free $50 GameStop Digital Gift Card for $349.99 shipped. That’s the same price Amazon is charging without the extra GC and the best we can find. As for the 500GB option, Newegg is offering the Xbox One 500GB Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Console Bundle for $229.99 shipped using code XB61694 in the cart (Reg. $300+).

The entire Grand Theft Auto iOS series went on sale yesterday, ahead of the new Free App of the Week. Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Safety Photo+Video, 8bitWar: Apokalyps, Doom and Destiny, Heroes of Loot, Yoga Studio and many more:

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Xbox One Stories June 16, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst $42, Mortal Kombat X $18, Nintendo E3 sale from $4, freebies, more

Update (6/16 1:25pm): Amazon is offering digital codes for Shadow of Mordor GOTY on PS4 for just $11.99 right now. Jump on this while you can, it likely won’t last long.

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for just $41.99 Prime shipped on both PS4 and Xbox One. That’s almost $20 off the regular price and the lowest we have tracked since release. “Roam the beautiful, high-tech city at your own pace, and unlock its many different districts. Run free and explore every corner from the highest, glass made skyscrapers to the hidden underground tunnels.”

We still have a host of Xbox One and PS4 console bundle deals. GameStop is offering 500GB bundles w/ $50 GameStop Gift Cards and extra games from $279.99 shipped, as well as 1TB bundles w/ $50 gift cards from $299.99 shipped. More below. 

Other notables include Mortal Kombat X on Xbox One for $17.99 shipped over at the Microsoft Store (Reg. $28+, lowest we have tracked) and the Doom: Collector’s Edition on PS4 and Xbox One for $99.99 shipped (Reg. $120). Remember, we still have Doom for $39.99 Prime shipped at Amazon, which is the best price we have seen. 

Just Cause 3 is still down at $29.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $35+, matching Amazon all-time low) and we are also now seeing the Dishonored Definitive Edition on PS4 for $14.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $20, matching low). Keep in mind, for those pre-ordering Dishonored 2 (currently $47.99 for Prime members), you will get a free copy of the Definitive Edition. 

In celebration of E3 2016, Sony kicked off a large PSN sale as well as $15 in credit if you spend $100 or more from now through July 5th. And now Nintendo has launched its E3 2016 sale on a wide selection of classics, Wii U games and more including Zelda and Pokemon titles. Deals start from under $4 and you can browse the whole sale right here.

Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals including GRID 2, Momento, Beat the Beast HD, Game About Flight 2 and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 15, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Xbox One 1TB Halo LE bundle $269, Just Cause 3 $30, This War of Mine $3, iOS freebies, more

Update (6/15 3:45pm):

In today’s best game/app deals, we have a few very notable console bundle deals including a 1TB Limited Edition Halo Xbox One for under $270 shipped and more. With the reveal of the new Xbox One S, prices on bundles are starting to get very low. Here are some of the best bets available right now and everything ships free:

  • Xbox One 1TB Console LE Halo 5 Bundle $269 (Orig. $400)
    • Includes: “matching wireless controller, Headset, Warzone REQ Pack, FOTUS-class armor, a multiplayer emblem, HDMI Cord” and more.
  • Xbox One 1TB Elite w/ $50 Amazon.com GC, Halo 5 LE, Forza Horizon 2 $463 ($540 value)
  • Xbox One 500 GB w/ 1 game, extra controller + $50 Dell GC $280 ($390+ value)
  • New Nintendo 3DS XL in black or red for $174.99 (Reg. $200)
  • …head below the fold for even more…

Other notables include Just Cause 3 for $29.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $35+, matching Amazon all-time low), State of Decay- Year-One Survival Edition on Xbox One for under $19 Prime shipped (Orig. $30) and The Crew Wild Run Edition on PS4 and Xbox One for from $19.99 with free in-store pickup at Best Buy (Reg. $25+).

In celebration of E3 2016, Sony has kicked off a large PSN sale on a wide selection of titles and is also offering $15 in credit if you spend $100 or more from now through July 5th. As for the sales, as usual PS Plus members (still down at $40 at Best Buy) will get even deeper deals, but here are some standouts: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for $8.75 (Reg. $35), The Order 1886 for $7.99 (Reg. $20), Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3) $9.99 (Reg. $20) and many more.

Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals IQ Test Pro, 10, AngerOfStick3, Color Splash for iPad, This War of Mine and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 14, 2016

Games/Apps: New Nintendo 3DS XL (black or red) $175, Fallout 4 $30, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon is offering the New Nintendo 3DS XL in black or red for $174.99 shipped. That’s about 14% off the original $200 price tag it still fetches at most retailers. This is matching the Amazon all-time low. It has the C-stick controls, a faster processor and plays all of the Nintendo 3DS games.

Other notables include Guitar Hero Live on Wii U for $32 Prime shipped (Reg. $40+), Sniper Elite III on Xbox One is down below $16 Prime shipped (Reg. $20+) and we still have Fallout 4 down at $29.99 Prime shipped on Amazon (Reg. $35+, within a dollar or so of the Amazon all-time low, current lowest we can find).

As we told you yesterday, we’ll be covering all the best announcements and reveals from this year’s show in our E3 2016 hub including Bethesda, EA, Ubisoft, Xbox, and PlayStation 4, with Nintendo set to show its cards this afternoon. We are seeing a large number of the new announcements up for pre-order at 20% off for Prime members over at Amazon right now.

Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Insta Reposter, FLASHOUT 3D, Inspire Pro, Slow Shutter Cam, PDF Reader Pro Edition and more:

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Xbox One Stories June 13, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Doom on Xbox One/PS4 $40, The Division $40, Ratchet & Clank PS4 $25, iOS freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, after an exciting E3 2016 showcase event late last night (more on that later), the brutal Bethesda published shooter Doom has now hit its lowest price yet on Amazon. You can grab the game on both Xbox One and PS4 for $39.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49 (matched at GameStop). That’s $20 off the regular price and the best we have tracked.

Other notables include Borderlands: The Handsome Collection at Best Buy from $19.99 (Reg. $28+), Tales from the Borderlands from $19.99 on the Toys R Us eBay store ($25 on Amazon, Reg. $30) and Fallout 4 is now down at $29.99 Prime shipped on Amazon (Reg. $35+, within a dollar or so of the Amazon all-time low, current lowest we can find.). We also have Ratchet & Clank on PlayStation 4 for $24.99 shipped (Reg. $40) using code EMCEKFH36 at Newegg. 

Next up, we have Tom Clancy’s The Division for $39.99 Prime shipped (matched at Walmart). That’s also $20 below the usual asking price, the lowest Amazon has ever offered it for and the best price we can find. “Seamless Multiplayer: The Dark Zone – Collaborate with other players, or attack and steal their loot…A Living, Breathing World – Use the environment for strategic advantages to dominate fights and ambush your enemies.”

We’ll be covering all the best announcements and reveals from this year’s show in our E3 2016 hub. You can take a look at the schedule right here, along with everything EA dropped in yesterday’s showcase event.

Down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Zombie Area, Table Tennis Touch, Flick Champions, Wake Alarm Clock and many more:

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Xbox One Stories June 10, 2016

expiredGames/Apps: Ratchet & Clank PS4 $30, Bloodborne & Last of Us Remaster $15 ea, Mega Man Legacy $10, freebies, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Best Buy has now kicked off a 2-day sale on Apple gear, Logitech keyboards and more, along with a host of gaming deals. One standout is the new Ratchet & Clank on PlayStation 4 for $29.99 with free in-store pickup or free shipping in orders over $35. Outside of the $33 Prime pre-order offer, this is the lowest price we have seen. It is described as “an all-new adventure, which is based on the upcoming film that is based on the 2002 PlayStation 2 video game.”

Some other notable deals at Best Buy today include Bloodborne for $14.99 (Reg. $20+), The Division for $44.99 shipped (matched at Amazon, Reg. $50+), The Last of Us Remastered for $14.99 (Reg. $25+) and many more. Remember, everything has free in-store pickup or free shipping over $35 at Best Buy. And GCU members can get an extra 20% off all these prices.

But Best Buy is also making the ongoing Xbox One price drop even sweeter today. The retailer is throwing in a $75 gift card with the purchase of any bundle over $299. For example, while the white Quantum Break bundle is listed at $10 less on Amazon right now, the extra $75 in credit is certainly a much better value. And while we are talking bundle, this the official Newegg eBay Store is still offering the Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle (incl. 3 games) plus the new Doom, AC Syndicate and Rainbow Six Siege for $329 shipped ($400+ value, More console deals below the fold).

Over at Amazon we have the Mega Man Legacy Collection on PS4 (Digital) for just $10 (Reg. $15), WWE 2K16 is down at $30 shipped for Prime members (Reg. $35+) and Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair is also down at $30 Prime shipped (Reg. $40). 

Square Enix has now unveiled the brand new Deus Ex Go and down below you’ll find today’s best iOS/Mac deals including Infinity Dungeon Evolution, PDF Max 5 Pro, Mixgram, Alien Tribe 2 and more:

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