Xbox Stories August 27

Financing the latest technology is more popular than ever before. For over a couple of years now, mobile carriers have been pushing customers to pay monthly for smartphones instead of signing contracts. Most of these companies have phased out contracts entirely, forcing consumers to either pay for their phone upfront or pay for it over the course of several years. Today, Microsoft is taking a page out of these companies’ playbooks with the launch of Xbox All Access. Announced as a limited-time offer, this service is an option that bundles a new Xbox One S or X with Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for a monthly fee. expand full story

Xbox Stories July 5

The Xbox One July Update just started rolling out today, and along with it come several very welcomed additions. FastStart and grouping are both included in this new update, with the former being my favorite addition.

We all have a horror story of day 1 updates to games or picking up our favorite title from a massive sale and being hit with a massive download size, only to realize it’ll be hours before you can start playing. FastStart can help remedy this on select titles, with that list growing as the exclusive-to-Xbox service gets more popular.

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Xbox Stories May 17

Play the award-winning Fallout 4 for free this weekend on Xbox One (Reg. up to $15)

This weekend only, you can play Fallout 4 on Xbox One for free. The physical disc and be found at retailers like Amazon for $17 and the digital version is available at Amazon for $10. If you do not have time to finish it this weekend, Microsoft is also offering the digital version for $15. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

Xbox Stories May 1

expiredGet some free Xbox credit with this $100 gift card for $85 (free email delivery)

LoadUp Gifts via Rakuten is offering $100 Microsoft Gift Cards for $85 using code SAVE15 at checkout. You’ll need to login to your free Rakuten account to use the above code. It ships digitally via email. That’s 15% off the next digital Xbox purchase you’re going to make anyway at some point. More details below.

Xbox 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 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 Stories June 28, 2016

June is coming to a close and that means the latest batch of Games with Gold freebies for July have been announced by Microsoft. Xbox Live members can grab four games for free as a part of this promotion, head below for a look at the full selection.

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Xbox Stories May 24, 2016

Warm weather is here and Microsoft has released the details June’s Games with Gold lineup. Next month marks the third anniversary of the programs inception, leading to a special lineup of freebies. Xbox Live members can grab four games for free as a part of this promotion, head below for a look at the full selection.

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Xbox Stories April 26, 2016

It’s almost May and Microsoft has released the details on next month’s Games with Gold lineup. Xbox Live members can grab four games for free as a part of this promotion, head below for a look at the full lot.

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Xbox Stories November 30, 2015

Microsoft has announced its December Xbox Live Games with Gold promotion. There will be five games all together that will be available next month. Whether you just grabbed a new Xbox One or still rolling with a Xbox 360, there’s something for everyone. Head below for full details.

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Xbox Stories November 4, 2015

Microsoft’s new special edition Halo 5 Xbox One is absolutely phenomenal. It’s designed with a UNSC (United Nations Space Command) theme in mind, based on Halo 5 and is a must-have for any Xbox fan. Today we’re taking a closer look at it to see what makes this special edition so special…

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Pre-order Fallout 4 to receive access to Fallout 3 via Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

With backwards compatibility set to hit next week, Xbox One gamers are beginning to look forward to all of the previous generation titles that will soon have new life. Aside from the Gears of War bundle, one of the more notable 360 hits will be Fallout 3. Those that pre-order a digital or physical copy of Fallout 4 will receive free access to Fallout 3.

There are a few nice pre-order deals currently available for pre-order. Prime members can grab it for $49.99 (Reg. $60). The Fallout 4 Ultimate Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide pre-order has dropped to $77.99 shipped (Orig. $130). Be sure to check out the recently announced Fallout 4 bundle as well. All three are set to launch on November 10th. Get ready for the release with these cool Fallout Boy-inspired socks or this Christmas sweater.

As always, be sure to hit up our daily games roundup for the best deals across every platform.

Source: Major Nelson

Xbox Stories July 31, 2015

Update (9/3 8:00am):  Worms 4 has now hit the App Store and is available to download for $4.99.

Game developer/publisher Team 17 has been busy this week after putting a number of its games on sale, including Worms3 going free for the very first time as the App Store’s Free App of the Week. While still working on the Banjo-Kazooie spiritual successor Yooka-Laylee, today the team is announcing a pair of new Worms releases for both console and mobile:

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Xbox Stories July 30, 2015

Nintendo is reportedly readying its own monthly merchandise subscription service

Rumors are popping up all over the internet today that Nintendo might be getting into the subscription merchandise game. Companies like Loot Crate have achieved moderate success with the home delivered gamer/geek merch boxes, and it looks like Nintendo may want in on the action:

While nothing has been confirmed, sources say the “N-Box” will include everything from toys and clothes to other items branded with Nintendo’s beloved characters. You can also expect what sounds like a pretty cool themed crate, if this indeed a real thing. Those interested can opt for a single box or three, six and twelve month subscriptions.

There is an interesting connection here though. Zavvi is also expected to begin shipping its own ZBOX with a choice of Xbox, Sony or Nintendo goodies. The company is owned by a group that operates Nintendo’s official online store. While there may be some confusion between Zaavi’s upcoming Nintendo themed box and the official N-Box, there just is sufficient enough data to know for sure.

One thing is clear, Nintendo fans are hardcore, and I expect that if Nintendo does indeed get into the merchandise crate game, they will be flying off the shelves like the rest of its popular swag. Here’s to hoping we can get mail-ordered amiibo delivered to our front door every month in the future.

Xbox Stories July 16, 2015

expiredPayPal email gift cards $15 off $100: PlayStation Store, Xbox, Sports Authority, TGI Fridays, Cabela’s, more

Update (7/17 4:00pm): Best Buy gift cards are now included in this promotion.

PayPal has a special digital gift card promotion going on at its eBay storefront: save $15 for every $100 worth of gift cards you buy. The discount will be automatically applied during checkout and only once per transaction.

There are a total of 20 different gift cards that qualify for this promo including PlayStation Store, Microsoft Xbox, Sports Authority, TGI Fridays, Cabela’s, Burger King, and more. Discounted gift cards are a great way to save on items that don’t normally go on sale. All gift cards will be delivered via email in as quickly as a few hours.

You can also save 13% on iTunes gift cards right now on eBay.

Xbox Stories July 10, 2015

The original NES Battletoads soundtrack has been immortalized in this epic new vinyl LP

Battletoads and vinyl records, two seemingly disparate items that have both seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Now the two are coming together for one epic LP release courtesy of vintage collectibles company iam8bit.

Being shown off on the show floor at Comic Con 2015, the vinyl record contains David Wise’s soundtrack from the original release. The (amazing) art work you’re seeing on the exclusive Sound Chip jacket and Dark Queen gatefold is a limited run of 300 specially made for SDCC. You’ll also find a sweet looking green and yellow print centered with the Battletoads logo on the record itself.

For those who unfortunately won’t be making it out to San Diego this week, the $25 LP will be made available sometime after the show as well, but it will feature different artwork, according to reports.

Battletoads first debuted on the NES back in 1991, and recently found its way back into popular culture after rumors of a remake, an appearance in Shovel Knight and the upcoming Xbox One release of Rare Replay from E3 2015. The excruciatingly difficult beat’em up is also being immortalized alongside the rest of the Rare Replay titles in a limited edition art print by DKNG.  The 18 by 24-inch hand-pulled screen print goes for $50 and there is only 400 of them. Unfortunately it is unclear whether or not it will be made available elsewhere, but you can bet it likely won’t be hand-signed and numbered like these are.

Xbox Stories June 3, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: Little Giant Ladders from $139, SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker $180, more

In this morning’s Daily Deals, we have from Amazon the Little Giant Multi-Use Velocity Ladders in 13-foot and 22-foot sizes for $139 and $198. That’s more than $100 off the list price in both cases and the lowest Amazon has listed these ladders for.”The innovative Little Giant Velocity ladder system offers 16, 24, and 33 unique configurations and is 20% lighter than any comparable industrial-rated ladder.”

Both Little Giant Ladders come highly rated from Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:

SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker: $180.49 w/ code GOODS5 (Reg. $199) | Groupon

Continue on for a roundup of our best deals:

Xbox Stories December 13, 2014

expiredMicrosoft 12 Days of Deals: Destiny or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare $30 (Reg. $60) on Xbox One/360

Starting at 8AM Eastern Time, two of the year’s hottest Xbox first-person shooters are receiving hefty discounts today as part of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Gifts promotion. Activision’s Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (shown above) are currently available for $30 each, down from their regular $60 MSRPs. Shipped direct from the Microsoft Store for free, these prices are tied with the best we’ve seen anywhere this year for the Xbox One. Xbox 360 versions are also available at the same prices.

Xbox Stories November 13, 2014

expiredeBay $10 off $50 gaming purchases: 20% off Google Play, PSN, Xbox, Steam gift cards, AC: Rogue/Unity $40, more

eBay is offering $10 off $50 purchases of gaming consoles, games and accessories right now using code CPLAY10 until November 14th. There are a number discounts to be had on the recently released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Assassin’s Creed Rogue/Unity as well as Xbox/PlayStation/Steam and Google Play gift cards. Head below for our top picks:

Xbox Stories November 5, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Knock for iOS $2 (Reg. $4), $50 Xbox gift cards for $45 (10% off), iOS freebies, more

Update (11/05 11:30am): Newegg via eBay is offering a PlayStation 4 console with The Last of Us Remastered for $379.99 shipped ($450 value). Even at the lowest price we’ve ever seen for both items, you’re still saving $5.

In today’s best game/app deals, Knock for iOS has dropped from $4 down to $1.99 today on the App Store. While we have seen it as low as $1, this is the best price we have seen since March. “You keep your iPhone with you all the time. Now you can use it as a password” to unlock your Mac. “You never have to open the app— just knock on your phone twice, even when it’s in your pocket, and you’re in. ” You can get a full breakdown of the app in our review.

Amazon has the SteelSeries Stratus Wireless Gaming Controller for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch in black for $71.99 shipped (Reg. $80, the lowest new price we can find). If you don’t mind a manufacturer refurbished model, DealFisher (99.4% Positive feedback) via eBay is offering one for $49.99 shipped. These are both the lowest prices we can find on the 3.9/5 star rated MFi gaming controller.

Best Buy is offering $50 Xbox gift cards for $45 right now (10% off). This card is redeemable towards a large selection of “downloadable content, including games and add-ons, high-definition movies and TV shows, sports and more.”

Head below for the rest of today’s best iOS price drops including Broken Sword: Director’s Cut for $1 (Reg. $5), Curious George at the Zoo for iPad for FREE (Reg. $1) and more.

In case you missed it recently, eBay has Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition (all consoles) for $50 shipped, Titanfall for Xbox One is only $19.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $40) from Amazon, Dell is offering the Xbox One Stereo Headset for $39 shipped and head below for more of today’s best discounts:

Xbox Stories October 22, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Tomb Raider DE $30, Xbox One COD Advanced Warfare controller $57, Rockstar PC sale from $2, more

In today’s best game/app deals, Amazon has some discounted console deals including Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PS4 and Xbox One for $29.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $40, matching lowest), Need for Speed: Rivals is $40 on PS4 and $19 on Xbox One (Reg. $60) and Titanfall on Xbox 360 for $29.99 Prime shipped (Reg. $40, current low).

As for accessories, Buy via eBay has the Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Wireless Controller for $56.99 shipped (Reg. $70, lowest we’ve seen).

Newegg has kicked off a massive Rockstar digital PC game sale starting as low as $2 using code EMCWPHW83 in the cart. You’ll find everything from all the classic Grand Theft games, to Bully, LA Noire and Max Payne content.

Head below for the rest of today’s best iOS price drops including Video Time Machine for FREE (Reg. $3), Rubby Bird for FREE (Reg. $1),  Live Cams Pro – Multi IP Camera Viewer for $1 (Reg. $2), Louvre HD for $1 (Reg. $2) and we saw deep discounts on Fantastical 2 for iPhone, iPad and Mac this morning.

In case you missed it recently, 1Password for Mac is on sale, R.B.I. Baseball 14 got its first discount across all platforms, Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Mac this holiday season and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor for Xbox One and PS4 is still available for $49.99 shipped (Reg. $60).

Xbox Stories September 23, 2014

expiredDaily Deals: Samsung Galaxy Note 8: $190, Mophie Juice Pack: $40, 5 Port USB Charger: $16, more

Every morning we search for the best Daily Deals using our Daily Deal finder tool and have them here for you every day at 9am.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Refurbished Tablet with Pen and Case $189.99 (Reg. $449.99) | Staples

Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Red $39.99 (Reg. $79.99) | Best Buy

Photive Five-Port 25W USB Rapid Charger $15.99 (Reg. $49.99) | Groupon
Centon 16GB, 32GB or 64GB Class 10 microSD Card with Adapter $7.99-$29.99+$5 shipping | Electronics.Woot
2-Pack of Emerson 39″ 1080p HDTVs refurb $300 (Reg. $596) | Meh
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone Special Edition Black $89.99 (Reg. $119.99) | eBay
Xbox 360 Refurbished 250GB Console $174.99 (Reg. $199.99) | Best Buy
Samsung D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5″ Desktop External Hard Drive $119.99 (Reg. $219.99) | Newegg Flash
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player $30 (Reg. $35) | Staples

All these items are on sale until midnight only. So we will continue to curate the top 10 or so best deals we can find from our Daily Deal finder and have them on the site at 9am ET/6am PT.

Past deals still alive:

Xbox Stories September 7, 2014

expiredDaily Deals: Madden NFL 15 for PS3 or Xbox: $45, Logitech headset: $35, 4ft MFi cert. Lightning cable: $8, more

Every morning we search to find the best Daily Deals using our Daily Deal finder tool and have them here for you every day at 9am.

SCOSCHE Black 3.5mm Connector Reference On Ear Headphones $25.99 (Reg. $89.99) | Newegg Flash
Madden NFL 15 for PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 $44.99 (Reg. $60) | Groupon
Keurig Coffee and Espresso Maker $69.95 (Reg. $189.99) | eBay
Sharp AQUOS 48″ LED 1080p 60Hz HDTV $399.99 (Reg. $599.99) | Best Buy
Logitech Ultimate Ears 600vi Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headset with Hard Shell Carry Case $35 (Reg. $119) | Daily Steals
Saeco Talea Giro Plus Espresso Machine refurb $240 (Reg. $749) | Meh
TP-LINK Wireless N150 Nano Travel Router $19.69 (Reg. $24.99) | Staples
Press Play Portable Power Stick with 5 Port-Connection Tips $14.99 (Reg. $59.99) | Groupon
Genuine Apple Lightning cables: $9.99 (Reg. $29.99) | Ebay

All these items are on sale until midnight only. So we will continue to curate the top 10 or so best deals we can find from our Daily Deal finder and have them on the site at 9am ET/6am PT.

Deals still alive from yesterday:

Xbox Stories August 25, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Xbox One Madden bundle w/ $35 gift card, South Park Stick of Truth $30, iOS freebies, more


In today’s best game/app deals, Target has the Xbox One Madden 15 console bundle with a $35 Target gift card for $399.99 ($435 value), with the value of the GC  and the game this is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the Kinect-less bundle. Next up, Best Buy has South Park: The Stick of Truth on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $30 (Reg. up to $50) matching the lowest we’ve seen this highly rated title go for.

Head below for today’s best iOS/Mac deals including My Measures & Dimensions for FREE (Reg. $3), Wake N Shake Alarm Clock for $1 (Reg. $3), Run with Map My Run+ for $1 (Reg. $3) and developer Frogmind dropped another dollar off BADLAND over the weekend bringing it to $1 (Reg. $4).

Xbox Stories August 12, 2014

expiredGames/Apps: Hatchi & Drop The Chicken go FREE, GoodReader 4 $3 (Reg. $7), COD Advanced & Sunset Overdrive Xbox bundles, more

Update: Buy via eBay Daily Deals is offering the 32GB Wii U Black Deluxe Set w/ Super Mario U & Super Luigi U for $259.99 shipped (Reg. $300)

In today’s best game/app deals, we have a number of solid iOS price drops including Hatchi – A retro virtual pet for FREE (Reg. $2), Drop The Chicken for FREE (Reg. $1), GoodReader 4 for $3 (Reg. $7) and more.

For those that can’t wait to go hands on with the newest Call of Duty, Amazon is offering the Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition preorder for $59.99 which includes early access to the game (Nov 3rd) as well as other in game goodies. Amazon is also currently offering the new $499.99 Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle which comes with a 1TB hard drive, the Day Zero edition of the game and the console exoskeleton seen in the image above.

The new $399.99 white Xbox One with Sunset Overdrive has been announced and also made available for preorder on Amazon. If you prefer a sports bundle, checkout the new Madden 15 option.

In case you missed it, Redbox is offering 1 free game rental right now and be sure to head below for the rest today’s best iOS/Mac price drops and a brief list of past deals still alive:

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