Microsoft has seen its share of ups and downs since the Xbox One was first released. Although it hit store shelves with a limited selection of titles and a higher price tag than Sony’s PlayStation 4, it has come a long way since that initial debut. Console exclusives such as Halo, Forza, and Gears of War provide both casual and die-hard gamers with experiences they can’t find anywhere else. With upcoming titles such as Battlefield V, Fallout 76, and Forza Horizon 4, you’ll want the best possible platform to play them on — and the Xbox One can deliver.
Another thing that sets the Xbox One apart is its fantastic multimedia capabilities. The Xbox One S is, in fact, one of the most affordable 4K media players you can buy. The One S and One X even boast a 4K Blu-ray player — something that Sony’s PS4 Pro curiously lacks. If you want a machine that is as capable of gaming as it is for playing your favorite movies and TV shows in crisp 4K, then Microsoft’s gaming system is the one for you. We’ve found some of the best Xbox deals for December 2018.
Best Xbox One deals
In 2016, we saw the launch of the One S — a slimmer, enhanced iteration of Microsoft’s flagship gaming system — and last year the company launched the beefy Xbox One X console, which can play games in 4K Ultra HD (whereas the One S can only stream videos and play Blu-rays in 4K). These releases, plus some ongoing sales, mean lower prices and hot deals on Microsoft’s Xbox. If you’re looking to upgrade to 4K resolution, or just want a future-proofed gaming system so you can use 4K later, we have rounded up some of the best online Xbox One S deals and Xbox One X deals for you to choose from:
Today’s Best Xbox One S Deals
Today’s Best Xbox One X Deals
Best Xbox One bundles
In contrast to Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft has done a considerably better job of maintaining a regularly updated variety of different Xbox One offers and special-editions purpose-made for the fanboys out there. The Microsoft Store also almost always runs deals offering an additional game of your choice when you buy one of these Xbox One bundles, letting you save even more cash and giving you some extra entertainment to enjoy right out of the box. You don’t need to pick these up in-store to get the best possible discounts.
Xbox One ‘Battlefield V’
Battlefield 1 has been a huge success, and if you’ve been eagerly anticipating the new Battlefield V, then you can now order this package from Microsoft so you’ll be ready to jump into the trenches as soon as it drops. Battlefield V shifts the focus of the series back to World War II, and along with a Xbox One S 500 GB console, this offer gives you a Deluxe Edition copy of the upcoming game. You’ll also get a free one-month Xbox Game Pass subscription and 14 days of Xbox Live Gold.
Battlefield V was released this November and you can order this package for $229 from Microsoft, effectively giving you the Deluxe Edition game for free. There is also a One X offer available for $429 if you want the newest version.
Xbox One X ‘Fallout 76’
People were excited when Fallout 76 was shown at this year’s E3 event, but it also left fans with some questions – namely, why was a brand-new Fallout title coming so quickly off the heels of Fallout 4, and what exactly is Fallout 76? Bethesda has slowly released more information about the game over the year, revealing that it’s an open-world multiplayer game set in the state of West Virginia and serves as a prequel to the entire Fallout series.
Fallout 76 was released in November, and Microsoft is offering an exclusive One X package available for $429. You can choose from either a standard black or special edition white system.
Xbox One ‘Forza Horizon 4’
Despite a number of successful competitors, the Forza Motorsport franchise remains the king of console racing sims. The Horizon games in particular have proved especially popular thanks to their stunning, sprawling open worlds that give you, the player, a ton of freedom in how you play. Forza Horizon 4 is set to launch in early October, and given how awesome Horizon 3 was (and based on what we’ve seen so far), our hopes are very high for this new installment.
If you want to pre-order Forza Horizon 4 and get your hands on an Xbox One, then you’re in luck: Microsoft has both an Xbox One S 1 TB console available for $229 and a beefy One X package for $429.
Xbox One Starter Sets
If you’re not looking for a specific game, then this package is unique in that it offers you a three-month Xbox Game Pass membership that gives you access to more than 100 titles you can stream from the cloud (similar to Sony’s PS Now service). You also get a three-month Xbox Live Gold subscription so you can jump right into all the multiplayer action and other benefits of a Gold membership right out of the box.
The 500GB Xbox One was recently discontinued as the 1TB model has become standard, so now is a good chance to score a deal on these bundles if you’re more of a casual gamer and don’t need the extra storage for downloading a bunch of games. The One S 500 GB console starter set is available in limited quantities for $281 from Amazon while supplies last.
Xbox One ‘Battlefield 1’
If you want to dive into the latest (not to mention massively popular) Battlefield game, check out this Battlefield 1 set. The package includes a 500GB One S bundle, one Xbox wireless controller, a copy of Battlefield 1, and a one-month subscription to EA Access. You can grab the standard edition package (which comes with a white Xbox) for $279 from Amazon, or you can spend a bit more for the storm-gray-colored Special Edition which is still available for $308 while stock lasts.
Subscribing to Xbox Live Gold will help you get the most out your gaming, and with this massively addicting multiplayer first-person shooter, it’s entirely possible that you won’t need to buy another game for several months. This offer does come with a 14-day free subscription so you can dive into the multiplayer fray right away.
Xbox One ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ and ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’
Score a One S along with two of the latest entries in the Assassin’s Creed and Rainbow Six franchises with this bundle. Assassin’s Creed Origins takes you back to ancient Egypt, throwing you into one of the most beautifully designed open worlds we’ve seen so far. Veteran assassins will be in familiar waters here, but Origins is also a great introduction to gamers who are new to the series.
The bundle also includes the hit Rainbow Six: Siege, giving you lots of great multiplayer content to chew on. This two-game Xbox One bundle deal can be yours for as low as $420 from Newegg. If that deal expires, you can still grab it from Amazon for $323.
Xbox One ‘Rocket League’ Blast-Off Set
If you haven’t yet experienced the multiplayer sensation that Rocket League has become, you’re missing out. This 1TB Xbox One X bundle gives you the hit rocket-powered-car battling game, along with a three-month Xbox Live Gold membership so you can jump into the online action right away, along with a one-month Xbox Game Pass subscription for new members.
The Rocket League Blast-Off Xbox bundle comes in at $279 from Amazon or Walmart.
Xbox One ‘Gears of War 4’ and ‘Halo 5’
If you’re interested in a Halo set (not avail but you also dig Gears of War, this huge nine-game package is for you. Along with a 500GB special edition Xbox One S console, this package includes both Gears of War 4 and Halo 5: Guardians — two of the latest flagship titles from Microsoft’s biggest exclusive franchises. You also get the trilogy of Gears of War Xbox 360 games, as well as Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4.
This massive package is a little more expensive than our other Xbox One S offers at $349 from Amazon, but with nine full games plus multiplayer (not to mention the cool special edition), you’re getting a truckload of content here that should keep you happy for a long, long time.
Xbox One ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’
Although technically still in beta, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (commonly referred to as PUBG in the Xbox Live community) has become an unexpected smash hit. This highly addictive open-world battle royale-style competitive shooter drops you into an open arena where you must explore, scavenge, and fight to be the last one standing. This $229 bundle from Walmart includes a 1TB Xbox One S, an Xbox One controller, and a full copy of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. You also get a one-month Xbox Live Gold membership so you can enjoy multiplayer action right away, plus a one-month Xbox Game Pass trial as a nice cherry on top.
If, on the other hand, you want to get your PUBG on but just gotta have the 4K capabilities that come with the latest Xbox, then this bundle – and one of the first we’ve seen for the One X – has you covered. You get a 1TB Xbox along with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a one-month Xbox Game Pass trial, and one month of Xbox Live Gold, all for $429 from Amazon or $429 from Microsoft.
Xbox One ‘Sea of Thieves’
This Xbox One bundle includes a full copy of the new Sea of Thieves — an open-world multiplayer pirate adventure. Build your crew, sail the high seas, and live the pirate’s life as you hunt for treasure and duke it out with other players in a vast ocean environment. Like the above PUBG offers, this package also nets you a one-month Gold subscription and Xbox Game Pass trial if you’re a new member. You can grab it from Amazon for $280 or B&H for $229.
Xbox One ‘Minecraft’ Limited Edition
The Xbox One S is a very capable Minecraft machine, and if you’re looking for a way to play on your couch surrounded by friends and family, this 1TB package offers a lot of value for $229 from B&H. Along with a Minecraft-themed limited-edition system, you get a Creeper-inspired wireless controller, a full copy of Minecraft, the Redstone DLC pack, and a vertical stand for your gaming system.
Xbox One ‘Forza Horizon 3’ Hot Wheels
Released in September 2016, Forza Horizon 3 was met with universal critical acclaim and remains one of the most highly rated entries in the Forza series so far. This next-gen game combines the best aspects of racing action and open-world exploration, letting you cruise around a huge environment based on real-life locations in Australia. Forza Horizon 3 offers plenty of cars to enjoy as well — it features 350 vehicles for you to drive and customize.
This bundle contains a 500GB Xbox One along with a digital copy of Forza Horizon 3 for both the Xbox and Windows 10, plus the new Hot Wheels-themed DLC (which is every bit as fun as it sounds). The game is also cross-platform, meaning you can share your data between your console and PC. This discontinued bundle is available for as low as $229 from B&H.
Xbox One ‘Gears of War 4’ Limited Edition
If you’re a die-hard Gears of War fan but the standard white Xbox One S doesn’t quite get your blood pumping, this one will. On top of a copy of Gears of War 4 and a blood-red system with matching controller, the bundle also includes digital access to the entire Xbox 360 catalog of Gears games, which were among the first classics made available for the Xbox One’s backward compatibility.
You also get a huge 2TB hard drive, a nice bonus if you’re the type who finds the standard 500GB models too anemic to hold all of your games. Gears fans can now score this bundle for as low as $450 from Amazon. It’s also available for $458 from Jet and Newegg.
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