Microsoft has kicked off Xbox Live’s annual Black Friday sale, and as always, the sheer number of games on sale is overwhelming. Hundreds of games and pieces of DLC are now on sale, and while the bulk of those are on Xbox One-specific games, there are Smart Delivery-enabled Xbox Series X/S games on sale, too. You can play the entire Xbox One library–only Kinect games are unsupported–on the next-gen systems with various improvements, making this a sale of particular interest to those who might be new to owning an Xbox.
In terms of Smart Delivery games–those that provide access to Xbox One and native Series X/S versions for one price–you can get Control: Ultimate Edition for $20; this includes not just one of 2019’s best games, but also its two DLC expansions. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available for $26 and just received Xbox Series X/S enhancements allowing for 120fps gameplay if you have a compatible TV. And Marvel’s Avengers, ahead of adding Kate Bishop as a playable character, is down to $30.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, our 2019 Game of the Year, is down to $39, and the recently launched Watch Dogs: Legion is on sale for $40.19. Although the brand-new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is not on sale on Xbox Live, you can get a bundle with Valhalla and Legion for $91.29, saving you almost $19 off the standard price. If you’d prefer to go all Assassin’s Creed, you can get a bundle with Valhalla, Odyssey, and Origins for $80. It has enough content to last you for several months.
Sports game fans also have a variety of options for discounted Xbox One games, including Madden NFL 21 for $36 and NBA 2K21 for $30. Both of these will have Xbox Series X/S versions available, but whereas Madden’s is a free upgrade (once it arrives in December), you’ll need to buy a separate version (or more expensive bundle) of NBA 2K21 to get the next-gen edition, which is not included in this sale. The separate next-gen-only version of Madden will also be $70, making this a great chance to save.
Other highlights include Star Wars: Squadrons for $24, Gears 5 for $10 (fresh off the release of its Series X/S enhancements and big free multiplayer update), and Titanfall 2 for $4. And if you somehow don’t have Grand Theft Auto V yet, the Premium edition (with some bonus GTA Online content) is down to $15 ahead of the impending release of a new heist or Online expansion.
While the sale is far too extensive to list everything, you can see a roundup of many of the notable deals below. Keep in mind that if you have Xbox Game Pass, you can get some of these games for no extra cost. Best Buy has a great deal on it right now. However, some of the third-party games on the service will eventually leave, so buying them outright can still be a good idea.
Keep in mind that, even with Xbox One games, you may see benefits when playing on Xbox Series X/S. That can include dramatic improvements to load times and, depending on the game, improved frame rates and higher resolutions.
Although the sale is already live, Microsoft has not officially announced the details of it, so we don’t know when it’ll be running until or if more games might be added. Based on the game pages, the sale should end on or around December 3. We’ll report back when more information is shared, and if you’re open to buying physical games, be sure to check out our roundup of the best Xbox gaming deals.
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