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  • Supermarkets and high street stores are running Black Friday discounts on Xbox games and consoles but from what we've seen the prices aren't as good as last year. As predicted, there are discounts on the Xbox One S console but not the newer and more powerful Xbox One X, or the brand new Xbox Series X.

    We're seeing that the Xbox One S is more expensive than last year, and it was out of stock online everywhere except Argos when we most recently checked. It's worth checking the other retailers' sites in case stock is replenished later in the day. We're also seeing a real dearth of gaming bundles.
     

    Top Xbox deals we spotted on Fri 27 Nov:

    • Star Wars: Squadrons (game only) – £20 (was £30) at Tesco. Next cheapest, £23 at Asda.
    • Afterglow Prismatic Xbox One wired controller with Fallout 76 Wastelanders game – £24.99 (was £34.98) at Argos*.
    • Marvel's Avengers (game only) – £25 (was £49) at Asda and Tesco.
    • Xbox One wireless controller, red – £39.99 (was £49.99) at Argos*. Same price at Game.
    • Xbox One S (1TB) – £229 (was £249) at Currys* plus one-month Game Pass Ultimate Bundle. Same price (without Game Pass) at AO*. Next cheapest £229.99 at Argos*, Smyths Toys and Game.
    • Xbox One S (1TB) FIFA 17 bundle – £229.99 at Game.

     

    Xbox Series X
     
    The newly released Xbox Series X was out of stock everywhere when we checked at 10am on Friday. Before that it was £499 at John Lewis*, 99p cheaper than anywhere else. It was £499.99 at Microsoft, Currys, Amazon and Argos. We don't know when more stock will appear, but it's likely that Microsoft (which owns Xbox) will be first to replenish.
     
    A benefit of buying through John Lewis (if you're able to) is that you'll get a two-year guarantee as standard. If you go direct with Microsoft it's just one year.


    One month of Game Pass for £1

    This one's not just for Black Friday: you can get your first month of Game Pass Ultimate for £1 (norm £10.99), giving you access to 100+ games for console, PC and Android mobile, plus Xbox Live Gold and a library of EA titles.

    The subscription will automatically roll onto a £10.99 monthly plan if it isn't cancelled. You can cancel your subscription at any time by signing in to your account, navigating to 'Xbox Game Pass Ultimate' and 'Payment & billing', then selecting 'cancel'.


    Important: 
    Don't allow yourself to get caught up in the Black Friday hype, and only ever buy what you need and can afford. Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you’ve found the best deal – don't just take a retailer's word for it.

    Before buying, we'd recommend checking console prices at retailers including Amazon*Currys*SmythsJohn LewisAO.com*Argos*Game and Console Deals

    • For comparison, here are the top Xbox console bundles we spotted last Black Friday (2019):

      • Xbox One S (1TB) with wireless controller, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3 (digital editions) – £179 at Shop BT.
      • Xbox One S (1TB) with wireless controller, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Fortnite Battle Royale games (digital editions) – £199 at John Lewis.
      • Xbox One X (1TB) with wireless controller, Forza Horizon 4 and Lego Speed Champions – £299 at John Lewis.
      • Xbox One X with wireless controller, Gears 5, Tekken 7 and Project Cars 2 – £299 at Currys.
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  • If you’re planning to play Xbox One games online, you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription, which is normally £6.99 per month, £17.99 for three months, or £49.99 for a year, although you can sometimes find them cheaper on offer.

    In addition to granting access to otherwise restricted features such as online gaming and in-game voice communication with friends, Xbox Live Gold gives you a number of free games each month through Games with Gold, plus exclusive member discounts of up to 75% off games in the Xbox Store.

    Normally, four Games with Gold titles are released each month – some are only available on Xbox One, while others are playable on Xbox One and its predecessor, Xbox 360. Microsoft says the service offers up to £500 in free games during a year of membership. They’re free to download, play and keep as long as you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

    September's free Xbox Live Gold games:

    Game Console Dates available Microsoft Store price
    Override: Mech City Brawl Xbox One 16 Aug - 15 Sep £24.99
    Tom Clancy's The Division Xbox One 1 Sep - 30 Sep £24.99
    de Blob 2 Xbox One & Xbox 360 1 Sep - 15 Sep £14.99


    It’s worth noting that Xbox Live often isn’t the cheapest place to buy Xbox games. However, even based on the cheapest prices elsewhere, in one month alone you could make up the £49.99 paid for your annual subscription in free games.

    Warning: Subscription may automatically renew

    If you buy a prepaid Xbox Live Gold subscription (eg, at a supermarket or online retailer), you’ll receive a code to activate your membership, which will automatically expire at the end of your term. However, if you pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription either on your console or PC you'll need to use a credit card, debit card or PayPal account attached to your Microsoft account, which will automatically renew your membership and bill you at the end of your term unless you cancel it beforehand.

    There are also a couple of ways to get a free one-month Xbox Live Gold trial. If you get a free trial via a prepaid code included in a game or console bundle, your membership will have limited features such as no access to Games with Gold. Alternatively, you'll need to register payment details and your free membership will automatically turn into a paid subscription that renews monthly by default following the end of the free trial period unless you cancel it beforehand.

  • Subscribe to online service EA Access and you’ll be able to download and play a growing library of Xbox One games for £3.99 a month or £19.99 a year.

    The games are all published by Electronic Arts (EA), the company behind major gaming series such as FIFA, Battlefield, TitanfallMass Effect and Need for Speed, and there are over 50 currently available - see ‘more info’ below for a full list.

    What games can you get?

    Most of the titles are several years old although there are a number of more recently released games, including Mass Effect: AndromedaFIFA 17, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. Other EA Access titles released in the last couple of years include Mirror's Edge CatalystPlants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 and Star Wars Battlefront.

    EA Access also offers two other notable benefits. Subscribers automatically save 10% on EA digital game purchases on Xbox One (this applies to full games and downloadable content), plus they can access exclusive trials of new EA games before they launch, with any in-game progress automatically carrying over to the full game should they subsequently choose to buy it.

    Warning: Subscription may automatically renew

    If you buy a prepaid EA Access subscription (eg, at Amazon), you’ll receive a code to activate your membership, which will automatically expire at the end of your term. However, if you pay for an EA Access subscription either on your console or PC you'll need to use a credit card or debit card attached to a Microsoft account, which will automatically renew your membership and bill you at the end of your term unless you cancel it beforehand.

    Anything else I need to know?

    While you don’t require an Xbox Live Gold subscription to become an EA Access member, you do need one to play Xbox One games online, and many of the games included with EA Access have online features.

    • EA Access games: Battlefield 1, Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield Hardline, Bejeweled 2, Bejeweled 3, Dead Space, Dead Space 2, Dead Space 3, Dead Space Ignition, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age: Origins, Feeding Frenzy, Feeding Frenzy 2, FIFA 15, FIFA 16, FIFA 17, Heavy Weapon, Madden NFL 15, Madden NFL 16, Madden NFL 17, Madden NFL 25, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Medal of Honor: Airborne, Mirror's Edge, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Peggle 2, Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, NBA Live 15, NBA Live 16, Need for Speed, Need for Speed Rivals, NHL 15, NHL 16, NHL 17, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, Skate 3, SSX, Star Wars Battlefront, Titanfall, Titanfall 2, UFC, UFC 2, Unravel, Zuma and Zuma's Revenge!

  • Buying Xbox One consoles and games can be expensive, so we've rounded up a number of purchasing tips and tricks designed to cut your costs.

    • Pick a bundle. Bundles offer pre-selected or pick-your-own combinations of consoles, games and peripherals that cost less than they do bought individually, so they’re a good way to start your collection. If you're unsure where to start, check out console-deals.com for a range of cheap consoles and console bundles.
    • Buy refurbished. See if you can play for less by picking up a relatively cheap refurbished console with a 12-month guarantee via Tesco's eBay outlet* or at a popular retailer such as Amazon*. We've seen refurbished Xbox One consoles for as low as £130.
    • Buy ahead of release. You can sometimes get a bargain by pre-ordering a game at a promotional price ahead of release, so if you really want a title on launch day, keep an eye on prices before it's available.
    • Or wait a few weeks. Game prices often drop significantly a few months (or sometimes even weeks) after release, even in the case of blockbuster franchises such as Call of Duty and FIFA, so don’t buy into the launch day hype and you could make a saving. See our Xbox One games price round-up.
    • Buy physical rather than digital. Most new games are more expensive to buy as digital downloads than they are as boxed copies. And unlike physical boxed games, digital ones don’t have re-sale value.
    • Buy pre-owned. The cheapest second-hand items will often come from individual sellers online, but you'll minimise risk by purchasing from established companies, so look for bargains at high street retailers such as Game (12-month guarantee) and CEX (24-month guarantee).
    • Trade in games. Retailers including CEX and Game will offer cash for your old games and consoles, but they’ll give you more in store credit to put towards other products. 
    • Play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. Backwards compatibility allows you to play a growing number of Xbox 360 games on Microsoft’s latest console, meaning you can sample some of the best games of the previous console generation at a fraction of their original price.
    • Free-to-play. The Xbox Games Store is home to a number of free-to-play titles including World of Tanks, DC Universe Online and Killer Instinct. While these downloadable games themselves don’t cost a thing to play, they’re supported by additional features, functionality or content that comes at a price.
    • Try before you buy. Look out for the chance to sample pre-release betas, game demos and trials, as they can give you a good idea if you’ll want to spend time and money on the full product or not.
    • Get Xbox Live Gold. Costing £5.99 per month, £14.99 for three months, or £39.99 for a year, this subscription service gives you a number of free games each month, plus exclusive member discounts of up to 75% off games. It's also required to play Xbox One games online.
    • Want more? If you’re interested in PlayStation or Nintendo console and game deals, or just want more general game-related buying advice, check out our PS4 deals page and Nintendo Switch deals page.
    • Had a problem with Microsoft? There’s a free online tool you can use to complain – it helps draft, manage and if necessary escalate your complaint. It’s offered by a firm called Resolver, which we like so much we work with it to help people get complaints justice – you can use it to complain to Microsoft*.


    If you spot any hot deals out there we have missed (we are human after all!), please let us know in the MSE Forum, email us at msedeals@moneysavingexpert.com or via Twitter @MSE_Deals.

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  • Xbox One S cheapest yet, plus various gaming bundles?

    Xbox One S cheapest yet, plus various gaming bundles?

    Last year we saw console and game bundles for £179

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    See our Black Friday 2020 guide for all the latest deals and analysis. Check Deals & Vouchers for other offers on now or follow us on Twitter @MSE_Deals.

    Last year, supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury's joined high street stores like Currys and John Lewis in dropping their prices on Xbox models and gaming bundles to some of the lowest prices we'd seen. We're predicting the same will happen this year, but it's most likely that the biggest reductions will be on the Xbox One S rather than the newer and more powerful Xbox One X.

    The latest model, the Xbox Series X, is unlikely to be discounted during Black Friday as it's only just been released.

    Top Xbox One console bundles we spotted last Black Friday:

    • Xbox One S (1TB) with wireless controller, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 3 (digital editions) – £179 at Shop BT.
    • Xbox One S (1TB) with wireless controller, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Fortnite Battle Royale games (digital editions) – £199 at John Lewis.
    • Xbox One X (1TB) with wireless controller, Forza Horizon 4 and Lego Speed Champions – £299 at John Lewis.
    • Xbox One X with wireless controller, Gears 5, Tekken 7 and Project Cars 2 – £299 at Currys.


    Important: 
    Don't allow yourself to get caught up in the Black Friday hype, and only ever buy what you need and can afford. Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you’ve found the best deal – don't just take a retailer's word for it.

    Before buying, we'd recommend checking console prices at retailers including Amazon*Currys*SmythsJohn LewisAO.com*Argos* and Console Deals

  • Cheapest Xbox One S and Xbox One X Black Friday console deals

    Cheapest Xbox One S and Xbox One X Black Friday console deals

    Including console & game bundles for £119 - the cheapest we've ever seen

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    See our Black Friday 2019 guide for full analysis on the latest Black Friday deals. Check Deals & Vouchers for other offers on now or follow us on Twitter @MSE_Deals.

    Retailers have discounted Xbox One console bundles as part of their Black Friday promotions, with prices for the Xbox One S 1TB model starting at £119 – £40 cheaper than the best price we'd previously seen.

    If you’re more interested in PlayStation or Nintendo, see our PS4 deals round-up or Nintendo Switch deals round-up.

    Top Xbox One console bundles we spotted at 11.20am on Fri 29 Nov:

    • Xbox One S (1TB) with wireless controller, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Fotnite (digital editions) - £119 at Smyths
    • Xbox One S (1TB) with wireless controller, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Fortnite Battle Royale games (digital editions) - £129 at Microsoft
    • Xbox One X (1TB) with wireless controller, Forza Horizon 4 and Lego Speed Champions - £299 at John Lewis
    • Xbox One X (1TB) with wireless controller, Gears 5, Tekken 7 and Project Cars 2 - £299 at Currys


    Important
    : Don’t allow yourself to be taken in by the hype around Black Friday and be sucked into buying something you don’t need or can’t afford. Always do your own price comparisons to ensure you are getting the best deal possible – don’t just take a retailer’s word for it.

    Before buying, check console prices at retailers such as Amazon*ShopTo*Currys*SmythsJohn Lewis*AO.com*Argos* and Simply Games.