Microsoft Announces Its Biggest-Ever Xbox Sale

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Groove Music, Microsoft Movies & TV, Music + Videos, Xbox 360, Xbox One with 12 Comments

Just when you thought you’d seen the end of Microsoft’s holiday sales, the software giant announces Countdown, which it bills as its biggest Xbox Store sale ever.

“Starting December 22, Xbox fans can take advantage of Xbox Store’s biggest sale ever, Countdown,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle writes. “We’ll be counting down to the new year and continuing great deals through January 9. The sale offers 19 days of deals on hundreds of games, movies & TV shows, music and apps, including daily and weekly offers.”

So, let’s see. December 22 is Thursday. And January 9 is a Monday about two and a half weeks later. So this is a pretty big sale, if only from a length of time perspective. And it’s not just games, though games—and other Xbox goodies—are obviously a big part of it.

Details are vague right now, but here’s what Microsoft says we can expect:

Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Countdown includes deals for both Xbox One and Xbox 360, with savings of up to 60 percent off. This will include some top games too, like Final Fantasy XV, Battlefield 1, and Watch Dogs 2, among others, as well as over 40 backward compatible Xbox 360 titles on sale.

Xbox Live Gold. During Countdown, you can get one month of Xbox Live Gold for just $1. And All Countdown purchases will be an additional 10 percent off for Xbox Live Gold members.

Movies and TV shows. Microsoft will offer “hundreds” of deals on TV shows, TV show seasons, and movies. TV favorites will be 50 percent off, TV seasons up to 33 percent off, and movies will be $9.99 and up.

Groove Music Pass. No, this is not the sale you were hoping for, but anyone who tries Groove Music Pass for one month (for free) will get another three months for free too.

I’m curious to see what this looks like. But we’ll know more soon.


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