Reminder: Microsoft’s Countdown Sale Starts Today

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Windows 10, Xbox One with 12 Comments

Microsoft Announces Its Biggest-Ever Xbox Sale

Phew, it’s been a few days since I’ve had to write about another Microsoft holiday sale. But heads-up: Countdown starts now.

As you may recall, Microsoft bills Countdown as its “biggest-ever Xbox sale.” But it’s not just about Xbox: the software giant is also offering sales on content like TV shows (and series) and movies too.

Unlike previous holiday sales, Countdown extends past the holidays, to January 9, and it changes over time so that different items become available at sale prices over time.

On that note, I don’t see a big promo page for the sale, but this page on the Microsoft Store website provides a pretty boring grid of the sale items today.

Here are some of the game and app deals that stand out to me:

Xbox Play Anywhere Games for Xbox One and Windows 10

Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition – $38.99, normally $59.99

Gears of War 4 – $32.99, normally $59.99 – For $30-ish, this is a lot of content, and worth looking into.

ReCore – $19.99, normally $39.99

Games for PC/Mobile

Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition – $38.99, normally $59.99 (Works on too.)

Halo: Spartan Assault – 99 cents, normally $2.99

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition – $9.99, normally $19.99

Oxenfree – $4.99, normally $19.99 – Excellent game, and a no-brainer at this price.

Apps for Windows 10

Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 – $69.99, normally $99.99 – Excellent deal, great application.


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