Microsoft Hosts a Last-Minute Xbox Holiday Sale

Posted on December 22, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Uncategorized with 8 Comments

With Christmas just days away, Microsoft is making a last-ditch appeal to Xbox fans, who can now save up to 65 percent off of select Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games and enjoy discounts on select Xbox hardware, subscription services, and other content.

“The Countdown sale officially starts today and now is the perfect opportunity to give thrills with great deals on all things Xbox,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle announced via the Xbox Wire blog. “There is still time to give thrills with last minute deals on great gifts that you can either buy online and pick it up at a Microsoft Store location near you (US and AU only) or send the gift of digital games and apps from Microsoft Store.”

Here are the savings, which are available on console and online at Microsoft Store and

$100 off Xbox One X and Xbox One S bundles. As previously announced, the Xbox One is $100 off, again. But you can also snag a free copy of the meh-ish Gears of War 4 for free with the purchase of any Xbox One S, Xbox One X or Xbox Wireless controller at participating retailers worldwide.

Xbox digital games. Over 800 Xbox One and Xbox 360 digital games are now on sale for up to 65 percent off, including new titles like Forza Horizon 4Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Battlefield V. Plus, Xbox Live Gold members save an additional 10 percent during the Countdown sale.

First month of Xbox Live Gold and/or Xbox Game Pass for just $1. Both offers are available only to new members, of course.

Free controller engraving. You can get free engraving if you design your own Xbox controller at Xbox Design Labs through the end of the year.

Xbox app savings. There are sale prices and special offers on top Xbox apps like Dolby Access, Nitrado, Amazon Music, and more.

PC game savings. You can save up to 50 percent on popular PC games like Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, Age of Empires Definitive EditionMinecraft Starter Pack, ARK: Survival Evolved, and more.

Movies and TV show savings. You can save up to 50 percent on select movies and TV shows like Avengers: Infinity War and Mission: Impossible Fallout. And there are new daily deals each day, with even bigger discounts, through the end of the year.

The savings end January 3, 2019.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Microsoft Hosts a Last-Minute Xbox Holiday Sale”

  1. lrunejensen

    Thank you for the info - but again this is just for USA and AU customers - I live in Denmark, Europe......Microsoft is so bad at delivering their products (except cloud) in a true global way. Apple is so much ahead there. Google is not as good as Apple to bring products to the global market place, but they are even better than Microsoft.

    • spacein_vader

      In reply to lrunejensen:

      Agree with this. All it would take is a slight amendment to the headline, adding "in the US".

      • Chris

        In reply to spacein_vader:

        It isn't only the US this time though. It does include Australia (AU), as we have a Microsoft Store here (just one mind you), so it only really benefits people living in or near Sydney. I live in Brisbane, which would kind of be like having a sale for San Fransisco only, but you live in Las Vegas.

    • Tony Barrett

      In reply to lrunejensen:

      Most US based companies are primarily US-centric, and Microsoft are quite terrible about releasing products in other regions - by far the worst actually. The US gets all the 'new' features first, and often features or products that never make it elsewhere.

  2. Jorge Garcia

    A little OT....Why doesn't Microsoft allow their PC partners to make "X-Box compatible/certified" PC's? All they would have to do is make certain that "standardized" specs are met and customize the (mandatory) optical drive to read existing X-Box discs and play them natively. (any type of emulation layer for current gen games would be a deal-breaker). I know there would have to be special X-Box chips built-in and everything...but an X-Box is pretty much an (outdated) PC anyway, right? I do think this would sell very well as I really do sense a lot of young people wanting to jump into the "whole enchilada" PC experience, so being able to use their existing discs on said PC would ease the transition immensely. The otherwise-normal PC's could also be very subtle in appearance and therefore retain a high spouse/mother acceptance factor. This idea of PC standardization is not all that different than the "MSX" standard of the 80's (That MS itself pioneered). The only possible reason I see against this is cannibalization of dedicated console sales that would result.

    • cadrethree

      In reply to JG1170:

      Or why doesn't Microsoft realase a Xbox One X type product as their gaming PC pre-loaded with Steam and Gamepass? Every 2 or 3 years drop a new model with more ram, upgraded CPU, GPU, SSD, including the new razor keyboard as a bundle or camera. All based on the current Xbox model of the generation. It could be their Surface gaming PC line based off the Xbox One. Throw in Windows professional. Heck, the Xbox One X would make a good Surface computer if they threw in Windows Professional.