The best Xbox holiday deals: Black Friday prices make a comeback
Pick up the Xbox One S and Jedi: Fallen Order bundle for $199 at Walmart.
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Good news for both gamers and gifters who considered buying
Xbox One X
Xbox One S
bundles during Black Friday but decided to wait: Some of the lowest prices of the year have now returned to Walmart and Amazon. A handful of Xbox One S bundles are now selling for $199, including Gears 5 and Battlefield V. (Most of the Xbox One X bundles are still priced at $350.) And if you already own the console, you can now pick up Jedi: Fallen Order at Amazon for $40 -- that's the lowest we've seen to date and a good $5 to $10 less than the price you'll pay anywhere else.
Note that while you can order all of these items now, many of these items won't be arriving until the new year (unless you visit a physical Walmart store).
Finally, a reminder: Yes, a totally new Xbox -- unveiled last week as the Xbox Series X -- is coming late next year. It should play any existing Xbox One game, but if you'd prefer a more direct upgrade path, check out the Xbox All Access program. It's basically the iPhone Upgrade Program, but for the Xbox: Pay a monthly fee for the current Xbox One, then swap it in for the successor once it arrives.
This bundle includes the 1TB Xbox One X console and controller, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, your choice of FIFA 20 or Madden NFL 20 and an additional wired controller -- all for the same $349 price that would've only gotten you the Star Wars game during Black Friday week. (Note: While you can order it today, Walmart is saying that it won't ship until after Christmas.)
Amazon's deal includes the Xbox One S console and two wireless controllers plus a free month of Xbox Game Pass and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial. (Note: Even with Prime, this item probably won't arrive until after Christmas, though you can order it now.)
This package includes the Xbox One S 1TB Console, a wireless Controller and downloads of Gears 5, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Gears of War 2, 3, and 4. Amazon also throws in a 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial and one month of Xbox Live Gold. (Note: This is expected to ship after Christmas.)
Antonline (via Walmart) is bundling the Xbox One S with the deluxe edition of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for $199 -- the Black Friday low. If you're a Star Wars fan, this is the bundle to get -- Fallen Order got enthusiastic reviews, and the deluxe edition adds bonus skins for the BD-1 and Stinger Mantis as well as a digital art book and 90 minutes of behind the scenes footage from the making of the game. Oh, and the bundle also includes a free month of Xbox Live Gold. (Note: You can order it now, but it's expected to ship after Christmas.)
Walmart's bundle is the best price we've found for the entry-level Xbox. It includes the Xbox One S 1TB All-Digital Edition console, a wireless controller and downloads of Minecraft, Sea of Thieves and Fortnite Battle Royale, with $20 worth of in-game currency and an outfit. Plus, you get one free month of Xbox Live Gold. Just remember that this is the discless version of the console -- it won't play Blu-rays, DVDs or game discs. You'll need to download or stream everything. (Note: This is expected to ship after Christmas.)
The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters this week, and The Mandalorian is all the rage. But if you can't get enough Star Wars, Jedi: Fallen Order is just the fix you're looking for. This top-notch single-player game -- think "Tomb Raider in the Star Wars universe" -- takes place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, and features plenty of lightsabers, AT-ATs, stormtroopers, droids and everything in between. (Note: This is expected to ship after Christmas.)
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