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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate deal gives new users 3 months for $1


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Ars Technica

Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a deal on Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as new users can get three months of the video game subscription service for $1. We’ve seen Microsoft offer this deal before, but it still represents a $30 savings. (The company typically gives new users one month of service for $1 before bumping the cost up to $15 per month.) Those who currently subscribe or have previously subscribed to Game Pass Ultimate aren’t eligible for the discount.

As a refresher, Game Pass Ultimate pairs Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold service—which is required for online play with most Xbox games—with the company’s all-you-can-eat Game Pass subscriptions for Xbox consoles and PC for one monthly fee. A membership also includes access to Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform (which is out on Android and semi-available on iOS and Windows) and a subscription to EA’s Play service.
The general consensus is that Game Pass Ultimate is one of gaming’s best deals, and the Dealmaster is inclined to agree. The service’s library now covers hundreds of games across genres: there’s the expected Microsoft-made series like HaloForza, and Gears, but there are also titles from newly acquired studio Bethesda; major sports games like MLB The Show and FIFA; larger-scale “triple-A” games like Destiny 2, Control, and Outriders (some of which arrive on release day); older classics like Banjo-Kazooie and various Final Fantasy games; and indie gems like Subnautica, Celeste, and Outer Wilds, among many others. Games rotate in and out of the service over time, and you’ll get the most out of it if you’re constantly looking for new titles to sample. But it’s not hard to see the value if you are that type of player (and own an Xbox).
If you’re looking for a longer-term subscription, Microsoft’s membership policies still make it possible for new users to stockpile up to 36 months of Xbox Live Gold or a regular Game Pass first, then convert them all to a Game Pass Ultimate subscription for $1 extra. And as an aside, previous Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can also save a few bucks by converting a 12-month EA Play subscription to another four months of Ultimate for effectively half off.

In any event, our deals roundup below has plenty of discounts for those who aren’t interested in another subscription service, with good prices on Sony noise-canceling headphones, Garmin running watches, Anker USB chargers, Apple iPhone cases, video games for every major platform, and much more. Have a look at the full curated list below.

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Sony's WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones.
Enlarge / Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones.

Jeff Dunn

Laptop and desktop PC deals

  • Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop—Intel Core i7-1165G7, 15.6-inch 1080p, 12GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $685.99 at Dell (use code: 50OFF699—normally $800).
  • 31.5-inch LG 32GK650F-B gaming monitor—2560×1440, VA, 144 Hz, FreeSync for $296.99 at BuyDig (normally $362).
  • 27-inch Gigabyte M27Q gaming monitor—2560×1440, IPS, 170 Hz, FreeSync for $309.99 at Amazon and Newegg (normally $330).
  • 27-inch Dell S2721DGF gaming monitor—2560×1440, IPS, 165 Hz, FreeSync for $379.99 at Best Buy (normally $460).
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 8-core/16-thread desktop processor for $421.05 at Amazon (normally $450).
  • SK Hynix Gold P31 (1TB) PCIe NVMe Gen 3 internal SSD for $114.74 at Amazon (clip 15% coupon—normally $135).
<em>Hades </em>topped the list of our favorite games of 2020.
Enlarge / Hades topped the list of our favorite games of 2020.

Supergiant Games

Video game deals

The new <em>Resident Evil Village</em>, complete with tall vampire women.
Enlarge / The new Resident Evil Village, complete with tall vampire women.
<em>Celeste</em> topped the list of our favorite games from 2018.
Enlarge / Celeste topped the list of our favorite games from 2018.
Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets you access to a lot of games for a monthly fee.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets you access to a lot of games for a monthly fee.

Microsoft

Gaming deals

Apple's AirPods Pro are great noise-cancelling true wireless headphones.
Enlarge / Apple’s AirPods Pro are great noise-cancelling true wireless headphones.

Electronics deals

The Garmin Forerunner 45 is a solid choice for casual runners.
Enlarge / The Garmin Forerunner 45 is a solid choice for casual runners.

Valentina Palladino

Smart home device deals

  • Roborock S4 Max robot vacuum for $309.99 at Amazon (normally $420).
  • Roborock S6 Pure robot vacuum for $379.99 at Amazon (normally $515).
  • TP-Link Kasa HS220 (3-pack) smart Wi-Fi dimmer light switch for $49.99 at Amazon (clip $5 coupon—normally $60).
  • TP-Link Kasa KP303 smart Wi-Fi power strip—3x AC, 2x USB-A for $24.99 at Amazon (normally $29).
  • TP-Link Kasa HS103 (2-pack) Wi-Fi smart outlet for $14.99 at Amazon (normally $17).
The Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K HDR media streamer.
Enlarge / The Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K HDR media streamer.

Samuel Axon

Accessories and miscellaneous deals



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