Microsoft has detailed a number of Black Friday 2018 discounts, giving people the opportunity to pick up its consoles and subscribe to services for cheaper than usual. The announcement was made during X018, the Xbox event being held in Mexico City. The platform holder is knocking up to $100 off its Xbox One consoles, which means you can pick up the Xbox One X for $400, which it notes is the cheapest its ever been. Xbox wireless controllers will also be $10 off, including the custom ones created using Xbox’s Design Lab.
On top of that, Xbox Game Pass, which gives subscribers access to a large library of titles they can download and play for the lifetime of their subscription, is being offered for $1 for the first month. This deal is available from today through January 3. Similarly, Xbox Live Gold–which is required to use the Xbox Game Pass service–is going for $1 for the first month too. It’s worth noting that these are set to automatically renew at the end of the month, when you’ll be charged full price, so make sure to cancel before then if you don’t want to be automatically charged on an ongoing basis.
A number of first-party games are also being discounted, most notably Forza Horizon 4, Sea of Thieves, and State of Decay 2, PUBG, Super Lucky’s Tale, which are being discounted by as much as 35%.
In GameSpot’s Forza Horizon 4 review, Edmond Tran awarded it a 9/10, saying there’s “a diverse range of activities stuffed into every corner of Horizon 4.” He continued: “Meaningful changes contribute to smart driving dynamics and a more consistent sense of achievement. Everything you do in Horizon feels valuable, no matter how big or small–from the basic thrills of speeding a fast car down a gorgeous mountain highway to spending time tinkering with your favorite ride to manage seasonal road conditions to just hanging out with friends and strangers online and goofing off in friendly games. The charm of the Horizon series is as palpable as ever, a winning, all-inclusive recipe that celebrates the joy of driving above all else.”
In his review of Sea of Thieves, Peter Brown said the open-world pirate game is “a somewhat hollow game that can be fun for a handful of hours when played with friends, and something worth trying out if you happen to be an Xbox Game Pass subscriber.
“Even though it’s hard to wholeheartedly recommend,” he added, “I like enough of what I see to hold out hope that things will eventually improve as the game continues to be patched and updated with new content.” Since its initial launch, Sea of Thieves developer Rare has released updates to improve the game and an expansion called Forsaken Shores. You can also read GameSpot’s review of State of Decay 2 to find out more about what we thought of that game.
Xbox Game Pass features both first-party and third-party titles. Check out our comprehensive list of games available on Xbox Game Pass now to see what else a subscription would give you access to.