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The cheapest Xbox game deals in May 2022

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Even with the meteoric rise of Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you'll be glad to know that cheap Xbox game deals are still easy to find if you prefer to actually own the games you play. From excellent offers on backwards compatible games across the history of Microsoft's consoles to regular sales on brand new physical and digital titles, there are plenty of Xbox game deals up for grabs at any one time.

Older Xbox games are particularly cheap these days and many are even optimized for use on Xbox Series X as well. That means you can spend a fraction of the original price and still play a graphically upgraded title. This service is new for Xbox Series X and is called Smart Delivery. It covers a wide range of Xbox One games, so simply find a cheap Xbox game for which the service is enabled, stick it in your new console and you'll benefit from both visual and performance upgrades. You've just got a find where to buy the Xbox Series X next - but we can help with that.

Smart Delivery does make many of these cheap Xbox game deals even better value if you buy smartly. When the cost of Xbox Series X games can hit $70 / £70 depending on the publisher and retailer it's a clever way to get around this increased cost. However, we do see prices fall on these newer Xbox game releases from time to time, so it does pay to stay on top of the latest offers.

That's exactly what we do here by bringing you all the cheapest Xbox game deals from around the web so you can grab your next title for the lowest price possible. Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention that Xbox Game Pass is also a great way to try some Xbox games for less. The subscription service will only allow you to access these titles as long as your membership is active, but there's a massive roster of titles up for grabs. We've rounded up the latest Xbox Game Pass deals further down the page.

Cheap Xbox games at a glance

The latest Xbox game deals

Madden NFL 22

NFL players Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady kneeling side by side

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Regular price: $69.99 | £59.99 | AU$124.95

Another year, another entry in the eternally popular Madden NFL series. Greats both new and old adorn the cover this year, with seven-time Superbowl champion Tom Brady and Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes front and centre.

Hitman 3

Hitman 3 key art

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Regular price: $69.99 | £59.99 | AU$124.95

The Hitman trilogy comes to an end with Hitman 3, the recently released stealth adventure that pits players against a series of assassination puzzles across a new range of particularly gorgeous maps. We're already seeing a few Xbox game deals hitting this particular title, with retailers offering introductory discounts of up to $10 / £20 in the first week of release. If you do spot a price below MSRP in these early days then, you're getting a great deal.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 key art with two characters standing side by side

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Regular price: $59.99 | £49.99 | AU$ $99.95

Cyberpunk 2077 hasn't had an easy time of it. Rushed out to meet the holiday demand after several delays, the finished product back in December was riddled with bugs and barely playable on anything other than PC, Xbox Series X and - at a stretch - PS5. Patches are coming in slowly now to improve the experience on last-gen consoles, though that hasn't been enough to revive the price tag here. You'll find it regularly discounted just a few months after release. 

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

Hero shot of Eivor from Assassin's Creed Valhalla dual-wielding axes

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Regular price: $59.99 | £54.99 | AU$99.95

Assassin's Creed: Valhalla is the golden child of Xbox game deals at the moment, taking a steep price cut around a month after release, and dipping in and out of the $30-$40 / £30-£40 region ever since. The latest instalment in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, this Viking action adventure is available as an Xbox One and Xbox Series X title through Smart Delivery.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Key art from Watch Dogs Legion with a character in a pig mask standing admist a crowd in a futuristic Picadilly Circus

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Regular price: $59.99 | £54.99 | AU$99.95

Like Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs: Legion is also no stranger to Xbox game deals. Launching at $59.99 / £54.99, the dystopian stealth adventure has dropped as low as $35 / £35 in the past. Cross-platform titles like these are more likely to see steeper discounts stick in order to keep up with other system sales, so be sure to keep an eye on those prices for future releases as well.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

A solider from Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

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Regular price: $69.99 | £69.99 | AU$109.95

Call of Duty games tend to hold their price fairly well - until the next one is announced or released. That means you might not find it available in the $30-$40 / £30-£40 region just yet, but we have seen sales dropping the latest instalment down to $49.99/£49.99 so far. 

Gears 5

Key art featuring characters from Gears 5

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Regular price: $39.99 | £49.99 | AU$49.95

As a legacy Xbox One title, Gears 5 is looking particularly cheap these days. You can still play a turbo charged version optimized for Xbox Series X, and pay a super low price for the privilege as well. If you've just grabbed a new console and need to get acquainted with Microsoft's backlog, this is an excellent place to start, especially with prices dropping below $20 / £20 in previous Xbox game deals.

Gears 5 is also available on Xbox Game Pass

Dirt 5

Cars racing in Dirt 5

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Regular price: $59.99 | £59.99 | AU$99.95

The arcade off-road racer is back, with Dirt 5 launching alongside the new Xbox Series X console in 2020. That said, this isn't an expensive game to pick up these days, with discounts usually putting it between $30-$40 / £30-£40. That's to be expected as a cross-platform title available through Smart Delivery, but if you spot a price below this you're getting an excellent deal.

Forza Horizon 4

Cars driving along the road in Forza Horizon 4

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Regular price: $59.99 | £49.99 | AU$99.95

We haven't seen Forza Horizon 4 going for the standard $59.99 / £49.99 price in a while. It's an older game for sure, but it's still one of the gems in Xbox's catalogue and runs great on the new system. We've seen it going for as little as $20 / £20 in the past, though prices between $20 and $35 (£20 - £35) still represent fantastic deals. 

Forza Horizon 4 is also available on Xbox Game Pass

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Key art from Ori and the Will of the Wisps

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Regular price: $29.99 | £24.99 | AU$39

Ori has become a new flagship in Microsoft's indie catalogue, with Will of the Wisps bringing us the second adventure in the platformer series. This was never an expensive game, launching at indie pricing, however we haven't seen too much movement on that original cost since launch. That's to be expected - it was already a fantastic price for this title, but if you do spot a price below $20 / £15 you've hit upon a particularly strong Xbox game deal. 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is also available on Xbox Game Pass

Sea of Thieves

A ship sailing in the ocean from Sea of Thieves with a skull made of clouds in the sky

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Regular price: $49.99 | £49.99 | AU$49.45

Sea of Thieves has had a rocky time of it, setting sail into an abyss of massively multiplayer madness and ultimately washing up on the shores of a much smaller playerbase than initially anticipated. Nevertheless, that playerbase has remained loyal and you'll still find plenty of active accounts regularly plundering the islands of Microsoft's pirate experiment. Prices have dropped since those heady launch days, so you'll likely find this game for around $30-$40 / £35-£40. 

Sea of Thieves is also available on Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass deals

If you're looking to play a wide range of Xbox games, you might be better off with a Game Pass subscription. The Game Pass library comprises a massive range of first-party and cross-platform titles for both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and comes in cheaper than you might think. Every Xbox Game Studios title is released straight onto Game Pass and you'll also pick up other exclusive discounts as well.

Plus, you can combine Xbox Live Gold with Game Pass in an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription for an all-in-one deal as well.

Where to find more cheap Xbox games

If the title you're after isn't featured above, you'll find plenty more cheap Xbox game deals available at a range of retailers, listed below.

US:

  • Amazon: low prices and regular discounts on Game Pass
  • Microsoft: regular discounts on the full catalogue of digital games
  • Best Buy: big savings up for grabs and member only perks
  • Walmart: cheap prices but watch out for third party sellers
  • GameStop: wide selection with free shipping over $35

UK:

  • Amazon: frequently has the lowest price around
  • Microsoft: regular sales across the whole collection
  • Currys: a good selection and frequent discounts
  • Game: massive selection with rewards scheme available
  • Very: surprisingly good prices during sales event
  • Argos: same-day delivery available
  • The Game Collection: excellent prices across the site

How often do Xbox games go on sale?

Exclusive Xbox game sales are a little rarer than cross-platform titles, which are regularly on sale from around a month after release. You'll usually find some Xbox game deals hitting these first-party releases, but the discounts themselves won't be as steep. 

We usually see Xbox game deals popping up around big Microsoft releases and Xbox press conferences, during annual summer and holiday sales events, and after certain titles leave the Game Pass system.

What is Xbox Smart Delivery?

Xbox Smart Delivery is Microsoft's answer to backwards compatibility, allowing Xbox One games not only to run on the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S console, but to run in an optimized state to make the most of the new hardware. 

Most of the big Xbox titles are already set up for Smart Delivery, but others are locked to certain consoles, so be sure to check out the full list of compatible titles from Microsoft first.

If you're going to be cracking into some multiplayer titles, you'll find plenty of Xbox controller deals available right now. Or, if you're after some more gear for your new console, check out the latest cheap gaming headset sales as well. You'll find plenty more game deals on a range of systems as well.

Need some online play? Check out the latest Xbox Live Gold deals.

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.