Stuck-at-home gamers, you’re in for a real treat. Microsoft has just kicked off its Ultimate Game Sale, and stacks of AAA titles and big-hit releases for Xbox One are now steeply discounted by up to 50%.
It’s not just Xbox games that’re on sale though – for the PC faithful, there’s also some huge savings to be had on gaming laptops from the likes of Razer, MSI and HP, plus a variety of excellent keyboards, mice and gaming headsets if you’re already set up with a desktop.
If you’re not sure what games you want to pick up, you can always opt for a subscription to Xbox Game Pass, giving you access to a rotating roster of full Xbox and PC games. There’s over 100 games to choose from, including all of Microsoft’s biggest and best titles and dozens upon dozens from other famous studios. You can subscribe now and get your first month for just AU$1, with an ongoing cost of AU$15.95 for each month thereafter.
Save up to 50% on select Xbox games
There’s excellent news if you have an Xbox One as your console of choice. It wouldn’t be an Ultimate Game Sale without some games being involved, and Microsoft has delivered by slashing the price on a massive selection of both the biggest recent releases and a wide selection of other greats. We’ve included some highlights below, but you’ll also find The Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3 and many more discounted directly from Microsoft.
Red Dead Redemption II | AU$54.97 (RRP AU$99.95; save AU$44.98)
Jump on a horse as the gun-slinging outlaw lead and start your epic quest across the Wild West – without needing to spend top dollar. This AAA title came out towards the end of 2018, and it’s arguably the best open-world game Rockstar has ever created. If you’ve yet to play it through, you can now pick it up for a very nice price of AU$55 from Microsoft.
Forza Horizon 4 | AU$49.97 (RRP AU$99.95; save AU$49.98)
Forza Horizon 4 is a toy box full of fancy cars and the open-world roads to drive them on at break-neck speed. There’s both a structured campaign mode and plenty of off-shoot distractions to discover as well – so there’s certainly more than meets the eye for this racing title. If you’ve yet to give it a whirl, it’s now available for the bargain price of AU$49.98 from Microsoft.
The Sims 4 + Cats & Dogs bundle | AU$41.97 (RRP AU$69.95; save AU$27.98)
This fourth instalment of the incredibly popular Sims franchise can now be snapped up for significantly less from Microsoft. Explore life as a star athlete, a mad scientist or a criminal Sim who plays by their own rules. This bundle comes with the Cats & Dogs expansion pack, so you can own pets, or become the town vet for something decidedly more normal.
Save AU$150 on an HTC Vive Cosmos VR Kit
We might be spending much more time at home, but there’s plenty of ways to escape into other worlds – virtual worlds. A VR headset for PC can be a pricey investment, but if you can wait until they’re on sale, it’s possible to save a decent chunk of change – and such is the case now, with the premium HTC Vive Cosmos seeing a nice AU$150 discount. The full details are below – and also check out what else is available from Microsoft’s virtual reality offering.
HTC Vive Cosmos | AU$1,149 (RRP AU$1,299; save AU$150)
This wireless VR headset for PC from HTC offers an excellent virtual experience from the comfort of home. This base model of the Vive Cosmos can also be upgraded over time if you want to get more serious – by swapping out the front faceplate, so you can adjust it to suit your future needs. It works with the excellent Half-Life: Alyx – good news considering the Valve Index isn’t available in Australia at the moment. Head directly to Microsoft to save AU$150.
Save up to 25% on select gaming PCs
You’ll find a selection of high-specced machines discounted on Microsoft, including from the likes of HP, MSI and Razer. We’ve hand-picked the standout deals below, or you can head to the website to see all the PC gaming deals on offer.
HP Omen 15 | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD / RTX 2080 | AU$2,849.25 (RRP AU$3,799; save AU$949.75)
There’s a surprising amount of power under the hood of this gaming laptop for the price. Under AU$3,000 for an RTX 2080 GPU is almost unheard of, but that’s exactly what’s now available in this Microsoft sale. It’s paired with a 9th-gen Intel i7 CPU and 16GB of RAM, which will see you playing AAA titles with all the bells and whistles. All that’s encased inside an all-metal chassis. This 15-incher is now 25% off directly from Microsoft.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD / RTX 2080 | AU$3,674.25 (RRP AU$4,899; save AU$1,224.75)
Our colleagues over at PC Gamer called this the best gaming laptop you could buy in 2019 – and that would still be the case, had it not been followed-up by the 2020 model. But this 2019 version is still very much worth considering – particularly with this discount. It has powerful innards, including a 9th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, teamed up with an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU. Despite those power-hungry components, it still manages around five hours of battery life, which is unusual for a gaming machine of this calibre. There’s a hefty AU$1,224 slashed off this gaming workhorse, available directly from Microsoft.
Razer Blade Pro 17 | i7 / 16GB / 512GB SSD / RTX 2060 | AU$3,074.25 (RRP AU$4,099; save AU$1,024.75)
For the gamers and creative types looking for a little more screen real estate, this Razer Blade Pro 17 could tick all the right boxes. It’s packed with a 9th-gen Intel i7 chip and an Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card, so games promise to be buttery smooth on its 17-inch display. Despite its size, this laptop manages to be slim and sleek, making it a great choice for portable gaming on a big screen. Save just over AU$1,024 when you buy from Microsoft.
Save up to 20% on select Razer gaming accessories
If you’re looking to kit out your PC gaming setup, Razer makes some of the best accessories in the business. You’ll find a discount on everything you need to add some flair to your PC, from keyboards, mice and gaming headsets. We’ve selected a few of our favourites here, or head to Microsoft to browse all the discounted Razer gear.
Razer Viper Ultimate | AU$215.20 (RRP AU$269; save AU$53.80)
If you’re looking for pinpoint accuracy in your next gaming mouse, the Razer Viper Ultimate is worthy of your shortlist. It’s a wireless mouse with a phenomenal 20,000 CPI sensor and a battery that lasts up to 70 hours from a single charge, so you’ll be able to get some heavy use out of this mouse before returning it to its charging cradle. It’s retail asking price may have placed it into ‘maybe someday’ territory for many, but snap it up now and you’ll save 20%, or just over AU$50.
Razer Kraken X | AU$79.20 (RRP AU$99; save AU$19.80)
When it comes to budget-friendly headsets, Razer’s Kraken X is one of the most affordable you can buy with 7.1 surround sound. That feature promises to deliver a more immersive experience, so you can scope out your enemies by detecting nearby footsteps, or clearly hear the direction of gunfire. With a lightweight build, headband padding and plush earcups, they should be very comfortable to wear for long gaming stints too. That’s all delivered through a set of cans that’ll now only cost you just AU$80, available from Microsoft.
Razer Huntsman Elite | AU$303.20 (RRP AU$379; save AU$75.80)
For a wonderfully lit RGB gaming keyboard, the Razer Huntsman Elite surely delivers. It features the brand’s Opto-Mechanical switches, so it uses a beam of light rather than the traditional metal switch to activate each key. Aside from the super-fast switches, you’ll also find a dedicated suite of media controls. If that sounds like the keyboard to round-out your gaming setup, grab it from Microsoft for AU$303.20.
Save up to 30% on select Bose headphones & speakers
There’s more than just discounted gaming gear up for grabs. Microsoft is also dropping the price on a selection of audio hardware from Bose, so if you’re looking for a superb set of headphones for everyday use or a top-notch portable speaker, there’s something for you here. These are the particularly noteworthy Bose deals worth a look.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II | from AU$359 (RRP AU$499; save up to AU$140)
The ever-popular Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones have Bose’s class-leading noise cancellation, and we found them incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods in our review. If you fancy the black or silver colour options, they’re both available for AU$359, while the rose gold variant is slightly more at AU$399.
Bose SoundLink Micro | AU$99 (RRP AU$139; save AU$40)
The Bose SoundLink Micro brings big sound to a small package, and it’s now touting an even smaller price tag. Don’t let its size fool you, this tiny yet mighty portable speaker puts out impressive sound. It’s ruggedly built with an IPX7 waterproof rating, so it can withstand a fall in the pool, or even the ocean. Discounted in black when you head to Microsoft.