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The limited-edition PS4 that Sony launched for E3 sale this year.
enlarge The limited-edition PS4 that Sony launched for E3 sale this year.

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This weekend marks the unofficial start of E3, the most prominent video game trading event in the United States. Ars will be back at the show, and this year’s edition is expected to be somewhat muted compared to years past, with Sony joining Nintendo and forgoing a formal presence at the event. However, there should still be plenty of news and new game footage for industry viewers to digest.

However, for those who are only interested in playing games, E3 has also become an excuse for game companies to hold sales events. Sony and Microsoft both rolled out major promotions last year — and apparently their efforts have gone well. On Friday, the two kicked off again with huge discounts for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners respectively.

The deals will cover consoles, controllers, subscription services and of course many games and will be available in the company’s own digital stores and various retailers. Both Sony and Microsoft say their promos will run from June 7 to June 17.

To help those looking for something new to play – or just those who have a compulsive need to fill their backlog – we’ve broken down below what’s worth considering from each sale.

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Sony “Days of Play” PlayStation 4 Deals

  • Much like last year’s “Days of Play” sale, as the company calls it, Sony has a limited-edition model of the PlayStation 4 Slim to commemorate the event. It costs $299.99, the standard retail price for the console, so it’s not a real “deal”. The gray-black finish is a bit more muted than last year’s blue-and-gold console, and as Sony is openly discussing details about the PS4’s successor, this isn’t the optimal time for most people to buy new current-gen hardware. to buy . But if you’re a PlayStation diehard or your current PS4 is on its last legs, there you go. If last year is any indication, supply will likely run out soon. (Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy)
  • The PlayStation 4 Pro, meanwhile, is discounted by $50, bringing it down to $349.99. This isn’t a huge savings, but discounts on the 4K-ready PS4 are still relatively scarce, so it’s not the worst offer. Of note here is a bundle at B&H that comes with seven older but still solid games, including Uncharted 4bloodborneand Until sunrise (Walmart, Amazon, Newegg, Google Express, GameStop, Best Buy)
  • A PlayStation VR Bundle including new VR games Trover saves the universe and Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted dropped to $249. That’s $50 off its usual MSRP. (Walmart, Amazon, Target, GameStop, Best Buy)
  • Separate bundles with two PlayStation Move controllers and either Borderlands 2 and Beat Saber or Everyone’s Golf VR and Blood & Truth, respectively, have fallen to $299.99. (We can vouch for the former from a game quality standpoint.) That’s, again, a $50 discount. The PS VR used to be priced lower, but mostly with bundles that Sony has since discontinued. Anyway, while Oculus, HTC and now Valve are selling more technically advanced headsets, game support for the PSVR still continues, and Sony has said existing PSVR headsets will be supported by the presumed PlayStation 5.
  • If you just need a new gamepad, Sony’s DualShock 4 controllers have fallen to $39.99. We’ve seen these go for less, but since their street price online fluctuates between $45 and $55, it’s a good value. The fact that they will soon be compatible with iPhones is a bonus. (Walmart, Amazon, Google Express, Best Buy)
  • A 12 month subscription to Sony’s PlayStation Plus online service dropped to $39.99, which is $20 off the MSRP and possibly Sony’s best deal on sale. (Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy)
  • A 12 month membership for less essential Playstation Now game streaming service is now $30 off, bringing it to $69.99. We recommend checking out the game library and making sure your internet can handle it before pulling the trigger.
  • finally, the PlayStation classic has fallen to $30, although that’s only $5 or so from where it’s been priced in recent months. That’s mainly because it’s bad, so we wouldn’t recommend it. But since it’s a deal, we’re obligated to mention it.
Marvel's Spider Man.
enlarge Marvel’s Spider Man.

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There are tons of games for sale as part of Sony’s event – far too many for us to list them all here individually. But we will note a few:

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man, which we enjoyed, is down to $20. That’s a great value and about $10 cheaper than the previous low. (Walmart, Amazon, Newegg, GameStop, Best Buy)
  • god of war, one of our top three games of 2018, is also $20, which is a new low after being in the $30 range for the past few months. (Walmart, Amazon, GameStop, Target, Best Buy)
  • MLB The Show 19 dropped to $40, which is its lowest price yet and a $20 discount. We don’t have a formal review of it on Ars, but as a diehard Red Sox fan who owns the game, I can give it my personal give approval. It has a much more reasonable approach to the “Ultimate Team” format than other sports games like FIFA or madden, for what that’s worth. (Walmart, Newegg, GameStop, Target, Best Buy)
  • Days gone by, the latest big-budget PS4 exclusive, has also fallen to a new low of $40. We didn’t dislike this one, but we didn’t love it either, so while it’s not that highly recommended, it can be a fun time are to defeat crowds of zombies depending on your taste. (Amazon, Newegg, Google Express, Target, GameStop, Best Buy)
  • Some of the older PS4 hits have dropped to $10, including the full edition of Horizon Zero DawnbloodborneThe Last of Us RemasteredUncharted 4: A Thief’s EndUncharted: The Nathan Drake Collectionsuper hot VRand Until sunrise† Some of these have fallen around this price in the past, but either way, this is about as cheap as they’ve gotten.
  • Other highlights at the time of writing include: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for $23, Devil May Cry 5 for $40, and Tetris effect for $20. Several other deals, along with most of the ones listed above, are live on the PlayStation Store; Sony has a great list of what’s available on its PlayStation Blog.

Microsoft E3 Week Xbox One Deals

The special edition Xbox One S Microsoft has launched alongside the E3 sale.
enlarge The special edition Xbox One S Microsoft has launched alongside the E3 sale.

Microsoft

  • Perhaps the most newsworthy discount from Microsoft’s E3 sale is the All-digital edition of the Xbox One S dropping to $199, which is a $50 savings. Ars Gaming Editor Kyle Orland has previously commented that it’s foolish for Microsoft to expect users to buy a discless Xbox One S at a suggested retail price of $250 when standard One S consoles go for less, but for now, Microsoft has offered the download-only machine against it. a more reasonable price. If you should buying is another question – we know Microsoft is working on new Xbox hardware, and it wouldn’t be a shock to hear more about it this weekend. But if you don’t have a 4K TV and still only buy digital, it’s technically a deal. (Walmart, Amazon, Microsoft, Google Express, Best Buy)
  • Like Sony, Microsoft has launched a special edition console for E3: in this case a “gradient purple” Xbox One S that comes with Fortnite Battle Royale† It goes for $249.99. Again, that’s quite a bit more expensive than some of the other One S bundles we’ve seen lately, so this should only be worth it for people who For real such as the appearance of the hardware. (Walmart, Amazon, Microsoft, Newegg, GameStop, Best Buy)
  • Microsoft is promoting the brawnier Xbox One X as $100 off $399. While that’s true of the console’s MSRP, we’ve seen it go for much less than that at several points over the past year, so it’s hard to call it a real deal. Walmart currently has a One X bundle that includes: Fallout 76 for nearly $20 less, for example. (Yes, we know that, but cheaper is cheaper.)
  • Likewise, the company says: Xbox One Wireless Controllers are $10 off the MSRP, but that only brings them to a minimum of $50, a price we routinely see beaten at third-party retailers. Example: Amazon currently has them for $40, which is a real deal, even if it’s not the lowest we’ve seen. Unfortunately, there is no discount on the more customizable Xbox Elite wireless controller.
  • However, there are several deals on games, even if the Xbox One’s first-party library isn’t as celebrated as the PS4’s. We especially love this Forza Horizon 4 for $30, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for $23, Metro Exodus for $36, Hitman 2 for $24, and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice for $20, but again, there are dozens of other discounts to peruse.

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