Today’s Dealmaster is focused specifically on video game deals, as both Microsoft and Sony are in the midst of sweeping “spring sales” for their respective gaming platforms. In general, most of the price cuts aren’t as steep as you’ll see around Black Friday and the holiday season, but many of the games on sale are still available for less than the street prices we’ve tracked over the past few months.
So to help anyone interested in picking up a new game separate the wheat from the chaff, we’ve picked out the best offers we could find from the 1,000+ deals listed across the two sales, highlighting the games that are both genuinely cheaper than usual and worth your time in the first place.
On the Microsoft side, the Xbox Spring Sale includes both Xbox and PC games and is scheduled to end on April 15. Microsoft has sent out $10 vouchers to select Xbox Live users alongside the sale, but note that many of the games on offer are also included in the company’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service. For PlayStation users, Sony says the PlayStation Spring Sale will run through April 28, and another batch of deals will be added to the current selection on April 14.
For those who primarily play on the PC, we’ve also curated a number of deals from the Epic Games Store’s Spring Sale, which has been live for a couple weeks but is scheduled to end on April 8. A few of these deals have been replicated or bettered at other PC game retailers, so we’ve included those as well.
In any event, a number of games we like are currently discounted across the various sales, including our last two Game of the Year winners (Hades and Control), Ghost of Tsushima, Doom Eternal, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, the recently released Hitman 3, and much more. You can peruse our full selection below, and the Dealmaster will be back with a more traditional tech deals roundup later this week.
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Top 10 deals of the day
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox, PC) for $19.99 at Microsoft (also on Game Pass—normally $27).
- Control: Ultimate Edition (Xbox) for $19.99 at Microsoft (Standard Edition on Game Pass—normally $40).
- Hitman 3 (Xbox, PS4, PS5, PC) for $44.99 at Microsoft, PlayStation Store, Green Man Gaming, and Epic Games Store (normally $55).
- Ori: The Collection (Xbox, PC) for $17.99 at Microsoft (also on Game Pass—normally $35).
- Ghost of Tsushima (PS4) for $40.19 at PlayStation Store, GameStop, and Walmart (normally $55).
- Inside (PC) for $4.99 at Fanatical and Epic Games Store (normally $20).
- Hades (PC) for $19.99 at Epic Games Store (normally $25).
- Doom Eternal: Deluxe Edition (Xbox, PC) for $29.69 at Microsoft (Standard Edition on Game Pass—normally $45).
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt—Complete Edition (Xbox, PS4, PC) for $9.99 at Microsoft, PlayStation Store, and Epic Games Store (normally $25).
- Red Dead Redemption 2 (Xbox) for $26.99 at Microsoft (normally $35).