Memorial Day Switch sales, last call on a Game Pass discount, and more of the week’s best deals
This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend; a long weekend for many in the U.S. and one of the year’s first major shopping holidays as retailers offer some big tech discounts. A few Memorial Day sales have already started, bringing deals on games and consoles, including one of the best deals yet on the Nintendo Switch.
Google Express, Google’s shopping platform, is offering a promo code that takes 15 percent off a selection of electronics. Notably, that includes the Nintendo Switch, which brings the console down to $243.95, which is the lowest price we’ve seen on a brand new (i.e. not refurbished) Switch. That code also applies to some more top gaming tech, including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles and gaming accessories.
Xbox One players have some great deals to take advantage of this week as well. Wednesday is the last day to take advantage of the best Xbox Game Pass deal yet — 3 months of the game subscription service for $1. Plus, Microsoft launched a huge Backward Compatibility Sale on Tuesday, discounting over 200 classic Xbox and Xbox 360 games that have been optimized to play on Xbox One.
Finally, there are a couple of non-gaming deals to highlight. Amazon’s voice controlled streaming device, the Fire TV Cube, is $50 off for Prime Members, bringing it down to $69.99. And the retailer Fanatical, best known for its PC game bundles, is getting into digital comics with two new bundles featuring Tank Girl and Dynamite Comics titles.
As always, if there’s a deal we missed, let us know on Twitter at @PolygonDeals.
Best console deal: Nintendo Switch
Site-wide coupons at eBay have typically been your best bet on a bona fide Nintendo Switch discount, but it doesn’t look like those are coming back anytime soon. This Memorial Day, though, Google Express is picking up the mantle. Promo code MEMORIAL15 takes an extra 15 percent off the Switch at online electronics retailer AntOnline’s Google Express storefront, bringing it down to $243.95. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen yet on Nintendo’s hit console.
Best subscription deal: Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass — 3 month membership
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service is one of the system’s biggest draws — so much so that we listed it as the first entry in our Polygon Essentials roundup of best Xbox One games. Today’s the last day for new and returning members to get three months of the service for $1. The service costs $9.99 per month (with a discount if you pay quarterly or annually), but Microsoft usually offers new subscribers just the first month for $1.
Best video game deal: Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption for Xbox One
There are a bunch of great deals on classic Xbox games in Microsoft’s huge Backward Compatibility Sale, but the standout is probably Red Dead Redemption, on sale for $9.89. The Xbox 360 game is the precursor to last year’s hit, Red Dead Redemption 2, which serves as a prequel to Red Dead Redemption.
Best accessory deal: Corsair HS70 wireless headset
Corsair HS70 wireless headset
If you’re looking for a reliable pair of mid-range wireless headphones, Corsair’s HS70 is a nice choice. The headset, which usually retails for $99.99, offers 7.1 surround sound and 2.4 GHz low-latency wireless audio. The microphone is detachable, and the headset is compatible with both PC and PS4 via a USB dongle. It’s dropped to $59.99 a few times since it was released, most recently back in March.
Best streaming deal: Fire TV Cube
Fire TV Cube
Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is like a smart home hub meets a streaming device. The futuristic-looking cube integrates Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant with its Fire TV streaming platform, which means you can ask Alexa to change channels or control the volume as well as set timers, check the weather, or anything else you use a smart assistant for. The device is back down to $69.99 for Amazon Prime members, which is the lowest we’ve seen it outside of the holiday season.
Best comics deal: Dynamite Comics bundle
Dynamite Comics bundle
Fanatical’s new comics bundles follow a tiered structure that the retailer has adopted before: pay $14.99 for the full bundle, half that for a smaller selection, or $1 for just a few digital comics. Both include some great titles, but the Dynamite Comics bundle has more issues for the same price as the Tank Girl bundle. Notably, it includes the first four issues of the official Game of Thrones comic adaptation.
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