The best game deals we could find in the PlayStation and Xbox spring sales

The best game deals we could find in the PlayStation and Xbox spring sales
Ars Technica

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 Store 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 TsushimaDoom EternalThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntOri 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

<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Control_Screenshot_12.jpg" class="enlarge" data-height="2159" data-width="3686" alt="Control topped our Best Games of 2019 list. The Ultimate Edition gets you access to its two expansions and a next-gen upgrade.”><img alt="Control topped our Best Games of 2019 list. The Ultimate Edition gets you access to its two expansions and a next-gen upgrade.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-1.jpg” width=”640″ height=”375″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-10.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / Control topped our Best Games of 2019 list. The Ultimate Edition gets you access to its two expansions and a next-gen upgrade.
Remedy Entertainment
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ss_3e46be583b26233f133c705bc6c920d204cbd1a1.1920×1080.jpg" class="enlarge" data-height="1080" data-width="1920" alt="Some classic multiplayer mayhem in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.”><img alt="Some classic multiplayer mayhem in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-2.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-11.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / Some classic multiplayer mayhem in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
343 Industries
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/3-12-2020_1-25-47_PM-gmonbqdp-1440×810.png" class="enlarge" data-height="810" data-width="1440" alt="Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a beautiful and challenging 2D platformer.”><img alt="Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a beautiful and challenging 2D platformer.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales.png” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-1.png 2x”>
Enlarge / Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a beautiful and challenging 2D platformer.
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/doometernal1.jpeg" class="enlarge" data-height="1080" data-width="1920" alt="Doom Eternal is a thrilling, fast-paced twitch shooter.”><img alt="Doom Eternal is a thrilling, fast-paced twitch shooter.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-3.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-12.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / Doom Eternal is a thrilling, fast-paced twitch shooter.
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Ghost-of-Tsushima_20200706192517.jpg" class="enlarge" data-height="2160" data-width="3840" alt="Ghost of Tsushima is a technical showcase and one of our favorite open-world games in recent memory.”><img alt="Ghost of Tsushima is a technical showcase and one of our favorite open-world games in recent memory.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-4.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-13.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / Ghost of Tsushima is a technical showcase and one of our favorite open-world games in recent memory.
Sucker Punch / SIE
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/city_09-copy-2.jpg" class="enlarge" data-height="1080" data-width="1920" alt="Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-packed and deeply cinematic action-adventure game.”><img alt="Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-packed and deeply cinematic action-adventure game.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-5.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-14.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-packed and deeply cinematic action-adventure game.
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Gran-Turismo®SPORT-mclaren-in-car-2.jpg" class="enlarge" data-height="1080" data-width="1920" alt="If you're itching for some realistic online racing, Gran Turismo Sport might hold you over now that Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed until 2022.”><img alt="If you're itching for some realistic online racing, Gran Turismo Sport might hold you over now that Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed until 2022.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-6.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-15.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / If you’re itching for some realistic online racing, Gran Turismo Sport might hold you over now that Gran Turismo 7 has been delayed until 2022.
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HITMAN3_listing.jpg" class="enlarge" data-height="2118" data-width="3829" alt="Hitman 3 offers more of the series’s playful and darkly comedic stealth action.”><img alt="Hitman 3 offers more of the series’s playful and darkly comedic stealth action.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-7.jpg” width=”640″ height=”354″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-16.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / Hitman 3 offers more of the series’s playful and darkly comedic stealth action.
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DEATH-STRANDING_20191021161415.jpg" class="enlarge" data-height="2160" data-width="3840" alt="Death Stranding certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s nothing if not unique, and its PC port is gorgeous.”><img alt="Death Stranding certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s nothing if not unique, and its PC port is gorgeous.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-8.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-17.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / Death Stranding certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s nothing if not unique, and its PC port is gorgeous.
<a href="https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/797A6A085D8A4DF3A15AA84C914F7BEA.jpeg" class="enlarge" data-height="1080" data-width="1920" alt="The charming roguelike Hades earned the top spot on our Best Games of 2020 list.”><img alt="The charming roguelike Hades earned the top spot on our Best Games of 2020 list.” src=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-9.jpg” width=”640″ height=”360″ srcset=”https://acqro.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/the-best-game-deals-we-could-find-in-the-playstation-and-xbox-spring-sales-18.jpg 2x”>
Enlarge / The charming roguelike Hades earned the top spot on our Best Games of 2020 list.
Supergiant Games

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