Xbox Game Pass: The ultimate gaming gift

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X have been at the center of the holiday gaming rush, with people around the world frantically scouring every major retailer in hopes of bringing a next-gen console home. But you don’t need either of them to enjoy the best thing happening in games right now.

In a year dominated by excitement around new hardware, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service has steadily and quietly cemented itself as the ultimate value in gaming. It’s the best attempt yet at a true Netflix for video games, and now that you don’t even need a console or PC to enjoy it, Game Pass is the perfect holiday gift for just about any type of gamer.

For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is a multi-tiered subscription service that gives you access to more than 100 games on a variety of platforms. For $10 a month you can get either a console or PC subscription, with the former giving you access to tons of games you can play across Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Stepping up to the $15-per-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier gets you the full console and PC libraries — plus all of the online benefits and free games that come with Xbox Live Gold. Oh, and you also get exclusive discounts, in-game content and the ability to stream many of Game Pass’ best games directly to your Android device.

These games are the real deal, too — we’re talking big names like Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Destiny 2 and Doom Eternal. Every new Microsoft game comes to Game Pass the day it’s released, so you’ll automatically get hotly anticipated titles such as Halo: Infinite and Fable as part of your subscription.

Game Pass keeps growing in significant ways, too. The service now includes the full EA Play library, giving you access to a huge catalog of Star Wars, Battlefield, Mass Effect and EA Sports games. And now that Microsoft owns mega-publisher Bethesda, you can expect franchises such as Fallout, The Elder Scrolls and Doom to fully come into the fold. That’s a whole lot of games from gigantic franchises for a single monthly fee.

Despite having “Xbox” in the name, you don’t even need a console to take advantage of Xbox Game Pass. PC gamers can enjoy many of the service’s top games, and there are even some Windows-exclusive titles, including Microsoft Flight Simulator and the Age of Empires series. Better yet, PC titles such as Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves are cross-compatible with Xbox, meaning you can play them with your console friends and keep your progress between platforms.

But where Xbox Game Pass really opens itself up to millions of potential new players is with its Android support. Nearly 200 titles on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are playable on Android phones and tablets via cloud streaming, from big names such as Batman: Arkham Knight and Halo 5 to popular indies such as Celeste and Hello Neighbor.

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The Cyber Monday deals have drawn to a close, and with it came the last chance to get your hands on some Xbox Series X deals before Christmas. 



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Xbox Series X Series S Cyber Monday

For those lucky enough to get hold of a new Xbox Series X or Series S console, there were some fantastic offers available on controllers, games, and even Christmas sweaters to proudly display your gamer cred to your confused family.

Perhaps predictably, we didn’t spot any Cyber Monday deals on the Xbox consoles themselves. It’s unusual for a console to be reduced in its launch year for one, but getting your hands on even a full-priced Xbox Series X is proving to be difficult. 

In the meantime, we rounded up all the best Cyber Monday deals below on Xbox controllers, headsets, games, and other Xbox related goodies.

Are there any Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals?

Cyber Monday and the extended Black Friday weekend were a great time to get hold of a discounted console from the previous generation like the PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as the Xbox One and Xbox One X. With many next-gen games also being released for these older consoles, buying one still has it’s merit, with many AAA games studios promises a free game upgrade when you can finally get hold of a Series X or PS5.

We didn’t see any Xbox Series X discounts on the $499 / £449 / AU$749 console itself this Cyber Monday, given how recently the console launched (November 10). You’ll likely have to wait until 2021 for any notable discount from the retail price.

However, we were on hand to help you save on Microsoft’s flagship console, as well as on any relevant games and Xbox Series X accessories we saw on sale. We saw price cuts on a number of accessories, such as the Xbox Wireless Controller (2020), in a variety of colors, as well as a number of gaming headsets compatible with the next-gen console.

Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals available now

Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals in the US

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Xbox Wireless Controller Shock Blue: $64.99 $44.99 at Microsoft EXPIRED Save $20 in this brilliant early Cyber Monday deal at the Microsoft Store. The new Xbox controller works on the Xbox Series X and Series S (as well as old Xbox One consoles and PC) with all-round improved ergonomics and impulse trigger.View Deal



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Xbox Wireless Controller Red: $64.99 $44.99 at Best Buy EXPIRED Save $20 – This dashing red edition is sold out at the Microsoft store, but still carrying a hefty discount at Best Buy – though you’ll need to add it to your cart to see the price. The new Xbox controller works on the Xbox Series X and Series S (as well as old Xbox One consoles and PC) with all-round improved ergonomics and impulse trigger.View Deal



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Best gaming accessories deals on Cyber Monday: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

The holiday season can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. Black Friday has passed, but with everyone gearing up for Cyber Monday, there are fantastic deals available on controllers, mechanical keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors and more.

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even the old models seem overpriced for what they offer.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 Switch game deals: Walmart is dropping Mario, Zelda and more to $30 starting Wednesday

All that said, it was hard to winnow things down — there are a ton of good prices, notably from Logitech, Razer and HyperX — so be on the lookout for those. All of these are available now, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more as the discount season progresses.

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Featured on our list of best Nintendo Switch controllers, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless is the closest you’ll find to Nintendo’s own Pro. It’s normally sold for around $40-$50, so even if you’re technically not saving $30, it’s still another $10 off. How low the price is depends on which model you buy, from Pokemon to Overwatch.

Microsoft

Gaming controllers don’t last forever and eventually you’ll need a replacement. This deal slices $20 off the regular price so you can stock up. It’s not the new controller that comes with the Xbox Series X and S, but it’s still one of the best.

Logitech

Ask any gamer who makes the best wireless accessories and Logitech’s Lightspeed line is usually at the top of the list for keyboards and mice. A bunch of its gaming gear is on sale right now, but the G502 is one of the most highly recommended in its class, so it’s a good time to snap one up.

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The Kain 120 Aimo is one of our picks for best budget gaming mice, and that’s at $70. For its seemingly perpetual discount down to $30, it’s a no-brainer buy if you’re on a budget.

LG

This monitor from 2017 is no spring chicken, but for its sub-$400 discounted price you get quite a bit: quad-HD resolution (2,560×1,440) and 144Hz refresh with AMD FreeSync support. 

Logitech

Lauded by the car aficionados at our sister site Roadshow as one of the best racing wheels they’ve tried, the Xbox One-compatible G920 and PS4-compatible G29 have earned some attractive Black Friday savings.

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Gear up with Xbox merch and clothing, all 50% off this Cyber Monday

While the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S may prove challenging to find this year, you can secure a boatload of affordable Xbox merchandise with an ongoing Microsoft Store sale. The company debuted its Xbox Gear lineup back in 2018, expanding the video game platform across an extensive range of garments and accompanying lifestyle accessories. You can find up to 50% across a select range of Xbox Gear this Cyber Monday, extended from past Black Friday offers.

The collection includes different previous releases, including various Xbox-branded staples like tees, hoodies, jackets, and caps. The Xbox Gear range has previously adopted shared design principles from top streetwear and athleisure brands, suitable at home or on the road. You can check out the entire discounted range at the Microsoft Store, expected to conclude later today.

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Microsoft has delivered 50% savings across its Xbox Gear store, providing its lowest-ever prices on clothing and accessories for Cyber Monday.

This Cyber Monday deal includes an extensive range of styles, with that 50% price cut making most considerably more budget-friendly. Basic tees start from around $10 during the sale, hoodies settle about $30, while outwear pieces push higher prices. Pins and patches also allow you to spice up your existing wardrobe with Xbox accents for $5.

Most of the featured range hinges on the Xbox brand, adapting the brand with a modernized identity across all types of essentials. Various classic Microsoft-owned franchises like Halo and Gears of War feature and newer properties like Grounded and Sea of Thieves. You can check out the full range at the Xbox Gear section of the Microsoft Store.

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The Cyber Monday deals are finally upon us and with it comes the last chance to get your hands on some next-gen console deals before Christmas. 



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For those lucky enough to get hold of a new Xbox Series X or Series S console, there are plenty of fantastic offers available on controllers, games, and even Christmas sweaters to proudly display your gamer cred to your confused family.

Let’s get this out of the way first: we haven’t spotted any Cyber Monday deals on the Xbox consoles themselves. It’s unusual for a console to be reduced in its launch year for one, but getting our hands on even a full-priced Xbox series X is proving to be difficult. 

We understand how frustrating it is to combat bots, scalpers, and the millions of other people around the world smashing their refresh button every time new inventory appears.

In the meantime, we’ve compiled a list below of all the best controllers, headsets, games, and other Xbox related goodies so you can reduce your costs for when you can finally bring a Series X or Series S home. Better to get those controllers in now to prevent sadness for when we can enjoy couch co-op again, right?

Are there any Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals?

Cyber Monday and the extended Black Friday weekend are a great time to get hold of a discounted console from the previous generation like the PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as the Xbox One and Xbox One X. With many next-gen games also being released for these older consoles, buying one still has it’s merit, with many AAA games studios promises a free game upgrade when you can finally get hold of a Series X or PS5.

Again, it’s highly unlikely we will see any Xbox Series X discounts on the $499 / £449 / AU$749 console itself this Cyber Monday, given how recently the console launched (November 10). You’ll likely have to wait until 2021 for any notable discount from the retail price.

However, we’re on hand to help you save on Microsoft’s flagship console, as well as on any relevant games and Xbox Series X accessories we see on sale. We’re already seeing price cuts on a number of accessories, such as the Xbox Wireless Controller (2020), in a variety of colors, as well as a number of gaming headsets compatible with the next-gen console.

Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals available now

Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals in the US

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Xbox Wireless Controller Shock Blue: $64.99 $44.99 at Microsoft Save $20 in this brilliant early Cyber Monday deal at the Microsoft Store. The new Xbox controller works on the Xbox Series X and Series S (as well as old Xbox One consoles and PC) with all-round improved ergonomics and impulse trigger.View Deal



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Cyber Monday is crawling ever slower towards us, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until the big day itself to get yourself some goodies. There are lots of early Cyber Monday deals and Black Friday weekend offers on the Xbox Series X and its various controllers, games and accessories available to buy today.

We understand how frustrating it is to get hold of a next-gen console right now, and the chances of finding one at a discount are pretty slim. Pre-orders for both consoles sold out almost immediately for both the Series S and Series X consoles. The stock has been slowly trickling back into retailers to try and stretch the available inventory, and scalpers are proving to be a nightmare for those of us just wanting to play some cool new games. 

Constraint around supply means that discounts on next-gen consoles simply haven’t occurred over Black Friday, though it’s possible (if not likely) that Xbox Series X Cyber Monday deals could pop up on November 30.

In the meantime however, you can still save on a host of related accessories and games – which make up the bulk of Xbox Series X early Cyber Monday deals listed in this guide.

If you just want an Xbox Series X console, whatever the price, your best bet is to head to our where to buy the Xbox Series X guide, where any fleeting console availability will be featured. For all the Cyber Monday Xbox Series X discounts you can get today, though – on games, headsets and controllers – check out the deals listed below.

Are there any early Cyber Monday Xbox Series X deals?

Cyber Monday is when we usually look to retailers to offer massive discounts on game consoles, and in previous years we did see great savings on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as the Xbox One and Xbox One X.

Black Friday took place on November 27, and deals tend to continue right through until Cyber Monday on November 30, with some retailers slashing prices even further.

We probably won’t see any big Xbox Series X discounts on the $499 / £449 / AU$749 console itself this Cyber Monday, given how recently the console launched (November 10). You’ll likely have to wait until 2021 for a sizable price reduction.

However, we’re on hand to help you save on Microsoft’s flagship console, as well as on any relevant games and Xbox Series X accessories we see on sale. We’re already seeing price cuts on a number of accessories, such as the Xbox Wireless Controller (2020), in a variety of colors, as well as a number of gaming headsets compatible with the next-gen console.

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Best gaming accessories deals on Black Friday: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Black Friday can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. We’ve cherry-picked a generous handful of good Black Friday (or just current) deals on controllers, mechanical keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors and more that we think are actually worth buying. 

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even the old models seem overpriced for what they offer.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 Switch game deals: Walmart is dropping Mario, Zelda and more to $30 starting Wednesday

It was hard to winnow it down — there are a ton of good prices, notably from Logitech, Razer and HyperX — so be on the lookout for those. All of these are available now, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more as the discount season progresses.

Josh Goldman/CNET

Featured on our list of best Nintendo Switch controllers, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless is the closest you’ll find to Nintendo’s own Pro. It’s normally sold for around $40-$50, so even if you’re technically not saving $30, it’s still another $10 off. How low the price is depends on which model you buy, from Pokemon to Overwatch.

Microsoft

Gaming controllers don’t last forever and eventually you’ll need a replacement. This deal slices $20 off the regular price so you can stock up. It’s not the new controller that comes with the Xbox Series X and S, but it’s still one of the best.

Logitech

Ask any gamer who makes the best wireless accessories and Logitech’s Lightspeed line is usually at the top of the list for keyboards and mice. A bunch of its gaming gear is on sale right now, but the G502 is one of the most highly recommended in its class, so it’s a good time to snap one up.

Josh Goldman/CNET

The Kain 120 Aimo is one of our picks for best budget gaming mice, and that’s at $70. For its seemingly perpetual discount down to $30, it’s a no-brainer buy if you’re on a budget.

LG

This monitor from 2017 is no spring chicken, but for its sub-$400 discounted price you get quite a bit: quad-HD resolution (2,560×1,440) and 144Hz refresh with AMD FreeSync support. 

Logitech

Lauded by the car aficionados at our sister site Roadshow as one of the best racing wheels they’ve tried, the Xbox One-compatible G920 and PS4-compatible G29 have earned some attractive Black Friday savings.

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Best Black Friday 2020 deals: Google Nest Hub, iPhone 12, Xbox gift card, free Wyze Cam with purchase, more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

It all happened so fast! Black Friday2020 is already winding down. Some of the day’s most exciting deals — Oculus Quest, AirPods Pro, Apple Watch — are gone. But some gems remain, including a $50 Google Nest Hub, a discounted iPhone 12 with free bundled AirPods Pro and some pretty good discounts on Wyze smart-home gear. Check the latest additions, and earlier deals still available, in the list below. 

In the meantime, start your engines for Cyber Monday. Starting as early as Saturday morning, stores will start to pivot their sales toward that event. We’ll see more of the same, sure, but also a smattering of new deals. Here’s our roundup of the best Cyber Monday sales coming soon.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 ad scans

Note we’re keeping a few expired and sold-out items in the list below, because we think they might return at some point. Keep this post bookmarked and check it often for updates!

Best Black Friday 2020 deals available now

As noted above, these deals are going fast. We’re doing our best to keep the listings updated, but note that any item here may sell out without warning.

Kraumetic

Need some weights to round out your home gym? Use promo code Y2QERXMF to knock $124 off the regular price of this dumbbell set, which uses thread nuts to let you quickly and easily change the weight.

Here’s the head-scratching part: The listing says 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 pounds, but at least one photo shows a 1.25Kg plate, which is equivalent to just 2.75 pounds. Two of those and you’d have just over five pounds on a single dumbbell.

Even so, it’s everything you need for arm, shoulder and chest workouts, so I won’t quibble about the curious numbers.

Wyze

This is actually one of several Black Friday deals currently running at Wyze. Others include 20% off the Wyze Cam Pan, the Wyze Cam v2 and a free Keypad with the purchase of a Wyze Lock.

Cam Plus is the company’s premium cloud service, offering unlimited video storage and motion alerts, no cooldown requirement between video captures, face- and person-detection and lots more. It’s absolutely worth it if you’re running one or more Wyze Cams (which you will be with this giveaway).

The Wyze Cam v3 is the latest version of the camera. It’s a winner.

Read our Wyze Cam v3 review.

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Visible, which runs on Verizon’s network, is sweetening its iPhone 12 deals: When you buy an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ll get a free pair of AirPods Pro. Those are worth $249 — though as you’ll see below, they’re currently on sale for $170.

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Best Black Friday 2020 deals: Oculus Quest 2, iPhone 12, AirPods Pro, Xbox gift card and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Black Friday 2020 is upon us, with countless Black Friday deals available now from Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and pretty much every store that sells things. One exciting today-only, while-supplies-last addition to the lineup: The super-hot Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. It’s not discounted, but there’s a gift card in it for you. See below.

As you might expect, many of the best deals are selling out quickly, while others won’t ship for a week or two. In the case of Best Buy’s iPad sale (including the iPad 10.2 for $280), you’ll need to find a local store that has them in stock. In better news, while the famed $169 AirPods Pro are sold out at Walmart, Amazon has the AirPods Pro for $170. They’re currently listed as “temporarily out of stock,” but you can purchase them at that price and get delivery once stock is replenished.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 ad scans

We’ve been sifting through these and other sales to find the cream of the crop, which we’ve gathered below. Note that a few of the previously “expired” deals we kept at the bottom have resurfaced, which is why we recommend keeping this post bookmarked and checking it often for updates.

Best Black Friday deals available now

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Visible, which runs on Verizon’s network, is sweetening its iPhone 12 deals: When you buy an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max, you’ll get a free pair of AirPods Pro. Those are worth $249 (though as you’ll see below, they’re currently on sale for $170).

What’s more, although the phones themselves are priced a few dollars higher than what Apple charges, you get a fairly substantial rebate (in the form of a prepaid Mastercard): $100 for the Mini, $150 for the iPhone 12 and Pro, $200 for the Pro Max.

Meanwhile, Visible charges a flat rate of $40 a month for unlimited service, or you can take advantage of their Party Pay option for rates as low as $25.

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The new Oculus VR headset is among my favorite products of 2020. Deals are all but impossible to come by; just finding it in stock is a challenge. So if you’re thinking of getting one, don’t miss this Newegg offer, which includes a $15 gift card (delivered electronically after your purchase).

How great is the Quest 2? CNET’s Scott Stein thinks you should skip buying a new Xbox or PlayStation and get this instead. To learn more, read his Oculus Quest 2 review.

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Pretty straightforward: Add this $100 gift card to your cart, apply promo code 23BKFCYMB63, check out for $88. (Note that you need a Newegg account in order to use this or any other code.) The card is delivered electronically.

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Holiday gaming gift guide: What to know about the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch

So many games, so little time. From bottom left, clockwise: Xbox Series S (white); Xbox Series X (black); Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; Nintendo Switch Lite. (Thomas Wilde Photo)

This is the first holiday season for the ninth generation of video game consoles, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (XSX) have recently hit the market, and Nintendo’s hybrid system the Switch is still a hot seller. The PS5 and XSX are likely to be two of the most-wanted gifts this year, for everyone from kids to nerdy adults.

That, however, assumes that you can find them. Both the PS5 and XSX are currently in short supply at every major retailer, with new shipments selling out almost faster than they can be put on sale. This is fairly typical for any new gaming console for the first couple of months, but in 2020, it’s been exacerbated by scalpers, some of whom are running botnets in order to buy up all of the available consoles as quickly as possible. You can get a PS5 or XSX fairly easily right now — as long as you don’t mind paying vastly inflated prices on auction sites.

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It arguably isn’t worth the hassle. In the last couple of generations, the first year has traditionally been the roughest for a new console, as both manufacturers and game developers work the unexpected bugs out of the hardware. That can mean physical defects, design flaws, or outright system failure. Traditionally, disc drives have been especially prone to issues, although that’s not as big a problem now as it was in earlier gaming consoles.

It’s also going to be a while before each library of games catches up to the new tech’s potential. As a result, most of the go-to launch titles for both the PS5 and XSX, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, are also playable on previous-generation systems. They’ll look better and might have a few extra features on the PS5/XSX, but you won’t miss out on any actual gameplay by staying back.

As such, if you’re looking to buy a new next-generation console strictly for yourself, your best shot is to wait until next year. Let the holiday hype die down, wait to see how the launch-edition hardware holds up over time, and take advantage of the wealth of holiday flash sales that can be found on virtually every digital storefront right now. It’s not a bad time to pick up a PlayStation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X, either; one of the best times to crack into a particular generation’s hardware is right at its end, as stores work to clear out their inventories.

If you’ve got to have the next big thing now, though, or if you’ve got a kid, spouse, or relative who does, here’s what you probably want to know before you jump into the next-generation pool. This is

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