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Save $50 on All Xbox One Bundles this Summer

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Microsoft is featuring two weeks of savings on new Xbox One bundles, with both Xbox One S and Xbox One X, to kick off the summer. The Xbox One S sale runs until May 19. Then it’s Xbox One X time from May 20-26.

This week all Xbox One S bundles are $50 off:

  • Xbox One S Sea of Thieves Bundle (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S Rocket League Blast-Off Bundle (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S Starter Bundle (1 TB) – $249
  • Xbox One S Starter Bundle (500 GB) – $229

All the game bundles come with 1 month of Xbox Live Gold. The Starter Bundle doesn’t come with any games. Instead it includes three months of Xbox Live Gold and three months of Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is a Netflix-like subscription to Microsoft’s digital library of games. Game Pass features over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, with new added each month.

If you’re looking for a bit more oomph, you’ll want to wait till next week with the Xbox One X sale. This one’s a bit less straightforward. Purchasing an Xbox One X ($499) between May 20 and May 26 will net you a $50 gift card from participating retailers. The specific retailers have not yet been announced.

The biggest games on Xbox One are reflected in the bundles, though PUBG’s incredible popularity in the Battle Royale genre is being supplanted by the free-to-play, Teen-rated Fortnite. One of the most anticipated Xbox exclusive games is State of Decay 2, which launches May 22.

The Xbox One S sale ends May 19. The Xbox One X promo begins May 20 and ends May 26.

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You Can Now Gift All PC and Xbox One Games on the Microsoft Store

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Microsoft has finally caught up to Steam when it comes to digital gift-giving. Larry “MajorNelson” Hyrb, Xbox Live Director announced the new update that affects all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One games purchased through the Microsoft Store.

To purchase digital games as gifts, simply add the email address of the recipient on PC, or their Xbox Live Gamertag on Xbox. The recipient must be on your Xbox Live friends list.

There are a few limitations when it comes to buying digital games as gifts:

  • Gift purchasers can only buy two discounted products, and a total of 10 discounted products, every 14 days. There are no limits for gift purchases made at full price.
  • Gifting of Xbox 360 and Xbox original games, pre-orders, free products, and consumable downloadable game content such as virtual currency is not allowed.
  • Gift recipients can only redeem gift tokens in the country or region where they were purchased.

It’s also important to note that you can’t gift games you’ve already purchased. This is not a game-sharing feature. Instead you simply have the ability to purchase a game as a gift instead of (or in addition to) buying it for yourself.

Microsoft had previously rolled out a test version of gift-giving for select Xbox One titles last fall. Gift-purchasing is now available for all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One digital games.

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Pokémon GO Fest Returns This Summer

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Niantic has announced the Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018, which includes the return of Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, Illinois on July 14-15.

Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park will feature activities for Pokémon GO players of all ages. It takes place within a 1.8 mile stretch in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 11. Single-day passes will cost $20, and nearby hotels will offer discount rates. Event details have not yet been announced.

Seeing Niantic return to a large-scale physical meet-up is interesting. Last year’s Pokémon GO Fest, which also celebrated the one-year anniversary of the hit mobile game, was an unmitigated disaster. The network was down for much of the event, preventing most ticket holders from actually playing the game. Niantic would later issue mass refunds to everyone who attended.

The Summer Tour also includes Safari zones for Europe and Asia. These are similar to Pokémon GO Fest but they are non-ticketed and open to everyone at public parks. The first takes place in Dortmund, Germany June 30 and July 1.

In addition to these events, Pokémon GO will continue to feature monthly Community Days. Community Days last only a few hours and feature a specific Pokémon with some added bonuses. The next Community Day is on May 19, when trainers will find a lot more Charmanders in the wild.

Pokémon GO launched on mobile devices in Summer 2016, becoming a global phenomenon and popularizing the AR genre. Its popularity has noticeably died down, though Niantic continues to support the game with frequent events and updates.

Pokémon GO Fest 2018 takes place in Chicago on July 14-15. Tickets will be available this Friday.