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Quantum Break: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide (UK Edition)

Quantum Break, the first blockbuster of Microsoft's 2016 gaming lineup, is now closer than ever, hitting the Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5th. The game has an innovative twist regarding presentation, merging a time-bending third-person shooter with an interconnected live-action show.

If you're still yet to preorder Quantum Break, it's not too late to lock down your copy for launch day. Below we've compiled a list of the different ways to obtain Quantum Break, in both digital and physical forms. We've also made sure to include some of our favorite pieces of Quantum Break merchandise to pick up alongside the game next month.

Looking for the US edition of this buyer's guide? No problem; just click here.

Pre-order Bonuses

Depending on where your copy of Quantum Break is preordered, you'll receive a range of pre-order bonuses. Some preorder bonuses are exclusive to certain retailers, making your choice of retailer more complicated than the price alone. Below, we've listed many top video game retailers in the UK and the preorder bonuses they offer.

If preordering from GAME, you can obtain a free copy of Alan Wake's American Nightmare when over the age of 18 (and providing a valid ID in-store).

Alan WakeAlan Wake's American NightmareAlan Wake: The SignalAlan Wake: The WriterExclusive Steelbook CaseQuantum Break (Windows 10 Edition)Kameo: Elements of Power
Microsoft Store UK
Xbox Store
GAME✓ (With ID)

If you redeem a digital code for Quantum Break from any retailer before April 10th, you'll also get a free copy of the game for Windows 10!

Quantum Break (Standard Disc)

Across most retailers, the standard version of Quantum Break is being offered for £40, with additional bonus content dependent on the retailer (detailed breakdown supplied above). This version of the game is most common and stocked by a majority of video game distributors.

Preorder the game from various video game retailers below:

Quantum Break (Standard Digital)

A digital version of Quantum Break is also available, sold as a pre-paid code to be redeemed via Xbox Live. Most retailers who stock pre-paid codes will distribute the codes ahead of launch, to give players the chance to pre-load the title. Like digital copies purchased directly from the Xbox Store, these copies of the game will unlock at 12:01 UK time.

The following retailers stock digital copies of Quantum Break for Xbox One.

Quantum Break Special Edition Xbox One Console Bundle

For those yet to jump onto Microsoft's latest console, the Quantum Break special edition console bundle is the best way to get started with the platform. The bundle includes a special edition white/black Xbox One console and controller, alongside a pre-paid code for the digital version of the game. So long as the code is redeemed before April 10th, you'll also receive a free copy of the game for your Windows 10 PC. This unlocks the opportunity to experience cross-platform Windows 10 gaming and the ability to sync saves between the Windows 10 and Xbox One versions of the game.

  • Xbox One 500GB console
  • Xbox One wireless controller with 3.5mm headset jack
  • Quantum Break full game download
  • Xbox 360 full game download of Alan Wake (playable on Xbox One)
  • 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial

The Quantum Break special edition console bundle is available from the following top retailers:

Quantum Break: Zero State

Quantum Break: Zero State is an upcoming novel from Remedy Entertainment's Cam Rogers, who also participated in the main game's writing. While little is known about the novel's contents, we can expect the events explored in the novel to further flesh out the story established by Quantum Break.

Here is the current synopsis provided by Remedy:

"Jack Joyce spent six years trying to escape - escape his life, escape time, escape the madness of his brother, Will. But when he finally returns home, it turns out his brother isn't quite so mad. Will has created a time machine, one with the potential to save humanity. War? Preventable. Natural disasters? Stoppable. Except for one tiny problem...his machine will also cause the end of time as we know it. Now Jack has just one chance to turn back time, to fix what was broken, to save the world."

Quantum Break: Zero State will be available from a majority of leading book stores.

Quantum Break: The Secret History of Time Travel (Game Guide)

Quantum Break: The Secret History of Time Travel is a must-buy for those interested in the game's lore and development. The book gives Quantum Break fans an insight into the game's creation through developer commentary, concept art, and breakdown of the game's lore. The guide has been complied by renowned game guide publisher Prima Games, therefore, contains a breakdown of each level, a guide to tackling the game's branching story and other tactical essentials.

Here is a breakdown of the book's contents:

  • History of Remedy
  • Early Development Concept Art Gallery
  • Full Strategy Guide: Comprehensive coverage of Quantum Break
  • Free Mobile-Friendly eGuide
  • Exclusive Extras

The book will only be printed once, so make sure to preorder a copy soon!

Quantum Break: The Secret History of Time Travel will be available from most video game retailers, to be purchased alongside the game at launch.

Quantum Break Original Game Soundtrack

During the game's development, Remedy Entertainment has undeniably put a focus on the game's sound effects and score, which plays a major role in portraying the intended atmosphere. When using Jack Joyce's time bending powers, the music's tempo dynamically adapts to your in-game actions, creating a unique experience for each player. A preview Quantum Break's soundtrack is now available on the Microsoft Studios official SoundCloud page, ) giving a sample of what the final product may offer.

The Quantum Break soundtrack is currently listed on, but as new online distributors open preorders for the album, this list will be updated.

Quantum Break Original Game Soundtrack Vinyl

For the collectors out there, iam8bit is distributing a limited run of Quantum Break's official soundtrack in vinyl form. The 180-gram heavyweight vinyl is packed with thirteen tracks from the game's score and decorated with artwork from Christina Mrozik. Only 3000 have been produced, so make sure to order one today!

  • Music by Petri Alanko
  • Album Art by Christina Mrozik
  • 180-Gram Vinyl
  • Includes digital soundtrack (code comes w/ vinyl)
  • Limited Edition of 3,000

"iam8bit, Microsoft Studios and Remedy have teamed up to bring you the futuristic and heart pounding score from Quantum Break on vinyl. The soundtrack explodes with kinetic beats from acclaimed composer, Petri Alanko (Alan Wake, Imaginaerum - The Movie). The range of the sound is impressive - from melodic symphony and to futuristic intensity, packing a lot of scope into a single disc. We've mastered the audio specifically for vinyl at Telegraph Mastering Studio. The records are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, making them less prone to warping over time."

  • - $28.00 (Around £20)

Official Quantum Break T-Shirt

Microsoft Studios is also offering a limited run of official Quantum Break shirts, ahead of April 5th. As with the other limited edition items on our list, make sure to order as soon as possible to guarantee yourself a piece of official apparel. As these shirts are being shipped from the United States, postage costs add a signifcant amount to the price!

"Monarch Solutions is happy to reveal the latest in time traveling gear. Suit up in this limited edition tee as you harness time and take control of your destiny. Doesn't matter if you're fighting yesterday, today, or tomorrow this versatile soft tee will be the one thing that won't let you down and is patented with our latest "Time Fracture Proof" technology. Make sure to grab one while limited supplies last!"

Sizes Small to XXXL are available.

Get the shirt from the Microsoft Studios store below:

  • Microsoft Studios Store - $22 (Around £15)

If you're still not sold on Quantum Break, we recommend checking out our extensive coverage which will continue beyond the game's launch. For a breakdown of the game and live-action its live-action counterpart, make sure to take a look at our initial impressions today, and and our full review for Xbox One!

Have we missed any of your favorite Quantum Break goodies? Make sure to let us know in the comments!

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • I think it's a fantastic game. I haven't put it down since Saturday and now I've got Alan Wake and Alan Wake's American Nightmare to look forward to.
    The only things missing are the two DLC add-ons for AW. When I go to download them they're still advertised as being just under a fiver each. I'm hoping that'll change when Quantum Break is officially launched tomorrow.
  • I don't understand the need for buyers guides for this kinda stuff TBH, but at least make sure they are correct... The AW:AN issue isn't just a GAME issue, all UK retailers have had to exchange this title for Kameo. Some do still honor the AW:AN title if you're over eighteen though (XBL being one). Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Windows central are clearly being paid to promote it. It's had daily coverage for weeks here but gets average reviews on proper gaming sorts. . They're online ads disguised as articles
  • Although that maybe true.. These guys write great articles and don't seem to have all that much sponsorship. For people who don't like it simply scroll past :)
  • We're categorically NOT being paid to promote it. Our sponsored content is well marked. We'll be covering other games more in depth like this moving forward, Quantum Break just happened to be the first. Thanks for the conspiracy theory though, they're always fun.
  • You gotta admit, it seems a bit suspicious. I quickly counted 30 news articles since Feb on Quantum Break. That's gotta be more than any other topic? It's not getting great reviews outside of this site, so I don't understand why it's getting so much attention.  I'm looking forward to watching your unboxing video  ;)  
  • If you think of it from our perspective, we're a Microsoft-centric site. We're moving into more in-depth coverage, so where is a better place to start? Triple-A Xbox One exclusives are always popular with readers, so if we're expanding our coverage, we might as well start with the games people like! We are in no way being rewarded by Microsoft for covering Quantum Break, and you can expect similar coverage for other big games later this year.
  • I believe that's just a preference thing though. Most other reviews have said the game is mediocre whereas the live action TV show was great and could easily stand in it's own. Jez seems to be the exact opposite, great game and the show wouldn't do well by itself. TBH, I don't really care much what reviews say though, I watched pewdiepie (first time ever - I must say I don't see the attraction with him, perhaps I'm just too old) play the first twenty minutes or so and I preordered straight away. Do I think it's the title of the year? Hell no, but it looked fun enough to add to the rotation of GTA V and The Division. In any case, the article is still wrong with regards to AW:AN and availability. And that's a real issue for people reading it and not getting what they ordered. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • The TV doesn't stand on it's own due to the way it's written, it easily could production wise, it's just not designed to do so.
  • The issue regarding AW:AN pre-orders has been corrected! Thanks! At the time of writing Amazon still offered it, but between then and publication, they announced they couldn't fulfill the orders. Thanks for the heads-up!
  • The first game I've been tempted to preorder!
  • Weird that the game still isn't in the Windows Store?
  • Will we be able to buy Quantum Break from the Windows Store without buying the XBox One version? Logically, we should, but then all the news are about XBox One.
  • It's baking sold an xbox one game because Ms are hoping this might actually shift a few consoles. Posted from my o2 joggler.
  • Most people that own a XBox did not invest in a PC powerful enough to run this game (otherwise there is no point in buying a console in the first place). And PC gamers (insert glorious Master Race joke here) do not take anything that comes out in that Windows Store serious. They probably wait until the Store PC version inevitably tanks and gets released on Steam anyway. And even then they probably wait for a sale, cause this advertorial forgets rule #1: Never ever, under no circumstances, and without any exceptions, pre-order a videogame.
  • The truth has been spoken.
  • This came too late.
  • I was going to mention this myself, it was a tad late, the game was available to play 1 and a half hours after this was posted, to be fair though, if you didn't pre order by then, I don't think you were going to do so!!! Good Guide though, shame they don't give you an incentive to buy from Microsoft via online or physical store, I know they give you a copy for Windows 10, but I don't know how many people are going to actually use that!!!