Windows Store kicks off Countdown sale with big savings on apps, games, movies and more

Microsoft has officially kicked off its end-of-the-year Countdown Sale on the Windows (opens in new tab) and Xbox Stores (opens in new tab), offering up big savings on everything from apps and games to movies, music and TV shows. There are a ton of sales to be had no matter what your tastes, and even more will be added as the sale wears on over the next couple of weeks.

Here's a look at just some of the highlights:



TV Shows


Xbox One Games

These are just the highlights, of course, and you can view the full slate of sales on the Windows Store (opens in new tab) and at the Xbox Store (opens in new tab) now for more. See anything that you're ready to pick up? Let us know in the comments!

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • I found the sale to be a little Meh. I might pick up Battlefield because I think my friend is getting the battlefield 1 xbox one s.
  • Nice
  • The pricing is not even remotely competitive with Google Play Movies & TV unfortunately  :-( I did just buy a movie from them and get it to play successfully on my Lumia 950XL* via Edge, and I can pin the page to my start menu - unlike Microsoft Films/Movies & TV at the moment.  Although I can download as well as stream in the Microsoft app. * - this involves ignoring some horrendous user interface problems which Google have concocted especially for the Windows 10 Mobile users that they love so much.  
  • I've seen better deals in my toilet! These feel like fairly normal prices not sale prices. Especially the games. The bf1 for example was on sale for cheap a couple weeks ago. There are plenty of people who will be selling their bf1 one side copy because they already have the game on pc or their old xbox too.
  • Meh. Drawboard PDF is the only one of these deals that I would actually recommend to people. Hopefully better ones will be added over the next few weeks.
  • Steam sales just started... So far I'm unimpressed (just like last sale)
  • 90% of those steam games I never even heard of.
    Why does everybody thinks its so great I'll never know.
  • The sales were better a few years ago. AAA titles with 80-90% discounts. Xbox & PlayStation sales are laughable by comparison (as in, utterly crap)
  • oxenfree is 75% off and Ori is cheaper at MS store than steam.
  • They had better stuff in past Christmas sales.  They also had more free music downloads too.  I'm going to check out the Steam sale.
  • Thought watchdogs2 was named as going to be in the sale? Are they adding more?
  • Pretty sure they're doing daily and weekly sales throughout the whole thing. So there's a good chance it will be included, just gotta catch it at the right time
  • Which doesn't help since my son desperately wanted it for Xmas! C'est la vie
  • ive seen gears of war 4 on sale at newegg for 29.99 and with coupon EMCFGGG66 drops it to 27.99 for digital
  • Yet another overhyped Xbox Store sale that amounts to prices higher than physical. Microsoft flat-out sucks at sales, which is why I continue to get stuff digitally. I got Forza Horizon 3 for about that price AT LAUNCH from Best Buy.
  • You know Microsoft doesn't actually set the prices right?
  • Was gonna pass on Amazon's $34 FF XV sale hoping that Microsoft's sale would be better. Glad I chose Amazon!!
  • is it really awesome?
  • Don't know yet. Won't get it until the 27th
  • I think 50% off on Forza 6 is not so bad... Getting that!
  • The game IS pretty old now.
  • Star Wars Battlefront for $10. A year old but everyone's still crazy for Star Wars.
  • Enpass is 50% off.
  • great games great sales. great prices in usa. not so much in canada. but still sales.  
  • Nothing really good
  • This is just a stock clearence sale offer similar to which we come across in retail market, real time beneficiary lacks here.
  • Please wowbox support