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Best Prime Day Xbox One deals 2020 — biggest Day 2 sales

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Prime Day Xbox One deals are upon us — and that could be good or bad, depending on what you want to buy. If you’re looking to pick up discounted games for Microsoft’s aging console, you’ll find a few respectable Prime Day deals. If you’re hoping to grab a discounted console or high-end accessories, though, your prospects aren’t quite as good.

First off, the greatest video game deals of the year usually aren't on Prime Day; Amazon and its competitors tend to save those for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. This is also an unusual time to be selling games and game consoles, as the next-gen Xbox Series X is set to debut in November.

As is the case with our PS4 Prime Day deals roundup, the best deals right now are on games and hardware — although Amazon’s Xbox One offerings are somehow even less impressive than its PS4 deals, if you can believe that. At the moment, the best deal we've spotted is Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (opens in new tab) for $30, which is a 50% discount and its all-time lowest price on Amazon.

Prime Day Xbox One deals — best sales right now

Prime Day Xbox One deals — what to watch for

Perhaps Amazon will surprise us, but based on the site’s current selection and its Prime Day habits, we wouldn’t expect a bonanza of Xbox One sales. Last year, we saw some decent console bundles on Black Friday, but Prime Day didn’t have much in the way of memorable video game deals. Furthermore, there’s simply not much Xbox One stock left at Amazon; there’s no urgent reason to discount it.

The Xbox One is very much an afterthought right now, with the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S so close. It’s hard to imagine any site pushing Xbox One deals when most potential buyers are thinking about Microsoft’s next-gen consoles — even though Xbox head Phil Spencer has said that future Xbox Game Studios games (opens in new tab) (think Halo, Forza, Gears, etc.) won't be skipping Xbox One for the foreseeable future. Maybe we’ll see some discounts later in the year, but this is Amazon’s very last chance to sell Xbox Ones at full price.

With all these items considered, expect most Xbox One deals to be on games, especially since physical games are less popular than ever, and Amazon probably wants to clear out some of its old stock. We may also see some sales on accessories — but be careful, as Amazon has a bad habit of highlighting junky, second-rate accessories just because they’re cheap. Buy from known brands like Turtle Beach, SteelSeries, HyperX and so forth.

Prime Day Xbox One deals — Is it still worth buying an Xbox One?

Of course, Prime Day Xbox One deals aren’t worth much if there’s no reason to buy an Xbox One. And with the Xbox Series X and Series S coming in November, it’s admittedly hard to justify buying an old console, even if it will be receiving the same first-party games as the new consoles. Both the Series X and Series S are 100% backwards-compatible with the full Xbox One library, and the Xbox Series S will cost only $300 — exactly what you’d pay for an Xbox One right now.

On the other hand, it’s absolutely worth buying Xbox One games and accessories, as they’ll all be compatible with the Xbox Series X. Even better:  certain new games, like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (opens in new tab), will take advantage of Microsoft’s Smart Delivery system, which will give you a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X version.

Best Prime Day Xbox One deals right now

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: was $59 now $49 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the latest installment in Ubisoft's long-running historical action/stealth series. This time, you'll take control of a Viking warrior in 9th-century England. The game will cost $59 upon release, but you can pre-order it for $49 and get a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X version.

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Mortal Kombat 11: was $59 now $44 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Mortal Kombat 11 was one of the most popular fighting games of 2019, and the Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Kollection pairs the base game with a variety of DLC that's come out since then. The package usually costs $59, but you can get it for $44 on Amazon right now.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot: was $59 now $29 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
One of 2020's sleeper hits, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is an action/RPG in which you guide Goku through his entire arc from the popular anime. It's easygoing, breezy fun, and $29 is a very fair price for it. This game usually costs $59 at Amazon, so you'll be saving $30.

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Turtle Beach Recon 200: was $59 now $29 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Turtle Beach makes some of the best gaming headsets on the market, and the Turtle Beach Recon 200 is one of the manufacturer's least expensive options. This wired headset provides good sound on the Xbox One, PS4 or PC. It usually costs $59, but you can get it for $29 on Amazon right now.

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Xbox Wireless Controller: was $64 now $58 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Xbox Wireless Controller is one of the finest game console controllers ever produced, and it's on sale for less than $60 right now. This versatile peripheral is also compatible with PCs and mobile devices. An extra controller is vital for couch co-op.

Marshall Honorof is a senior editor for Tom's Guide, overseeing the site's coverage of gaming hardware and software. He comes from a science writing background, having studied paleomammalogy, biological anthropology, and the history of science and technology. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi.