Xbox-Now News Overview - Offers, Sales, News, Price Errors etc.

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UPDATE: Seems already over and not working anymore!

Probably by mistake Microsoft has unlocked cross-region purchases in every country using your credit card (like Revolut) without the need to use a VPN! Also other cards will work. You should also NOT use a VPN, because this will lead into the same errors all of you know. You just have to purchase the game in your browser and it should work. Directly on the Xbox is reported not working, the Smartphone app might not work, too. However, if you're not lucky from your browser, give the app a try.

Hurry and get everything you're still missing. I bet this won't last for a long time. Get all the new pre-order games as long as it's possible. Usually pre-orders go through even if the method would not work for a long time. That's how it was before.

If you're one of the lucky ones, report in the comments. Just interesting to read when it was working and when not.

Btw: You are also able to purchase gift cards directly from Microsoft - in case you'd like to stock up your balance and use it later!

IMPORTANT: If you tried to purchase a game from Argentina or Turkey within the last days and if the usual error was shown, your account is blacklisted for some days, which means you can not use this method. But you can just easily create a new account to purchase games then. If you haven't tried within the last two weeks, you should have no problems!

I've spent some time during easter and completed some things from my ToDo-List. Enjoy some new website features. As you may already know, some of them will only work for registered users so if you not already have an account, create one today! It's worth it.

What's new?

  • The price alarm mail now shows you the percentage range of the discount.
  • Price alarms are now possible with exact currency, so that only this currency matters (e.g. ARS for Argentina). If you activate this option, you will receive a mail only if the game is exactly below the (i.e.) ARS rate and not below the calculated currency from others. This has the advantage if you want to spend balance for specific countries.
  • Price alarms can now be edited, in case something was wrong.
  • Prices of games you own can now be edited, in case also here was something wrong
  • Games you own now also shows the percentual difference per game, if the purchase price is set.
  • Registered users can now update game prices independently on their own. For security reasons and to prevent abuse, only one after another. If someone abuses this function and excessively updates many games manually, I will think about removing this function again. You already know this function from DLCs, where it was only possible to update the price so far.
  • There is also a DLC watchlist now. But price alarms or similar things are not supported for that DLC watchlist. Prices are still updated manually.
  • Both, the regular and the new DLC Watchlist now offers a search box.
  • A new up-/downvote option has been introduced to the gift card overview page. Rate shops and tell others if you like it or hate it.
  • In the settings there is a new option to receive an email when a new game is added to Games With Gold or GAME PASS. So you don't have to explore what was added in which country again. Since it is not always possible to determine the country correctly, you may have to check yourself to which country that announcement applies. But this only concerns the typical exotics like Japan etc.
  • Games With Gold games are now correctly recognized as such and displayed in the free games section again. But they won't show as free anymore, because the Gold games are reserved for Gold users and there are Silver users as well - still. But now you can see an orange badge next to the title that the game is currently free with GWG.
  • The auto-login now applies to all devices, but you must log in at least once to each new device so that the setting can be adopted.

It's become a bigger list than I expected. But the ToDo list is still big enough! I still have many ideas and will implement them sooner or later. If you, however, have a good suggestion for a feature, you can report it directly to me from your profile.

Btw: In case you are not using the english translated page, other language translation will follow soon. Please be patient.

The offers are still being updated, so the list is not yet complete!

As in previous years, Microsoft started it's annual Spring Sale with tons of deals. The Xbox Spring Sale runs from April 12th to 22th and offers nearly 600 Xbox games and add-ons at a reduced price. Some games have a discount of up to 85%. There are also many new blockbusters included like The Division 2, Metro: Exodus, Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and many more.

All Offers Overview (Table)

All Offers In A Detailed View (Covers + Description etc.)


Besides that you can also save on GAME PASS and Xbox Live Gold.

3 Months Xbox GAME PASS for just 1$ (only new members)

1 Month Xbox Live Gold for just 1$ (only new members)

You can make some good deals in the US Store, because G2A sells gift cards below face value. I.e. you usually get 20% discount on the US Cards and thus also good prices for games. There also no real problems redeeming cards for the US Store. Simple, fast and uncomplicated compared to Argentina or Turkey.

US Gift Cards on G2A


Options to purchase:

The purchase with credit card seems no longer possible. After the Revolut method has been closed, there is no option left to purchase abroad with a credit card via VPN. The only options are still the purchase with gift cards, whereby Turkey and Argentina are also somewhat special here. Anyone who tries to do so in these two countries must use a VPN to redeem the cards as well as when purchasing. However, it is still not guaranteed that it works for you. There might be an error message that you should ask the support. In this case it might help to wait 72h before making a new attempt. The last option is the purchase with PayPal in a few countries like Singapore, Hong Kong and probably some other countries in Asia. For this purpose you should prefer to create a new PayPal account for the respective country and also use a VPN.

You can still get games from Argentina from Oleg. He can gift you the game. The price can be negotiated with him directly. Contact him by mail:

Some of you may have noticed that a major price update for almost all games and DLCs is taking place in Turkey today. This is due to currency fluctuations in Turkey and the associated uncertain exchange rate developments. That's why Microsoft has increased almost everything by about 18-25%. Too bad for us!

Furthermore, various games in Argentina have been massively adjusted in price. Partly the price was more than doubled. Spontaneously this was noticed of course with Borderlands 3, which was still available yesterday in all editions for around 50$ (as presumed probably a price error). Today the prices were adjusted and the biggest "Super Deluxe Edition" was just doubled in price. Other games include Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare. Very likely also other games that I can't name here right now. You will notice it ;)

If you have still gift card balance or unredeemed gift card codes left, you should (in my opinion) hurry and invest everything in games by now. If everything gets more expensive in general, you can still catch the last deals with it. Keeping balance doesn't seem to be a good option anymore.

It seems Microsoft enabled some kind of new protection for redeeming gift cards in Turkey and Argentina. Many users get an error message that it is not possible to redeem the cards at the moment or something similar. But there is a working solution to bypass this check.

Try the following steps which should work:

1. Pick the desired game from Xbox-Now and follow the link to the Microsoft Store. (It will be very nice if you would use the Xbox-Now link that I can get a small commission!)
2. Use a VPN of the specific country (Turkey / Argentina) after you logged in without (like NordVPN, ibVPN, etc.)
3. Press the buy button (since you're already logged in, you won't need to share credentials with the VPN operator)
4. The small purchase popup will offer you various payment options and there is a small link at the bottom to redeem a gift card (see screenshot in the help section in the menu) ( won't work anymore!)
5. Now enter the gift card code and the purchase should go through! If your balance was not enough, you will be asked how to pay the rest. If you have more cards, you can do the same process over and over again.

Now everything should work.

Have fun!

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