Oh it's a good day for Marketplace peripherals. This time, Xbox 360 fans are in luck, with Amazon dropping their price for Gold Membership (RRP £34.99) down to under £28. Chancers will no doubt wait until a glitchy 1-Month for £1 deal comes around again, but if don't want to take your chances, this is a good bet for now. Nice one ctuk!
Any time the price for 2100 Microsoft Points dips below the £15 mark, you know you're getting a good deal. Considering that Microsoft themselves charge £17.99 for just 2k, it's time to get hoarding. What are you waiting for? Nice spot, mmbeak.
Amazon were the lowest, but now Simply Games have stolen the rug from out underneath them with a sneaky price drop. Anything under £30 is usually a bit of a steal, so treat yourself to a further saving here. Not quite as cheeky as exploiting a glitch for a month per pound deal, but a good price all the same.
Ah the Xbox 360 controller. A comfortable ergonomic delight. One of the finest controllers ever made, we'd wager. Traditionally retailers enjoy yo-yoing it up and down, over and under that £20 mark. GAME has the cheapest one currently, so if you're preparing for a multiplayer feast this festive season, now's the time to pick another controller up. Thanks lrah @ HUKD.
Viking might be more well known for their warehouses stuffed with office supplies and furniture, but they've not only seen fit to get in on the action with Kinect, but are also offering it for the lowest price around by a couple of quid. True, if you're looking for a full console bundle and want a little bit extra thrown in there as well, then you might be better off heading over to Amazon, who'll throw in discounted supplements too for an extra £20, but at a higher base price. But if all you want for the time being is the sensor and bundle launch title, this is your best bet. Cyber florins to margamboy at HUKD for the tip.
Spending a fortune on batteries? You needn't, as Microsoft's official Play and Charge Kit can be nabbed for under a tenner at Amazon right now. Personally I've always found the official ones to be slightly better than 3rd party models, but do be advised that charging a fully charged battery will wreck your zero point and incrementally decrease the lifespan of your battery so pull the lead out once the light goes green! I bought two back in 2009 and they still both give me over 10 hours of use each. Nice one, fragalicious bob!
The Xbox 360 controller is The Best Controller You Can Get For Anything. Well actually, that's technically not true, I'd like to posit that the Gamecube's Wavebird was the most perfect ergonomic interface I've ever had the pleasure of using, but the GC is slightly defunct now. Anyway....I digress...what this deal means is that you can pick up a deliciously balanced, weighted and designed wired controller for use with your X360 or PC or even PS3 (if you can find an adapter). You won't regret it. Just ask the armed forces. Thanks to Oliwhorules at HUKD.
If you want to play the drums, you're going to need a drum kit and these babies just keep going lower in price. It's not hugely surprising, the kick pedal is a bit flimsy and, with Rock Band 3 well on its way, it's about to be superseded for the second time. But to be honest if all you want to do is thrash ten tonnes of poo out of some coloured pads, you can't really go wrong. And, if it all falls to pieces, you can just buy another set on the cheap. It's exactly what I did. Thanks to agps87 at HUKD
You can dismiss the Halo: Reach branding here, this is just your standard Gold membership...except you're basically getting two months free. With Reach shaping up to be the biggest game of the year for X360, and you can bet your ass the final multiplayer will sit pretty around the top of the LIVE charts for the coming months, missing out really shouldn't be an option. Plus it's our duty to revel in the fact that the UK price for a year of Gold hasn't gone up...unlike that of our special neighbours across the pond.
Considering that you'll be looking to pay upwards of £20-25 on the high street, and anywhere else online for that matter, this is something of a no-brainer. Local multiplayer has taken something of a hit since internet gaming really took off, but just looking at titles like Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Street Fighter IV, Sonic & SEGA All Star Racing, not to mention co-op classics like Army of Two, Halo 3 and both Gears games, makes a second controller an absolute necessity. The rest of the 101cd group are all hovering around the sub-£18 mark, but this one's the cheapest at the moment and well worth a look...unless for some bizarre reason you abhor local multiplayer like a vampire loathes the sun, preferring the anonymity of the internet for your nefarious teabagging activities.
There's satire in there somewhere. Thanks to whizzkid @ HUKD.
For those of you who saw the Kinect pre-order price roundup that I wrote last month, you'll know that the cheapest pre-order price for Microsoft's new motion sensing peripheral was £119.93 coming in from The Hut. Well, you can now get hold of it with Kinect Adventures in tow for £114.89 from Sendit, which'll save you just over £5, but you'll need to get your skates in if you want to take advantage of the offer because it's only valid up until midnight tomorrow (Friday 13th!).
NB. Remember to use the following code to pick up Kinect along with Kinect Adventures for £114.89: SEND5
Kinect frees your hands from your controller and lets you control things using nothing more than your body's movement and it can even capture facial expressions and is even accurate enough to map the movement of individual fingers provided you're standing close enough to it. Voice recognition is also a feature of the sleek peripheral, so you'll be able to bark orders to get your characters to carry out tasks on-screen.
Kinect Adventres is a collection of mini-games that have been assembled with fun in mind and if you want to find out more then you should check out Matt's preview here.
If you're desperate to pick up Kinect then you should definitely mosey on over to Sendit's website whilst you can still save yourself £5, but personally I'll be waiting not only to try out the new piece of kit but for it to drop down in price a bit more before I consider purchasing it.
Finally, if you want to see how much fun you can have playing with Kinect or watching somebody having a go with it, then you should see what happened when Matt and Jon went to try it out by watching the video here.
Thanks to leed_united_afc @ HUKD
Well this one is pretty straightforward really, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Although, in the spirit of honesty you can attempt to secure email codes from a number of sites for somewhere around this price, peace of mind can be a wonderful thing...especially if that promised code never arrives in your inbox.
These days, you're generally looking at somewhere in the region of £32-37 to bag yourself a year's supply of online Xbox goodness, but just type in the code 'bill20' (all lowercase) at the checkout and you're looking at a tasty sub-£30 price.
Remember to use the code bill20 to get it at this price.
See you in cyberspace.
Thanks to HellRazer at HUKD for the tip-off.
For all you Xbox 360 users out there who've been feeling left out of the motion sensitive gaming scene that the Wii's dominated for the last few years, I've brought you a little roundup of pre-order prices for Kinect so you can get prepared for its release in November.
The Hut's deal of £119.93 is the best of the bunch, which probably has something to do with the fact that they decided to drop their price from £129.99 after doing a little bit of market research on potential customers. Dropping in behind them by a couple of pence is Zavvi who are letting you get your hands on the new peripheral for £119.95. Then there's a bit more of a price gap before you get to ShopTo's offer of £124.86, and finally the majority of other retailers are hovering around the £129 mark.
With Kinect you won't have to touch a controller as the device supports full body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and even voice recognition, which allows you to control your characters movements through your own gestures and/or issue voice commands in order to get things done in the virtual environments that support the new technology. It's also been claimed that the intriguing piece of kit can track up to six players with two of those being active, and at certain distances is accurate enough to even capture the movement of individual fingers!
Personally, I'm still a bit wary as to what to expect from Kinect and whether or not it'll be used wisely or turn into a bit of a gimmicky fad like the majority of titles on the Wii. As a result, I'll be waiting to see exactly how it handles first before I part with any of my money, especially since the price tag is over the £100 mark.
A pretty simple deal this one. Argos are currently offering 4200 MSP for under £30, which is quite frankly a bit of a no-brainer. If you've been waiting for the Summer of Arcade to kick off before buying up a load of points to spend on some utterly cracking games then this is the deal for you. You'll be hard pressed to find a better price than this one.
Incidentally, you might also be interested to know that Argos are only charging £14.99 for 2100 MSP. It's not quite as economic and buying double that, and 7dayshop have had them at this price for some time, but if you don't want to blow all your money at once then it might be the logical choice for the frugal gamer. You can buy 2100 MSP for £14.99 by clicking here.
Assorted tips oft he hat go to ChrisPalmer, TaylorUk and empwan at HUKD