We're coming to you live from the middle of the August 2014 desert, this desolate wasteland where the most exciting video game release we can expect is the console version of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. But don't despair gamers, we've found a silver lining to this cloud: five Editors' Choice gaming deals. Rent a video game from Redbox for free, grab a Syba Xbox headset for just $10, and nab the cheapest Xbox 360 console ever.
Redbox 1-Night Video Game Rental
Lowest By: $2
Expires: August 16
Is It Worth It?: When there's nothing on TV, the obvious choice is for you to rent a movie. So what do you do when there's no new games out? Rent an old favorite, of course! Reserve your game from Redbox online and you'll see a $2 discount in cart. Even if you decide to keep it longer than one night, the first day's still free.
Titanfall for Xbox 360
Store: Microsoft Store
Price: $29.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $8
Is It Worth It?: Titanfall has been billed by critics and gamers alike as the best reason to buy an Xbox One. Of course, if you don't have any otherreasons to upgrade to a next-gen console, then we suggest snatching up this $30 copy for Xbox 360 instead. "The 360 version of Titanfall holds up well as an overall experience," Game Informer noted. "Players who have not yet made the jump to a high-end PC or new-gen console have a competent way to play one of this year’s most exciting games, and that’s a chance that shouldn’t be missed by quibbling over visual hang-ups."
Is It Worth It?: Practically essential to the console gaming experience, a good headset will usually make a massive dent in your wallet. That's not the case with the XB200 Cruiser, which drops to just $10 after the rebate above (a $47 savings). Compatible with the Xbox 360 (or Xbox One with an adapter, sold separably), this headset features 57mm drivers, a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz, a detachable mic, and in-line volume controls.
Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset
Price: $62.99 via coupon code "VCO" and Visa Checkout with free shipping
Lowest By: $18
Expires: August 25
Is It Worth It?: Whether they've moved up to PS4 or are still rocking the PS3, PlayStation fans will enjoy the convenience of this wireless headset from Sony. An $18 price low, it boasts features like 7.1 virtual surround sound, a hidden noise-cancelling mic, and a Headset Companion app that lets you download audio modes customized for your games.
Note that the above Visa Checkout discount can only be used once per account.
Used Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Slim Console
Price: $99.99 via coupon code "Xbox5081414" with free shipping
Lowest By: $150
Is It Worth It?: As you can probably tell from some of the deals above, there's still plenty of content around for the Xbox 360. Grab this used unit from CowBoom for $100 after coupon code "Xbox5081414." That's tied as the lowest we've seen and $150 under what you'll pay for a new one. Features include a 250GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, and HDMI.
Not interested in an Xbox? You can also grab a used Nintendo Wii U 32GB Deluxe Console for$169.99 via coupon code "Wii5081414." With free shipping, that's another all-time low and $149 under the price of a new unit. It boasts 1080p graphics and 32GB of expandable storage.
Note: No warranty information is provided. Also, these used units may have scratches or dents and/or be missing parts or accessories
Marcy Bonebright is a contributor to Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared: http://dealnews.com/features/best-gaming-deals/