How To Take Care and Maintain Your Hearing Aid

Millions of Americans deal every day with some type of hearing loss. Although this product is tiny, it can be expensive, therefore requiring information to correctly preserve its function and situation. Millions of Americans still depend on these gadgets that are little to create a difference in their own life.

Within the years, some key improvements have been created by hearing products. In reality, it is often noted time, the unit have been created to be smaller and more successful over that the digital hearing-aid was stated in the 1950s and these small aids today can create outcomes that are huge. Directional microphones are put to enable the wearer to concentrate on one-on-one conversation as well as the capacity to converse in places. As you can suppose, these versions weren’t as helpful as suppliers and those to day discontinued their production till about the 1990s where engineering actually took a flip for the better.

Oklahoma City Hearing Aids technology gives a range of possibilities, meeting the requirements of people today. Some are more complicated or more costly than the others, but these digital or gadgets nonetheless need the assist of an experienced audiologist to select the correct item and proper-fitting. The price of the gadget can surpass $5 and can commence below $2,000. Combined with the installation comes good care, which may help keep it operating precisely and extend the life span of the hearing-aid. They’re an expense for particular.

As an expense, care makes your funds go quite a distance. Understanding repair, cleaning and the way you store your hearing-aid will keep it working and might avoid the need for recurring repairs over time. First, in regards to the shell, the top of hearing-aid has to be clear. Aids typically have particles from oil or dirt in the grooves. Chemical and water should to be avoided in your hearing aid. Tissue or a moist fabric needs to be carefully used to wipe down the hearing-aid. Many kits contain a brush that will be good use for earwax buildup. The microphone is acutely fragile, and it’s not required to poke the port. During cleansing, the microphone should constantly be facing the ground as well as the brush that is provided ought to be used. Wax buildup could be prevented by daily cleansing together with the brush .

In the event you have any queries or need further help on the appropriate cleansing techniques, it’s recommended that you simply ask your audiologist. They are the specialists in this area and will gladly evaluate these procedures along with one to ensure effective hearing-aid performance. As it pertains to moisture, a hearing-aid can lengthen their life and drying container or a support package will assist keep dampness from building-up inside the hearing aids. Be certain before putting them in a great spot so that you can help them as long as they possibly can to consider the batteries from the hearing-aid. This, also, will extend battery life. It’s recommended that a spare battery that ought to also be stored in a great location is usually carried by a person using a hearing-aid.

hearing-aidsAlthough batteries nowadays are made to last considerably longer lengthier than in the immediate past, drying is advised with all the use of possibly a forced-air blower (no, maybe not a blow dryer) or a can of compressed air such like the one used to clear a key pad. Moisture can occur from even sweat or rain. Climatic circumstances and your activity-level are a couple of the most frequent identified variables impacting dampness buildup. People with people who sweat or high ranges of bodily physical exercise are susceptible to moisture problems as it pertains with their hearing devices. Likewise, residing in locations of large humidity can also irritate its performance. Whether from external or internal sources, moisture ought to be averted as most useful you are able to. Some aids will stand as much as moisture than the others. Consult your audiologist to determine whether they advise drying containers or particular dry help kits and also discuss your particular life-style together. Your audiologist can assist you pick the correct aid that’ll support your present life-style in the event that you are a bodily individual and danger more perspiration than the others. This, subsequently, will assist you get the most from the hearing aid.

New Cosmetic Reconstruction App

Tech Insiders Report A New Augmentation App For Smart Phones

cosmetic reconstruction phone appWe all have used snapchat and other filter driven applications but there appears to be something new on the market for consumers to eat up like birthday cake. Apparently a software company out of Oklahoma is developing a new app that allows users to take a selfie then apply filters that represent surgical procedures. This app might hit the market if it catches on. They are currently trying to find plastic surgeons in the Oklahoma area to buy into the app and offer it to their patients as means to “test drive” the surgical procedure. What this means is that anyone looking to get plastic surgery procedures like liposuction, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and botox can download this app to their smart phones and apply the filter on a selfie. So imagine that you were looking to get liposuction done around your waist area, you could snap a picture of your gut, apply the filter, and see what your post surgery stomach might look like. The same goes for nose jobs, boob jobs, and botox work.

How Technology Is Shaping Our Bodies

I love technology, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be writing about it. But with all the pros come many cons. It’s great that we can pick up a phone, snap a picture, apply a filter, and see what we might look like after cosmetic surgery. But what if we put down the phones and picked up some weights? Maybe we wouldn’t even need a new smart phone application like that if we were just getting exercise. I understand that this argument doesn’t necessarily apply to rhinoplasty or breast augmentation but it sure applies to liposuction!! It might be possible also if we weren’t so consumed with social media we wouldn’t be trying to modify our bodies to look like something else. Too much time looking at photos on instagram and facebook gives young people a false impression of reality. Well, such is life. If you are in need of cosmetic reconstructive surgery and want to see what it might look like before you go under the knife then this cool app is for you. Check it out and leave us some feedback in the comments section below and let us know how it worked for you.

The Mandalorian Beats People Up In A Bar In New Disney+ Video

We’re just hours away from The Mandalorian arriving on Disney+–which launches on November 12. Before you get a chance to watch the newest entry into the Star Wars universe, you can check out a brand-new sneak peek, which debuted during Monday Night Football on ESPN.

In the latest video, which you can see below, we get to see The Mandalorian spills someone’s drink in a bar. Because of this, the owner of said drink is not happy, but what he doesn’t realize is that this stranger can easily beat him up. What follows is a brief fight scene where these bar patrons get beaten up quickly, and The Mandalorian puts one of them in frozen carbonite. Obviously, that gentleman was his bounty.

The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal as the titular character, Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Carl Weathers as Greef Carga, and Werner Herzog in an unnamed role–although he’s seemingly working for what’s leftover of the Galactic Empire. Nick Nolte is also on the show, and we think he’s playing The Mandalorian’s partner-in-crime, an unnamed Ugnaught.

That’s not the only Star Wars original series headed to Disney+, there is also an Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor in the works as well. And that’s not all that’s headed to the streaming service from Star Wars. There are 18 movies and TV shows from the franchise headed to Disney+ on Day One.

Disney+ costs $7 a month or $70 annually, and it can be bundled with ESPN+ and an ad-supported version of Hulu for $13 a month.

The first episode of The Mandalorian arrives on Disney+ on November 12. Episode 2 will land on November 15, and then, every Friday, a new episode of the series will arrive.

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Reverse-Horror Monster Game Carrion Is Coming To Xbox One As Well As PC Next Year

Carrion, a reverse-horror game where you play as the monster, was first shown at GDC 2018 and is due to release in 2020. The game was announced as a PC release, and will be made available on Steam at launch. It casts you as a many-tentacled monster that smashes its way through the facility it was born in, killing the scientists that created you and destroying as much of the building as you can.

Now the game has been announced for Xbox One as well, ahead of a playable demo being available at X019 in London from November 14-16. The game will launch alongside the PC version, although neither release has a specific launch date yet beyond ‘2020’. A short trailer has been released alongside the announcement, although it does not reveal anything new about the game.

We also know, thanks to a tweet by Xbox Game Pass (embedded below), that some new titles will be announced for Microsoft’s subscription service during X019–although it seems unlikely that Carrion will be one of them, since publisher Devolver Digital’s co-founder Graeme Struthers is wary of game subscriptions.

A sneak-peek demo was available for a limited time over Halloween. It’s no longer available, but you can check out 15 minutes of gameplay footage we snagged from it.

Diablo 4 Is Planning On Featuring Cosmetic Microtransactions

Diablo IV was announced during BlizzCon 2019, and while it’s still a very long way from release we’ve already gotten quite a lot of information about it. In our hands-on time with the game, we found its shared world and dark vibes intriguing. Now, in the wake of BlizzCon, more information is coming out from interviews conducted during the show.

We know that Diablo IV will feature mounts and character customization, but now we’ve heard that there are plans to let you spend money on cosmetic items for your characters. This comes via an interview by Twitch streamer Quin69 with lead designer Joe Shely, where Shely discusses monetization plans for the upcoming loot RPG.

The video is quite long, but PCGamesN has nabbed the highlights. After confirming that the base game will get expansions, Shely said that, “you also will be able to acquire cosmetics in the game.” Asked directly if that means the game will have microtransactions, Shely says that it will. While the game will not let you spend money to improve your build or become more powerful, this seems to confirm that you’ll be able to spend money on skins.

According to Shely, “it’s also an opportunity to have more options available than you would otherwise.” It’s likely that we won’t know more details about this system for some time yet, and with the game so far away, there’s always the possibility that Blizzard’s plans will change.

Diablo IV was announced alongside Overwatch 2, but neither game was given a release date.

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Call Of Duty Mobile Has Strong Start, Only Behind Pokemon Go In Terms Of Downloads

The new Call of Duty mobile game is doing very well. Research company SensorTower reports that the game has accumulated around 148 million downloads across iOS and Android since its release on October 1. That makes it the second most successful mobile game in history in terms of first-month downloads; it’s only behind the wildly popular Pokemon Go on that front.

Call of Duty Mobile was developed by Chinese company Tencent in partnership with Activision. The game is a “greatest hits” title of sorts, featuring some of the most popular and memorable maps, modes, and characters from Call of Duty history.

In terms of comparisons against other games in the shooter category, Call of Duty Mobile’s 148 million first-month downloads is more than four times Fortnite’s first-month downloads (35 million). However, that game was only available on iOS at launch. The mobile version of PUBG had 60.7 million downloads in its first month, according to the report.

SensorTower’s data shows that Call of Duty Mobile had around 4.9 million downloads every day across iOS and Google Play, starting with 24 million downloads on the first day. In terms of geographic breakdown, the US made up the lion’s share of downloads with 23.6 million, or 16 percent of the total, followed by India with 16.2 million downloads (11 percent of the total).

Looking at spending, Call of Duty Mobile made around $53.9 million from its various microtransactions during the first month. The busiest single day was October 5, on which players collectively spent $3.1 million. The US leads the way in terms of spending with $22.8 million so far; Japan was second with $7 million.

The report says downloads were spread almost evenly between iOS and Android, but iOS players are spending more, making up 60 percent of all revenue.

Call of Duty Mobile features two main multiplayer modes: a traditional 5v5 head-to-head mode and battle royale game type for up to 100 players. The game features a number of iconic Call of Duty maps, including Nuketown 2, Crash, Hijacked, and Firing Range. Familiar characters are also featured, including Captain Price, Alex Mason, and Simon “Ghost” Riley.

Given the massive success of Call of Duty Mobile, fans can expect even more mobile games from Activision. Just recently, the company said it is considering every one of its franchises for a mobile game.

It’s not just Call of Duty Mobile that’s performing well. This year’s new console game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, generated $600 million in revenue at launch and is expected to sell as many as 27 million copies during its launch quarter. Activision will make even more money from the game when the Battle Pass goes live in December.

Rian Johnson Is Fine With You Not Liking Star Wars: The Last Jedi, But Not With Complaints About Diversity

Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson has opened up about some of the bad faith backlash against his film, while also praising the Star Wars fan community at large and encouraging debate among them.

Johnson’s comments were made during WIRED live Q&A event to promote his upcoming movie, Knives Out. Parts of the Q&A were recorded by one fan and uploaded to Twitter, who caught an interesting moment during the event. One audience member asked Johnson about the negative reaction to The Last Jedi from certain viewers, and his thoughts on people who complain about the film’s cast diversity. Johnson did not mince words in his reply, which was met with immediate applause: “if someone’s responding to diversity negatively, f*** ’em.”

As the applause died down, Johnson immediately clarified that not everyone who dislikes his film is a bigot: “if anyone didn’t like the movie, I’m not saying that’s why they didn’t like it.” Talking about the backlash, Johnson admits that he expected that the film would not appeal to everyone. “It wasn’t surprising at all to me. I grew up as a Star Wars fan. I was in my 20s when the prequels came out. This whole idea that it’s been sunshine and roses, and then everyone’s yelling at each other, is baffling to me.”

Johnson believes that the passionate debates that fans have about Star Wars is all part of the series’ appeal. “People care deeply about Star Wars, and every single person has a slightly different version of what they think Star Wars is. And so much of the fun of it is arguing about it.” He believes that the negativity around the film has been covered extensively because it “is fun to write about, and it gets clicks,” but he also says that the majority of folks who reach out to him about Star Wars are actually very pleasant.

“95% of my interactions on Twitter are absolutely lovely and constructive and wonderful with Star Wars fans,” he says. “Star Wars fans are the best fans in the world, all of them.” He also believes that the rest of the fandom needs to push back against the folks who are angry at the diversity of his film’s cast. “I think the fandom has to take a stand against getting defined by a very small slice of it, that does not represent the lion’s share.”

Johnson is set to direct his own original Star Wars trilogy in the future, although what it’s going to be, exactly, is seemingly still being decided upon. The next film in the series, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, will wrap up the Skywalker saga. It’s directed by J.J. Abrams, and will release on December 20. After that, the series is going on a hiatus, at least in cinemas, with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss having recently stepped away from their own planned trilogy.

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12 Games, Movies, And Books Like Death Stranding

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Death Stranding is a tricky beast. Kojima Productions created a truly unique game with a sci-fi narrative that kept many of us at GameSpot delivering packages until the wee early hours of the morning. Because it’s such an unusual game, it wasn’t easy to put this list together. Thankfully, after some hard thinking, we realized there are a lot of great games, movies, shows, and books that tap into the same things we love about Death Stranding.

In this article, we recommend different kinds of media that fit the themes, emotion, and vibes of Death Stranding, but we don’t go into any story spoilers. To be honest, nothing quite matches Death Stranding’s story, beat for beat, so don’t worry about this list spoiling it for you. We hope you’ll find something you end up loving, whether it’s a completely different video game with similar themes, a movie about hope and humanity, or a story about a particularly strange place.

We’ll come back to update this article if we discover any more experiences that come to mind for Death Stranding fans. For now, we hope you enjoy our suggestions–feel free to drop your own recommendations in the comments below!

Rain World (PS4, Switch, PC)

Rain World isn’t the same kind of game as Death Stranding at all–it’s a 2D side-scrolling action game that has more in common with the branching world, ambiguity, and unforgiving challenge of Dark Souls. But like Death Stranding, Rain World is also set in some kind of post-cataclysmic world that doesn’t outright explain the events that lead to its destruction. There are long, hugely demanding sections of Rain World where you have to deliver something, and how many of those things you deliver is directly proportional with both the difficulty of the self-appointed mission and the reward. Both games even have dangerous rain! But it’s really the mood of Rain World that I see in Death Stranding–Slugcat’s journey, like Sam’s, is full of mystery and danger, with small moments of comfort. Rain World can feel a little bleak at times, but surviving the worst it has to throw at you feels as fulfilling as completing a particularly demanding order in Death Stranding, whether you smartly mapped out your every move along the chosen route or just barely came out the other side flailing, but alive. | Chloi Rad

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Nier Automata (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Nier Automata and Death Stranding could not be more different when it comes to gameplay–Nier Automata is all about huge action setpieces, split up by blistering character action, while Death Stranding rarely puts you into combat situations, focusing more on traversing a treacherous landscape to deliver a package. However, both feature a futuristic, sci-fi post-apocalypse that appears grim at first before surprising the player with moments that can make you laugh, cry, or even drop your jaw in awe. Like Death Stranding, Nier Automata explores what it means to be human and offer a helping hand in a desperate world longing to survive. Both games’ stories go some pretty wild places, and while Nier Automata is a bit darker than Death Stranding, its well worth playing if you haven’t already. | Mat Paget

  • See for PS4 at Amazon
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Children of Men (dir. Alfonso Cuarón)

Death Stranding and Children of Men have a lot in common: an unexpected phenomenon that collapses civilization, one man tasked with shouldering a humanity’s worth of burdens to preserve the future… crying babies. It’s easier to relate Children of Men’s vision of the future with the more literal ills of our day than Death Stranding’s–infertility as a stand-in for the irreversible damage to humanity’s future caused by climate change and war and the resulting global refugee crisis. But don’t let Death Stranding’s sci-fi “weirdness” trick you into overcomplicating its themes. While less topical with its post-civilization horrors, Death Stranding is a love letter to the bonds humans share in the face of adversity and has the same earnest sense of optimism and hope for the future as Children of Men. | Chloi Rad

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Arrival (dir. Dennis Villeneuve)

Death Stranding’s sprawling landscapes often deliver moments of ominous beauty, looking across the fields littered with rocks, rivers, and invisible ghosts. And every time you make your way up a hill towards a new destination, you’re never quite sure what lies just over the ridge: another beautiful vista or more invisible ghosts. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if–after getting to the top of that hill–I saw the events of Annihilation playing out below me. The gorgeous hills and valleys of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Quebec make an excellent setting for a benign, dread-inducing alien invasion, and while the plots of Death Stranding and Arrival don’t align much, the emotion and vibes of both feel very similar. | Mat Paget

  • See at Amazon

Annihilation (dir. Alex Garland)

Alex Garland’s adaptation of the first novel from James VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy is a peculiar one. A group of scientists explores an abandoned suburban town corrupted by extraterrestrial energy known as The Shimmer. What starts as an excursion into the unknown, seeing shockingly beautiful wonders therein, it eventually evolves into a story about depression and self-destruction. On the surface, Annihilation can feel a bit heady for its own good, yet it manages to tell a story that uses its alien landscape to present a very human story. Annihilation, much like the source material, is a part of the literary genre known as New Weird, which tends to focus on placing familiar places and events into unusual circumstances. In that regard, it feels achingly similar to the tone in Death Stranding’s world following its in-world cataclysmic event. | Alessandro Fillari

  • See at Amazon

Stalker (dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)

As a loose adaptation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Roadside Picnic, acclaimed filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky takes the basic premise of an irradiated landscape with those that dare to explore it and runs with it. While post-disaster films tend to focus more on the spectacle and bombast, Stalker is a meditative journey into an irradiated world. Its main cast of characters don’t have names, only titles, making them more like archetypes for the larger purpose of telling its story about people confronting their desires and guilt in a desolate environment. Playing as Sam in Death Stranding inspires many of the same feelings I felt from Stalker, which made the journey in the game feel especially poignant and effective. | Alessandro Fillari

  • See at Amazon

The Postman (dir. Kevin Costner)

The Postman is not a great movie–you’ve probably seen it parodied before–but I think it’s worth watching if you’re still interested in the concept of rebuilding America through package delivery after playing Death Stranding. Set in 2013, Kevin Costner plays a man who puts on a postman’s uniform and carries a bag full of mail in a post-apocalyptic America. He spreads the word of a rebuilt government by delivering all of the mail, inspiring hope across the country. | Mat Paget

  • See at Amazon

Hannibal

Hannibal is so good and so striking in its storytelling and imagery that it’s shocking that it ever survived three seasons on network TV. If you want to see more Mads Mikkelsen in a similar vein as his character from Death Stranding, then this might be your best bet. Mads’ acting in Hannibal is plentiful and exquisite. He doesn’t eat people in Death Stranding, nor does he have skeleton soldiers in Hannibal, but the sophisticated, personal moments between him and BB evoke his performance as Hannibal Lector. In Hannibal, Mads is a suave, cultured psychologist that’s helping the FBI solve serial killer cases. Of course, he’s also Hannibal Lecter–fiction’s most famous cannibal–so he’s up to his own business that no one is quite wise to yet–it’s eating people. | Mat Paget

  • See at Amazon

Dark

Dark and Death Stranding’s stories have very little, if not nothing in common, but like Arrival, there are a lot of emotional, visual, and thematic similarities. Dark takes place in a German town where children are going missing near a mysterious cave. It’s full of mystery and will keep your mind at work for days, thinking up theories of what’s happening and where things will go. There’s even a guy who looks like Sam Bridges in the middle of a delivery. | Mat Paget

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Roadside Picnic

There’s a moment in Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Roadside Picnic that I think about a lot. Redrick, the book’s protagonist, experiences a split-second hallucination involving solid, alien shapes invading the air around him like a sudden tear in reality itself. He has no idea why it happens, other than perhaps his exposure to The Zone–huge, government-quarantined areas of land tainted by a brief extraterrestrial event known as The Visitation. Redrick is a “stalker,” a self-designated explorer of these zones who ventures in against regulation to seek out rare alien artifacts. The world of Death Stranding is not unlike Roadside Picnic (and also STALKER, both the film and video game based on it)–it’s a harsh, strange, unforgiving landscape full of unexplainable anomalies, forever changed by some past cataclysm. But it’s also one where people are still living their lives, as best they can. Porters remind me a lot of Roadside Picnic’s stalkers–explorers specially equipped to navigate the sometimes horrifying demands of this new world, even if those journeys are physically and emotionally draining. Only unlike stalkers, who collect artifacts for personal profit, porters venture into the unknown to give back to the world, not take from it. | Chloi Rad

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Girls’ Last Tour

Girls’ Last Tour is a post-apocalyptic manga written and illustrated by Tsukumizu. It follows two girls, Yuuri and Chito, in their surprisingly mundane day-to-day travels through a desolate, war-torn industrial wasteland. Despite the obvious signs of tragedy and decay all around them, Yuuri and Chito enjoy life as much as they can, finding joy in the small things, like finding a box of rations, doing laundry, or listening to the rain. Death Stranding’s world is more obviously hostile and dangerous than what Yuuri and Chito face, but both works revel in those small, mundane reprieves–during one particularly challenging route in Death Stranding, I took a moment to let Sam nap in a cave, while a song from a nearby player-constructed generator drifted in behind the sound of the rain. Like Girls’ Last Tour, Death Stranding is also unexpectedly optimistic, and both stories do a great job feeling both incredibly lonely, but also full of love for what’s left of the world and people its characters come across. | Chloi Rad

  • See the manga at Amazon
  • See the anime at Prime Video

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Alright, you may think I’m joking, but I’m not–but also, I kinda am. Sam Bridges’ journey in Death Stranding tasks him with crossing America to reconnect the country. Frodo’s journey in Lord of the Rings puts him on the path across Middle-earth to throw the One Ring into the fiery pits of Mount Doom. Both Death Stranding and Lord of the Rings are about creating relationships and helping your friends in the face of a seemingly impossible challenge. Also, replace Norman Reedus with a hobbit, and you might even trick yourself into thinking you’re walking across Middle-earth, as the varied landscapes evoke many of the locales found in Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy. | Mat Paget

  • See the movies at Amazon
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Black Friday 2019: Best Xbox One Subscription Deals On Game Pass And Xbox Live Gold

The Xbox One’s subscription service Game Pass is one of the most exciting things in video games right now, with a huge library of games for the Xbox One and/or PC for a monthly fee a la Netflix. In recent weeks, there have been some great deals on Game Pass, but with Black Friday is just around the corner, we expect even greater discounts on Game Pass, Game Pass Ultimate, and Xbox Live Gold to pop up in the coming weeks.

Additionally, Xbox is slated to reveal its full selection of Black Friday deals on November 14 at its X019 event in London. The Inside Xbox livestream is scheduled for 12 PM PT / 3 PM PT that day, and you’ll be able to tune in on Mixer, Twitch, or YouTube.

For those unfamiliar with the Xbox One’s subscription services, you can find more details on Game Pass for Xbox One and PC, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at the bottom of this article. As a reminder, these subscriptions stack, so even if you’re already a member and don’t need to renew quite yet, you can save yourself some money in the long-term by buying these subscriptions while they’re cheap.

Plus, catch up on more of Black Friday 2019’s best Xbox One deals so far, including great discounts on games as well as console bundles and accessories.

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Best Black Friday deals on Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: Buy 3 months, get 3 months free | $45 ($90)

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate normally costs $15 a month, which adds up to $90 over six months, but this offer effectively gets you a six-month membership for half price. This is the best deal we’ve seen for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so far, and it’s available right now for a limited time. Please note that if you’re a new subscriber, you can currently get your first month for $1, so be sure to claim that offer first.

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Xbox Live Gold: 3-month membership | $15 ($25)

Starting November 28, Best Buy is selling three months of Xbox Live Gold for $15, a full $10 off its normal price of $25.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: 3-month membership | $25 ($45)

Best Buy will have three-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions for $25 each on November 28. If you happen to miss out on the “buy three months, get three months free” deal at Walmart, then this is the next best thing–buy two, and you’ll have a six-month subscription for $50 (only $5 more).

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What is Xbox Game Pass?

Xbox Game Pass for Console

Xbox Game Pass for Console provides access to over 200 Xbox One games. New games are added to the service every month, and users get special discounts on the ones that are leaving just in case players want to keep them. In addition to all this, first-party Xbox One games always launch on Game Pass day one–this has included games like Gears 5, The Outer Worlds, and Forza Horizon 4. It costs $10 a month to join Game Pass for Xbox One.

Xbox Game Pass for PC

Xbox Game Pass for PC provides access to over 150 PC games through the Xbox app on Windows 10. Like the console version, new games are added every month, and special discounts are available in case you want to keep any games on their way out. First-party Xbox One games launch on PC the same day as console, so you gain access to them as well. You can join Game Pass for PC at $1 for the first month, after which the price goes up to $5 a month.

What is Xbox Live Gold?

Xbox Live Gold provides access to online multiplayer, exclusive discounts, and free monthly games. You can subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for $10 a month, $25 for 3 months, or $60 for a year.

What is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate packages the benefits of Xbox Game Pass for Xbox One and PC with Xbox Live Gold. You can join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $1 for your first month, after which the price goes up to $15 a month.

Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2019 Deals: Best Console And Accessory Deals So Far

It’ll likely be a huge holiday season for the Nintendo Switch, namely because of the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Chances are, you have someone on your holiday shopping list who wants a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite (or maybe that person is you). We’re here to help you fulfill holiday wishes by rounding up all of the best Nintendo Switch console and accessory deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And as more retailers release their Black Friday ads, we’ll include the best discounts here.

Let’s break the disappointing news right out of the gate. Judging by the early Black Friday ads we’ve seen, the Nintendo Switch won’t be getting a nice discount or even a particularly amazing bundle this holiday season. Instead, Nintendo has provided retailers with the same Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle from last Black Friday. And yes, it still includes the launch model Switch, not the updated Switch with better battery life that hit stores a few months back. While the Switch Lite is prominently featured in ads, so far it’s just that: an ad for the $200 handheld-only Switch, with no discount to speak of.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be great deals on Switch accessories, though. In fact, we’ve already seen countless accessories featured in the various Black Friday ads that have dropped, and you can expect even more accessory deals as retailers like Walmart, Amazon, and GameStop release their Black Friday ads. And if Best Buy’s ad is any indication, there will also be some seriously awesome Switch game deals.

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Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch console deals

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Nintendo Switch with free digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and screen protector | $300

This Switch bundle was offered in 2018, and on the surface, it’s a pretty good deal. You get the Switch and an awesome game that regularly goes for around $50 these days. However, please note this isn’t the updated Switch with better battery life; it’s the launch model. If you love Mario Kart and aren’t concerned about the longer battery life, this is a solid offer; otherwise, you may be better off just buying the newer model for the same price and waiting for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to go on sale. We’re highlighting Best Buy’s bundle here because the retailer is throwing in a screen protector, but expect this bundle to be available at most major retailers as it’s an official Nintendo offer. Perhaps one smart retailer will throw in more than just a screen protector.

See at Best Buy

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Nintendo Switch (new model) with carrying case and charging dock with $90 Kohl’s Cash | $320 ($345)

If you’re not eager to grab Nintendo’s official bundle, we know Kohl’s will have its own bundle that does, in fact, feature the updated Switch with better battery life. For $320, you’ll get the Switch, a carrying case ($20 value), and the popular PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock ($25 value). The real draw here is that you’ll get $90 Kohl’s Cash to spend in the weeks following Black Friday.


Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch accessory deals

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con (L/R) Neon Red/Blue or Gray | $60 ($80)

An extra pair of Joy-Con controllers normally sets you back $80, and even though you get “two” controllers, that’s still pricey. Thankfully, Switch Joy-Cons will be on sale for $60 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target this Black Friday. You can choose between neon red/blue or gray.

See at Amazon

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PowerA wired controllers | $15 ($25)

Like Joy-Cons, Switch Pro controllers are expensive, but there are some reasonable third-party options like PowerA’s lineup of wired controllers. Using the same layout as the Pro controller but with a slightly smaller form factor, PowerA’s wired controllers are pretty darn good and come in three awesome designs: Zelda, Super Mario, and a Pikachu-yellow Pokemon theme. All three will be discounted to $15 during Best Buy’s Black Friday sale.

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Poke Ball Plus | $20 ($50)

While the Poke Ball Plus initially launched as an alternative controller for Pokemon: Let’s Go, it will also be compatible with Pokemon Sword and Shield, allowing you to “hold” one of your Pokemon and take it with you on the go (presumably to rack up experience points or earn extra items). However, it won’t function as a controller for Pokemon Sword and Shield the same way it did for Pokemon: Let’s Go. The Poke Ball Plus also comes with Mew, a mythical Pokemon that can be transferred into Pokemon: Let’s Go. The accessory is normally $50, but all the major retailers will have it for $20 during Black Friday.

See at Amazon

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Nintendo Switch Elite Edition Starter Kit | $15 ($25)

If you’re buying a Nintendo Switch this holiday season, you should be in the market for a case, too. This starter kit comes with a carrying case, USB-C cable, silicone Joy-Con covers, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. It’ll be discounted to $15 at Best Buy.

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Insignia Power Pack for Switch/Switch Lite | $12.50 ($25)

For those who like traveling with their Switch (and who doesn’t?), a car charger is a great accessory to have. This Insignia pack comes with a car charger, a USB-C cable, and an extra AC adapter. Having a second AC adapter is handy, as you won’t have to unplug your AC adapter from your dock every time you want to take your Switch on a trip.

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