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With Black Friday getting closer, more deals have sprung up for the big sales day on November 23. While you can’t act on these deals at this time, it’s good to know what’s coming up before the busiest sales day of the year. One of the deals we’ve highlighted here is for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, otherwise known as PUBG.
As of now, PUBG on Xbox One will have some upcoming sales at Best Buy, Target, and Walmart for less than $20. In addition to this game, we also had an upcoming look at sales for other games including Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, God of War, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4–which recently launched the series’ first crack at the battle royale genre.
Though other games like Fortnite have overtaken PUBG’s former dominance in the growing field of free-for-all games, it’s still a popular title and has a solid player base on both PC and Xbox One. With three different maps to fight it out on, and featuring many different types of skins, weapon decals, and other customization options–PUBG focuses a lot more on tactical gameplay compared to the Fortnite’s more arcadey style action. The most recent event happening in the world of PUBG is a promotional tie-in featuring the Joker and Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.
In our review of PUBG last year, editor Michael Higham gave it an 8 and stated: “PUBG’s technical shortcomings can undermine its broader achievements on rare occasions, but they don’t override your desire to continue playing. Each phase of a match presents a different type of tension that is equal parts thrilling and terrifying, driven by the insatiable desire to be the last person (or squad) standing. Whether you play solo or in a group, successfully executing adaptive tactics to win intense, high-stakes firefights makes for an incredibly rewarding experience. Every player has unique stories of their most memorable matches, and even after hundreds of hours, PUBG continues to inspire rousing tales of victory and defeat.”
There’s still many more deals coming in the time leading up to Black Friday. Remember, many of these until the time of Black Friday, so keep that in mind when you’re sorting through these deals early. If you want to know more about what’s coming up, be sure check out our roundup of Black Friday deals on GameSpot.
Some new content is on the way to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 very soon. As Treyarch teased in the patch notes for the game’s latest update, the developer is bringing back the fan-favorite Nuketown map, and it’s arriving for free this week for some players.
First introduced in the original Call of Duty: Black Ops, Nuketown has gone on to become one of the most iconic multiplayer maps in the series. It has been remade in every subsequent Black Ops game, each time sporting a different look while retaining the same general layout. In Black Ops 4, Nuketown takes the form of a small Russian city in the dead of winter. You can take your first look at it in the trailer above.
Thanks to Activision’s timed exclusivity agreement with Sony, Nuketown will arrive first on PS4 beginning tomorrow, November 13, with an Xbox One and PC release set to follow later. Treyarch hasn’t announced exactly when the map will come to those two platforms, but this time, its PS4 exclusivity period is only seven days (rather than 30 as it was for previous Call of Duty games), so Xbox One and PC players will presumably get their chance to revisit Nuketown sometime next week.
Treyarch has a lot more free content planned for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Next month, the developer will introduce the first of several new Specialist characters to the game. Treyarch also plans to hold more seasonal, weekly, and other limited-time events in the game, and the battle royale-inspired Blackout mode is also slated to receive its own set of regular map updates, expansions, and new modes.
Treyarch continues to tweak and improve Black Ops 4 with a regular stream of updates and patches. The latest focused on resolving some lingering stability issues in Zombies mode and made a few tweaks to Blackout and multiplayer. We also have our own ideas on how Blackout mode can improve in the future.
Sony has outlined its PlayStation 4 deals coming to retail stores and the digital marketplace this month as part of Black Friday. The discounts will be good from November 18-26 in the USA, or November 22-30 in Canada. Those include discounts on system bundles, accessories like controllers and PlayStation VR, and a subscription to PlayStation Plus. We’ve already rounded up all of the PS4 deals so far as well as the best place to buy a PS4, but read on for what Sony has officially shared.
You can pick up a Spider-Man PS4 bundle for $200 US / $260 CAN, which nets you a 1TB standard PS4 system with a copy of the game from Insomniac. You can also pick up extra controllers for $40 US / $50 CAN, including some of the color variants like Blue Camouflage and Magma Red. The PlayStation VR has also been marked down to $200 / $250 CAN.
The announcement also teased a deal on a PlayStation Plus 12-month subscription, along with discounts on various games through the digital PlayStation Store from November 16-27. While it didn’t mention specific prices, it did tease a discounted price on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 coming to Plus subscribers starting today.
Black Friday is a good time to pick up some deals on games across a lot of platforms and retailers, and some sales have already started. You can check out all of those and a lot more in our growing collection of Black Friday roundups.
After tests popped up throughout the summer, Gboard has now officially announced it is using on-device AI to provide suggestions for stickers, GIFS, and emoji based on what users are typing. It was always possible to search for such content through the keyboard, but this feature brings up suggestions automatically, alerting users via the Google button on the upper left hand side of the keyboard. Additionally, Google’s keyboard app gained support for 37 new languages, including new variants of Russian and Arabic, as well as several indigenous North American languages.
The AI suggestion feature, however, will only be available globally in English as of today’s server-side update. Google notes that the suggestions will come to more languages and more types of content “over time.” Indeed, over the past few months we’ve seen the suggestion feature activate for search results of popular celebrities as well.
The new languages are as follows:
Albanian (Tosk) Arabic (Bahrain) Arabic (Libya) Arabic (Tunisia) Bagheli (transliteration) Bagri (transliteration) Balinese Baoulé Balkan Romani (Macedonia) Bishnupriya Manipuri (transliteration) Bundeli (transliteration) Cameroon Pidgin Cree (Latin script) Cree (Syllabic script) Ebira Fang Fantse Greek (Pontic) Guianan Creole Hawaiian Pidgin Ibibio Inuktitut (Latin script) – no dictionary Inuktitut (Syllabic script) – no dictionary Isoko Karo Ladino Lakota Maay Maay Malay (Central) Nandi Nigerian Pidgin Quechua (Ayacucho) Quechua (Cusco) Rangpuri Russian (Belarus) Simalungun Tiv Tulu (transliteration) Uzbek now split into (Latin script) and (Cyrillic script) options Vlax Romani
Black Friday deals are beginning to crop up for Samsung phones as premium as the Note 9 and Galaxy S9, to cheaper models you can buy for under $100. This is just the beginning, so you should expect even more offers from now through Cyber Monday. Promotions range from discounts to gift cards.
Black Friday always falls on the day after Thanksgiving — this year that’s Friday, Nov. 23. These days, sales tend to get going around Nov. 16, and sometimes earlier. We’ll update this often with even more Black Friday phone deals as they appear.
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Save $400 on Note 9, S9, S9 Plus on Samsung.com
A 40 percent savings on a thousand dollar phone, this is the best deal we’ve seen yet for a 128GB Note 9. Samsung also sheds $400 off the S9 Plus and S9, giving you a Galaxy S9 for $320. The offer locks in Verizon service, and you’ll need to sign on for a device payment plan.
$200 off unlocked Note 9, S9, Galaxy S9 Plus from Samsung
This deal shaves $200 off the Note 9 (128GB), Galaxy S9 (64GB) or S9 Plus (64GB) when you buy them unlocked from Samsung’s website. That means you’ll spend $800 for the Note 9, $520 for the S9 and $640 for the S9 Plus. That does’t count additional savings you might receive if you trade in an old phone as well — Samsung will give you up to $300 when you buy either phone.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are also lowering their prices on the Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9. Savings range from a minimum of $200 off to $372.01 off the S9 Plus when you pick up Sprint’s service. All the deals originate on Samsung.com.
Buy a Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, or Note 9 from Samsung to get $100 off the ticket price, and a Starter Kit. Samsung throws in a DeX cable, wireless charger, case and studio-grade AKG headphones (not ear buds). With this deal you don’t get as much money off, but Samsung values the starter kit bundle at $300, so it’s worth looking at if you’re also in the market for a set of over-ear cans.
Nov. 18 at 12:01am ET through Nov. 26.
Galaxy S9, Note 9, S9 Plus: Save $300 at Best Buy
Samsung’s triple threat smartphones are excellent all-arounders playing at the top of their class.
Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5 p.m. With activation on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon.
You’ll have to pay full price for the Galaxy Note 9, S9, S9 Plus, S8 or S8 Plus, but if you’re already a frequent Walmart shopper, $300 of “free” Walmart cash will sweeten the deal. Note that you’ll need to activate the phone in-store with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon in order to qualify for the gift card.
In-store only: Nov. 22 at 6pm through 23. Schedule an activation appointment at 6pm. Activations begin at 8pm.
Galaxy S8, Unlocked: Save $150 at Best Buy
Last year’s Galaxy S8 is a smart alternative to the Galaxy S9 for people hoping to save a few more bucks. This discount for the 64GB unlocked version (black) makes the offer more compelling. The Galaxy S8’s specs are strong enough to take you through 2019 and beyond. An unlocked phone means you can choose your own carrier and you won’t be forced to activate in-store.
Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving day) at 5pm, through Nov. 24.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Orbit: Save $35-$85 at Target, Best Buy
An entry level phone like the Galaxy J3 Orbit won’t offer much in the way of camera prowess or speed, but it’s relatively portable with a 5-inch screen. Target and Best Buy both sell the phone for $65 through a combination of prepaid services. Target partners with Total Wireless, while Best Buy’s offer works with Simple Mobile, TracFone and Total Wireless.
Target: Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day). Best Buy: Nov. 22 at 5 p.m., through Nov. 24.
Galaxy J7 Crown: Save $110 at Walmart, $90 at Best Buy
The Galaxy J7 Crown is a midrange phone with a 5.5-inch screen and 13-megapixel cameras on both the front and back. At Walmart, the phone sells for $80 through Straight Talk’s service. At Best Buy, it’ll cost $100 and uses Total Wireless or Simple Mobile’s networks.
Walmart: Online: Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET). In-store: Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. through Nov. 23. Best Buy: Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. through Nov. 24.