Gaming Deals for Black Friday
The cold, hard truth about Black Friday deals on games and gaming is that practically every retailer is selling the top name consoles for about the same price. The best deals are on bundles – providing you’re getting the bundle you want. There are also discounts to be found on games and accessories but so far, nothing really exciting. Here are a few of the better current deals for gamers.
As usual, the number-one online retailer has plenty to offer gamers, like a 1TB PS4 Slim and PSVR bundle discounted $150 to $550 without Prime. This is pretty sweet deal because it includes a PlayStation 4 Slim 1 TB console, a matching DualShock 4 Wireless Controller, a PlayStation VR headset, and a PlayStation camera. Throw in a few of your favorite games and you have just about everything a gamer needs to totally avoid the family this holiday season.
For fans of Xbox, select Xbox One S bundles come with a free copy of Middle Earth: Shadow of War, Call of Duty: WWII or Assassin’s Creed Origins. One of the better deals is already live at Amazon – the Xbox One S 500GB with Battlefield 1 for just $200.
The best deals are on accessories, like $110 for a KrBn Typewriter mechanical keyboard for Pro PC, a JAR-OWL A1 gaming mouse for $12 and Ferrino XL gaming chairs for $300 each.
If you’re looking for a headset that works with PS4, Xbox One or PC, Amazon has the SADES R3 headset for just $23.
Fans of PS4 or Xbox One gaming will find plenty of reasons to head over to the local Walmart on Thanksgiving night or Friday morning to check out all the Black Friday deals on consoles and accessories. While the prices on hardware are pretty standard, PS4 1TB for $199, Xbox One S 500GB $189, Nintendo Switch for $299, there are tons of bundles and accessories.
Like most retailers, Walmart will have the DualShock 4 PS4 controllers, including their exclusive Crystal-Blue color, at the discounted price of $39. Unless you must have the Crystal Blue controller, this isn’t that big a deal since just about every major retailer we’ve seen this season has the same product for just about the same price. Walmart has Xbox One controllers, including some special editions, for the same price. The PSVR Gran Turismo Sport bundle will be $299, which is pretty standard for this item. The Turtle Beach Recon 50P wired headset will be $25 and third-party wired Switch controllers for $17 each.
Walmart will be carrying the new limited edition Nintendo Zelda: Ocarina of Time 2S bundle which is exclusive to certain retailers.
Walmart will have a huge selection of games for PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo including the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer’s Edition for $49 and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 for $19, both for Switch. The brand new Call of Duty:WWII will be $43 while many other popular games will be priced at $19 or $29 each.
Target is not especially known for its gaming deals but there are a few Black Friday items worth checking out. The PS4 1TB is $200, like at most other sellers, but Target is kicking in a bonus $25 gift card with the Xbox One S 500GB for $190. Be aware that Target has listed these as “doorbusters” in their ad, claiming that stock is limited so these items may not last long. Target is also stocking the limited edition green Zelda 2DS.
The most notable Target Black Friday deal on accessories is the PlayStation VR headset for $200. This deadset is usually part of a bundle and you do need the PS4 camera to use it, but if you’ve been looking for a TV headset to add to the PS4 system you already have, this could be the cheaper alternative to spending over $300 for a bundle.
Target will have PS4 DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers for $40 each, which is not so impressive since we’re seeing them for a few dollars less elsewhere. Select Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus memberships will be $10 off. Popular games will be $15 to $45 each.
While Best Buy has the same consoles at the same prices as rival retailers, the chain does have a couple of deals on bundles that stand out from the competition. The Madden 18 Xbox One S 500 GB bundle is going for $230 with a free Xbox controller as a bonus. The same bundle with Forza Horizon 3 instead of Madden 18 is also $230 with a free controller.
Best Buy also has the hottest accessories but at the standard prices. The PSVR Gran Turismo bundle is $300, PS4 DualShock 4 controllers will be $40, including Best Buy’s exclusive Red Crystal version, and Xbox controllers will also be $40 except for special editions. The Turtle Beach XO Three wired headsets for Xbox One, PS4, and PC and Turtle Beach Recon 150 will be $40 each.
Best Buy has Doorbuster Deals on some of the currently best-selling games including Call of Duty: WWII for $40 and Destiny 2 for $30. Other games are $20 to $35 each.
Toys R Us
The Black Friday deals at Toys R Us are pretty much the same as you’ll find at other retail chains. The PS4 1TB is $200 and the Xbox One S 500GB is $190 with no bonus gift cards or bundled extras. Controllers and headsets are $40 each, like everywhere else. The prices on games are about the same as at Walmart or Target. All in all, there’s not much reason for gamers to shop at Toys R Us on Black Friday unless they’re also shopping for the kids.
For serious gamers, or serious shoppers, GameStop has to be your go-to place for the best deals on all thing gaming. While the chain has played it coy about releasing an official Black Friday ad, details have leaked and they’re pretty cool.
GameStop has the best PS4 deal so far for Black Friday 2017: a PS4 Pro 1TB 4K-capable console for just $350. The chain has the standard PS4 1TB console for $200, which is pretty much what it’s going for everywhere else, but GameStop is kicking in a $50 gift card. Unfortunately, there’s no similar deal on the Xbox One 500GB, which is $190 at GameStop, just like everywhere else. On the plus side, all Xbox One S 1TB systems are $50 off with the Middle Earth: Shadow of War bundle selling for just $300. The Nintendo Switch will be the usual $300.
It’s expected that GameStop will be discounting a variety of accessories like the chain’s exclusive red Xbox One Controller going for $55 and Xbox Live Gold memberships for three or six months, $10 off. Look for substantial discounts on Razer PC accessories like the DeathAdder Elite Mouse for $50 and the BlackWidow Chroma V2 keyboard for $130. The PS VR Gran Turismo Sport bundle will be on sale for $300 with the standard PSVR headset selling for $200. The PS4 Gold wireless headset will be going for $65 with PS4 DualShock 4 controllers marked $38 each. A refurbished PS4 Recon 600 wired headset will be just $30 and a HyperX Cloud Core Pro wired headset for $50. A PS4 T150 limited edition wheel will sell for $220 and aPS4/PS3 T80 racing wheel for $90. The PS4 DualShock 4 charging station will be just $15.
Of course there will be games galore, starting at just $10. GameStop is also the place to go for used and refurbished hardware, games and accessories.
If you’re serious about scoring the lowest prices on gaming gear this Black Friday, keep checking back with Amazon and GameStop as both are expected to add last-minute limited deals over the next few days.