Black Friday kicked off in earnest last Monday, with the likes of Amazon and eBay offering steep discounts on everything from PS5 and Xbox games, through to Nintendo Switch consoles and headsets. It was a big week in bargain land, and while it's technically now Cyber Monday, most of the best Black Friday deals are still live.
The biggest deals have been on Nintendo Switch Lite consoles, as well as some extremely steep discounts on PS5 games like Demon's Souls and Ratchet & Clank. Expect more game sales to roll out throughout today as part of Cyber Monday: check here for the best PS5 Cyber Monday deals, or here for the best Nintendo Switch Cyber Monday deals.
But enough chatter, here are the best Black Friday 2021 gaming deals still live in Australia:
Where can I find the best Black Friday gaming deals in Australia?
Black Friday gaming deals in Australia - PlayStation
PS5 DualSense wireless controller |
AU$109.95 starting from AU$79
The most advanced videogame controller of all time justifies its RRP, so when you see it on sale you've just gotta grab one. The white and black controllers are AU$79, but for AU$89.95 you can also get the cosmic red edition, which usually costs AU$119.95.
PS5 game bargains | starting from AU$49
If you've got a PS5 but are reluctant to lay out the full next-gen RRPs, then you're in luck: these deals are good. PS5 games are going super cheap, including:
Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart |
Sackboy A Big Adventure |
Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut |
The Nioh Collection |
Spider-Man Miles Morales |
Death Stranding Director's Cut |
Destruction AllStars |
FIFA 22 for PS5 |
This year's soccer instalment gets a gigantic AU$60.95 discount for Black Friday, so if you've been waiting to get involved, now's the time (and if you paid full price at launch, uh, sorry.) The PS4 version is also available for AU$44, down from AU$99.95. Via Amazon.
F1 2021 for PS5 and PS4 |
This year's excellent F1 outing comes with the usual career mode and online play, but it also has the bonkers good 'Braking Point' narrative mode, which brings some heart and tears into F1 racing. No Forza on Sony consoles, so this is probably the best PS4 / PS5 racer of the year.
Black Friday gaming deals in Australia - Xbox
Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X | S |
The (less than) 1 terabyte you get in your next-gen console may be blazing fast, but it's going to fill up quick. It's annoying that expansion is so expensive, but this might take the heat off a bit: the Microsoft Store is currently offering its 1TB expansion card for AU$34.90 off the usual price. Via Microsoft.
Back 4 Blood |
How does a blockbuster game that released just last month get a AU$70.95 discount? With the magic of pure deal mania, that's how. This cooperative zombie shooter is good value and a lot of fun, and you can own it for the price of, uh, roughly six coffees. The deluxe edition is also down to AU$69, from its usual AU$149.95. Via Amazon.
Bethesda games | starting from AU$5
Want to be terrified and befuddled for a mere fiver? Or maybe you want to visit a miserable post-apocalyptic hellscape for a bargain AU$15? Some of Bethesda's most beloved games, including Fallout, Wolfenstein, the Elder Scrolls and The Evil Within, are currently stupid cheap on Amazon.
HyperX Cloud II Pro wired gaming headset|
If you're after a wired headset this is a brilliant price on a fine set of cans. HyperX is renown for its rock solid build quality and luscious memory foam adornments, so you can sink dozens of hours into Warzone without getting achey ears. Via Amazon.
Black Friday gaming deals in Australia - Nintendo
Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + 3-month Switch Online |
Save AU$70 on this sweet bundle, which is the first proper Nintendo Switch base model discount we've seen for a while. The bundle includes the neon version of the console, plus Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a three month subscription to Nintendo Switch online. It probably won't last for long, given how close we are the Christmas. Via Amazon.
Nintendo Switch Lite |
If you want a cheap entry point into the Nintendo Switch's huge back catalogue, this is the easiest and most affordable option. Sure, you can't dock it to a TV and the controls aren't detachable, but if it's brilliant portable gaming you're after this is the benchmark. Via Amazon.
Metroid Dread |
First party Nintendo games rarely get big discounts in the weeks after launch, so if you've been waiting for a big sale on Metroid Dread this is probably the lowest it's going to go for a while. It's a brilliant 2D adventure game, and a much overdue return to Samus' eerie world. Via Amazon.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury |
Originally released for Wii U, this spit and polish Nintendo Switch version is a perfect cooperative game (it's also brilliant alone). It also comes with Bowser's Fury, a brand new adventure that adds some interesting elements to the mix. Via Amazon.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate |
Other publishers keep throwing platform fighters into the market but none can compete with Smash Bros, and that's mostly thanks to its roster of immediately recognisable Nintendo characters. Whether you're in it for the wins or just want a laugh with friends, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a Nintendo Switch essential. Via Amazon.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild |
Nintendo's take on the open world adventure ended up rewriting the rule book, and it's easy to see why: Breath of the Wild changed the Zelda formula forever, but it resulted in one of the most immersive and sprawling adventure games of all time. If you don't have it, it's time to jump aboard. Via Amazon.
Mario Golf Super Rush |
Even if you're not a fan of golf, Mario Golf is a brilliant arcade action game that just happens to include golf clubs, a ball, green fields and (the highlight) Mario! This is a great price for a game that will surely see you through the summer holidays. Via Amazon.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons |
If you've somehow managed to resist diving into Animal Crossing so far, now couldn't be a better time: in addition to the base game we all know and love, a huge update rolled out earlier this month adding a bunch of new content (and a photo mode!). Via Amazon.
Black Friday gaming deals in Australia - Home Entertainment
Oculus Quest 2 (128GB or 256GB) | Get AU$100 credit at Amazon AU
It's the best, most user-friendly VR headset on the market, even if you do need a Facebook account to use it. Amazon is offering AU$100 credit when you buy either the 128GB (AU$479) or 256GB (AU$639) model, so long as you buy a unit before 11:59pm AEDT on November 29. Once purchased, your Amazon account will automatically get AU$100, which you can use to buy most items listed as "sold by Amazon AU" (some exclusions apply, like ebooks and other digital purchases; see Amazon's site for full Ts&Cs).
LG 65-inch C1 OLED TV |
AU$3,999 AU$2,880 at Appliance Central (save AU$1,119)
A nice AU$1,119 off this LG 2021 TV flagship. It has self-lighting pixels and black levels that are just about as perfect as you can get. It's still a pricey affair even with the discount, but think of what you could buy with an extra grand in your pocket?
Hisense 65U80G 65-inch ULED 8K Series TV |
AU$3,290 AU$2,350 on Appliance Central (save AU$940)
A not-at-all-negligible AU$900 off this ridiculous 8K television, which while cheap by anyone's standards already, gets even cheaper with this current Appliance Central discount. Definitely one for those who want all the pixels for not all the bank account.
TCL 65-inch P615 4K TV |
AU$995 AU$845 at Appliance Central (save AU$150)
If the prospect of spending more than a grand on a TV is a bit ridiculous to you (you're not alone) then a budget alternative can really hit the spot. This 4K smart TV is a generous 65-inches and games will sing on it. This is the 2020 model.
Hisense 43-inch A7G 4K TV |
AU$799 AU$695 at Appliance Central (save AU$104)
This is a nice deal for people who don't need a giant screen and are on a budget. It's 43-inches of 4K clarity, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos support, as well as all the popular streaming apps - though you've probably got them on your console already.
Black Friday gaming deals in Australia - what to expect
When will the Black Friday gaming deals start?
This year's Black Friday gaming deals kick off on November 26. However, that isn't to say the discounts will be limited to Friday. Reductions normally start appearing at least a week before that date, and they'll continue for a good few days afterward. You can expect more offers to drop throughout the weekend, into Cyber Monday (November 29), and beyond.
All the same, it's worth pointing out that the best reductions will probably be held back for Black Friday itself (as is the case for most tech, including Black Friday laptop deals). If the item you want hasn't been reduced in the run-up to the event, pop back early on the day - it could be the recipient of a special spotlight discount.
What will the best Black Friday gaming deals be?
While games themselves get plenty of great Black Friday gaming deals, accessories receive the lion's share. Headsets, hard drives, and more are typically cut by huge amounts during the sale, and that makes it the best time to grab any peripherals you've had your eye on.
Laptops are also worthy contenders. These machines receive some of the most eye-catching discounts, and those reductions are available everywhere from Amazon to Mwave. Considering the high price of the best gaming laptops to start with, Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to buy them.
There are usually some good Nintendo Switch bundles too. While these are snapped up fast and don't always include the very latest games, they're excellent value for money and make the perfect starter set for Nintendo's console.
The best offers might be on subscription services like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Game Pass, though. These always seem to get money off toward the end of November, and it's a great opportunity to renew your membership - or start a new one - ahead of the new year.
Will there be PS5 and Xbox Series X Black Friday gaming deals?
Discounts on PS5 or Xbox Series X games and accessories are a given for this year's Black Friday gaming deals, but we wouldn't count on reductions for the consoles themselves (they're selling much too well for that).
However, there is a very real possibility that we'll get a PS5 restock or Xbox Series X restock during the sales event. Even though they'll still be hard to find in a few months' time due to the same old component shortages, we tend to get a drop for both systems at least once a week so can imagine retailers getting something to sell over that time-period. Just don't expect them to last long...
The Black Friday gaming deals aren't going to be the only good offers for the rest of the year: make sure you check out our regularly updated best gaming deals in Australia page.