It's only the start of November, but the Black Friday game deals are already starting to trickle in. If you're looking to buy a new PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, this is the time of year to do it. While the likes of Amazon and Walmart are waiting until closer to the actual day - Black Friday is actually November 23, but most deals will kick off the week before, on Friday November 16 - some shops are starting to get a few gaming deals out early. In the UK, Currys PCWorld has lowered the price of its best Nintendo Switch bundles by about £25. You can pick up either a Switch + Mario Kart for £299 or a Switch + Super Mario Odyssey for £299. Ok, they're not the best Black Friday game deals you'll see in 2018 but... they're also worth buying now. Currys - much like several other retailers - are also guaranteeing that they'll refund the difference, if their prices get lower during Black Friday.
So, what else can you expect from this year's Black Friday game deals? Well, we go into detail below, but the highlights will undoubtedly be console bundles, 4K TVs, PC accessories, and headsets. Whereas there will be individual game deals, it's the bigger ticket items that tend to see the best prices. With more and more sources offering 4K gaming and 4K viewing, the biggest discounts will be on new 4K TVs, and we think you'll be able to pick up OLED and QLED for less than $1000 somewhere, during Black Friday 2018. On the pure gaming side, Switch bundles will be hot, and the base-price of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will undoubtedly drop. And while you won't find Red Dead Redemption 2 cheap, you will save money on games like God of War, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and Black Ops 4.
Black Friday game deals - our promise to you
The wealth of Black Friday game deals on offer in November is, quite frankly, very confusing. We're here to hunt down the genuine best deals, and tell you about them, to help save you money. We know games, we know PC, we know hardware and peripherals, so we know what you might actually want.
We only recommend deals that are actually good. By 'good' we mean: Is the product or bundle ACTUALLY worth buying? Would we buy it ourselves? If the answer is 'Yes' to both these questions, we'll include it here. And by 'deals' we mean: Is the product or bundle actually a bargain? Is there a big enough saving to genuinely recommend you buy it immediately, or seriously consider buying it? Again, if the answer is 'Yes' to both these questions, we will include it in this feature.
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Black Friday game deals - what to expect
So, what PS4 deals can you expect to see on Black Friday 2018? We'll start with consoles and bundles. This year will be your best chance ever to pick up a PS4 Pro deal. We've run some numbers and looked at historical trends to work out how cheap you might be able to pick up a Pro, and the answer is... well, it's likely to be $320-330 in the US, and about £270-280 in the UK. While we saw good prices in 2017 (a PS4 Pro + Destiny 2 dropped to $350), the deals won't go massively lower this year. Why? Red Dead Redemption 2 is selling Pros like the very hottest of cakes, so there's less incentive for retailers to drop their prices too low. But there will be competition, and that means cheaper PS4s for you.
What about the PS4 Slim? Well, Target has already said that it'll be offering the Slim + Spider-Man for $200 while stocks last, which is pretty decent. Expect most PS4 Slims to be around that price, with different numbers of games bundled in. The best PS4 bundle deals this Black Friday will be the Slim with a couple of good games for $200 / £180... If you find these, you're laughing. Buy immediately.
What about the PS4 games? Well, God of War is ripe for discounting, so if you haven't played Sony's Norse masterpiece, you should buy this one if it hits $35 / £30 or less. It's easily the best game of 2018, so you need to experience it right now. You'll see a small discount on Spider-Man - that should go for about $45 / £40 - and you'll likely see some great prices on Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Black Ops 4 too. They should drop to maybe $40 / £35. The best bargain, though, could be Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which launched in September. $25 / £20 for that game? Don't be surprised - it sold very poorly at launch, and Square will be looking to give it a big push around Black Friday.
The best PS4 deals will be right here, in this feature, but for everything else Sony-shaped, here's where all our Black Friday PS4 deals will live.
Xbox One deals
As with Sony's deals, the big focus for Microsoft will be 4K. So, it'll be looking to sell plenty of Xbox One X deals during Black Friday. It's an interesting time for Microsoft, because the X is just over a year old and will need to drop in price to convince more people to upgrade from their S. The curse of the Xbox One X is that, while it's more powerful, the S is still a great console that offers 4K Blu-ray and HDR at a far cheaper price. So, this Black Friday, you'll definitely see the Xbox One X fall to about $399 / £350. It's already hitting about $460 (this rather cool Xbox One X with NBA 2K19 is $468 on Amazon), and you can expect that to drop much lower. Microsoft is attempting to offer its own Xbox One X bundles with Battlefield 5 and Fallout 76, but they're priced way too high, so expect retailer deals to be much better.
In terms of the Xbox One S? Look, the console may be older, but it's probably the best value gaming device you can buy right now. The best deal at the moment is the Xbox One S with NBA 2K19 for $263 at Amazon, but you can expect Xbox to match the PS4 Slim deals and hit $200 / £180. For a console that does HDR and acts as a 4K Blu-ray player... that's an incredible price, so if you see one, do snap it up.
As for the games? Well, it'll be a similar story to PS4. You won't see price reductions on Red Dead 2, but you'll very likely be able to pick up Forza Horizon 4 for about $45 / £40, Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $35 / £30, and Black Ops 4 for about $40 / £35. Again, if you're waiting to pick up Shadow of the Tomb Raider, there should be some very attractive prices - likely to go as low as $30 / £25. And that's a fine price for Lara's latest.
We'll update this feature with the very best Xbox offers, but here's our guide to all the Black Friday Xbox One deals.
Nintendo is a little different when it comes to Black Friday 2018. It doesn't care about 4K, and demand for the Switch is still pretty high, despite the lack of recent game releases. So, prices on the best Nintendo Switch bundles won't go much below $280 / £265. What you're likely to see with the Switch is more games and accessories thrown in to each pack. So, for example, you'll likely get a Switch with Mario Kart 8 and Mario Tennis Aces for about $320. Hey, that's not bad, but it won't save you much money either. The best place to buy a Switch will be Amazon Lightning Deals. In previous years the hottest Nintendo Switch deals were these limited time offers, and they sold out in a few minutes. In the UK last year, a Switch with Super Mario Odyssey for £269 sold out in about 90 seconds.
What about Switch games? Well, Nintendo is notoriously mean about discounting its first-party games, so you may not see decent discounts on the likes of Zelda or Super Mario Odyssey. What you will get is Mario Tennis Aces for about $30 / £25, because few people bought it at release. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle may drop to $25 / £20, and you should see a few dollars knocked off the recent Starlink game from Ubisoft. Elsewhere, Pokemon will be new, so no savings there. Super Mario Party will likely fall to about $45 / £40, and you should see Mario Kart 8 Deluxe come down to $50 / £45.
We'll include the top Ninty deals right here, but here's where all the best Black Friday Nintendo deals will live.
4K TV deals
The biggest discounts during Black Friday have always been on TVs. Last year, it made mid-range 4K sets affordable to all, and 2018 will represent the first time OLED and QLED technology is affordable to the average consumer. That's brilliant news for gamers, because the added fidelity and deeper blacks of OLED really makes the likes of Red Dead 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey pop. Right now, the best gaming TV of 2018 - the LG OLED C8PUA is available for $1897 - which is already a saving of $300. That's a brilliant deal on a stunning TV. You may or may not get that specific LG for less on Black Friday but what is certain is that we'll see big discounts on the hottest TVs, and someone - likely Samsung - will drop a QLED for less than $1000 / £1000. At that price, while it's not 'affordable', it becomes a brilliant deal, so it's worth seeing if you can stretch the bank balance.
If you're looking for the cheapest 4K TV you can get, then expect the bottom prices to be around $350 / £300 for about 42 inches. That's for a TV from a reputable manufacturer, like LG or Samsung. What's more, the latest sets from TCL and Phillips - who have struggled with quality in the past - are going to be getting cheaper, so you'll likely be able to pick up a decent, reliable 4K TV from these in about 55 inches for around $399 / £370. This TCL 55 inch R617 set is $650 right now, and it's a good deal. The 2018 models from TCL are MUCH improved on 2017 and 2016, so keep that in mind. If size really matters to you, but you don't have the dollars for a premium OLED... you'll clean up on Black Friday.
We'll have the hottest 4K TV deals here, but for all the Black Friday 4K TV deals we have a guide.
It's going to be an exciting Black Friday for PC deals. With the price of graphics cards falling, thanks to the fall of Bitcoin and the introduction of Nvidia's 20 series, that will not only be good fo PC builders, but it'll have a knock on effect for pre-built PCs. If the components are cheaper, the PCs are cheaper and everyone wins. It's tough to say how low pre-built PCs will go, but whereas you're getting this Alienware Aurora R7 for about $1450 right now, you can expect it - and equivalent PC builds - to fall by another $200-300. That's a great deal on a PC with this kind of spec (i7-8700 CPU, 1070 GTX GPU, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD), and you'll definitely find PCs with better GPUs and more HDD space as needed. Here are the current best gaming PCs.
In terms of components, well, expect 1080s to see about $50-70 / £40-60 savings, and some other parts to get similar discounts. Likely between 10-15% of what they are now. Black Friday isn't huge for raw components, but it's not bad either.
Where you'll see the biggest PC savings is in the best gaming monitors, and on keyboards and mice. Prices get massively slashed on monitors especially, as they seem to obey the same rules as 4K TVs. Something like this brill ASUS ROG Swift 27 inch monitor will likely fall to about $500 / £470. If it does, then you should definitely buy it. Peripheral manufacturers like Razer, Logitech, Corsair and HyperX always slash prices during Black Friday, so if you're looking to pick up the best gaming keyboard you can get, or a new gaming mouse... it'll be the right time.
Other PC parts like speakers, headsets, routers and Wifi dongles will all go on sale too. We'll list all the premium PC stuff here, but we have a separate article for the best Black Friday PC deals.
Gaming headsets always sell extremely well during Black Friday. Why? Because they're often pretty expensive, but having a good gaming headset is essential for today's biggest games. So, any opportunity to save cash and get something a little better than you'd normally be able to afford is welcome. Our best PS4 headset - the Razer Kraken Pro V2 - is currently 25% off ($59.99), so that's worth picking up right now. It's also one of the best Xbox One headsets too. While we won't see that particular headset get much cheaper during Black Friday, we will see high-end cans drop in price.
Expect some Turtle Beach headsets to drop, like the Elite Pro Atlas, and some regular headphones to go on sale too. These brilliant Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones sold very well during Amazon Prime Day in July, so expect them to go cheap again, along with the likes of Sennheiser and Beats.
We'll list the best gaming headset deals here.
Black Friday 2017 - what happened last year?
Simply put, last year was carnage on Nintendo Switch. Amazon announced a handful of Lightning Deals on a Switch bundle that included Super Mario Odyssey, and they sold out in 92 seconds. That was brutal. Uncharted 4 went for $15 (and it went fast), there was a 55" curved Samsung 4K TV for $600 off (making it half price), and you could pick up all three Lord of the Rings movies on Blu Ray for - wait for it - $5. Madness. We were regularly seeing Xbox One S bundles for less than $250 too, with some even slipping beneath $220.
Some toys and peripherals went down to low prices too, with headsets especially getting significant reductions. And while there weren't a huge number of great game discounts, there were a handful that broke out. DOOM for about $9 was a zinger.
Black Friday 2018 - what to expect on GamesRadar
We'll be working round the clock throughout the whole Black Friday period to bring you the best deals on games, gaming tech, TVs, and anything cool you might be interested in. This article will be constantly updated with the best deals we can find; the stuff you can buy and own right there and then. We'll be focused on games, TV, movies and geek culture - basically the stuff you visit our site for anyway. No toothbrushes and shoes here.
We'll have other articles specifically calling out the best deals too, but obviously you won't see them until Black Friday happens. For now, here are our core Buying Guides for the main consoles, so you can get a flavor for how prices are right now. Don't hold off buying something if you see a good price right now, but keep in mind that full-priced items will likely be discounted during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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