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Black Friday Xbox controller deals 2021 - everything we expect to see in November

Xbox Elite Series 2 controller
(Image credit: Microsoft)

Black Friday Xbox controller deals are going to be hot property in 2021. Of all the winter deals we expect to see, big discounts on second controllers are at the top of the list – particularly as we look toward occasions where we might be able to begin regrouping with friends and family. Thankfully, there are plenty of options out there between the official and third-party offerings. 

Microsoft pledged to make all of its Xbox peripherals forwards and backwards compatible, so that means you should be on the look out for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X controllers. Of course, the new-gen pads come with a couple of extra features, such as the in-built capture button, better thumbsticks, and longer-lasting battery life, while the premium controllers – such as the Elite Series 2, arguably the best PC controller around – also have some degree of customisation. 

That's right, even if you're looking to play games on Xbox, iOS, Android, or PC, the Xbox One and Xbox Series X controllers will get the job done – that's why it's so imperative that you keep your eyes peeled for some good deals. 


Xbox Elite Series 2 controller | just $149.99 at Amazon
Save $30 - As lady luck would have it, you can get the Elite Series 2 pad from Amazon right now for its lowest ever price. Will it be beaten in the Black Friday Xbox controller sales? Maybe, but this deal will get you the gamepad now and for a great price.

If you're looking for bigger discounts, you might want to look at some of the third-party offerings that are out there. Third-party controllers are extremely good these days, particularly if you're buying from a manufacturer like Razer, Turtle Beach, Thrustmaster, and Nacon. The pads are comfortable, share a lot of the same tech as the official pads, and can often come equipped with a few extra features. 

The Xbox Series X launched late 2020, so this is the first Black Friday since. As a result, we are anticipating that there will be plenty of Black Friday Xbox controller deals, alongside some other sterling Black Friday Xbox Series X deals

You should also be on the lookout for Black Friday Xbox headset deals to compliment your new controller. If none of that is any use to you, there's always Black Friday PS5 TV deals, Black Friday gaming headset deals, and the Black Friday gaming laptop deals to be aware of. Anyway, for now you should read on for more info on what to expect from November's Black Friday Xbox controller deals. 

But remember this winter is going to be prime time for upgrading your gaming setup in a wider sense so consider swotting up in the upcoming Black Friday PS5 TV deals, Black Friday gaming headset deals, and the Black Friday gaming laptop deals to fully round out your research and preparation. Read on, however, for more info on what to expect in next month's Black Friday Xbox controller deals.

Where will the best Black Friday Xbox controller deals be?

We will be rounding up the best Black Friday Xbox controller deals right here on this page as they come in. However, of course, we know who are the likely players in this game. The below retailers will be the ones to check out and visit often during the sales period - but are also good places to go right now if you fancy an early look.

should always be your first stop for gaming peripherals
Best Buy:
always has stock, regularly has discounts
GameStop: the gaming retailer has strong stock levels of all pads
Newegg: the PC-focused store has a decent variety of Xbox gear in stock
store collection and masses of stock - a solid option

remains the best starting point for gaming controllers
Very: regularly has great levels of choice for gaming peripherals
the place to go for a great variety of gaming tech and gear
Argos: sometimes offers same-day delivery on items and decent prices
John Lewis:
might surprise us with stock and deals on the big day
growing in stature as a retailer worth visiting for any gaming tech
Ebuyer: known for PC parts, but still offers a bunch of console gaming gear

When will Black Friday Xbox controller deals start?

Put Friday, November 26 in your calendar and highlight it, and set a reminder a week before - this is the big day this year. As a result, we think the biggest and best deals are likely to go live on this day itself. But we've all been down this road before: retailers do like to go earlier and earlier with offerings, price cuts, and deals so it's always wise to be on the lookout from mid-October onwards. This is the point at which we will start seeing the Black Friday Xbox controller deals get into full swing.

Black Friday Xbox controller deals: what to expect

Thrustmaster eSwap X Pro

(Image credit: Future)

In terms of specific Black Friday Xbox controller deals to anticipate, it is, naturally, hard to say exactly what will come to pass.

But let's start from the top. The Elite Series 2 controller is always the one to look out for during sales events. Its list price is still $180 so anything below that is still technically a deal - though its recent price has generally seen it available for around the $160 mark in the past couple of months. It did receive a tiny price drop of $15 or so last Black Friday, but it could be prime for a sub-$150, lowest-ever price this year. After all, we can't be too far off a Series 3...

The day after Cyber Monday last year is still the record low for the regular Series X controller (in black) when it was briefly down to $39. We think that this is probably about as low as it'll go again this year - it still not being that old at all, of course - but that'd still be a great price.

Among the third-party controllers is where it could get more interesting. One of our top picks, the Thrustmaster eSwap X Pro controller - with its modular, interchangeable design and plethora of customisation options - could definitely see a lowest ever price. A $60 controller, this last saw a lowest ever price of $20 for Amazon Prime Day, which is was a fantastic deal. We'd be very surprised if it went down any lower, but what could happen is that the controller gets cuts, along with the colour or LED packs that offer variety to its design, so you could save a whole bunch on a whole package.

Razer's Wolverine line of Xbox controllers are also definite strong contenders for price cuts this year. The gaming hardware behemoth always get's involved with the Black Friday Xbox controller deals and we'd expect to see even the newest Wolverine V2 on offer. Given that controller and all its brethren are some of the best Razer controllers available from the brand, we'd keep an eye on all of these. The Razer Wolverine Ultimate, for example, despite being the older model, always sees deep cuts from its $160 list price, and has already been down to $110 once this year. The winter sales period is an easy chance to match or better this.

Turtle Beach Recon Controller

(Image credit: Future/Brendan Griffiths)

Elsewhere, the Turtle Beach Recon controller's already decent price of $50 could mean it's not going to see a deep cut, though a few dollars off would still represent a decent percentage off if it happens. It's a similar case with Nacon's (RIG's) Pro Compact controller from this year too. Nonetheless, these represent the variety and spread of what's likely to be available.

But, as we've said before, these are just a few big fish in a large pond of options. Even the most budget of entries will get price cuts if you're looking for a quick hit or easy solution, while those more premium ones will be mighty tempting of course. 

Today's best deals

However, if you're looking for the latest prices and deals right now, then we've got you covered. Below, our price-finding tech will present you with the best prices in your area, for a few choice models. If only for reference and further research, this information is key - but you might just find a tempting offer as it stands right now. 

If you're looking to upgrade your display this winter, then also swot up in the Black Friday QLED TV deals, Black Friday OLED TV deals, Black Friday gaming monitors, the Black Friday curved monitor deals, and the Black Friday 4K monitor deals to get some thorough preparation under your belt.