We're expecting some particularly interesting Black Friday XBox Series X deals this year, what launch games and accessories coming up to their first birthday. While any offers on the consoles themselves are still incredibly unlikely, we should see some of the best controller and headset prices of the year come November.
If you are looking for Xbox Series X stock, however, there might be some good news on the horizon. While Black Friday Xbox Series X deals won't offer up any discounts, we may well see more units on the shelves over the year's biggest shopping weekend.
Last year's Black Friday Xbox Series X deals landed just weeks after the launch of the console. It was the height of console restock madness, with very few new stock waves going live. However, even in that first release window, retailers were holding units back to launch over Black Friday itself.
When it comes to discounts, though, 2021's Black Friday Xbox Series X deals will favor those who already own a console. Some of the best Xbox Series X headsets like the SteelSeries Arctis 9X can drop to record low prices in these sales (we last saw a $173.99 cost on this $199.99 device over Black Friday two years ago). Plus, it's likely we'll see at least a return to the much-celebrated $39 price tag on the Xbox Core controller in 2021 as well.
Halo Infinite Xbox Series X bundles are, however, incredibly unlikely to pop up during Black Friday. As if the console itself wasn't limited edition enough, we're not optimistic that these incredibly sought after packages will be gracing the shelves in the holiday sales this year.
We're rounding up everything we expect to see in this year's Black Friday Xbox Series X deals right here, with all our predictions on the best discounts and where you should be looking for new stock.
When will Black Friday Xbox Series X deals start?
Black Friday Xbox Series X deals technically begin on Friday November 26, but in recent years we've been seeing discounts going live earlier and earlier. Last year, for example, the surge in online shopping meant that retailers were launching offers in October.
That said, the biggest savings tend to land on the day itself, with discounts ramping up from the start of Thanksgiving week. We expect the best Black Friday Xbox Series X deals to start from between November 23 and November 26.
However, Xbox Series X stock will likely only land during the main event itself, so keep your eyes peeled on your favorite retailers from midnight on the Friday.
Where to find the best Xbox Series X Black Friday deals
We'll be rounding up all the best Xbox Series X Black Friday deals right here when they land. However, if you're hunting alone you'll want to check out some tried and tested retailers that we've found to offer the biggest discounts in years gone by.
Amazon: often price matches on controllers, headsets, and more
Best Buy: accessory bundle deals often include Game Pass
CDKeys: big discounts on a massive range of games
Microsoft: All Access purchase options and big accessory savings
Newegg: regular bundle deals with free games
Walmart: best for budget third party accessories and cheap games
Amazon: regular discounts on games and accessories
Argos: best for budget controllers and accessory bundles
CDKeys: big savings on old and new games
Currys: stock drops regularly include Game Pass bundles
Microsoft: regular discounts on controllers and accessories
Very: console bundles often stay in stock longer
Black Friday Xbox Series X deals: what to expect
It's highly unlikely that we'll see discounts on the console itself during 2021's Black Friday Xbox Series X deals. However, we are looking forward to some excellent savings on controllers, headsets, and other accessories.
All of the peripheral gear originally launched alongside the Xbox Series X console has now had plenty of time on the shelves. By the time Black Friday Xbox Series X deals roll around, these controllers and headsets will have been available for a year and will have to start competing with younger, more feature-rich models at lower price points. That's when the big savings start rolling around. Third parties have got their heads around the new consoles and the additional features they require, which means the day one releases need to drop their prices to stay relevant.
Last year's most valuable savings sat on games, so those looking to stock up their library with older (and a handful of new) games will likely be well served come November. Game Pass titles will be available for the lowest prices, but we're also expecting some record low prices on games already released in 2021; Resident Evil Village, Hitman 3 and The Medium should be high up on your list.
Black Friday Xbox Series X deals: what to expect from controllers
If you're after a new gamepad, we would recommend keeping a close eye on not only the Xbox Core controller but also Razer's line of Xbox-compatible buttons. The former is a sure bet for some discounts in this year's Black Friday Xbox Series X deals, with a likely return to the $39 sales price that we saw last year. That price hasn't been beaten in 2021 yet, but we have seen costs dipping down to $49 / £44.99 so far this year.
In the Razer camp, however, the Wolverine V2 is lined up for some excellent discounts. While on the shelves over last year's Black Friday Xbox Series X deals, this premium controller was still a little too fresh to see significant price cuts in the annual sales. Since then, we've seen the $99 gamepad drop as low as $76.50 in the US, regularly taking part in various holiday sales.
The V2 will be celebrating its first birthday close to Black Friday this year, which means enough time spent on the shelves for some even larger savings.
The Razer Wolverine Ultimate is a little older, but hasn't strayed far from its $160 MSRP since launch. However, if you're looking for even more personalization this might be the better option in 2021. Over the last few months, that cost has been trickling down to between $110 and $130 far more regularly than in previous years. There's certainly wiggle room for a sub-$100 Black Friday price here, then.
Similarly, the Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2 has been taking far larger price cuts in recent months. Just like the Wolverine Ultimate, we haven't seen much deviation from MSRP on this premium gamepad since launch. However, over the summer months of 2021, the $179.99 controller has dropped as far as $157.99 for the first time. That's a trend we can easily see being repeated in November, potentially with even bigger savings.
Black Friday Xbox Series X deals: what to expect from headsets
Xbox Series X headsets will likely see more discounts across the price range than last year. We didn't see too many blockbuster savings in the previous sale event, due to the fact that last year's discounts landed just weeks after the consoles themselves.
Retailers were hesitant to drop their prices too far considering the demand available, but in 2021 we may get a better set of savings across the price range. The Razer Kaira Pro for Xbox took a cut down to $119 from $149 in the summer, and that's a price we expect might be slightly improved upon come November. Plus, the Astro A50 looks ready to return to its previous Black Friday price of $239.99 (usually $299.99).
We expect this year's Black Friday Xbox Series X deals on headsets to outperform last year's simply due to the fact that the cups released to coincide with the new console will have had a year on the shelves by the time November rolls around. That's a long time in hardware, and with competitors threatening those early launch price tags with cheaper models and more features, we're betting on some of the biggest names to drop some significant discounts towards the end of the year.
At the cheaper end of the scale, though, we'd recommend budget shoppers turn their attention to two sets of cups in particular. The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition and the HyperX Cloud Stinger have both been readily available for under $50 / £50 over the last few months. However, they've both improved on last year's Black Friday prices in 2021 as well, which means we'll likely see even cheaper costs come November.
Check the latest Xbox Series X stock
If you're looking to get your hands on a console, we wouldn't recommend waiting until Black Friday to do so. There will be more stock drops over the next few months, and our best advice is to keep in regular contact with the retailers below for the chance to put your order in before November.
- USA Xbox Series X: Amazon | Microsoft | Best Buy | Walmart | Target | GameStop | B&H Photo | Newegg | Lenovo
- UK Xbox Series X: Amazon | Very | Argos | Microsoft | Currys | John Lewis | Box | BT
- US Xbox Series S: Amazon | Best Buy | Microsoft | B&H Photo | Target | GameStop |Newegg
- UK Xbox Series S: Box | Amazon | Currys | Microsoft | AO | Very
Today's best deals
We recommend using the time between now and November to research all the best Xbox Series X headsets and best Xbox Series X accessories to make sure you're chasing the right deals when they land later this year.