To help you out this holiday season, we here at GamesRadar have compiled a list of the best Black Friday game deals across a multitude of retailers, platforms, and categories. But what about the deals that may look good on the surface but actually aren't so great? We've found a few of those too, and want to help you avoid these subpar savings. Below, you'll find some of the worst Black Friday 2018 offers, as well as our suggestions for what you should get instead. Let's get started.
Insignia 39-inch TV
On the surface, this Insignia brand TV for $189.99 might seem like an okay deal - and maybe it is, if you're looking for an affordable secondary set. But take a close look and you'll see that unlike a lot of TVs on sale this year, this particular model is only 1080p. In terms of future-proofing, this resolution is already on the way out.
If you're shopping for a new TV to put in the living room or one to play games on, we highly recommend you check out this Samsung 4K UHD TV for $277.99. It's a bit higher asking price, but A) you won't have to buy another TV when 1080p is considered dead, and B) you get so much more bang for your buck: four times the resolution, four more inches of screen space, HDR support, and a game-specific display mode for reducing input lag and making your gameplay buttery smooth.
Samsung 43-inch 4K UHD TV is $277.99 (save 45%) Want big picture without a big hit to your wallet? This Samsung offers excellent contrast ratio, 4K resolution, and HDR support for a super affordable price.View Deal
iPhones bought from Apple
You want a new iPhone. Naturally, you think the place to get one is straight from the manufacturer, Apple. But one look at Apple's Black Friday 2018 sales page and you'll see why that's not a great idea. Chiefly, because none of the company's iPhones are discounted. Instead, Apple is offering a $50 gift card... when you buy an iPhone 8 or iPhone 7 model. So you can spend $700 on last year's iPhone 8 Plus in order to get a paltry 7% back in Apple credit, and then feel pressured to upgrade to another pricey mobile replacement next September. Yuck.
Instead, check out Walmart's offerings. They're selling this year's iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max models. And yes, they're also being sold at full price, but get this: manage to snag one and you'll get a $300 Walmart gift card. Since Walmart sells just about everything, that $300 is going to go a lot farther than Apple's offer, allowing you to scoop up some other gifts more or less for free. Just be quick about it, as online stock is dwindling fast, and you may need to make a trip in store to snag this deal.
iPhone XR / XS / XS Max + $300 gift card The newest iPhones are sleek, powerful, fast, and stylish. They've got support for FaceID and animated emojis, as well as the support of Apple's excellent app store. The $300 gift card you'll be scooping up? That's just the delicious icing on the cake.
PS4 Uncharted 4 + PSVR bundle
Again, at first glance this seems like a pretty solid deal, especially if you've been curious to try virtual reality gaming: a PlayStation 4, a copy of Uncharted 4, and a PlayStation VR headset, all for $639.99 via Walmart. That's $550 in savings! But if you're willing to put in a little virtual legwork, you can assemble a much better bundle all on your own.
Start with the PS4 Pro Red Dead Redemption 2 bundle for $399.99 from Best Buy. It comes with the most powerful version of PS4 currently available, plus the best cowboy game on the market. Then, head to Newegg, which has a PSVR bundle with Astro Bot Rescue and Moss for $199.99. Buying separate ends up being $40 cheaper, plus now you've got a more powerful console and a more contemporary game to enjoy.
PS4 Pro Red Dead Redemption 2 bundle for $399.99 (save 13%) The most powerful PlayStation console bundled with Rockstar's most expansive game to date. What's not to like? Seriously, if you've even been thinking about getting a PS4 Pro or Red Dead Redemption 2, you already know how you feel about this deal.
PlayStation VR bundle with Astro Bot Rescue and Moss for $199.99 (save 33%) If you've wanted to try out VR, here's opportunity knocking. PSVR is one of the best-supported (and most comfortable) virtual reality headsets on the market, and the two games included are sure to get you smiling.View Deal
Google Home Hub
Want to turn your plain-old home into a smart home? The Google Home Hub will make you feel like Tony Stark as you control lighting, temperature, security, and more through a slick interface that connects to your smart devices. Target is selling the Google Home Hub for a cool $99, which is the same price you'll see most everywhere else. The trick is to look for what else you can get as part of a deal.
If you opt for Walmart instead of Target, you'll still get the Google Home Hub for $99 - but you'll also get a $10 Vudu gift card. If you're not familiar, Vudu lets you buy, rent, and stream video content on-demand, so you can celebrate your savvy shopping with a movie night! Otherwise, Best Buy is selling the Google Home Hub for $99.99, and MyBestBuy members will get a $10 reward certificate sent their way after purchase. Wherever you go, just make sure to get a little something extra.
Google Home Hub for $99 (save 34%) + $10 Vudu card Say hello to the world of tomorrow by installing a Google Home Hub. Check your route to work, control the thermostat, dim the lights, lock the doors, and more with this handy control panel. It's basically like being Iron Man. Speaking of, why not watch Avengers: Infinity War using your complementary $10 Vudu gift card?
Xbox Live Gold
Now can be a great time to save up on digital subscriptions like Xbox Live Gold. In fact, several retailers are offering discounts on Microsoft's online service, like GameStop taking $10 off the usual $24.99 for a 3-month subscription. But there are better deals lurking in the wings, my friend.
Your first option is to get a 3-month Xbox Live Gold subscription for $12.50 via Walmart, saving you $2.49 comparatively (that might not sound like much, but put that toward a cup of coffee so you can stay awake for the long shopping days ahead and you'll be oh so glad for it). Otherwise, if you're new to Xbox Live, you can get your first month for $1 via the Microsoft Store. Less commitment, more savings. That's a deal worth taking.
3 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership is $12.50 (save 50%) Join Clubs and Parties without restriction, score deals on brand-new games and download older games for free at this unbeatable price.
Looking for something specific? Check out our Black Friday 2018 guides below:
- The hottest Cyber Monday PS4 deals
- The best Black Friday Xbox One deals
- The cream-of-the-crop Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals
- All the Black Friday PC deals you need for your new rig
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