Xbox One deals: how to save big on the new Xbox this holiday season

Prepare for the best Xbox One deals now, face the crowds later

Don't go green with envy if Santa didn't leave you a new console under the tree last year. Launch line-ups were weak and, admittedly, most of the best apps didn't come out until the middle of the summer. But, over the last year a half-dozen awesome titles have come out since then, making now the appropriate time to fork over the cash for the best all-in-one entertainment system around: the Xbox One.

So why wait until the end of December to get everything on your list? Some of the best deals are happening right now and TechRadar is the No. 1 source for game consoles, along with all the other tech on your wishlist.

Xbox One deals

Best in-store retail Xbox One deals

Sea-lovers will feel right at home with the first deal from Target, which is offering an Xbox One bundle fit for a pirate king: Target Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Black Friday deal is available for $329.99.

Best Buy has a similar deal, except it's throwing a Kinect and an extra controller in for $100 more: Best Buy Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Black Friday deal for $429.99.

If you'd rather spend some time in space than the high seas, check out the Walmart Xbox One and Halo: The Master Chief Collection Black Friday deal on sale Thursday for $329 (or right now for $349). This one also includes a $30 gift card in the bundle.

Best online Xbox One deals

Updated: If you can hold out until the Friday after Thanksgiving, Walmart's deal blows everything else out of the water. The Walmart Xbox One Starter Bundle Black Friday deal is only $399 and includes 12 months of Xbox Live and your choice of another game. Choices include Destiny, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, Grand Theft Auto V, NBA 2K15, Titanfall, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Forza Horizon 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, The Evil Within, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Far Cry 4 and Alien: Isolation.

Or, for $329, you can get the same deal without Xbox Live and extra game from Dell's Xbox One with Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Black Friday deal.