Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 sales in Australia: How to find a great Xbox One deal

Although the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping phenomenon was born in the US, it's now well and truly arrived in Australia along with all the excellent savings and discount prices that come with it. 

In the lead up to Christmas, these sales are an excellent opportunity to get all your gift shopping out of the way, or to treat yourself to that console you've been wanting. If you're after the best price on an Xbox One console, this is definitely a good time to be looking.

So what's the best way to approach this – should you go straight for a discounted console or keep your eyes peeled for bundles? What should you steer clear of? We're here to walk you through the essentials when shopping for an Xbox One this Black Friday.

Below, we've gathered up the best Xbox One deals we've found so far, so if you're after a super-cheap console or some discounted games, you've come to the right place.

Best Xbox One deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017

Call of Duty: WWII or Assassin’s Creed Origins (From $54): The cheapest we’ve found these latest hot titles has been from Harvey Norman, starting at $54. You can get Call of Duty: WWII (Xbox One) for $54, or Assassin’s Creed Origins on Xbox One for $59.

Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB with Shadow of War, NBA 2K18, and a free game ($279): This is an exceptional bundle for those keen on getting their hands on Shadow of War, NBA 2K18 and a free game of your choice. The choice is incredibly limited, but thankfully they're both great titles. Take your pick from Forza Motorsport 6 or Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition. you can grab this excellent Xbox One S 500GB bundle for only $279.

Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB with Assassin's Creed Origins ($257): If you're not after a 1TB console and but you do want to dive right into the latest Assassin's Creed, Harvey Norman has a stellar bundle that comes in at well under $300! Get this Xbox One S 500GB bundle for only $257 at Harvey Norman.

Microsoft Xbox One X with Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II ($584): Want to experience the world’s most powerful gaming console? You can get your hands on Microsoft’s latest Xbox One X along with two games (Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus) for less than the cost of the console itself! Incredible. Get the Xbox One X with Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II for only $584 from EB Games eBay store and be sure to enter the code PANTONE to get that 10% off.

Microsoft Xbox One S with Assassin’s Creed Origins, Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II ($251): If you’re keen to get your hands on the latest and greatest console games, there is currently no cheaper way to do it than with this package. You’ll score yourself the glorious Xbox One S console, along with Assassin’s Creed Origins, The Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Get the Xbox One S Assassin’s Creed Origins, Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II bundle for only $251 from EB Games eBay store and be sure to enter the code PANTONE to get that 10% off.

Xbox One games (Save up to 65%): If you’re looking for something new to play on your Xbox One, then Microsoft is offering some excellent discounts on its digital and physical games. If you head over to the Xbox games page, you can save quite a bit on the latest titles, and even more-so if you’re an Xbox Gold subscriber. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is 50% off if you’re a Gold member, for instance, as is The Witcher 3. Alternatively, you can check out Microsoft’s game page for some of the slightly older, but still popular titles.

Things to remember

No matter which model of Xbox One you order, you won't be disappointed by the gaming and media powerhouse that shows up at your door. That said, there are certainly differences between the models, especially the latest Xbox One X beast of a system. And while a bundle might seem like excellent value, it's easy to be deceived in the heat of a sale frenzy. 

Decide early on what you're actually after – set your price boundaries and assess your media and gaming needs, and hopefully you won't be overwhelmed by a sneakily expensive deal, which brings us to our first point...

Which Xbox One should you buy?

Hold up! Before you take another step, take a look at our reviews for the original Xbox One and the Xbox One S, and our hands-on with the Xbox One X. These will fill you in on some vital basics as well as offer a deep dive into the feature sets of each.

There are three Xbox consoles on the market at the moment, and while the original has been essentially superseded by the Xbox One S, you've still got to make the call on which on you're after.

For the sake of brevity, here's a quick comparison between these models: 

The original Xbox One is larger and older, but is more likely to be cheaper than its brethren. It'll run all the same games as the other two, but it's fixed at a max resolution output of 1080p. Although it's been dropped by Microsoft, you could score the Kinect motion camera thrown into a bundle, depending on the age of the stock on sale.

Taking over the original's flagship throne is the One S – a slick, slimline revision of that console, and a far more attractive machine. It sports a 4K Blu-ray player, 4K media and streaming apps, and 4K upscaling for some games, making it a more future-proofed console compared to the original machine.

Last but certainly not least is the console with the most – the Xbox One X. It's a brand new machine and has launched just in time for Black Friday, so price cuts aren't likely to be as extreme and the bundles not as generous as with the other systems. But if you're after a true, native 4K gaming experience, with all the features of the above versions plus extra graphical grunt, then this is your weapon of choice.

4K vs your wallet

How badly you want to play your games and watch your shows in 4K is going to have to battle it out with your budget. If you're currently sitting pretty with a 1080p display and aren't all that keen to upgrade any time soon, then the original Xbox One could very well do the trick. 

However, there's every chance that the Xbox One S will see more impressive discounts this Black Friday anyway, so you could even end up future-proofing yourself for less. In the realm of displays 4K is becoming the new super-sharp standard, so we recommend going for a One S at minimum unless there are some serious savings on the original model.

As for the Xbox One X, the current price difference is a pretty big deterrent to jumping on the world's most powerful console, but as time rolls on we're likely to see developers making better use of the extra grunt that this unit houses, allowing their games some extra prettiness over the Xbox One S version.

If you fancy a different flavour of 4K gaming, Sony's PS4 Pro is well worth checking out too. It's Sony's closest answer to the Xbox One X and, being quite a bit older, could well be hitting some very tempting prices indeed come Black Friday.

Beware the bad bundle

Now, despite that heading, there's no such thing as a "bad" bundle, providing you personally like what you're getting for the price you're being offered it. Something is only worth what you're willing to pay for it, of course. 

But you'll find some tricksy retailers pulling together older games into bundles where you might find bigger savings buying the component parts separately, or from second hand resellers if the game is of a particular vintage.

If you're after the latest and greatest, think about sticking with the official bundles offered up by Microsoft. It tends to pack in the 'system-seller' titles that show off the consoles at their best, while third-party offers sometimes have more to do with unsold gaming stock than the actual quality of the titles on offer.

Current Xbox One S bundles include games like Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Hard drive size

Games these days are big, regularly counting many tens of gigabytes. But if you're not careful, you could be landed with a console that only has a 500GB hard drive – the stock, lowest level that Microsoft puts out with its machines.

Now, it's not as big a problem as it once was – external hard drives, provided they're USB 3.0 compatible, can easily be paired with the Xbox One, working in a pretty-seamless plug-and-play way. But that's a potential additional expense if you've not got a spare. So be aware that, unless you're happy to juggle installed game files or have no qualms plugging in an external drive, you're going to want to consider getting a machine with at least 1TB of installed hard drive space.