Microsoft's Black Friday deals take Xbox One S to its lowest price ever

Black Friday weekend has always been a great time to be a gamer: If you’re careful, patient and observative - which, we all know gamers are - you can make out like a bandit with a great Xbox One deal.

The coveted prize this holiday season? An Xbox One S for $189. 

Yes, Microsoft’s HDR-friendly, upscale 4K-capable console that began its life at $399 one short year ago is already dropping down to sub-$200 levels this year - which, for the record, is over $100 less than Sony’s $299 PS4 bundles on offer right now. 

According to a post on the Xbox News Wire, the $189 deal will be available at select U.S. retailers from November 23 to November 27, giving you ample time to snag a console and make your getaway. (Sorry, I’m still really caught up on this whole bandit analogy…) 

Not sure if you want to fight the crowds or repeatedly refresh deal pages all weekend long? Microsoft is offering a special Xbox One S bundle which includes a game and the console for $249 starting on Nov. 13 and running until Nov. 18, and $50-off any 1TB off 500GB Xbox One S from the 19th to the 27th.

Basically, as long as you buy an Xbox One S in the next two to three weeks, you’re going to chillin’ like a villain with a new cheap Xbox. (OK, OK, I’ll stop.)

 Don’t forget the stocking stuffers 

If you can’t resist the siren call of a good bargain, Microsoft is also offering a pretty steep discount on all of its first-party games - including Forza 7, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2 and Forza Horizon 3 - as well as Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions, controllers and stereo headsets. 

Forza Motorsport 7, one of the most gorgeous-looking titles on Xbox One S and Xbox One X. will be $39.99, while Gears of War 4 and Halo Wars 2 will be available for $19.99 apiece. Finally, Forza Horizon 3, our sports/racing game of the year in 2016, will be available for $29.99. 

These deals start on November 23 and will run until November 27. 

Also on the docket are subscription deals: You can save $10 on a 3-month or 6-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and Microsoft is making Xbox Game Pass, its game download service, available for just $1 for the first month. 

Last but not least, in the same timeframe you can save $50 on an Xbox Elite Wireless Controller with an Xbox One X purchase, $15 on Xbox Design Lab controllers and $20/$15 on Xbox Wireless Controllers and Stereo Headsets, respectively. Phew! Now, that’s a lot o’deals.