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There was a time when photography was considered an expensive hobby, but being a modern gamer is just as tough. So when Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes round each year, it becomes the best time to snatch up all the latest games and console bundles.
But it’s not just games that have taken the arena by storm this year. Sony and Microsoft have both announced that they’re working on the next generation of consoles, while the Nintendo Switch continues to climb to new dizzying sales heights.
With so much happening this year, chances are you may have missed out on something, making Black Friday 2018 a crucial time to stock up on your gaming library and upgrade your hardware. So, what gaming deals can we expect this November?
So if you’ve waited until now to pick up one then you’re going to be in luck, because they often come as bundles with a reduced rate.
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Best console deals
Xbox One S 1TB Console + 5 games | was $499 now $279 (save $200)
If you've been hanging out to get into the world of Xbox One, then this is the perfect bundle offering to kick you off. With all Xbox One S bundles priced at just $299, you not only get the 1TB console along with a game of your choice. However, you also score four free additional games, like Gears of War 4, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, and Halo 5: Guardians, alongside your brand new Xbox One S.View Deal
This is one of the cheapest prices we've seen on a PS4 Pro for quite some time, and it comes with the much-loved Marvel's Spider-Man game. Be sure to add both items to your JB Hi-Fi checkout in order to get the discount.View Deal
PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Console (Black) | was $439.95 now $367
In the market for a cheap PS4 to play Spider-Man on? You're in luck, because Sony's online store has dropped the price of its entry level PS4 Slim console and Spider-Man game bundle from $439.95 to just $367. View Deal
Xbox One X Fallout 76 bundle + 4 games | was $748.75 now $549
Want something a little more than the One S has to offer? How about the world's most powerful gaming console? Grab yourself the Xbox One X along with Fallout 76 and four free games thrown in, including Gears of War, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians. That'll keep you busy!View Deal
Best video game deals
Marvel's Spider-Man PS4| was $99.95 now $39
Developed by Insomniac Games (Ratchet and Clank), Marvel's Spider-Man is possibly the greatest Marvel video game ever made. Swing into action this Black Friday and pick up Spidey's latest adventure for just $39.View Deal
Fallout 76 Xbox One| was $99.95 now $49.76
War never changes, but Fallout games sure do! The latest entry, Fallout 76, opens players up to a world populated by actual people rather than NPCs. You'll also find an added emphasis on survival and a completely revamped V.A.T.S. implementation. Now only $49.76View Deal
Fallout 76 PS4 | was $99.95 now $49.76
PlayStation fans, get ready to enter the wasteland again in Fallout 76, which sees a number of big changes this time around. You'll find an added emphasis on survival and a completely revamped V.A.T.S. implementation. Now only $49.76View Deal
Fallout 76 PC | was $99.95 now $49.76
Though it's only just been released, you can already get a huge saving on the PC version of Fallout 76, which features new game systems and a focus on online multiplayer functionality. Now only $49.76View Deal
Assassin's Creed Origins Xbox One | was $35 now $19
Before you head to Ancient Greece in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, explore Ancient Egypt in the series' previous entry, Assassin's Creed Origins. As part of the Black Friday sales, you can pick up Origins for only $35. View Deal
Best peripheral deals
PlayStation VR bundle | was $549 now $269
It's good to see that Sony is discounting the PSVR for Black Friday. And it's quite a significant discount too, if you're shopping at JB Hi-Fi, with a saving of $280 on the bundle that includes the camera and the VR Worlds game. That's practically half price!View Deal
PS4 DualShock 4 controller | was $78 now $45
Need some extra DualShock 4 controllers for your next big multiplayer gaming night? Amazon's got an amazing deal on its Black, Red, White and Blue DS4 controllers, each one available for just $45. Be sure to click on the colour that you want, as the button below will just take you to the standard Black version.View Deal
Hyper X Cloud Revolver gaming headset | $117 (save $62)
There are few headsets that are as comfortable as the Cloud Revolver and right now you can save big dollars on these wonderfully clear and comfy cans.View Deal
Razer Blackwidow X Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard | $139 (save $80)
For those chasing peak gaming performance, Razer has a strong history of making the ultimate peripherals and its mechanical gaming keyboards are no exception. Grab this RGB Chroma Gunmetal edition of the Blackwidow X for a serious discount.View Deal
HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard | $97 (save $52)
Shaving off the extra bulk of bezels and a frame, this schmick mechanical keyboard from HyperX is great for portability and space-saving, not to mention those sleek aesthetics. You can grab it with either Cherry MX Brown switches or Cherry MX Blue switches.View Deal
Best gaming laptops
Lenovo Legion Y920 i7 / 16GB / 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD / GTX 1070 gamin laptop | was $3,299 now $2,099 (save $1,200)
The processor under the hood of this 17-inch monster is a 7th-generation Core i7, but this is a great price for a gaming laptop boasting Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics. There's plenty of system memory (which can be changed) and a heck of a lot of storage to boot, and you can save $1,200 by using the code BFSALE at checkout.View Deal
Dell G3 17 gaming laptop i7 / 16GB / 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD / GTX 1060 | was $2,499 now $1,999 (20% off)
Gaming laptops aren't cheap, but this 17-inch G3 configuration provides a good mix of components, including a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip and combo SSD + hard drive storage. Add to that a sleek design and 20% shaved off the usual RRP, and you've got a decent gaming all-rounder.View Deal
Alienware 13 (i7/16GB/512GB) | was $2,799 now $2,299 (save $500)
Alienware's 13-inch gaming laptop packs a GeForce GTX 1060 into a nicely portable package (albeit one that's still a little weighty) meaning you can take it almost anywhere for true PC gaming on the go. This well-specced model includes a 512GB SSD and, with the current $500 discount for Black Friday, it's nicely competitive.View Deal
When are Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018?
Want to know when the big sale is this year? Black Friday falls on November 23, making Cyber Monday November 26.
But the sale isn’t only over those two days, and neither is it restricted to just that one weekend. Retailers tend to begin announcing offers well before the actual date, with bargains to be had as early as a week before, and sometimes only ending when the month's out.
That means there's only days to go before you can snag a great bargain on some of the hottest titles and gaming gear.
It’s highly likely that we’ll see discounts on consoles, accessories and video games from retailers like The Gamesmen, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Amazon. The announcement of the next-generation consoles could also entice these retailers to discount any old stock of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. With Amazon slapping a price tag of less than $400 on the Nintendo Switch, we also expect the retailers to offer bigger discounts on Nintendo’s most popular console.
What sort of gaming deals will we see?
As we mentioned earlier, expect to see big price drops on gaming gear from retailers like Amazon, JB Hi-Fi and The Gamesmen. You can also look forward to Microsoft hosting its own Black Friday sale, with plenty of Xbox One bundles on offer for less than their usual RRP.
You’ll also be able to find plenty of savings on gaming headsets and controllers, online play subscriptions such as PS Plus, and gaming laptops. Keep in mind, however, that discounts on physical game copies will most likely be on titles from earlier in the year rather than the most recent hot sellers.
With Amazon offering competition for the first time in Australia during Black Friday, we anticipate all-time low prices on the Nintendo Switch this year. While Switch bundles haven’t historically had the best bang for buck in Australia, we’re hoping to see some good value offers during Black Friday this year. But if it’s the Nintendo console you’re after, you’ll need to be quick as it sells out within seconds of being announced. So keep a sharp eye on this page as we’ll list the best Switch deals right here as soon as they’re announced.
What was on offer last year?
Last year saw excellent bargains on the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S bundles, with the Nintendo Switch discounted for the first time since in launch in March 2017. We saw one PS4 Pro bundle with five games drop down to $499, saving eager shoppers $250 on the purchase.
Shopping on eBay saw plenty of savings, with a Sony PSVR bundle drop down to less than half price.
Microsoft had a 500GB Xbox One S bundle with three games for $279, while Harvey Norman bundled Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey with the same console for just $257.
The price of the HTC Vive VR headset dropped down to $899 in Australia, while HyperX gaming mice and keyboards were available for half price, too.
What we would like to see discounted this year
Here are a few items we would ideally like to see receive Black Friday gaming discounts:
Nintendo Switch bundles
The Nintendo Switch continues to grow in popularity since its release last year. We saw very few discounts on the Switch last year as the hybrid console was still in infancy and the number of games on offer were limited.
So this Black Friday and Cyber Monday should provide the perfect opportunity to pick up a Nintendo Switch, games and accessories on discount – if Nintendo (and retailers) decides to play ball.
MSI GS65 Stealth
The MSI GS65 Stealth is our favourite gaming laptop of the year, so we're hoping the slim and powerful hardware will get discounted from its rather jaw-dropping $2,699 price to something a bit less eye-watering.
Forza Horizon 4 , Marvel's Spider-Man or God of War
We don’t often see massive discounts on the biggest game titles of the year, but we’re hoping we’ll see them at least included in some exciting console bundles, if not outright discounted by retailers.
Stick with TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals
The Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale season is going to see fleets of deals and plummeting prices across all sorts of consumer tech: everything from laptops and iPads to smartphones, ereaders, and gaming gear.
To make it easier for you to find the best prices on everything tech on offer during that time, we’ll scour the ‘net and list all the best options right here. So be sure to bookmark this page if you’re after some great games or hardware.