Black Friday gaming deals: what to expect, how to get the best sales offers and early deals

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Being a modern gamer can be expensive, making Black Friday gaming deals more important than ever. It’s been quite a year for gaming with big hitters such as Marvel’s Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and God of War taking the game charts by storm, Microsoft and Sony announcing they’re working on their next generation consoles and the Nintendo Switch climbing to new third-party heights.

So what sort of exciting gaming deals can you expect from Black Friday and Cyber Monday? It’s likely we’ll be seeing big savings on consoles, accessories and physical games from retailers such as Argos, Currys, Amazon, John Lewis and Currys. 

The announcement of next generation consoles will likely mean these retailers will have a backlog of PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and Nintendo Switches  to get rid of and therefore offer deals on - so if you have 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.

We’ve scoured through the deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday past and put this handy guide to let you know what you can expect from this year’s gaming offerings.  Black Friday doesn't officially begin until November 23, but some retailers have already started releasing early deals - which you can check out below.

Best Black Friday PS4 bundle deals

PS4 500GB | FIFA 19 |Extra Controller | £279 at AO
A great bundle for the football fan in your life - or maybe just a gift for yourself. Typically this bundle is worth at least £300, as DualShock  4 controllers alone cost at least £25 each. For this price, you get two and a multiplayer title straight off the bat to kick you off.View Deal

PlayStation VR Starter Pack | Wipeout Omega Collection |Optional Extras | £279.99 at Littlewoods
Littlewood's bundle is a great deal for those wanting to take their first tentative steps into PSVR. In addition to the PSVR headset, PlayStation camera and PlayStation Worlds, this bundle includes combat racer WipEout Omega Collection.View Deal

Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch bundle deals

Nintendo Switch | Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu | Just Dance 2019 | £299.99 at Amazon
This is a very cheap Nintendo Switch bundle considering you're getting two very new games included for just £20 more than the RRP of the console. Buying these two games on their own would cost you £75.
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Nintendo Switch Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! Edition Pack | £339.99 at Amazon
It's about time we had some proper Pokémon games on the Nintendo Switch and this new special edition bundle comes with the upcoming Let's Go, Pikachu! game, a Poké Ball Plus controller and themed Joy-Cons. This has sold out at most stores already! If Amazon runs out, the Nintendo store could still have some stock.
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Nintendo Switch Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Edition Pack | £339.99 at Amazon
Similar to the deal above, but this version comes with the Let's Go, Eevee! game instead. Otherwise you're getting the same limited edition console and controllers. We'd expect the Pikachu version to sell out first, but this one won't be far behind. Actually, both are proving difficult to find at most stores now. Also available at the Nintendo store if Amazon sells out.
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Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition Mario Pack | £339.99 at Nintendo
This excellent UK-exclusive bundle comes with the limited edition console dock and controllers, a carry case, a steelbook for the game and a GameCube-style controller (an essential for any serious Smash Bros fan. Oh and it comes with the new game too of course.
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Best Black Friday gaming desktops

MSI Aegis 3 | £1,399 £1,199 at AO.com
We love the MSI Aegis 3, and this deal sees a hefty £200 saving on the version with a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, 8th gen Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 2TB hard drive and 256GB SSD.
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MSI Aegis 3 | £1,199 £999 at AO.com
AO.com also has a great deal on this lower-specced MSI Aegis 3. It has the same specs as above, but with an 8th gen Core i5 processor, which is still great for gaming, and 128GB SSD.
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MSI Trident 3 | £999 £749 at AO.com
This slimline gaming PC has had £250 taken off its price in the run up to Black Friday, and features a Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU, 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD.
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MSI Trident 3 Arctic | £1,099 £899 at AO.com
This beautifully designed gaming PC from MSI comes in a gorgeous white case and features a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, 8th generation Core i5 processor, 1TB hard drive, 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM. All for £200 less than usual.
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HP Omen By HP 880-131na | £829 £779 at AO.com
This price cut isn't the biggest we're likely to see on Black Friday, but the HP Omen range is a great line of gaming desktops, and this is a tempting price. Comes with a GTX 1050 2GB graphics card, 8GB RAM and AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU.
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PC Specialist Velocity Zen 1060 Gaming Tower | £899 £829 at AO.com
This gaming desktop bundle is good value, especially with £70 knocked off. You get a rig with 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, an SSD and roomy hard drive. Plus a monitor, keyboard and mouse as well!
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Best Black Friday gaming laptops

MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8RE-062UK 15.6" Gaming Laptop | £1699 £1299 at AO.com
If you're looking for a top notch gaming laptop this Black Friday then the GE63 could be just the ticket, offering considerable CPU performance and game synchronized RGB lighting. AO has knocked a whopping £400 off the high-end laptop.

Check out our MSI GE63 Raider review.View Deal

Best Black Friday gaming accessories

Trust Gaming 21726 GXT 164 Sikanda MMO Gaming Mouse | £39.99 £19.99 at Amazon UK
If you're looking to pick up a gaming mouse for cheap then the Trust Gaming mouse could be just what you need as Amazon as offering £20 off. Specifically made for MMO gamers, the mouse comes with 12 programmable buttons to make playing as smooth as possible. This deal expires midnight November 25.  View Deal

Trust GXT 155W Gaming Mouse in White Camouflage | £38.99 £24.99 at Amazon UK
If MOBAs are more your style then you may be better picking up the Trust GXT 155W. This model offers advanced software, 11 programmable buttons, five additional thumb buttons and the memory capacity to store five gaming profiles. Even better, Amazon is offering £24 off.  This deal expires midnight December 16.  View Deal

Eliza Tinsley PU Racing Style Gaming Chair - Black | £69.79 £49.99 at Amazon
If you're looking for a new gaming chair, then this comfortable, padded faux leather chair is a great choice. It's designed to offer excellent comfort, and it's had a 28% price cut.View Deal

When are Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018?

Black Friday started in the US, and takes place on the Friday immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday, so this year it’s November 23, 2018. Cyber Monday is immediately after Black Friday, so will fall on November 26, 2018.

How to get the best gaming deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

We typically see deals from the big retailers from the start November. Over the course of November we will see big discounts on gaming bundles as well as the occasional mega deal.

Typically we'll see deals from the big retailers from the start November. Over the course of November we will see big discounts on bundles as well as the occasional mega deal bring in a landslide of competing deals.

What sort of gaming deals will we see?

It’s likely we will see big discounts from retailers such as Currys, Amazon, Argos and John Lewis, who tend to reduce the price of a heap of stock including console bundles, gaming accessories such as headsets and keyboards, online gaming membership such as PS Plus, gaming laptops and physical games. However, physical game discounts tend to focus more on releases from earlier in the year than the latest AAA titles.

Last year we didn't see much in the way of Nintendo Switch discounts and bundles (as the console only launched in March), so we could be seeing an all-time low price for Nintendo Switch bundles. However, Nintendo rarely discount hardware and the best deals tend to be lightning deals which sell out in seconds. 

Luckily we tend to find out about Amazon deals early. The retailer has already given us an early look at its pre-Black Friday deals, however no gaming deals have emerged yet. We will keep this page updated as soon as they start rolling.

What was on offer last year?

Last year Amazon offered big savings on Xbox One S and PS4 Pro bundles, however the Nintendo Switch (which had only launched a few months prior) didn't see a big price change.

In addition, Amazon offered reduced prices on PS Plus annual membership and physical editions of games such as Overwatch, Resident Evil 7 and WWE 2K18. Likewise, Argos reduced the price of its PS4 Pro and Xbox One S bundles alongside physical games such as Call of Duty: World War II.

Meanwhile Currys offered deals on Xbox OneS and PS4 Pro bundles, alongside savings on PS VR bundles, gaming laptops and gaming headsets, and John Lewis reduced prices of VR and console bundles alongside gaming laptops.

Best Black Friday gaming deals from 2017

Amazon

PS4 500GB COD WW2 (Hard Bundle) + GT Sport + Hidden Agenda (Playlink) and Turtle Beach Recon 150 Headset
Last year, Amazon offered a 500GB PlayStation 4 alongside the recently released Call of Duty World War II, GT Sport, PlayLink title Hidden Agenda and a Turtle Beach Recon 150 Headset for just £249.99 (down from £315.98). Despite the deal being a misprice, Amazon honored it anyway.

Argos

Xbox One S 500GB Bundle deals
Argos had several Xbox One S bundle deals available. Perhaps the best was the slimline Xbox One S with 500GB of storage and Rocket League Blast-Off for £30 off.

Currys

PS4 Pro with Gran Turismo Sport, Call of Duty: WWII and Fallout 4
Currys offered some great deals on Xbox One S and PS4 Pro bundles last Black Friday. Some console bundles were less than £200.

John Lewis

MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro Gaming Laptop
John Lewis had a heap of gaming accessories and hardware discounted last year, one of the highlights was the £319 knocked off this Ghost Pro Gaming laptop.

What we would like to see discounted

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 seen very few big discounts on Switch bundles 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 play ball. 

MSI GS65 Stealth Gaming Laptop

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 £2K price to something a bit less eye-watering.

Forza Horizon 4 , Marvel's Spider-Man or God of War

It's not often we see huge discounts on the biggest titles of the year but hopefully we'll see a bit of a price drop or their inclusion in console bundles.

What the expert says

We asked TechRadar deals editor Brendan Griffiths what he thinks will be the biggest gaming deals to come out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

"I think the deals everyone will be looking for this year will be looking at the 4K generations of consoles," says Brendan. "Microsoft has been playing catch up with the PS4 and PS4 Pro for a long time now and Black Friday is a great chance for them to make up some ground given they bother to compete this year. The Xbox One X was simply too new last year and I don't recall it getting any decent bundles beyond one free game on top of the £450 RRP. Things haven't actually been much better since either. The console also sometimes drops to £400 on its own, but if you want a game or two, prices have been stuck around the £450 mark most of the year.

"Ideally, we're keeping an eye out for a big discount on both the hardware and games bundled together for well under £400. To get our attention we really could do with seeing something like the Xbox One X, FIFA 19, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey for about £350. It's a big discount to hope for, but Microsoft can't keep banging on about having the most powerful console around when Sony's PS4 Pro isn't too far behind technically and is supported by a wealth of PS4 exclusives. 

"So the PS4 Pro? Don't quite expect anything to match last years' console bundle with FIFA 18 for £199.99 at Currys. That ended up being a misprice (it was supposed to be a regular PS4 not the Pro). Although, to be fair Currys did end up honoring the deal to anyone that bought it in time (and complained about it being quietly canceled with no explanation). Generally, around £300 with a new game or two was the best we saw. Prices this summer though haven't been great, plus stock has been a little thin on the ground (especially in the US), which has kept prices high. We've seen a few bundles with a free game like the new God of War or FIFA 19 for £350, but the Pro will be two years old in November, so it'd be great to see it bundled with a couple of new games like Spider-Man and Assassin's Creed Odyssey maybe for £250, but £300 might be a more realistic price given this summer's prices and the fact the Pro is going to sell like crazy anyways.

Ideally, we're keeping an eye out for a big discount on both the hardware and games bundled together for well under £400.

Brendan Griffiths - Deals Editor

"As for the regular non-4K PS4 Slim and Xbox One S, I'd expect some decent bundles for these just under £200. Microsoft seems to be phasing out the 500GB models in favour of the 1TB ones, but without a price hike. You could get one with a free game (usually a download) for around £230-£250 over summer so getting under the £200 barrier, hopefully with another game would be something to jump at if you want the Xbox One S. The PS4 Slim stopped going down in price a while back and summer saw single-game bundles generally stick at £250 (for a 500GB console too), which is about £30 more than the prices we were getting used to beforehand. Another year of top exclusives hasn't stopped Sony dominated the scene once again though.

"With parents on the march for great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the Nintendo Switch is bound to star too. Amazon Prime Day deals for the Switch were, to put it mildly, absolutely awful. Overpriced, stuffed with accessories you probably didn't want, with the smallest of discounts possible. The Switch bundle discounts really are slow outside of Black Friday generally. The console alone is still around £280, sometimes with a free cheap game that you arguably don't want (Lego Worlds), or one you've played on other formats (Rayman Legends). 

Last year's best Black Friday deal was for the limited edition Mario console (comes with two Mario-red Joy-Cons) and Super Mario Odyssey for £279.99 (you were looking at £330 usually. Given the Switch is probably going to be a massive seller regardless of price in November and December, we should probably manage our expectations of big discounts. We're not going under that £200 barrier. Outside of any crazy lightning deals, I think £250, hopefully with a couple of Nintendo's exclusives like Zelda, Mario Odyssey or Splatoon 2, is what we're hoping to see. The new Pokemon Let's Go games for the Switch will have only just been released around Black Friday so discounts could be quite rare there, but I think a Switch and Pokemon game bundle around £300 would be a decent offer to snap up for Pokemon fans (you can order special edition bundles now for around £340)."

Stick with TechRadar to get the best Black Friday deals

All that aside, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are going to see fleets of deals and plummeting prices across all sorts of consumer tech: everything from laptops and iPads to smartphones, Kindles, and streaming sticks.

For all the latest info and deals we've scoured from across the net, keep an eye on TR Deals on Twitter and make sure to check out the rest of the site.

We will keep you updated with all the latest Black Friday and Cyber Monday gaming deals as they are announced.