Black Friday is a messy shopping holiday frenzy. It’s difficult keep track of all the offers when Amazon are just spaffing page after page of meaningless junk with discounted prices online, and it’s only made messier when so many places have gone early with their sales and discounts, not to mention factoring Cyber Monday into your plans.
Here’s a few pointers to try and help you cut through the nonsense and get to the games, consoles and accessories you’re after, and we’ll add the best deals we spot to this post over the next few days.
Update: Four our nine best deals, head here.
For digital gaming, the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Steam, Green Man Gaming, Origin, GOG, Humble and other digital store sales have already started. They’re running all weekend, and none of these deals are going anywhere, so feel free to consider them at your leisure this weekend, especially as physical copies can often match or beat these prices. Because of that, let’s come back to theses offers.
Argos – their PS4 offers here, and Xbox One offers here – and Game have just opened the floodgates to their Black Friday offers online, with Argos in particular cutting hard and deep to create some great offers. Between them, Amazon, ShopTo, TheGameCollection, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Argos and others who will be all be competing, there’s some crazy savings to be found at online retailers:
- Nioh – £12.99 (Argos)
- GT Sport – £17.86 (ShopTo) – £18.99 (Argos, Amazon)
- Forza 7 – £24.49 (Argos, Amazon)
- Horizon Zero Dawn – £18.99 (Argos)
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – £12.99 (Argos)
- Knack 2 – £12.99 (Argos)
- Prey – £11.99 (Argos PS4, Xbox One)
- Gravity Rush 2 – £15.99 (Game)
- The Last Guardian – £12.99 (Argos)
- WipEout Omega Collections – £12.99 (Argos, Amazon)
- Battlefield 1: Revolution – £19.99 (Amazon PS4, Xbox One)
- Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – £20.00 (Amazon)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider Artbook Edition – £16.85 (ShopTo)
- Nier: Automata – £23.99 (Argos)
- Destiny 2 – £28.99 (Amazon)
- Doom Collector’s Edition – £14.99 (Game)
- Wolfenstein II – £19.99 (Game PS4, Xbox One, ShopTo)
- The Evil Within 2 – £19.99 (Game PS4, Xbox One, ShopTo)
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – £9.99 (ShopTo, Game)
- Resident Evil 7 – £14.99 (Amazon)
- Yakuza 0 – £19.99 (ShopTo)
- Yakuza Kiwami – £19.49 (Argos, Amazon)
Some of the best offers from PSN and Xbox include:
- GT Sport – £24.99 – £18.99 at retail
- The Evil Within 2 – £24.99 (PlayStation) £25 (Xbox) – £19.99 at retail
- Wolfenstein II – £24.99 (PlayStation) £25 (Xbox) – £19.99 at retail
- Nioh – £20.99 – £12.99 at retail
- Knack 2 – £14.99
- Prey – £15 (Xbox) – £11.99 at retail
- Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – £10 (Xbox), £9.99 (PlayStation)
- Gears of War 4 – £16.74
- Halo Wars 2 – £15
- Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – £14.99
- The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition – £13.99 (PlayStation) £14 (Xbox)
PC gamers can go even lower, such as with these offers:
- Wolfenstein II – £19.99 (Steam GMG)
- The Evil Within 2 – £19.99 (Steam, GMG)
- Hellblade – £18.78 (GOG, Steam)
- Middle-earth: Shadow of War – £26.99 (Steam, GMG)
- Dark Souls 3 – £15.99 (Steam)
- Nier: Automata – £23.99 (Steam)
- Just Cause 3 + DLC – £7.50 (Steam)
There’s not really amazing offers for the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One X – they’re either simply too popular or too new – but you can find some compelling retailer driven bundles that add games for cut prices. Game have knocked £20 off a One X and put Mario + Rabbids in with a Nintendo Switch as a freebie.
- Xbox One X with Assassin’s Creed Origins, Doom, Forza 7, & Fallout 4 for £469.99 (£130 saving) at Currys PC World
- Xbox One X – £429.99 (Game)
- Nintendo Switch with Super Mario Odyssey – £279.99 (Amazon at 3PM)
- Nintendo Switch with Mario + Rabbids – £279.99 (Game, Amazon)
- Nintendo Switch with Mario + Rabbids and Super Mario Odyssey – £319.99 (Game)
Sony have set out their stall well in advance, dropping the price of PlayStation VR and two game bundles from £349.99 to £249.99 and PlayStation 4 Pro and two game bundles from £349.99 to £299.99. However, you can go just that little bit better with an extra game or fewer games and just a lower price.
- PS4 Pro with GT Sport, Call of Duty WWII & Fallout 4 – £299.99 (Currys PC World)
- PS4 Pro with GT Sport – £282.95 (John Lewis)
For PlayStation 4 Slim and Xbox One S bundles, those in italics are the more recent and best value.
- Xbox One S with Assassin’s Creed Origins, Forza 7 & a Bethesda game for £169.85 at ShopTo
- PlayStation 4 Slim with Call of Duty WWII, GT Sport & a PlayLink game for £199 at Tesco
- Xbox One S 500GB with Rocket League, Fallout 4, Doom, Star Wars Battlefront II – £199.99 (Currys PC World)
- Xbox One S 500GB Boxed Bundles with one of AC Origins/Forza Horizon 3/Rocket League/Minecraft – £169.99 (Argos, Amazon, ShopTo)
- PlayStation 4 Slim with FIFA 18 & GT Sport – £199.99 (Argos)
Extra gamepads, new headsets, more hard drive space, racing wheels. These are all things that ought to be on your watch list.
There’s a dearth of deals on controllers right now, but there’s £10 off the Xbox Design Lab controllers, so they now start at £59.99 for a customised controller. Argos have also revived a popular offer by selling the Xbox One Elite Controller and Forza 7 for £99.99, dramatically cutting the effective price of the controller.
For PlayStation owners, the best price is found at Smyth’s Toys, where most of their DualShock 4 controllers are now £34.99, including the limited edition GT Sport controller.
Those wanting a bit more breathing room on the PlayStation 4 can consider swapping out the internal drive and getting up to 2TB of space. Seagate’s 2TB portable drives can be quite easily pried open to get at the bare HDD within, and they’re available for £56.99 on Amazon for today only. 2TB Seagate Backup Portable External Drive – £56.99 (Amazon)All gone!
Now that both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 support external hard drives, you can go much bigger. Prices have roughly become equivalent between 2.5″ external drives and the 3.5″ external drives that need mains power, so you might as well look for a portable drive instead. Currys currently have a 4TB drive for £99.99, and Amazon had a 5TB Seagate drive for £114.99 as a Lightning Deal yesterday, which feels like an offer that will return at some point this weekend. Update: Amazon have a 4TB drive for £89.99 for the next 24 hours.
Steam have slashed the price of Steam Link boxes to just £3.99, albeit with additional P&P of £7.40. These were on offer at Game, but quickly sold out, so worth waiting to see if they resurface without P&P.
- Steam Link – £11.39 (inc. P&P)
Currys PC World have a selective 30% off gaming accessories offer running, and this encompasses the Logitech G29 Racing Wheel for PS4 and G920 for Xbox One, bringing the wheel, pedals and gearstick bundle down from £219.99 to £153.99. It’s been cheaper in the past, but without the gearstick. There’s also the slightly cheaper Thrustmaster T150 alternative. Now Amazon have dropped prices on the G29.
- Logitech G29 for PS4 – £128.99 (Amazon)
- Logitech G29 for PS4 with Gearstick – £153.99 with code GAMINGACCESSORIES30 (Currys PC World, Click & Collect only)
- Logitech G920 for Xbox One with Gearstick – £153.99 with code GAMINGACCESSORIES30 (Currys PC World, Click & Collect only)
- Thrustmaster T150 RS for PS4 – £126 with code GAMINGACCESSORIES30 (Currys PC World, Delivery)
Alternatively, for something much, much higher end, Fanatec’s Black Friday offers will start tomorrow morning at 8AM GMT and include the CSL Elite Wheel Starter Pack for Xbox One and PC, dropping from €499.95 to €299.95.
4K HDR TVs
With both PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, ultra high definition gaming is well and truly with us, but you need to have splashed cash on TV that can get the best out of them. 4K is a given, and while you can buy smaller, the general advice is to aim for a 55″ TV to really see the difference, depending on how close you’re sitting. Not only that, but there’s HDR to consider, and you’ll ideally want robust backlight dimming or OLED to get the most out of it. Be prepared to do plenty of research and digging into specs – our go-to sites for information and recommendations are Digital Foundry, rtings.com and Display Specifications.
In terms of where to buy, John Lewis and Richer Sounds both have excellent 5 and 6 year guarantees respectively, and will match prices to their competitors. Currys is also matching prices this weekend.
However, the best advice I can give is to go and see these TVs in the flesh. It’s not conducive to an impulsive Black Friday buy, but it can help you see them in reality and make up your mind. Just beware that they are in a shop mode to counteract store lighting and fluff up the colours in a display of televisual peacocking.
Additionally, these prices should be taken as sighters, not the absolute best deals to be had this weekend. We’ll be updating as more offers go live overnight.
LG’s OLED TVs are fantastic – the individually self-lighting pixels lead to fantastic contrast ratios – and the common technology between models means that the cheapest B7V models are the easiest to recommend. The 55″ OLED55B7V is currently £1499 most places, but was briefly on offer for £1350 last week and we may see this price reappear. Update: It has!
- LG OLED55B7V – £1350 – Currys with code TV10
Coming down a step, the Sony Bravia XE90 series is a great HDR set. It features a native 10-bit panel, has a bright, direct backlight for accurate local dimming and respectably low input lag. The only potential downside is Android TV, depending on your point of view. It’s not really been hit with big discounts, but it’s one to keep an eye on.
- Sony Bravia KD55XE9005 – £1199 – Richer Sounds
Samsung have been well regarded over the last few years for low input lag, good all round TVs and competitive pricing. Their new top end TVs feature QLED (nothing to do with OLED), but the ones to watch this weekend are the MU8000 and MU7000 series. They’re not as bright as the similarly numbered models from last year, but the MU8000 has a 10-bit panel (great) and edge-lit local dimming (not ideal), while the MU7000 steps down to an 8+2 panel for its HDR (still good) and no local dimming.
Below this point and there will be real diminishing benefits from looking at HDR, but that doesn’t mean the TVs for £500-700 aren’t good performers. The Sony XE80 series is actually what Sony use at gaming events, I’m led to believe, the Samsung MU6400 features very low input lag (21ms according to DF), and what I’ve seen of LG’s non-OLED TVs have actually surprised me with how good they looked.
The problem here is that it’s difficult to pinpoint which deals are especially good, and so, with a lot of discounts set to go live overnight, we’ll be back with deals as they roll in.