(Updated 11/26/21 4:05 PM EST): With Black Friday in full swing, we’ve updated our guide to the best video game deals we’re seeing right now. Along with making sure all pricing is up to date, we’ve added a number of great deals on gaming accessories that we’ve tested and can recommend.
Original message (11/23/21 12:05 p.m. EST): Black Friday officially arrives in a few days, but many of the great deals we expect to see have already started. We’ve got a great roundup of the best deals we can find more generally, but today we wanted to do a separate roundup for video game discounts because a ton of them have posted online at several retailers this week.
Major retailers like Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and Walmart have already launched their official sales, as have digital game showcases for Xbox, Nintendo, and PlayStation. And while most of the biggest discounts we see are in console games, PC game storefronts like Steam, Epic, GOG, and Humble have also kicked off their Black Friday sales, bringing discounts on several indie games we have seen. especially like.
We’ve looked at as many so-called deals as we can find among all of these promotions and have listed the real discounts we love below, highlighting a few particularly noteworthy deals along the way.
Before you dig, note that sales haven’t made it easier to buy in-demand hardware like the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch OLED, or Nvidia’s new RTX GPUs, although the Xbox Series S low power looks like it’s available in a certain capacity. We don’t see significant discounts on many Mark–New famous games like Shiny Diamond Pokémon and Shiny pearl, Mario Party Superstars, Forza Horizon 5, Where Battlefield 2042, either, although several well-reviewed games released earlier this year are at a discount.
Either way, if you’re looking to build your gaming backlog even further, take a look at our curated selection below.
Our Black Friday coverage
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Featured First Black Friday Gaming Deals
PlayStation Plus (12 months) for $ 40 (
$ 60) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy
A PS Plus membership is still required to play the online multiplayer modes of most PlayStation games, but being a member earns you two or three “free” games per month. We’ve seen 12 month subscription codes cost a little less in the past, but either way, it’s a good deal for those who need to top up their subscription.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3 months) for $ 25 (
$ 45) at Target, Amazon, GameStop
To say that Game Pass Ultimate is one of the best values in the game has become a meme at this point, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. The service pairs Xbox Live Gold, Microsoft’s equivalent of PS Plus, with access to a growing library of console and PC games, a surprising number of which are well worth it. The service might not be worth it if you tend to play a game repeatedly for months on end, but if you like to switch between new versions, it’s a good deal to its MSRP, not to mention the selling price.
This offer is the best price we’ve seen on a three-month subscription for new and existing subscribers. If you’re only using a gaming PC, however, note that Microsoft has a promotion that gives new users three months of PC Game Pass for $ 1.
Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Nintendo Switch Online (3 months) for $ 299 (
$ 357) on Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Walmart, GameStop
This is the main Switch bundle deal Nintendo is offering at retail this Black Friday. It’s not exactly a spectacle, pairing a five-year-and-three-month-old game from the company’s largely non-essential Switch Online service with the non-OLED version of the console at no additional cost. If you’re hoping to buy someone their first Switch, however, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is always a good time, and, at the very least, the Switch Online trial will have them renting a bunch of classic NES and SNES games. It’s also worth noting that this bundle includes the updated version of the standard Switch with slightly improved battery life.