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The video gaming industry is now larger than the movie industry and the music industry combined, proving gaming is the preferred entertainment for millions of people. And with good reason. A movie ticket gets you a couple of hours of entertainment while a video game, although usually more expensive, can give you hundreds of hours of joy (and sometimes frustration), making it a far better value option.
Video gaming, however, comes with some requirements, such as hardware and, of course, games. So, if you're looking to join the gaming world, that's just what you'll need. And, of course, Black Friday is a great opportunity to save money when starting this new hobby or just buying a gift for someone that's already into it.
Black Friday might have come and gone but the deals are still here, at least for a bit more. We're trying to reign in the onslaught of deals as best as possible and make it easier for you to seek out the best deals available at any moment. We have Best Black Friday deals at Best Buy, Walmart and even Target. Of course, we can't forget Amazon's Black Friday deals.
Regardless of what the deals may or may no be, we'll be on the lookout for the best ones and keep this post up to date, so if you're looking to enhance your gaming experience, keep checking to see what's on sale.
The PlayStation 5 is now out with the digital-only version going for $399.99 and the regular version for $499.99. Both are extremely hard to get right now as stock comes in waves and is picked up almost immediately. Of course, that means you shouldn't get your hopes up for discounts for it even on Black Friday itself. However, retailers might want to get rid of leftover PlayStation 4 stock. If that's good enough for you, you could score a hefty discount pretty soon. As for right now, there are some minor deals to be had for the previous generation.
Unfortunately, do to the high demand, PlayStation 5 is out of stock pretty much everywhere. And part of the reason for that is that some people are buying multiple units and reselling them at almost triple the original price for profit. It's a practice questionable at best but we won't dive into the morals of it right now. If you have to get a PlayStation 5 right now no matter the price, that might be your only option.
Those that are eager to get a PlayStation 4 right now can buy the Slim model with 1TB of storage from Best Buy for $299. Not exactly a hot deal but still pretty affordable. And if you're after the Pro version, Best Buy has it for $399.
If you prefer to keep playing on your PlayStation 4 but the built-in hard drive is running out of space, there's an easy solution. This external drive is made specifically to work with a PS 4 and will add two terabytes of storage that you can install games on. Plug it in and follow the setup process and you'll have all the extra storage you'll need in no time.
The situation over at Microsoft is very similar to Sony's. The new Xbox consoles went on sale just 2 days prior to the PlayStations, on November 10. The Xbox Series S starts at just $299 and the more powerful Xbox Series X at $499.99. And yes, both models are sold out almost all the time. We're sure Microsoft is making them as fast as possible but stock will show up in batches and disappear quickly, so you need to be constantly on the lookout if you want to snag one.
Discounts on the current-gen Xbox consoles are pretty much nonexistent, presumably because Microsoft's confusing naming scheme lead people to mistakenly buy them in troves thinking they're the getting the new release.
Walmart has been stocking up on the new consoles once every few days. They usually announce when the stock will be available in advance, but currently there's no batch heading Walmart's way. Still, if you want to check for yourself if there are units available, click on the links below:
If, for some reason you decide you'd rather spend $300 on an Xbox now rather than wait for the new generation, you can get the Xbox One S from either Amazon or Best Buy for $299, and the Xbox One X (now you see where the confusion we mentioned above comes from) for $399, but Best Buy has it bundled with Cyberpunk 2077 in a limited edition variant.
Things are pretty quiet on Nintendo's front as well as retailers seem to be keeping the discounts at bay until Black Friday comes. And since now new Switch is expected in the imminent future, your choices remain the standard Switch and the Switch Lite.
As you might expect, the Nintendo Switch Lite is the cheaper option of the two. It's basically a more portable version of the Nintendo Switch, without the removable Joy-Cons and the dock and with a smaller display. If you want the full Switch experience, your best choice is the Animal Crossing bundle that goes for $299. You can get the standard Nintendo Switch for the same price, but why pass on the unique Animal Crossing styling?
The PC gaming industry is dealing with its own major release right now: Nvidia's RTX 3000 series video cards. They offer a big performance improvement and a reasonable price tag which made them so popular you can hardly get your hands on one. But while you're waiting for that crucial piece of your next upgrade to be in stock, you might want check out what other deals are available right now in the world of PC gaming. We spotted a few deals that might interest you!
One of the side effects of the 3000-series GPUs coming out is that the earlier cards will become cheaper. Newegg offers a full-fledged gaming PC with a $400 discount, down to $1,199. It sports an RTX 2070 super and Intel Core i7 10700F processor, paired with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. That's a capable machine no matter how you look a it. It comes with Newegg's price guarantee, which means that if it gets cheaper before the end of the month, Newegg with automatically refund you the price difference. No need to wait for a month to get your next gaming rig.
If you're looking for a gaming PC from a more reputable brand, Walmart has this Omen desktop gaming PC discounted right now. For $1600, you're getting Intel's last gen Core i7 9700K paired with 16 GB of RAM and an Nvidia RTX 2070 Super, a very capable GPU. Storage is decent too, a 256 GB SSD for your operating system and most-played games and another 1TB HDD for less important things.
Best Buy has a very similar configuration but from another system integrator, iBUYPOWER. The machine is powered by Intel's Core i7-9700F and also has 16GB of Memory and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER. The storage option is actually a bit better with a 480GB SSD, although it's not the faster NVME type like on the Omen PC above. And you still get a 1TB HDD for your bigger games. The case is also very gamer-y with transparent panels and RGB fans.
If you're building the ultimate PC gaming machine and are looking for the right monitor to pair it with, this monster from Samsung should be towards the top of your list. At 49 inches, it can easily replace two if not three standard monitors and give you an immersive bezelless gaming experience. For these purposes, it has a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms reaction time, alongside FreeSync 2 support. When you're not gaming, you can easily make use of the screen real estate by having different apps opened side by side, all the while feeling like you're living in the future. Best of all, the monitor is now 32% off, making it more affordable than ever.
If you're looking for something portable, yet powerful, Newegg can save you a few hundred bucks right now. The Aorus 7 is a 17.3-inch laptop with a144Hz display that's powered by an Intel Core i7-10750H processor and a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Those are some decent specs for a laptop and it will ensure you can run most games at decent quality settings. The high-refresh-rate display is especially good for high-paced titles like Fornite and CS:GO.
Alienware is one of the big names when it comes to PC gaming hardware. The products from that brand stand out with unique design and pack powerful hardware. Amazon has one of the company's 15.6-inch gaming laptops discounted by a generous $300. The main specs of the machine are: Intel Core i7-10750H processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. To make the most use of these specs, the laptop is equipped with a 144Hz display. High refresh rate displays have become a must for gaming systems so you won't be missing out with this laptop.
Razer is one of the main competitors of Alienware in the premium-gaming-hardware scene. And while Alienware bets on striking design, Razer's laptops are sleek and subtle and would barely get a second glance in a conference room, making them perfect for both work and gaming. When it comes to specs, this Razer Blade 15 is stacked:
An eight-core Intel Core i7-10875H CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q GPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and a 15.6-inch display with an eye-watering 300Hz refresh rate. All that power is crammed into a thin aluminum body. The price is steep but for it you're getting pretty much the best laptops can offer right now.
The DeathAdder is Razer's budget gaming mouse but it still has the brand's iconic styling and offers a decent 6400dpi sensor. It's also ergonomic and has 5 programmable buttons that you can use to make things easier in-game or even just while browsing the internet.
Pairing your Razer mouse with a Razer keyboard is only natural. Right now, you can get the Huntsman $60 cheaper, that's quite a deal! It has clicky optical switches, surrounded by a durable aluminum frame, programmable macros and the essential RGP lighting.
Not a fan of Razer as a brand? No worries! We have some discounted Logitech peripherals for you. The G502 mouse is one of the most popular models of the brand. It has a cool design and more programmable buttons than you can think functions for and removeable weights that you can use to adjust the mouse to be just as heavy as you wanted it to be. Of course, premium features don't come cheap, but now you can save $50 and get an excellent mouse for your gaming needs.