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Demand for the current generation of Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox consoles has been through the roof for the better part of the last couple of years and this should only amplify during Black Friday. We can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to get the Switch, PS5, or Xbox Series X/S you’ve been eyeing this holiday season, but to help make your search a little more convenient, we’ve compiled every product listing we can find. for each console in one place.
Again, demand for these machines is high, so not all consoles may be available when you read this. And while Black Friday is near, we don’t expect many discounts on most consoles, either – at the time of publishing, the only deals available are for the lower-powered Xbox Series S and basic Nintendo Switch. We will update this article throughout the week as new offers appear. For now, though, let’s save some googling.
Nintendo’s main deal this Black Friday bundles the base model of the Nintendo Switch with a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a three-month subscription to its Nintendo Switch Online service. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Nintendo has been running the exact same promotion on Black Friday for the last few years.
It’s hard to call it a great deal at this point: the OLED Switch is a pretty solid upgrade and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a five year old re-release of an eight year old Wii U game. But if you don’t need the OLED model’s updated display and just want to save a few bucks, there’s at least some value here. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe it’s still getting updates and normally retails around $50, while a 3-month Switch Online subscription normally costs $8.
Buy the Nintendo Switch Christmas Bundle ($300) at:
OLED Nintendo Switch
The $350 OLED Switch is the newest Switch model, so it should come as no surprise to learn that Nintendo isn’t advertising any deals for the device this Black Friday. In reality, discounts of any kind for the console have been extremely rare since it launched in October 2021. Stock for the OLED Switch is also generally more discreet, but we’ve rounded up where it’s available below.
As a reminder, Switch OLED isn’t any better at running games than the standard model, but its 7-inch OLED display is bigger and more vibrant, doubles the internal storage (64GB), its built-in kickstand is much sturdier and its updated dock has an Ethernet port. We gave it a review score of 89 last year.
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Nintendo Switch Lite
We to have seen a few deals for the $200 Switch Lite since it arrived in 2019, but the compact console isn’t discounted for Black Friday as of this writing. This is the entry-level, portable-only variant of the Switch; again, there’s no power difference, but it has a smaller 5.5-inch LED display, doesn’t work with Nintendo’s dock, and doesn’t come with detachable controllers. It also has a real D-pad. We gave it a review score of 90 a few years ago.
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There have been almost no discounts on Sony’s PlayStation 5 since it arrived two years ago, and we don’t expect that to change this Black Friday. The console is Easier actually buy these days — and physical stores are more likely to be now than in years past — but stocks still tend to dry up quickly whenever they become available. Retailers like Amazon and Sony itself continue to keep their inventory behind an invite system to fend off scalpers, while others like GameStop keep it behind store membership programs.
As has been the case for the past few months, it will likely be easier to get the console as part of a bundle. Sony’s main this holiday season bundles the console with a digital copy of God of War: Ragnarok, which we heavily recommended earlier this month. It costs $559 (or $460 with a disc-less PS5 Digital Edition), which is just $10 off what the console and game would otherwise cost. Since it’s more expensive than buying the $500 PS5 alone, however, there should be a small less competition when looking to buy one.
Walmart went on sale these bundles starting Monday, but has granted priority access to members of its Walmart+ service for the early hours of the day. We wouldn’t be surprised to see more stock for individual PS5s become available as the week progresses, but you’ll probably need to be vigilant or use a longer invite process to more reliably grab one. Note that the $400 Digital Edition is traditionally much harder to find in stock than the standard model.
The PS5 itself could still do with a few more exclusives, but its library is ever-growing and its hardware will still be a significant upgrade for those holding on to a PS4.
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Xbox Series X
Microsoft’s Xbox Series X has been more readily available for purchase over the past year than the PlayStation 5, but discounts have been virtually non-existent and it’s not uncommon to see it sold out at third-party retailers. There are no notable Black Friday deals running as of this writing. Like the PS5, Amazon still holds the device behind an invite system, and Walmart made it available to Walmart+ subscribers on Monday.
Your best bet right now seems to be buying from Microsoft itself, though again we could see more action elsewhere on Black Friday proper. Again, the latest Xboxes are somewhat lacking in exclusives, but Xbox Game Pass remains a strong value for those who play a lot of games, and the Series X is still a powerful piece of hardware for 4K gaming.
Buy Xbox Series X ($500) at:
Xbox Series S
The only console that’s truly discounted is the Xbox Series S. Microsoft announced last week that the tiny console would be available for $250, which is $50 less than its standard rate, although we’ve seen it this week. starting at $235 at Dell and $240 at Amazon. The previous deal is still available.
Target may have the best deal of the bunch, though, as it’s rolling out a $50 store gift card along with the discount. However, its stock currently appears to be going in and out. Microsoft, meanwhile, is bundling its Xbox stereo headset with the console. Normally, that (basic) gaming headset costs around $50.
We’ve seen the Series S drop to $250 in the past, but that’s still a good price for those who want a secondary console or a more affordable path into the Xbox game library. We gave the Series S a review score of 85 at launch – it lacks a hard drive, has just 512GB of onboard storage, and isn’t designed to push 4K resolutions like the Series X, but it can play all the same games, its SSD still allows for fast load times, and its compact design is easier to store.
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