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Gaming is an expensive hobby. You’ll be lucky to have any cash left once you’ve purchased a console, desktop, or laptop, and then stocked up on all the necessary games and accessories. It all adds up, so you should do everything you can to find the best deals on gaming essentials. There are plenty of opportunities to save on consoles, games, headsets, controllers, and more each year, but nothing comes to Black Friday.
Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) is famous for gaming deals, so if you are looking to indulge your passion for gaming and save some money at the same time, these sales are a good place to start.
When is Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2021?
Black Friday takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year, and that falls on Nov. 26 in 2021. Cyber Monday comes right after Black Friday, so will be on Nov. 29 this year. Those are the two dates you need to circle in your calendar, but really this shopping event lasts much longer than just a couple of days.
Retailers will start trickling out their deals much sooner than late November — we’re thinking as early as October.
What gaming deals will we see in 2021?
The only thing anyone wants to know about is stock for the Xbox Series X and PS5. We’re not promising any deals on next-gen consoles, but you never know. You have a better chance of finding deals on accessories for the next-gen consoles, so it could be worth keeping an eye on controllers and headsets.
All leading gaming retailers start dropping deals from the start of November (or even sooner), with offers on everything from stacked bundles to new releases. So what can gamers expect from Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2021? The likes of Amazon, Currys, and Argos have a history of posting impressive gaming deals, but it isn’t just these guys. Pretty much every gaming retailer will offer some big savings during this busy shopping season, so if you don’t see what you are looking for from one retailer, remain calm and move onto the next. We repeat: don’t panic.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X might feature in bundle deals over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we always see discounted Nintendo Switches bundles at this time of year. These deals are always popular during this period, and we don’t expect anything to change in 2021. There is also the Nintendo Switch Lite to consider if that’s more your thing.
New games have been known to drop to half price at this time, so if you resisted the urge to grab something on release, you might end up bagging a great deal in November.
Where can you find the best gaming deals in 2021?
The best retailers to consider if you’re looking to invest in a console, game, or accessory are the names you would expect. There are no big surprises here, but these are the names you should check out for the best deals during Black Friday:
Argos — Probably won’t have the range of deals that the likes of Amazon and Currys will offer, but you can often find gems on Argos. We recommend keeping a close eye on Argos if you’re looking for deals on the Nintendo Switch and accessories.
Amazon — This massive online retailer is always a hit on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it should probably be your first option when it comes to gaming deals. You can find absolutely everything on the site, and the Amazon Gaming Store simplifies the process of finding the best deals.
CD Keys — This is normally the best spot to find deals on gaming subscriptions like Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Plus memberships. We can’t make any promises for this year, but we would be shocked if CD Keys didn’t drop some decent deals to keep you occupied over the Christmas holidays.
Currys PC World — Currys PC World normally offers genuine competition to Amazon when it comes to gaming deals, and offered a wide range of deals on consoles in 2020. We’re expecting more of the same in 2021, so it’s always worth comparing prices between Currys and the other leading retailers at this time of the year.
Game — We saw plenty of great discounts from Game in 2020, and there are likely to be a lot more in 2021. Game’s best deals generally tend to be bundles, and with next-gen releases, most retailers will be looking to clear old stock.
John Lewis — This might not seem like the most obvious place to find gaming deals, but there are always plenty of offers to consider on consoles, controllers, games, and more. It’s also a good spot to find deals on virtual reality and PC gaming products, with lots of laptops on offer.
There are going to be absolutely loads of deals elsewhere, but you are going to save yourself a lot of time and energy by prioritising these sites.
The best gaming deals in 2020
Last year, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch bundle deals offered the best opportunities to save. With next-gen releases, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a massive increase in bundle deals this year, as retailers look to clear old stock. That means you should be able to stock up on previous-generation games and consoles for less in 2021.
Amazon offered reduced prices on PS Plus annual memberships and physical editions of games, and Argos reduced the price of PS4 and Xbox One bundles. Currys and John Lewis also offered deals on bundles, alongside savings on PS VR bundles, gaming laptops, and gaming headsets.
We can’t predict exactly what will happen this year, but if you want to keep track of all the best gaming deals, you should bookmark this page. We will be feeding you all the best deals throughout Black Friday, so you can walk away with the biggest discounts on everything on your wishlist.