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PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Black Friday deals 2020: Best offers on games consoles and products

While it began as a one-day sale, it quickly grew to cover the entire weekend, finishing on Cyber Monday. But in recent years, pre-sales have begun a week or so before the main weekend.

This year Amazon launched its deals a whole month early. Other retailers including Very, Currys PC World, John Lewis, Superdrug, O2, Boots and AO have also started their sales already too. 

Here at IndyBest, our team will be searching for the best deals on consoles, controllers, games and bundles for Nintendo, Xbox One and PS4 and listing them here. Gaming deals tend to sell out fast, so keep checking in for daily updates. Read on for the best early Black Friday gaming deals to shop now.

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When is Black Friday 2020?

The sale will take place on 27 November, running until Cyber Monday on 30 November. 

The pre-sale have started earlier than ever before, though. Amazon kicked off their deals at the end of October, with new discounts being announced everyday. 

Other retailers also started their sales at the beginning of November, like Boots and Currys PC World. We predict others will follow in their footsteps, to try and make up for some lost revenue earlier in the year and shutting again during the second lockdown.

The best early gaming Black Friday deals 

Nintendo Switch Lite, Animal Crossing and Minecraft bundle: Was £263.98, now £239, Currys

If you’ve got a Nintendo Switch on your Christmas list, there are rarely deals on the hugely popular console  so take advantage of this Currys Black Friday bundle that includes the “New Horizons” Animal Crossing game and Minecraft. The pink console is designed perfectly for handheld play and compatible with any other games you may already own. From the morning commute to the park, play on the go and snap up this exclusive deal.

If you’re in the market for a new phone, considering the Oppo A72 could land you a free Nintendo Switch. If you go for a 10GB or above plan and order before midnight on 26 November you’ll receive a Nintendo Switch 15 to 25 days after purchase (do note there are no guarantees it will arrive before Christmas Day). The budget smartphone claims to have a  decent camera and battery life that will last all day and a good quality display screen.

Samsung C27F390 27in curved LED monitor: Was £169.99, now £128.99, Amazon

Save £41 on this 27in full HD display LED monitor, with a curved screen for immersive gaming. There’s also an eye-saver mode which is meant to help with eye-strain if you’re looking at the screen for extended periods. We featured a Samsung 32in curved monitor in our review of the best screens for gaming. Our tester said: “Here’s a monitor so immersive you can pretty well live inside it. The curved, 32in screen looks cinematic, and it does indeed lend itself well to viewing films”. So this could be one for movie lovers as well as gamers.

Game is offering a deal on LEGO Xbox and PS4 games, including Harry Potter, The Incredibles and Jurassic World. Just add two to your basket to qualify. The Harry Potter, Hobbit and Marvel games suit younger players, aged seven+. The LEGO Movie videogame is probably super fun to play especially as it has more than 90 characters.

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse, Laptop/PC/Mac compatible: Was £79.99, now £38.69, Amazon

You can pair this mouse with up to three PC devices and switch between them at the touch of a button. It has a thumb wheel which has been designed so you can scroll from side to side easily and we’re told you can use it on any surface (even glass). Once charged, it claims it can offer up to 40 days of power on a single full charge (full day of usage in only four minutes’ charge time with no downtime while recharging your cordless Bluetooth mouse).

We don’t know about this exact model, but the Logitech MX master 3 features in our rundown of best cordless mice for 2020. Our reviewer noted that, like the model mentioned here, it connects wirelessly with up to three devices at once, so you don’t have to repeatedly re-pair it when you move from one computer to another, and that “for our hands, this was one of the most comfortable mice to use for long periods”.

SanDisk microSDXC UHS-I card for Nintendo Switch, 128GB: Was £40.99, now £20.99

Save £20 on this Nintendo-licensed memory card which will add a decent 128GB to your Nintendo Switch system, meaning you can store more games in one place. We haven’t reviewed this particular card, but the SanDisk 500gb portable hard drive made it to the top of our best external hard drives guide for 2020. Our reviewer noted: “The SanDisk is designed to be easily portable, even attaching to a keyring if you’d like it to,” and this card looks similarly handy.

Enjoy 33 per cent off the latest version of Fifa with an impressive £16 saving. In even better news, if you’re planning on buying the PS5 but want the PS4 version of Fifa 21 now, you can but the game and get the PS5 version version for free. You’ll also be able to carry over any game progress on the PS5, making this a seriously impressive deal. The newly launched version of the game promises more realistic movement, all-new dynamic attacking systems and better 1v1 gameplay.

With access to over 100 high-quality games for console, PC, and Android mobile devices, you can now join the greatest community of gamers for just £1 per month – saving you a whopping 91 per cent. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is the most advanced multiplayer network allowing you to get your hands on two to four free games every month alongside new Xbox Exclusives the day they release.

Mario Kart 8 deluxe pack for Nintendo Switch: Was £75.97, now £64.99, Nintendo

Nintendo currently has up to 40 per cent off some bundles, but has yet to announce its main sale. Fans of Mario Kart can now play up to eight opponents wirelessly, anywhere and any time. New characters have joined the gang, and battle mode revamped to up the ante. This bundle comes with both the Mario and Luigi Joy-Con wheels.

Save a mega 80 per cent on this award-winning franchise Far Cry 5 for Xbox One. Head to Hope County in Montana to fight against a deadly cult, play in solo or two player mode on the largest customisable Far Cry game ever.  For ages 18 and over.

Logitech G213 prodigy gaming keyboard: Was £59.99, now £34.99, Amazon

This has been designed with the aim of increasing productivity as well as your gaming experience. Unlike many other standard keyboards, this allows you to press multiple keys simultaneously so you can stay in control. You can also choose which colour it lights up in, and according to the brand it’s spill-resistant, so there’s no need to worry if you get caught in the moment and accidentally pour your glass of water over it. 

JBL Quantum 600 Wireless Headset: Was £129.99, now £69.99, Argos

Get lost in your gaming surroundings, whether that’s the walls of Fortnite or the battlefield in Call of Duty, with this headset that can be connected to your console via USB. It will sit over the ears and can also be wireless too, and on a full charge, it promises 14 hours of play. They can be used with your PS4, Xbox One, PC or Nintendo Switch, perfect for any gamer head.

Acer Predator XN253QXbmiprzx 24.5 inch FHD gaming monitor: Was £599.99, now £384.99, Amazon

Banish blur and frame tears to the past as you get fully immersed in your gameplay on this monitor. It has an impressive response time of one millisecond and hyper fast 240 hertz refresh rate. You can even tilt, swivel, pivot and adjust its height to get perfectly comfortable. This is a brilliant piece of kit for the most dedicated of gamers, and with over £200 off it’s a steal.

X Rocker Esport Pro Stereo Gaming Chair and Subwoofer: Was £149.99, now £99.99, Argos

Compatible with the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, the X Rocker Esports Pro Gaming Chair takes your gaming set up to a new stylish level. Featuring a headrest mounted 2.1 audio system for an immersive audio experience while the plus seat provides comfy padding for long gameplay sessions. 

Philips Hi-Fi Over-Ear Wireless SHC5200/10 Headphones - Black: Was £49, now £39, AO

Plug into your gameplay and drown out the background noise with these wireless, over the ear-headphones. There’s no cables to get in the way and the inner headband adjusts to your head for a comfortable fit for hours of wear.

Asus ROG Gladius II Origin Mouse: Was £79.99, now £62.99, Very

 A reactive mouse could be the difference between life and death in a game, so ensure you’re well equipped with this bargain. It has an ergonomic right-handed design made for hours of comfortable play and an optical sensor that promises to deliver accuracy and precision. There are also six customisable light effects that allow you to play in style, with a detachable cable too.

MSI Optix G271 27 inch Full HD Freesync Flat Gaming Monitor: Was £259.99, now £219.99, Very

For picture perfect gameplay, treat yourself to a monitor that will help you feel fully immersed in your surroundings. This 27 inch screen promises a 1 millisecond response time and fast refresh rate that’s ideal for first person shooters, fighters, racing sims, real-time strategy, and sports genres. It also has 178 degrees wide viewing angle too so no matter where you sit, you’ll have a clear view.

Resident Evil 3 on Xbox One: Was £25.95, now £22.99, Amazon

The latest version of this popular Xbox game is set during a dystopian outbreak of a biological weapon called T-virus, following the events of the hugely popular Resident Evil 2. Manipulate the environment, set traps and make use of a variety of weapons to defeat the evil nemesis in this game, now reduced by more than 10 per cent. For ages 18 and over.

Playstation 4 Grand Theft Auto V premium edition: Was £22.99, now £16.99, Very

One of Playstation’s most recognisable games, choose from a range of 10 high performance vehicles including a supercar, motorbikes, the weaponised dune FAV, a helicopter, a rally car and more, to pull off dangerous heists in the city’s murky underworld. This Grand Theft Auto premium edition also includes free access to the ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto online and all existing gameplay upgrades. For ages 18 and over.

Asus ROG THETA 7.1 headset: Was £249.99, now £199.99, Very

This gaming headset will allow you to fully focus on beating your opponents or working in a team to reach new levels in your favourite games. Features include a noise-cancelling microphone for clear communication and a USB C connector that will let you use it connected to a PC, console or mobile for hours without discomfort. It also has a temperature-reducing thermal compound to dissipate heat so your ears don’t get too hot and the microphone is detachable if you’d rather play without it.

OIVO Xbox One controller charger and dual charging station: Was £22.99, now £14.39, Amazon

Ensure your controllers never lose charge again mid-game with this dual charging station compatible with game consoles for Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X and Xbox One Elite. Providing up to 12 hours running time, you can choose to either directly charge batteries on the dock or charge them when they’re inside the controller. Snap up now while at 37 per cent off.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield double pack for Nintendo Switch: Was £119.97, now 104.99, Nintendo

Embark on a new journey in the previously unexplored Galar Region to become a Pokémon champion. This epic bundle includes Pokémon Sword game, Pokémon Shield game and a Nintendo Switch Poké Ball case. You can also save 25 per cent off memory cards when buying any Nintendo Switch console or game by using the code STOREMORE. 

Logitech G502 HERO High Performance Wired Gaming Mouse for PC/ MAC: Was £79.99, now £49.99, Amazon

This next generation HERO mouse’s gaming sensor tracks up to 16,000 DPI with zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration, while the 11 programmable buttons give you a fully customisable experience. You can also match your playing style using the adjustable weights for a personalised weight and balance configuration. Right now you can save yourself 38 per cent off and this purchase will entitle you to 40 per cent off Xbox Game Pass for PC.

The gaming Black Friday deals to expect

Last year Currys had huge discounts on Xbox including an Xbox One S All-Digital Edition with Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves & Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription that came down from £199 to £129 and an Xbox One S with Dual Wireless Controllers, 1 TB that was reduced from £249 to £179

Elsewhere at John Lewis, this Microsoft Xbox One X Console, 1TB, with Wireless Controller and Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Bundle dropped from £439.99 to £299.

Meanwhile at Game, you could get a Nintendo Switch Console - Grey for £289, which was  £314.98.

How to get the best Black Friday gaming deals?

One way to gain priority access to deals is to sign up to brands newsletters, which often have previews of deals before they become available to shop. We recommend registering with your favourite stores and retailers if there’s something specific you’re looking for. 

Throughout the sale, our team at IndyBest will also be constantly updating the best bargains on everything from gaming to fashion to TVs and laptops so be sure to check back here.

How long will the Black Friday discounts last?

For the majority of retailers, the sale finishes on Cyber Monday (30 November), but to ensure you’re not left disappointed.

However, we are expecting some retailers to follow Amazon and begin some pre-sale deals much earlier than usual.

For a full list of stores expected to get involved, we’ve rounded up the retailers taking part in Black Friday, and they range from fashion, homewares, tech, beauty and gaming brands, such as Asos, AO, BT, John Lewis & Partners and M&S. 

How to choose the right console for you

The Independent’s technology editor, and avid gamer, Andrew Griffin has weighed in to explain the major differences, and help you choose the most suitable console for you.

This generation or next?

The next-generation is coming: both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S are now just weeks away. As such, it's worth considering whether you want to buy the current run of consoles or wait for the new ones.

While it might seem obvious that the new ones are better, it isn't quite that simple. They'll still be a lot more expensive than the current generation, and historically it has taken some time for developers to get up to speed and make the most of the new capabilities of consoles. So there's no need to worry that your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be immediately out of date.

These older versions will inevitably, of course, have less of a long life: over time, games will stop coming out for the current generation, and you'll miss out on new updates. So weigh up how much you want the latest thing, how much of a good deal you might be able to get on the current generation, and whether you're going to regret missing out as time goes on.

Nintendo Switch v everything else

To get this out the way: the Switch is an entirely different proposition, but one that’s not worth ruling out.

The games are incredible, the console is packed with fun, and Nintendo has pulled out a stroke of genius all around. It has its downsides – the graphics and performance are nowhere near as futuristic and powerful as the other bigger consoles – but that’s what you get for it all fitting in a box you can throw in your bag and play on the move. 

There’s also the Switch Lite: a cheaper and lighter version that can be carried around, and will suit anyone on a budget, with limited space or who never wants to play it on their TV anyway.

Ultimately, you’re probably not deciding between a Switch and other consoles; but if you’re deciding whether to buy a Switch, then you should.

First, have a look at the various console exclusives that each platform has. If you want to play any of the Halo games, for instance, you’re going to want to get an Xbox; if you’re really into Death Stranding, then you’ll need a PlayStation.

But remember that almost every big game comes out for both consoles, so unless there’s something you’re especially keen on then that might not necessarily sway your decision.

Secondly, think about the exclusive features. The PlayStation has virtual reality features, and good ones; the Xbox hasn’t got round to that yet. On the other hand, the Xbox allows you to play games on the PC, too, and the Kinect is still clinging on.

But ultimately this comes down to VR – if you’re interested in getting your hands on a headset as soon as possible, the PlayStation wins out.

Thirdly, have a think about the different controllers, and what you’re used to playing with. This, in my opinion, is the big thing that’s underappreciated about the differences between the Xbox and the PlayStation – which is strange when you consider that it’s the thing that’s most obviously different, about something that sits in your hands the entire time you’re playing.

The Xbox controller is bigger, tougher and more comfortable; the PlayStation one is smaller and some people find it to be a little more agile.

This ultimately comes down to what you’re used to and personal preference, so if you’ve played one console through all previous generations then it might be worth sticking with what you know.

Branding and design

And last of all comes the woolliest of all considerations – but the one that will probably make a difference. Think about the branding, design and look of the consoles, both hardware and software. From the outside, the PlayStation is a little less sleek, all tumbling lines and curves; the Xbox is significantly more square and a little more contemporary.

Once you boot it up, the PlayStation is more of a swirl of colour and beeps; the Xbox is a little more practical and down-to-earth.

X/Pro v normal

Both the Xbox and PS4 now have more expensive versions: the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro. You pay more for them but you also get better performance, which allows for graphic improvements, 4K gaming and faster loading speeds. Whether to get one really depends entirely on whether you have the money to spend and the desire to spend it; you’ll basically get the same thing both ways, but your experience will be cosmetically improved for more money.​

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