With spending for the holiday season expected to increase by 3.6 percent this year to $656 billion, according to WalletHub, you can bet a hefty chuck of that change is going toward gaming. With the debut of the Xbox One S, Microsoft is hoping to see aggressive sales of its smaller, faster console. And a lot of those purchases will take place on that magical day where people forget the fear of being trampled to death: Black Friday.
Thankfully, Xbox One and Black Friday go together like turkey and stuffing. We perused the circulars to find all the Xbox-y sales we could find arriving on Nov. 24 or a little earlier. You'll find a lot of bundled consoles and hot games (in particular Minecraft and Battlefield 1 with a console that comes in military green).
Generally, the Black Friday prices are the same wherever you go so don't panic if one outlet runs dry—you can probably get the same price elsewhere.
(Don't worry, PlayStation fans. We didn't forget about you.)
Go directly to the source for some savings on Xbox One games and paraphernalia starting at midnight on Nov. 24.
- Three-month Xbox Live Gold Membership: $14.99 (down from $24.99).
- Xbox One Wireless Controller with Play & Charge Kit: $39.99 (down from $74.99)
- Xbox One Controllers including Dawn Shadow Special Edition, Gears of War 4 Limited Edition, Special Edition Wireless Controller, and others: $39 each (all down from prices over $69)
- Buy an Oculus Rift VR Headset for $599 or HTC Vive Virtual Reality System for $799 and get a $100 gift code to use in the Microsoft/Xbox store.
- Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Plus Gaming Headset: $99.95. Down from $149.95, this wireless gaming headset with detachable microphone is perfect for gaming with friends or just watching Xbox One content without disturbing others.
- Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle: $249.99 (down from $299.99)
You might not think of Kohl's as a place for electronics, but it has a doorbuster sale (in stores and online) starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day that will serve up the Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Console Bundle for $249.99. The purchase also earns the buyer an extra $75 in Kohl's Cash.
- Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle (or Xbox One S Minecraft Bundle with Bonus Controller): $249. Each comes with 500GB drive, white controller, and digital downloads of the bundled games. Shipping is free.
- Xbox Live 6-Month Subscription with free digital game code for $25 (down from $39.99)
- Guitar Hero for Xbox One (and Xbox 36): $24.96 (down from $99.96!)
- Xbox One S White 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle: $249 (down from $299.99)
- Xbox One Controllers for $39 each
In the store, Black Friday technically starts at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Online, you get free shipping only if you order over $50 of merchandise at Walmart.com. Better yet, do in-store pickup.
- Get $50 off any Xbox One console or bundled console, OR get a free Xbox Wireless Controller with purchase of any Xbox One S 1TB console on Nov. 24.
- Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle: $299.99 (down from $349.99)
- Xbox One controllers for $39.99
- Tom Clancy's The Division and others for $24.99 (down from $49.99)
- Madden NFL 17, Battlefield 1 for $29.99 (down from $59.99)
- Xbox One S White 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle for $249.99 plus $40 gift card. The best deal yet on this bundle, as it includes an extra gift card bonus. Regular price is $299.99 without the gift card.
- Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 for $35 each, a price drop of almost $25 each.
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition: $59.99 (down from $79.99)
- Minecraft/Xbox One S 500GB Bundle: $249.99 (down from $299.99), which includes Minecraft Favorites Pack, Builder's Pack, and a version for running on Windows 10.
- Gears of War 4 Xbox One S 1TB Bundle: $299.99 (down from $349.99), which has a full version of Gears on game disc, plus playable version for Windows 10.
- Gears of War 4 Special Edition Xbox One Wireless Controller: $54.99 (down from $74.99)
- 8 Piece Advance Gaming Xbox One Gamer's Accessory Kit: $39.99 (down from $59.99), which includes power dock, headset, 10 foot charger cable, battery packs, and protective cover.
- Farming Simulator 17, Mafia III, Battlefield I, Titanfall 2, FIFA 17, NHL 17, Madden NFL 17: $39.99 each (all down from $59.99 and $49.99)
- Gears of War 4: $34.99 (down from $59.99)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Witcher III: Wild Hunt Complete Edition and XCOM 2: $29.99 each (down from $59.99 and $49.99)
- Far Cry Primal and Homefront: The Revolution: $24.99 (down from $49.99 or $39.99)
- Rainbow Six: Siege, Dark Souls III, ReCore, Rocket League Collector's Edition, 7 Days to Die, and Valentino Rossi: $19.99 each (down from $49.99 or $29.99)
- Batman: The Telltale Series, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Just Sing, Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1, and Mighty No. 9: $14.99 each (down from $19.99)
- Nyko Charge Block Duo: $24.99 (down from $29.99)$50 off any new Xbox One console starting at 5 a.m. on Nov. 24. Let's dive right in:
- Xbox One S White 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle with Gears of War 4 and an extra wireless controller for $249.99. This is among the best Xbox One S deals out there because it includes an extra controller. The regular price for the bundle is $419.99. Sales begin at 9 p.m. ET on Nov. 24.
Amazon starts Black Friday early by having ridiculous deals all the time, and is planning to run a lot of them through Dec. 22—at least when it's not rotating savings to new products without warning.