Early Black Friday 2021 gaming deals: games, accessories and more
Gamers are presented with all kinds of great offers all year round. It’s not uncommon for recently released games to be as much as 20 percent off in the first few months of release or to get the occasional one-time deal on a controller or headset. But Black Friday and Cyber Monday are something special: a chance to take advantage of the best offers of the year in one go.
Like 2020, the holiday season in 2021 is a bit quirky, with the ongoing pandemic and chip shortage. There is no shortage of games and accessories, but there are fewer consoles available for new buyers to gift, meaning the chances of getting one are very rare and very popular. Some retailers have even charged a subscription fee that gives you a higher chance of getting a console, but even those aren’t a guarantee.
We break this collection down by platform, so find the one you’re looking for and enjoy the deals. We’ve also got a comprehensive guide to the best early Black Friday deals, if you happen to be shopping early.
Nintendo Switch Deals
There are a shocking number of great deals on Switch games, and several retailers are offering the same $40 price point for physical and digital editions of popular first-party titles. In addition to games, there are striking discounts on games and accessories.
For iPhone users, you can pick up the Backbone One controller for $15 off its usual price. Normally $100, it’s currently $85, and comes with a three-month trial for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This controller works with its own app, making your iPhone more of a game console. It’s compatible with a wide variety of iPhones, but be sure to check the “Add iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max Adapter” box if you own one of the latest Apple’s that has a thicker camera array.
PlayStation 5 deals
While you may not be able to find a PS5 console in time for the holidays (you’ll get a crossbreed), at the very least you can stock up on games and accessories that would normally cost you more than they do now. Please note that all of the deals below (excluding the digital games from the PlayStation Store) are the disc versions of the games, which require the $500 PS5 console with a disc drive. These are the best deals currently running:
- Call of Duty: Vanguard is $54 at GameStop (usually $70)
- Back 4 Blood costs $25 at GameStop (usually $60)
- Hades costs $20 at Amazon, Target, and walmart, or digital via PlayStation (usually $30)
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is $30 at Target, Amazon, and Best Buy (originally $60)
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade costs $45 at Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation for $47 (usually $70)
- Demon Souls costs $40 at GameStop, Target, and Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- death loop is $30 at Target and Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (usually $60)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition with a 2017 remastered version Marvel’s Spider-Man is $50 at Best Buy or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is $50 at GameStop, Best Buy, and Target (originally $70)
- Resident Evil Village costs $20 at GameStop, Best buy, and Target (originally $50)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is $50 at Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- Legendary Mass Effect Edition costs $25 at GameStop and walmart (usually $60)
- Far Cry 6 costs $25 at Target (originally $60)
- Return is $50 at Best Buy and Target, or NSdigital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- Death Stranding Director’s Cut costs $40 at Best Buy (from $50)
- Samsung’s 980 Pro 1TB M.2 SSD certified for use in the PS5 is up to $170 at Amazon – the lowest price yet. Make sure that gripping a heat sink, otherwise it could very well be overheating in your console.
Xbox Series S and Series X Deals
Compared to PlayStation 4 and 5, Microsoft’s Xbox consoles have fewer first-party exclusives. But there’s a hidden trick up the Xbox’s sleeve: all those first-party games that normally cost you $60 or $70 are tucked away behind a monthly Game Pass Ultimate subscription (you can still pay full price for that one, of course). games if you want). There are still great deals below, but check out Game Pass for the full range of what’s available for your Xbox.
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is $30 at to targett, Amazon, and Best Buy (originally $60)
- Call of Duty: Vanguard is $54 at GameStop (usually $70)
- Far Cry 6 costs $35 at target and Amazon (usually $60)
- Riders Republic is $30 at Target or $25 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Legendary Mass Effect Edition costs $25 at Amazon or $28 at Best Buy (usually $60)
- lost judgment is $30 at Amazon (originally $50)
- Life is Strange: True Colors costs $35 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Razer’s Wolverine V2 Wired Xbox/PC Controller with Customizable Triggers and Macro Buttons is $70 at Verizon, from $100 everywhere else.
Deals on PC games haven’t been as good as we’ve seen for console games so far. However, we’re keeping an eye out for more deals and you should expect more to drop over the course of the week.
Several retailers are giving $50 gift cards to the 128GB Oculus Quest 2, which is still selling at the regular price of $300. This includes Best Buy, Newegg, Amazon (with offer code) OCULUS50 at checkout), costco, Target, and oculus yourself. Walmart is offering a similar dealHowever, instead of a gift card, it includes the zip-up case as an additional goodie without changing the $300 price.
This gift card promo taking place at various retailers extends to the $400 headset which doubles the storage to 256GB, including a $50 gift card. Please note that you will earn a gift card for the store where you buy the Oculus Quest 2 unless you buy it directly from Oculus. In that case you will get $50 credit to use up digitally purchased games through the Oculus store.