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.

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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.


Ring Fit Adventure

Nintendo’s practice game for the Switch. Besides the game, Ring Fit Adventure also includes a Ring-Con and leg strap.


Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller offers a more traditional — and much more comfortable — controller alternative to the company’s Joy-Cons.


Backbone One

The excellent Backbone One is $15 off for the first time.
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Mobile offers

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.


Backbone One iPhone Controller

The Backbone One mobile controller can connect to iPhones via the Lightning port as early as the 6S generation. It’s a full-featured controller, complete with dual analog sticks, a headphone jack, and its own software for taking screenshots and connecting to game streaming services.


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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:


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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.


Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3-month subscription)

What good is an Xbox without games? The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers over 100 titles, including disaster, Hades, and the coming soon Halo Infinite, which you can play on multiple devices.


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PC deals

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.


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VR deals

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.