There is almost never a better time to buy a new game console or buy games for the one you have than Black Friday. If you can find them in stock, anyway. Here we’ve rounded up the best deals we’ve found on controllers, headsets, games, and the occasional console we can find.
Update November 25, 2022: We’ve added the 8Bitdo Pro 2 controller, along with updated pricing and retailer links.
We test products throughout the year and select these offers. Products that are sold out or no longer on promotion at the time of publication will be
crossed out. We’ll be updating this guide throughout the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.
Nintendo Switch deals
The Nintendo Switch rarely sees outright sales, but bundles are the next best thing, and this one is solid. The standard console comes with the excellent Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Editionif you don’t already have it, for the price of the console alone.
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Few things we review get a perfect 10/10, but the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset nailed it. Through meticulous and understated engineering, the company has managed to craft a helmet that gets 300 hours of battery life, when most other headsets barely manage 30. Plus, they’re comfortable, have convenient controls and, with this sale, are cheaper than ever.
It’s not exactly common to see one of our favorite gaming laptops fall into the budget category, but it’s welcome to see. This 14-inch laptop packs an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU inside, making it pretty beastly for a laptop that currently costs comfortably under $1,000.
The phrases “budget” and “gaming laptop” are hard to put together, but there are a few good ones, and the HP Victus is one of our favorites. This model is slightly smaller than the one we like, but with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti inside, there’s nothing to scoff at. Especially at this price.
The Acer Nitro 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top pick for budget gaming laptops. It has a 1080p display at 144Hz, though you might want to keep it at 60fps for more graphically intense games. It packs an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card.
Corsair’s K100 is one of our top picks for mechanical keyboards. It comes with many of the same gaming-focused features we love on other keyboards, like programmable macro keys and, naturally, RGB LEDs. But its most unique feature is a customizable wheel at the top left of the board that can be used to browse media or control your keyboard lights.
The Razer Huntsman Mini is our favorite mechanical keyboard for gamers who like 60% boards. It has the same compact frame you’d expect from mini keyboards, but still has the features you’d expect from a gaming keyboard, like customizable keys and Razer’s Chroma software to personalize your keys.
The Logitech G915 is one of Eric Ravenscraft’s favorite keyboards. It has a sleek aluminum frame, a handy volume roller, and five customizable macro keys on the left side of the board. Logitech’s G Hub software is one of the best customization tools around, making it easy to set profiles per app or game with exactly the shortcuts you need.
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is our top pick for Xbox gamers, but the standard Arctis 9 is also a great headset if you’re gaming on PlayStation or PC. It’s comfortable, has great sound quality, and the retractable mic sounds great and disappears when you don’t need it.
Now that the new PS5 has an M.2 slot, it’s never been easier to upgrade your internal storage. This SSD from WD_Black adds an additional 1 terabyte of storage without adding bulk or additional peripherals to your console. Simply remove the lid and insert it directly.
Deals on PlayStation games
The Xbox Series X can be hard to find in stock, but for most games the Series S is fine. This model doesn’t have a disc drive but can play games at up to 4K or 120fps (but not both at the same time). Target sells the console for a bit more than Amazon, but it throws in an extra $50 Target gift card you can use for a game or two.
Deals on Xbox games
There are few additional essential accessories for a console than another controller. These things are usually $60 standard and don’t drop much in price except during sales like this. So now is the perfect time to pick up a spare.
Other game offers
The Hisense U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best value TVs out there. It’s one of our favorites for gamers, thanks to its 120Hz display and AMD FreeSync support, which makes it perfect for fast-paced gaming.
Blue makes some of our favorite USB mics that are great for everything from Zoom calls to starting a podcast. The Yeti Nano is a great intermediate microphone that delivers better quality than most USB mics without breaking the bank.
If you play with a Nintendo Switch, Mac, Windows (Steam), Android or iOS device, you might want to add a compatible controller like the 8Bitdo Pro 2 to your accessories. This ergonomic handheld gives you a good grip, satisfying buttons, and analog sticks so you can easily navigate a round of Mario Kart. Even more interesting, the Android and iOS apps allow you to customize your buttons to create and shape your preferred gaming experience.
Black Friday Retail Sales
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are some of the top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.
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