It almost never is what better time to buy a new console or pick up some games for the ones you have than Black Friday. If you can find them in stock, though. Here, we’ve rounded up the best deals we’ve found on controllers, headsets, games, and the occasional console we can find.
We test products all year round and chose these offers. Products that are sold out or no longer discounted at the time of release will be
crossed out. We’ll be updating this guide throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend.
Nintendo Switch deals
The Nintendo Switch rarely sees outright sales, but a bundle is the next best thing, and this one is solid. The standard console comes with excellent Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Editionif you don’t already have it, for the price of the machine alone.
Switch game offers
Few things we ever review get a perfect 10/10 score, but the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless headset nailed it. With precise and restrained engineering, the company managed to create headphones that can 300 hours of battery life, while most other headphones barely reach 30. Not only that, they’re comfortable, have handy controls, and with this sale, they’re cheaper than ever.
It’s not exactly common to see one of our favorite gaming laptops drop into the budget category, but it’s a welcome sight. This 14-inch laptop packs an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 16 gigabytes of RAM, and an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics processor inside, making it pretty expensive for a laptop that’s now comfortably under $1,000.
The phrases “budget” and “gaming laptop” are hard to put together, but there are a few good ones out there, and the HP Victus is one of our favorites. This model is slightly smaller than we like, but with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti inside, it’s nothing to scoff at. Especially at this price.
The Acer Nitro 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top pick when it comes to budget gaming laptops. It has a 144Hz 1080p display – although you might want to keep it at 60fps for more graphic games. It has an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM and an Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics card.
Corsair’s K100 is one of our top picks for a mechanical keyboard. It comes with a lot of the same gaming-focused features we want in other keyboards, like programmable macro keys and, naturally, RGB LEDs. But its unique feature is a customizable wheel at the top left of the table that can be used to scrub through media or control the lights on your keyboard.
The Razer Huntsman Mini is our favorite mechanical keyboard for gamers who like a 60 percent board. It has the same tight bezels you’d expect from a mini keyboard, but still has the features you’d expect from a gaming keyboard, like customizable keycaps and Razer’s Chroma software to customize your keys.
The Logitech G915 is one of product creator Eric Ravenscraft’s favorite keyboards. It has a sleek aluminum frame, a handy volume rocker, and five customizable macro keys on the left side of the board. Logitech’s G Hub software is one of the best customization tools out there, making it easy to configure profiles for each app or game with exactly the shortcuts you need.
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is our top pick for Xbox gamers, but the regular Arctis 9 is also a great headset if you play on PlayStation or PC. It’s comfortable, has excellent sound quality and the retractable microphone sounds great and disappears when you don’t need it.
Now that the new PS5 has an M.2 slot, upgrading your internal storage has never been easier. This SSD from WD_Black adds 1 terabyte of extra storage space without adding extra volume or peripherals to your console. Just pop off the cover and put it right in.
PlayStation game deals
The Xbox Series X can be hard to find in stock, but for most games the Series S is just fine. This model lacks a disc drive, but can play games up to 4K or 120 frames per second (though not both at once). Target is selling the console for a bit more than Amazon, but it’s throwing in an extra $50 Target gift card that you can put toward a game or two.
Xbox game deals
There are few accessories more essential to a gaming console than a second controller. These items are usually in the regular $60s and don’t drop much in price, except on sales like this one. So it’s a great time to grab a spare.
Other game offers
The Hisense U8H (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the best TVs for the money. It’s one of our favorite gamers, thanks to its 120 Hz display and AMD FreeSync support, making it perfect for fast-paced games.
Blue makes some of our favorite USB microphones that are great for everything from Zoom calls to starting podcasts. The Yeti Nano is a great middle-of-the-road mic that gets better quality than most USB mics without breaking the bank.
Retail Black Friday
Want to check out the sale yourself? Here are some of the top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.