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The best Xbox One deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016: bundles, games and accessories

Get Xbox One S bundles from 199.99/$219.99, plus big game discounts

Black Friday has passed, so now it's time for Cyber Monday: the smaller and less keenly-discounted sibling of the annual bargain frenzy. It's still fertile ground for deal-hunters, though, with many offers having survived over the Black Friday weekend and a modest number of new arrivals added on Cyber Monday itself. We've been monitoring the main retailers throughout, and are keeping this page fresh with the latest Xbox One offers in the UK and the US.

Xbox One S bundle deals are still opening at the 199.99 mark for a 500GB Minecraft pack with Forza Horizon 3, and only 229.99 for a 500GB Xbox One S with Tomb Raider, Forza Horizon 3, and FIFA 17. The 1TB version can be had for as little as 279.99 with Gears 4, Forza and Tomb Raider - that's a lot of game and a lot of hardware for not a huge amount of money.

This has been paired with deals galore on boxed games, with slow-selling recent releases like Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2 and Watch Dogs 2. Microsoft has been enthusiastically discounting digital games on the Xbox store, too, with bargains galore on older titles like Fallout 4 and DOOM.

The best Xbox One bundles and console deals for Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday 2016

The cheapest Xbox One bundle in the UK is the Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Bundle with Forza Horizon 3, a mere 199.99 from Amazon. That's two excellent games and the latest console for under 200, which is about as cheap as things get. You're also now able to get an Xbox One S 500GB Storm Grey with Final Fantasy XV and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare for 249.99.

Meanwhile the absolute best value UK Xbox One deal so far has to be GAME's 500GB Xbox One S for 229.99, which gets you FIFA 17, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Horizon 3, as well as a Now TV Sky Cinema Pass. For the same price, you can get the same console with either Minecraft and a controller, or FIFA 17 and a controller from Amazon.

If you're not bothered about what games you get with the console itself, you can save 10 by getting Zavvi's Minecraft bundle, which comes with a 500GB Xbox One S for a cool 219. Better still, Amazon will do even better for the same bundle but with an extra controller for an extra tenner - yours for 204.99.

If you're in the US, the best deal is a toss-up between a Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle with The Elder Scrolls Skyrim for $288.99, or the Xbox One S 1TB console with Gears of War 4 for $269.99. Find more US deals further down the page.

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Other consoles and bundles still available:

The best Xbox One Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 games deals

This autumn has been pretty good for games, and it's quite likely you've not actually been able to play all of them, considering just how many have come out. We're already seeing some pretty good discounts on recent games, such as Dishonored 2 going down to 30 not two weeks after release, as well as Watch Dogs 2 for 32.99, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 for 27.99 and DOOM for 14.99. Titanfall 2 is another that's gotten a heavy discount not long after release, and is now available for 28.00 over at Amazon. Looking for a multiplayer shooter that's a little more grounded? Overwatch Origins Edition is available for a respectable 25 with Tesco. Finally, Gears of War 4 has gotten a pretty good discount, dropping it down to 21.99, as has Quantum Break for 15.99. Don't forget that you'll need access to Xbox Live if you're planning on playing online: , , you can get a 12 month subscription as well as a Gears of War 4 skin.

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Best Deals for Xbox One Accessories on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

If you've already splashed out on a new console, or your budget won't stand to a full-bore upgrade, you can at least treat yourself to a new controller. They'll be ideal for those looming Christmas multiplayer opportunities, and the Xbox One Elite Controller is widely heralded to be the finest example of the form. It's still expensive, even with a Black Friday discount, but you'll quite literally feel the investment every time you play.

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The best Xbox One US console deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday

This month has seen some very compelling deals on the original models of Xbox One, but those have been getting rarer as stock has run low - most sellers are focusing on bundle deals of the Xbox One S. You're now able to get an Xbox One S for the base price of $249, with most bundles hanging around the $279 point. There are some pretty strong packages out there, with today's Xbox One S 500GB Console - Battlefield 1 Bundle + The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - SteelBook Edition only $245.48.

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Xbox One accessories - US Black Friday deals

Black Friday's best Xbox One game deals in the US

Now that the year is winding down, and the big releases of the year are out, it's time to start picking up what you missed and getting good and ready for those year-end best-of arguments. DOOM is a fine GOTY contender, and you can pick that up for $19.99 right now. Similarly discounted is Dishonored 2, which released two weeks ago, and is now available for $35. The other great immersive stealth game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, can be all yours for $25.00, too. If you're wanting to run around in the criminal underworld of America, Mafia 3 is available for $29.99, and Grand Theft Auto V for $24.99. Need a little multiplayer in your life? Overwatch Origins Edition is available for $34.99 through Amazon, and well worth it.

The rest of the Black Friday deals

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Looking for PS4 savings as well? Check our guide to the best PS4 Black Friday deals

Looking for tech deals or non-gaming deals? Check out the Jelly Deals Black Friday Deals 2016 list for loads of other great bargains.

Here's where to find Black Friday Deals in the UK:

If you're coming from the US, try these sites:

Amazon US's 'Countdown to Black Friday' deals are live now, you're going to want to keep an eye on this page for anything that might come up!

Interested in even more deals? We've put together lots of smaller categories of deals below:

Why is it called 'Black Friday'?

There are a few different stories milling around that explain why this is. A popular one is the idea of a company's financial performance running at a loss for the majority of the year, "in the red", if you will. When this fateful day in November rolls around and customers stampede their way into stores to buy everything in sight, the company's profits finally rise and are back "in the black". Hence 'Black Friday'. Good story, right?

Unfortunately, the truth isn't quite as pretty. The origins of the term 'Black Friday' arose in Philadelphia in the 1950s - it was originally a phrase used colloquially between police officers readying themselves for day of pandemonium ahead. With the price slashing frenzy becoming an annual event, police and other emergency service employees came to know Black Friday as the day of increased hours, stressful work conditions and unruly crowds. It wasn't unexpected - mixing heavily discounted products, limited stock levels and impatient crowds of people was never going to end that well - but police forces would prepare in advance and hope for the best.

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Online shopping means you get to avoid this sort of experience. Three cheers for Amazon, we say.

Thankfully, over recent years, Black Friday has been embraced by more and more online retailers as well, meaning you won't have to venture out into the wildlands to have a chance at grabbing the half-priced luxury item you really want. With every passing year, Black Friday seems to grow a little more, too. What started as a one-day event grew into a weekend, which grew into a four-day weekend, which ballooned into a nearly two-week savings bonanza.

To curb the massive spike of traffic they usually get, online retailers often put products on sale a little earlier- usually around mid-November. These aren't always the best bargains, but they're worth keeping an eye on - if you have a specific product in mind, you might be able to get it early and avoid both internet and stores on the day itself. Either way, the convenience of getting an online Black Friday deal almost pays for itself. Well, it might not pay for a 4K TV, but we can't win them all, eh?

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The fancy new Xbox One S lands in August and will push older Xbox prices down.

Black Friday 2016 comes highly anticipated since this year sees the launch of the new Xbox One S as well as several improvements to other tech and electronics. The arrival of a new Xbox One model has already lead to some massive price cuts on the older-style Xbox One consoles, as well as bundles featuring the old models along with several games. 4K televisions are finally dropping in price into the realms of "affordable" and "very affordable", so expect to see some deep discounts on them. Add to that the usual Black Friday suspects - tech, such as home theatre sound systems, projectors, and sound bars - and you should begin to be able to paint yourself a fairly good picture of what you can expect to see on offer in November.

So, if you're looking for a fancy new luxury tech item - be it a TV, monitor, graphics card, refrigerator or bluetooth speakers - you're most likely going to find something that interests you.

How can you prepare for Black Friday 2016?

The best way to prepare for Black Friday is to have a good idea what you want, but to give yourself some wiggle room. Let's say you want to buy a new gaming console. This year, you'll probably be choosing between a vanilla PS4, the new and still somewhat uncertain PS4 Pro, Xbox One and Xbox One S. Inside those categories, you'll have choices for hard drive size for each of those. Having a good idea of what you want is great - you may decide you want to grab an Xbox One on Black Friday - but giving yourself the wiggle room of not minding what games come with the bundle or what size the hard drive is will really help you in grabbing the best deal. Make sure you're buying what you want, but be aware that the best deal on a product like that won't be around forever, and be prepared to make a quick buying decision.

It's more than likely that Brick & Mortar stores will also have some great 'doorbuster' deals, so if you miss out on those great Black Friday deals, make sure that you're ready to travel to get some bargains. On occasion if you hear of a killer deal that's also available in store, it might be worth going out to the store rather than endlessly refreshing 15 browser tabs. A little more effort can go a long way in grabbing yourself a Black Friday bargain. It's all about preparation, and to get some of the best deals you might just have to venture out.

In short, figure out what you want to buy ahead of time and keep an eye out for what retailers are offering. Maybe you don't mind if you buy a 1TB Xbox One or a 500GB Xbox One, so you might save yourself some money by grabbing the one that's absolutely the cheapest. Maybe the deal is cheap, but doesn't come with exactly the games you're after, but remember you can sell the games after the fact and recoup some money towards the titles you are after.

What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday and is another US tradition that is making it's way across the Atlantic. It was a term created by marketing companies and retailers to create an online version of Black Friday to persuade consumers to spend even more money. The result of this is now an entire weekend of deals and price cuts. The boundaries between the two days are blurred and some retailers even offer pre-Black Friday deals to further entice and spread out the spending.

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