Well wasn't that another fun few weeks madly scouring the internet for the best PlayStation Black Friday deals? An exhausting effort, as always, but hopefully we were able to bring you the bargain you were looking for on a PS4 or PS4 Pro console. Now it's time to rest and recuperate before the whole thing starts up again in November
Until then, we're taking a look at some of the most popular PlayStation Black Friday deals we saw last year, while wildly speculating about what offers we might expect to see this year. It's going to be an interesting one, that's for sure, what with the launch of the next-gen consoles expected to happen around the same time as Black Friday.
Could we see a very early PS5 Black Friday deal? That seems unlikely, but no matter what happens you'll be able to find all the consoles, games, accessories and more that are reduced right here
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The best PlayStation Black Friday deals from last year
Last year saw some excellent PS4 Pro bundle deals as Sony looked to shift stock of their more powerful console before the arrival of the next generation. Wherever you looked, you could find a console with at least one game for £300, including new releases such as Death Stranding and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
For the slimmer console, it was the return of Amazon's exclusive PS Hits bundle that was the way to go. For £230, you got a PS4 and five of the console's top games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Uncharted 4. That was about it for that console version, though.
In the US, it was very much the reverse. There was a terrific PS4 slim bundle for $200 that came with God of War, The Last of Us Remastered and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition. As a way to get your PS4 collection started, there really wasn't a better deal out there.
In terms of the PS4 Pro, there wasn't a great deal until after Black Friday itself when Amazon launched a surprise bundle for $299 that included Spider-Man, God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.
Where the US also lead the way was in the world of game deals. There was really very little to get excited about in the UK, with most major or new releases barely dropping to reach the £40 mark. Of course, there was the usual 25% off PS Plus subscriptions, though, so it was the perfect time to renew.
Compare that to the US, however, where first-party releases such as Days Gone fell to their lowest ever prices. It was a perfect opportunity to catch up on some of the console's major releases that you may have missed over the last year or so.
It was PSVR where the offers were universal. Black Friday was absolutely the right time to check out Sony's attempt to capitalise on our fascination with the virtual world. You could get both Starter Kits and Mega Packs at massively reduced prices - and stock truly flew. Congrats if you managed to grab one quick enough!
What will the PlayStation Black Friday deals be this year?
Here's where things are going to get very interesting. With the likelihood of the PS5 seeing release around the end of the year, we're eager to see just how the PlayStation Black Friday deals pan out in 2020.
The easy option would be to assume that Sony goes even heavier on the discounts to both the PS4 and PS4 Pro as it looks to clear out any remaining consoles. There's always a bit of a transitional period between console generations, so there will still be those playing or looking to play on older hardware. Now that can be done for cheap it may tempt a few more in.
What's going to happen with the PS5, then? Well, you can almost be sure that it won't see a significant discount so early after release - if it launches before Black Friday in the first place. Depending on Sony's approach to the next generation, too, could we see them try to compete with Game Pass and heavily reduce PS Now. Or will it be business as usual with a reliance on strong first-party titles?
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday will fall on 27th November in 2020, with Cyber Monday following just a few days later on 30th November. You can expect another huge barrage of sales, with practically all major and minor retailers getting involved in the bargain bonanza.
While sales do occur throughout the year, some of the biggest or most expensive tech items receive their best discounts during this time as people look to secure Christmas presents or a new treat for themselves. Look in the right places and you can make huge savings.
Whatever happens in the world of gaming with the new consoles, it's going to add another layer of excitement to this year's Black Friday sales. You can see how we think the others will compare by checking out our hubs dedicated to the Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals and Xbox Black Friday deals we expect to see this year. Bookmark these pages and check in regularly as we update them with all the latest news!