Black Friday may have been and gone for now but the memories of the Xbox deals remain. And boy were there some good ones this time around. You can definitely tell that the next generation is on the horizon when the likes of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is going for only £99. Congrats if you managed to snap one up at that price!
Now that we're in the savings void, it's given us time to reflect on all the Xbox Black Friday deals we saw last year and consider what might be up for grabs in 2020. The launch of next-gen consoles is going to make it an interesting one - to say the least - so maybe you'll have one final chance to get a huge bargain on an Xbox One S or Xbox One X.
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The best Xbox Black Friday deals last year
Well, it was quite a year if you were looking for an Xbox Black Friday bargain in 2019. Understanding that the Xbox Series X was on the way, Microsoft went big on the discounts to both its Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles. The former you could get for well under £200, while the latter dropped to a very tempted £299 price point.
The absolute start of the show, though, was the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition when it dropped to £99. This disc-less console was a bit of a tough sell on launch, but with the rise of Game Pass, it's proven to be a very efficient way to play. Even more so, now that Microsoft has been bringing its first-party exclusives to the service on launch day, while further expanding the library of available titles on Game Pass to include everything from Final Fantasy to The Witcher 3 and loads more.
Speaking of Game Pass, Black Friday was the ideal time to extend or start your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The service went half price over the sales period, while new members could sign up to get a three-month subscription for just £1/$1!
With the emphasis on consoles and Game Pass, there was very little to get excited over in terms of game deals. Sure, it may still be nice to own a physical copy of some things, but why fork over £30 for Gears 5 when you can get access to it and hundreds of other games for just £1 on Game Pass? It'll be fascinating to see how much this approach leads Microsoft's strategy with the next-gen consoles, too.
If you're looking for info on Black Friday bargains across other platforms, be sure to prepare yourself with our guides to the best PlayStation Black Friday deals and the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals. More info will be added to both as this year's sales event approaches.
What Xbox Black Friday deals can we expect this year?
That is a terrific question. This year's Xbox Black Friday deals are going to be very interesting indeed. Of course, it's probably safe to expect that Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles are going to be given the healthiest discounts. Many will take the opportunity with the arrival of the next-gen consoles to bag themselves a bargain on the older hardware.
As for the Xbox Series X? Well, considering it's very likely that it won't have been out for more than a few months max (if it even successfully achieves the Holiday 2020 release date currently pencilled in) then we probably can't expect a discount on it. If there's anything, it'll be the smallest one possible. You've got to consider that enthusiastic early adopters are going to be happy to pay full price to own the new tech, while anyone on the fence will surely wait to see how the first few months pan out.
The main takeaway: don't get your hopes up for an Xbox Series X Black Friday deal - not even a small one.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is a mega retail extravaganza that falls on the day after Thanksgiving in the US. For a long time, it had just been associated with the US and that mad rushes of people looking to snap up a cheap TV, games console, or whatever other tat was reduced. However, in recent years it has become a more global event as all sorts of shops and stores from around the world now get involved in the sales.
This year, Black Friday will fall on 27th November. The more digital arm of the sale, Cyber Monday, will be just a few days later on 30th November. Of course, the majority of Black Friday shopping is now done online anyway, so the idea of Cyber Monday has become a little redundant. Instead, we just get an even bigger and longer sales period. Hooray!
Whatever happens, though, you can be sure we'll be bringing you all the best Xbox Black Friday deals right here. You can also follow our hub pages dedicated to finding the best Nintendo Switch Black Friday bargains and PlayStation Black Friday offers. It may seem far away now, but November will be upon us again soon enough!