Xbox One Black Friday deals 2020: What to expect

What bargains will there be on Xbox One consoles, Game Pass and more?

November is just two months away and that's got us thinking about the Xbox One deals we might see during Black Friday 2020. We're not quite sure how the event will play out this year in the midst of mass disruption due to the pandemic, but many retailers will be keen on a big sales period to make up for losses earlier in the year. Although consoles have continued to sell well over the last few months, we expect demand will still be high for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

In fact, Microsoft may have got the party started a little early after dropping an incredible refurbished Xbox One X deal for just £180 in August. Understandably, some were sceptical about picking up a second-hand console, but these appeared practically brand new in the box with no obvious signs of wear or cosmetic damage. A result for anyone who picked one up!

Should we expect to see any more similar Xbox One bargains during Black Friday 2020? We'd like to hope so - especially as we expect the Xbox Series X to go on sale in the weeks before. Many will be hoping to score a great price on the last-gen console as Microsoft may look to clear remaining stock and turn their focus to the next generation device.

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Xbox One Black Friday deals 2020: Our predictions

When we were dreaming up our most wanted Xbox One Black Friday deals, the idea of an Xbox Series X for £180 probably seemed too fanciful. Still, it happened on refurbished consoles over at Amazon. Understandably, it proved to be extremely popular and those who managed to snag one will be very pleased with their purchase.

Could something like this happen again during this year's Black Friday sales? Who knows! We're tempted to not write anything off after seeing that, but a repeat of that offer does seem unlikely. Microsoft did recently confirm that the Xbox Series X has been discontinued, so that seems like the last hurrah for the more powerful current-gen console.

On the other hand, they've said the Xbox One S is still being manufactured and sold, so you can probably expect a handful of decent value bundles to be available. We'd guess that Microsoft would want to pair them with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions as opposed to games because they've been pushing the service a lot throughout 2020. In fairness, it's incredibly good value for money, so we aren't complaining about that.

As for the Xbox Series X? Well, if the reports are true and it will be released in early November, we can almost guarantee that it won't feature in the Black Friday sales. You might see the odd retailer try to suggest an Xbox Series X bundle as a Black Friday deal but don't fall for it too hard. It's bound to just be the console and free game at best, which is fine but not exactly unprecedented around a console launch.

That also goes for the industry's worst kept secret: the Xbox Series S. This is expected to be the name of Microsoft's slightly less powerful but considerably cheaper next-gen console. In spite of the mounting evidence that it exists, Microsoft still hasn't officially announced the console yet, though the reveal may be coming soon. As it's already going to be cheaper than the Series X, it's another thing you shouldn't expect to see reduced during Black Friday - if it even launches before the end of the year in the first place!

So, for the best Xbox Black Friday bargain you should focus your attention on the Xbox One S console. It should be a more affordable way to catch up on the last-gen. And many of the games will be backwards compatible with the Xbox Series X or eligible for the Xbox Smart Delivery service should you choose to upgrade. Otherwise, you may want to save your money for the Xbox Series S when it's finally officially announced.

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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 highlight, though, was when the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition 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 over recent years. 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 Gears and Halo 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 their Xbox Black Friday deals in 2020 - especially following the launch of the next-gen consoles, too.

Who will have the best Xbox Black Friday deals?

All the usual mega-retailers and tech-focused stores should be going big on the Xbox deals this Black Friday. Many who do most of their trade through bricks-and-mortar stores may look to push their offers even harder to make up for lost sales earlier in the year as well.

The places you'll most likely want to keep a close eye on include Amazon, the Microsoft Store, Currys PC World, Game, Argos, Very and so on. Of course, there may be a few other places who surprise us with a bargain. If so, you'll be able to find it right here.

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!

With many stores in the US now saying they'll be keeping their doors closed on Thanksgiving - and COVID encouraging people to minimise their outside travel - the online Black Friday sales could see significantly more interest.

With that in mind, you should keep your eyes on this page for 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 PS4 Black Friday offers. Meanwhile, the Jelly Deals Twitter will be bringing you up to the minute offers across games, tech and so much more so do give that a follow too.

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