November is almost upon us and that's got us thinking about all the Xbox Black Friday deals we're expecting to see in 2020. We're not quite sure how the event will play out this year, but many retailers will be keen on a big sales period to make up for losses earlier in the year. We also have Xbox Series X/S pre-orders to contend with, which will ship just prior to Black Friday - what impact will that have?
If you were hoping for cheap consoles from this generation, 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, though Prime Day was lacking in any outstanding Xbox console bargains. The best we saw was an Xbox One S with Fifa 21 for £250, which isn't all that appealing at the same price of the Series S. Still, perhaps Microsoft may have been holding off any remaining stock for Black Friday so they can 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, as it'll over have launched a couple of weeks earlier in 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 a way for them to shout about having the console in stock - something that many retailers have been struggling with since pre-orders launch back in September..
That also goes for the industry's worst kept secret: the Xbox Series S. When pre-orders launched, though, the lesser-powered next-gen console actually remained in stock for a whole lot longer than its more expensive sibling. At a more compelling price point, we'd expect Microsoft to do its best to get stock available again for the Black Friday sales period. Not to cut the price already but to take advantage of its position as an ideal Christmas present - especially when paired with Game Pass
So, for the best Xbox Black Friday bargain you might just want to keep an eye out for Xbox Series S stock. Still, if a cheap Xbox One S is available, 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.
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.