Most hardcore tech geeks like us and gamers know that Cyber Monday isn’t just for one day. In fact, it’s a weeklong fun discount time that officially started today. Most of the Black Friday 2019 deals have rolled over into Cyber Monday 2019 to make even more incredible deals. Whether you are shopping for someone special or just yourself, this is your ultimate gaming guide for the hottest deals for the best quality.
While a cheap price may look nice, once you get it home, that cheap price can wind up biting you right in the butt. When it comes to electronics and tech, going the best quality and paying just a little bit more can save you so many problems and frustration.
Cyber Week is Christmas come early for gamers, and this Cyber Monday is shaping up to be one of the best deals events we’ve ever seen in that regard. Everything from consoles to controllers to gaming mice to FreeSync monitors is seeing big discounts all weekend long, and we’re bringing them straight to you. Here are the best deals on gaming gear we’ve spotted so far.
To keep an eye on those Cyber Monday Lightning Deals, keep this link bookmarked.
Gaming console deals
Sony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB
Street price: $400; deal price: $299 – Amazon Deal Here
This $100 drop offers a great chance to grab the upgrade pick in our guide to the best game consoles from Walmart. More times than not, we see discounts on the original PS4, but worthwhile deals on the PS4 Pro are less common.
Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Console
Street price: $250; deal price: $149 – Amazon Deal here
The Xbox One S 1TB is the runner-up pick in our guide to the best game consoles. The current Walmart discount to $150 is a great chance to pick up a solid gaming machine at a new all-time low price. This deal is also available from Target.
Microsoft Xbox One X 1TB Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition with 3-Months Xbox Live Gold)
Street price: $499.99; deal price: $349.99 – Amazon Deal Here
The Xbox One X 1TB, an upgrade pick in our guide to the best game consoles, is available for $350. The bundle also includes Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition and a three-month Xbox Live Gold membership.
VR gaming deals
Sony PlayStation VR Bundle with Blood & Truth and Everybody’s Golf VR Bundle
Street price: $350; deal price: $329.98
A bundle including PlayStation’s VR Move controllers, Blood & Truth, and Everybody’s Golf VR, this package offers a solid discount on the PlayStation VR system. If you are interested in one or both of the games, this is a great chance to pick up an all-inclusive bundle. You can even get this entire bundle with a PS4 Pro 1 TB Console for just $548.99.
Oculus Rift S
Street price: $400; deal price: $349
The Oculus Rift S is the top pick from our guide to the best VR headsets that you hook up to your PC. The Rift S pairs a quick setup process with comfortable controllers, plus it provides great experiences for beginners and hard-core gamers alike. If you’re looking to get into VR gaming, this is an excellent chance to save.
Gaming accessory deals
PowerA GameCube Style Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch (Grey)
Street price: $50; deal price: $33.99
This classic controller is still a favorite among fans of the Super Smash Bros. series, and it’s been updated with all the buttons you need to play modern Nintendo Switch games. We’ve seen other colors as low as $26 this weekend, but we still like it at this price.
Nintendo Joy-Con Switch Controllers
Street price: $80; deal price: $69.99
Available for $60 in red/blue, grey, and Splatoon colors (pink/green), this is a nice deal on the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers. Nintendo hardware products are rarely sold below MSRP and while this isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen, this is still a great chance to save on an extra set of official controllers for your Switch.
HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Headset
Street price: $140; deal price: $79.99
Lightweight and comfortable, the HyperX Cloud Flight is our wireless gaming headset pick. Available for $80 from around $120, this is a new low for the HyperX. So if your heart is set on a wireless headset option, this is a great savings on a recommended pick.
HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset
Street price: $50; deal price: $39.99
Although it’s no longer our budget gaming headset pick, we still like the HyperX Cloud Stinger—especially at this price.
Street price: $120; deal price: $99.95
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Samsung EVO Select 256 GB microSD Card
Street price: $40; deal price: $27.99
The 256 GB Samsung EVO Select is a larger-capacity variant of the runner-up pick in our guide for best microSD cards. We recommend the 128 GB capacity in our guide to Nintendo Switch accessories, but if you have greater storage needs, then this may be worth your while, especially at this price. The 512 GB capacity version of this card is also on sale, for $65.
PC gaming deals
Razer DeathAdder Elite
Street price: $45; deal price: $25
The top pick in our guide to the best wired gaming mouse, the Razer DeathAdder Elite, is down to $25, a new low! This deal brings the DeathAdder Elite down to less than our other gaming mouse picks (aside from our budget pick, which is also on sale this week).
Logitech G203 Prodigy
Street price: $26; deal price: $21
Down to $21, this is a nice discount that matches the all-time low we’ve seen on an already especially affordable gaming mouse. The Logitech G203 Prodigy is the budget pick in our guide to the best wired gaming mouse.
Cooler Master MK730 Gaming Keyboard
Street price: $110; deal price: $89.99
If you’re in the market for a new gaming keyboard, this discount is our top pick is a good chance to pick one up.
Best TV for gaming
Samsung RU8000 TV
Street price: $1,000; deal price: $800 (65-inch)
Street price: $760; deal price: $565 (55-inch with Blu-ray player)
The excellent deal from earlier this weekend on the top pick in our guide to the best TV for video games are still available, and there are two new deals we think are worth your attention. Best Buy has the 65-inch version of this pick on sale for $800, down from $1,000. And you can still get the 55-inch size of this TV from Amazon with a Blu-ray player from Sony included for $565—only $15 more than the Amazon sale price of $550.
Best Cyber Monday gaming deals
Though I’m not a gamer myself, I’ve spent a good portion of my life searching for the best gaming deals. As a teen, I scoured the bins at GameStop in search of gifts for my brother, my mom’s credit card in hand. Now I spend my time (and, sadly, my own money) hunting for gaming gear for my boyfriend, who’s more of a PC gamer than a console buff.
Shopping for others can be tricky, especially when you’re exploring a product category you don’t know a lot about. I always feel a little lost, never knowing exactly what I’m looking for—and the flurry of Cyber Week deals only amplifies my confusion. The holiday season always offers a mix of terrific and terrible deals, so many that even the people who do know what they’re after can get lost.
That’s why we’ve asked our Movie TV Tech Geek’s gaming experts to devise a plan of action to help you elbow your way past the crappy deals and Cyber Monday sales to find the ones that are truly worth your time. Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or a clueless gift-giver looking for gaming gift ideas, here’s what you need to know before the prices start dropping this year.
How to shop for gaming consoles during Cyber Monday
We expect to see new consoles from Microsoft and Sony during the 2020 holiday season—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick up any of the current best gaming consoles this year. In fact, Movie TV Tech Geeks gaming experts point out that the currently aging models will likely be offered for less than ever before. And according to our gaming reviewers, “Buying this late in the console cycle means you get access to huge libraries of games at affordable prices.”
You have relatively straightforward options if you’re shopping for a Sony PlayStation 4: the standard PlayStation 4 Slim and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Both can play any PS4 game (there are no Pro-only titles, and Sony has said there won’t be) as well as Blu-ray movies, but only the PS4 Pro can output in 4K. Both feature a 1 TB hard drive, and you can easily upgrade either model to a larger drive without violating your warranty. This year, MTTG predicts that the PS4 Pro will sell for $315 or less, while the price of the PS4 Slim will drop to $200.
There are two versions of the Microsoft Xbox One: the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S. The Xbox One S is likely to sell for $150 or less, while the Xbox One X could see pricing of $300 or less. The most important thing you need to know is that the X supports gameplay in 4K (a very sharp image quality) if you have a compatible TV, whereas the S does 4K only on streaming video and 4K Blu-rays (not the games themselves). They have cosmetic differences too, as the Xbox One X is black and somewhat larger than the white Xbox One S.
Nintendo recently released the Switch Lite, but we advise sticking to the standard Nintendo Switch, which will likely drop to $260. It’s larger than the Switch Lite and has more features, including removable Joy-Con controllers and the ability to connect the Switch to your TV. We also will note that the cheaper Switch Lite is a good option if you’re shopping for someone who plans to use the Switch only when they’re on the move (since you can’t connect it to a TV at all).
If you’re shopping for one of Nintendo’s older handhelds, you’ll see the 3DS XL, the 2DS, and the 2DS XL in stores. The 2DS XL is our favorite of these, since it has the nice clamshell design of the 3DS XL but forgoes the gimmicky 3D features, which saves you some money. These models might be dated, but they’re a great choice for younger gamers. Parents will appreciate the vast library of quality, kid-friendly titles, most of them available used for a fraction of the cost of new games.
Should I buy just the gaming console or the bundle?
Game consoles usually come with one game in the box, often in the form of a download code—don’t expect to find a disc that you can resell to GameStop. During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s common to see retailers toss in an additional game or two to sweeten the deal.
Before you bite on a bundle deal, check the price of the system and make sure you’re not paying extra for a game you don’t really want. Stores may claim that the extra is valued at $60, but if the game has been for sale for two months, you might be able to get it separately for $20. At that point, if the bundle is $40 more than the standard system, you’d be overpaying.
Buy gaming accessories and video game subscriptions
The best console-bundle extras to look out for are controllers since they don’t regularly drop in price the way games do. If you can get a DualShock 4 for the PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One controller for less than $40, go for it: MTTG notes that this year, it’s very possible you’ll see Xbox One controllers fall to $36 and DualShock controllers drop to $35. Likewise, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller will likely sell for $50 this year, a great chance to grab a normally pricey controller.
The same goes for yearly subscriptions to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live. If you can buy either for $40 or less, you’re getting a great deal—and this year, MTTG thinks we’ll probably see a one-year PlayStation Plus membership subscription for less than $40.
Find the best PC gaming deals
You can expect to see a few deals on gaming laptops and other prebuilt systems, but the majority of the discounts will likely be on parts, some of which can make a real impact on your PC’s performance. If you’re buying RAM, you need to make sure you’re matching the type of memory already in your system, unless you’re planning to replace it. The best way to confirm that your new RAM (or any other upgrades you’re considering) is compatible with your current system is to plug your current components into the build tool at PCPartPicker; it’ll help you filter out any component in its database that isn’t compatible.
For PC gamers, no component matters more than the graphics card, but if you don’t yet have 16 GB of RAM and an SSD, make those your priority. If you still have 8 GB of RAM or a mechanical hard drive, no other upgrades will provide a bigger boost. Right now, most SSDs are at the lowest prices we’ve seen in two years, so it’s an excellent time to pick one up—500 GB and 1 TB drives provide the best value for your money and have enough space to store plenty of games, says plenty of gamers around the world.
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