As Black Friday 2023 approaches, PlayStation enthusiasts are already gearing up to seize some incredible savings during this annual sales extravaganza. We’ve already started to see some incredible deals on DualSense controllers ($49.99 at most retailers) and even some brand-new PS5 bundle offers as well ($499.99 with Spider-Man 2 included). GameStop also has up to 50% off games right now, and you can currently score a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal at Amazon as well.
It’s already clear to see that Black Friday is that golden moment of the year when you can expect substantial markdowns on some of the most popular PlayStation titles. If you’re curious about the Black Friday offerings for PlayStation games, accessories, and hardware, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s delve into what the current early Black Friday deals are, and what else is in store for PlayStation gamers over the next few weeks.
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DualSense Controllers Are Down to $49.99 (Save Up to $25)
Opting for controllers like the Volcanic Red, Cobalt Blue, Galactic Purple or Gray Camo is your best bet as these are some of the most popular, tend to sell out during sale events, and cost the most at $74.99 MSRP — so buying at the $49.99 Black Friday offer will maximize your savings. The standard discounted price for the PlayStation gamepad has consistently been in the range of $50, making this a compelling option for holiday shopping or as a thoughtful gift for the PlayStation enthusiast in your life.
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Spider-Man 2 PS5 Bundle Deal is Now Live: $499.99
The latest PS5 console discount to consider is on the Spider-Man 2 PS5 Bundle for $499 (down from $559). This is a good deal, especially as it includes a new PS5 exclusive game that typically sells for $70.
It is also worth noting that this bundle includes the 2020 model PlayStation 5 (disc version), rather than the new slim model that can be seen with a different Black Friday bundle for $499.99. This alternate deal will be available from November 10 and includes Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 at no extra cost.
We advise you to stay connected with our social media channels @IGNDeals to stay updated on even more potential PS5 disc or digital deals — there could be another big deal or bundle to check out soon.
Early Black Friday: Amazon’s Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale
Amazon’s Black Friday deals, in particular, are worth keeping an eye on, especially now as they’re already price matching a few items in Best Buy’s Black Friday sales. Alongside that, though, they also have a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale going on for games featuring some excellent titles, including some of this year’s best releases like Armored Core VI, Final Fantasy XVI, Assassin’s Creed Mirage, and many more. If you want to check out the full list of available games, head to Amazon’s main Buy 2, Get 1 Free deal page here.
More PS5 Early Black Friday Game Deals
GameStop is currently running a sale that saves you 50% off select games. It includes games for all consoles, but some of the standout PS5 ones include Street Fighter VI, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, Octopath Traveller II, and more.
PS5 Console Covers: Early Deals at PS Direct and Dbrand
If you’re not interested in picking up the new PS5 slim model and instead just want to invest in a tasty set of PS5 console cover faceplates, then we’ve already got some great deals for you to consider. PS Direct has discounted its range of official covers, down to $44.99, while dbrand has dropped its rival Darkplates 2.0 to $59.05. For those wondering, dbrand is also working on PS5 slim varients of the Darkplates, and you can sign up for update emails here.
PS5 Black Friday: More Game Deals to Expect
While we already have deals at GameStop and the Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale at Amazon, we’re expecting a little more over the next few weeks from PlayStation. Sony has never been shy from putting its games on sale for Black Friday. Unlike Nintendo, you can quite often find a pretty substantial deal on many of their games during the busiest shopping period of the year. If I were to make an educated guess, I’d speculate that we’re likely to witness a return of a few $29 PlayStation 5 games during Black Friday 2023, alongside smaller discounts for newer titles like Spider-Man 2.
Titles like God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, The Last of Us: Part 1, Ghost of Tsushima, and more were all up for grabs at incredible prices over the October Prime Day deals, and we’re expecting at least the same or even better deals in the coming weeks.
PS5 Black Friday: More Accessory Deals to Expect
With DualSense Contrtollers confirmed to be at least part of the early Black Friday deals (down to $49.99 at the moment at most retailers), let’s look at what else we can expect over the holiday shopping season.
Another essential PlayStation accessory, especially if you’re a fan of downloading digital games from the PlayStation Store, is M.2 Gaming SSDs. Many of us have likely already upgraded our storage in recent months, especially with how many great deals there have been on PS5 compatiable SSDs. But, if you haven’t got around to it yet and are waiting on a new deal, then we’re almost guaranteed to see even more deals. Expect to see 2TB SSDs drop to around $80-90, and 1TB from at least $50 or less.
Where to Find PS5 Deals on Black Friday
Otherwise, throughout the holiday shopping season, if you’re on the lookout for PlayStation games, you can expect to uncover enticing deals at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and similar stores. The same holds true for PlayStation accessories, including headsets and controllers, which are likely to see widespread discounts at these familiar retail destinations.
The Best Buy Black Friday sale has already started, and the Walmart Black Friday and Amazon Black Friday sales are imminent as well. If you’re interested in our predictions for Switch, you can check out what to expect from Nintendo this Black Friday.
Best PlayStation and PS5 Holiday Gift Ideas for 2023
As we near the end of the year — and more importantly, the holiday season — there’s no better time to start looking at gifts for the PlayStation fan in your life (especially with all Black Friday deals to consider). Whether it’s brand-new games, apparel, or collectibles and toys, we’ve scoured the internet for what is sure to be the most popular gifts this season, so check out the many great PlayStation gift recommendations below to make your shopping this year a breeze.
PS5 Black Friday Shopping Tips
Many of these tips are applicable no matter what you’re shopping for on Black Friday.
Plan Your Spending – It’s important to acknowledge that many of us have substantial video game backlogs. Just because you spot a game you desire on sale, doesn’t mean you should rush to buy it. Set a budget and stick to it. Only invest in games you genuinely intend to play in the near future.Create a Wishlist – A practical approach to keep your Black Friday spending in check is by crafting a wishlist of games or items you’re interested in purchasing, and then adhere to it. Resist the temptation of deals that don’t align with the items you would have bought otherwise.Compare Prices – It’s not uncommon to be enticed by what seems like an excellent Black Friday deal (for instance, The Last of Us Part 1 for $39.99). However, it’s wise to double-check by looking at other popular retailers to see if they offer a matching or even better sale price before hitting the buy button.Act Swiftly on Exceptional Deals – When you stumble upon a truly remarkable deal on a PlayStation game or accessory, don’t hesitate. Retailers have limited stock, and the best deals are likely to sell out before Black Friday concludes. Seize the fantastic deals promptly.But, Don’t Worry if You Miss Out – If you attempt to purchase an outstanding deal and discover that it’s sold out, don’t be disheartened. Often, the very same Black Friday deal may resurface on Cyber Monday. And even if it doesn’t, the next Prime Day will arrive sooner than you think.
Robert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.