Looking for the best PS4 console and game deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday? We’ve got them right here.
It’s time. Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to buy into the PlayStation dream, whether that’s with a new console bundle, some hot new games, bagging a few cheap titles or bolstering your accessories. On this page we’ll break it all down for you and list console bundle deals, game deals, peripherals including headsets and extra controllers, and a bit of cool merchandise for good measure. And don’t worry about where you live: we’ve split our categories into UK and US segments for ease of use.
Be smart. Don’t go outside in the real world and fight for new stuff. Sit back, save money and wait for it to be delivered fresh to your door.
When is Black Friday 2016?
Black Friday 2016 takes place on November 25. We’d expect retailers to begin advertising their deals in the month before the big day, and then start cutting prices in the week running up to Black Friday.
Also remember that sales will continue over the US holiday weekend and on to Cyber Monday. After that, it’s the Xmas shopping season, so expect sales to continue, but not as drastically as during Black Friday. It really is the best time to buy, rather than waiting for Xmas holiday or New Year sales.
Cheapest PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim console and game deals
Black Friday 2016 hasn’t kicked into gear yet, but that’s not to say there aren’t already decent hardware and game deals on offer. We’d recommend keeping an eye on the following pages to see what deals are knocking about, especially as retailers try to clear some old stock ahead of the big buying season. You’d be surprised at what you can pick up during the traditionally quiet summer months.
PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro: which one should I buy on Black Friday 2016?
The big PS4 spending question this year surrounds PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. There are two distinct PS4 boxes on offer in 2016, and you definitely want to be clued up as to which one you’re buying as the Pro, as you’d expect, is more powerful than the Slim and is aimed primarily as those looking to move into the 4K era.
PS4 Pro (originally codenamed Neo) is the next generation PlayStation in all but name. Releasing on November 10, it features an upgrades graphics unit and a faster processor, allowing it to output games in 4K (assuming you have a compatible TV). While it doesn’t play 4K Blu-ray discs (unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One S, also available throughout Black Friday 2016), this is the box to aim for if cutting edge graphics are the name of your game. The software to take full advantage of PS4 Pro won’t emerge until 2017, but Black Friday 2016 could well be your best opportunity to grab this more expensive box until this time next year.
It’s worth noting that Sony’s already confirmed it isn’t planning any PS4 Pro exclusives, so you won’t be missing any games if you decide to stay with the current level of PS4 technology, only some extra graphical grunt.
The launch cost is $399/£349, and PS4 Pro is bound to be one of the hottest tickets this Black Friday. Bookmark this page so you can land the best price.
PS4 Slim, both announced and released in September this year, is now the default PS4 box at the launch level of technology. If you have the PS4 that’s been on sale since the console launched in 2014, then you know what you’re getting here. It’s the same thing in a different case. All PS4’s support HDR following a PSN update in September, so it isn’t worth buying a PS4 Pro this year if that’s the only feature you’re looking for.
Current pricing for PS4 Slim is around £230/$300, so significantly less expensive than PS4 Pro. PS4 Slim is far more likely to be heavily discounted this Black Friday than PS4 Pro, which will be Sony’s new baby during the sales, so if you just want to bag a PS4 console as a Christmas present and you’re happy waiting until next year for PS4 Pro (and the TV upgrade you’re going to need to take advantage of it), then this is the one to watch. Bookmark this page right now.
PS4 on Black Friday 2016
PlayStation always takes advantage of the Black Friday holiday, so players can be sure to take their pick of bargains across the PS4 and Vita, digital games, boxed games and peripherals. Expect Sony to announce a digital games sale across PSN in the weeks before Black Friday, and look out for any discounts on the PS Plus service. If you’ve taken the plunge with the brand new PSVR headset there may be some surprise discounts there, but remember it’s only just release. Don’t expect any massive reductions.
Last year PlayStation had its most successful Black Friday in its history (with almost 140,000 machines sold in the UK alone over the sales period), but how will it fair this year now that it has sailed passed the 40 million units mark?
The answer’s easy. It’s likely to go well for Sony this Black Friday, as it has a brand new, more powerful box in PS4 Pro this year, as well as the bargain, entry-level choice with PS4 Slim. In addition, the introduction of PS4 Pro may well see heavy discounting on the “older” PS4 model, so keep your eyes well and truly open. Remember: all PS4 models play the same games.
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is a retail sales day, the Friday following Thanksgiving in the US. Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday, meaning Black Friday is always on a Friday. Or it’d be Black The Day After Thanksgiving. And no one wants that.
Cyber Monday is also a thing, following after everyone’s had a rest on the Saturday and Sunday.
Black Friday’s considered to be the start of the American Christmas shopping season, and has been since 1932. The unbridled festival of consumer greed has spread to the UK in recent years, with the whole shebang going fully international in 2014. British online retailers such as Amazon have taken to it with gusto, and UK gamers are now just as likely to pick up bargains as their American cousins.
How much can I save on Black Friday?
Why exactly should you need to pay proper attention to Black Friday and Cyber Monday? There’s an easy answer: you can save a fortune. As well as bringing some massive discounts on expensive technology items, such as HD TVs and stereo equipment, video games, gaming PCs and consoles all line up for large savings. According to Adobe shoppers saved an average of 24 percent on goods last year – almost a quarter of the normal price. When you apply that to expensive tech like consoles and TVs, that’s a significant chunk of your hard-earned cash.
The tide continues to turn for online retail, with Black Friday sales dropping at bricks and mortar stores in 2015 once again. This means more and more deals will be offered online in the future. You should absolutely be watching this year (yes, just bookmark this page now). There’s a reason people go crazy for Black Friday.
And if you’re wondering how well games consoles perform compared to other deals at Black Friday, the same Adobe report shows that PS4 and Xbox One were in the top five goods bought on Black Friday 2016, alongside Samsung 4K TVs and Apple’s iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini.
Black Friday Xbox One, PC, Nintendo, laptop and Apple deals
There’s a lot of discounting going on during Black Friday, and not just on PlayStation products. We know you don’t stick to one thing for your daily entertainment, so here’s a handy list of other deals you can pick up during Black Friday 2016 in gaming, home entertainment, computing and tech.
- Best Xbox One Black Friday deals
- Best PC gaming Black Friday deals
- Best Amazon Black Friday deals
- Best Nintendo Black Friday deals
- Best Target Black Friday deals
- Best Argos Black Friday deals
- Best Apple Black Friday deals
- Best Black Friday TV deals
- Best Black Friday laptop deals
- Best Black Friday phone deals
- Best Black Friday tablet deals
Looking for more than just great Xbox One deals? Our sister site Jelly Deals’ Best Black Friday Deals has everything from tech to toasters.
And why not check out our Best Xbox One Black Friday deals post for all the latest Xbox One deals.