Bundle up for the best BLACK FRIDAY Video Game deals…ever!
Every holiday, video games are of the most anticipated shopping categories, especially during Black Friday sales. Gamer enthusiasts are already up to date with the latest and greatest products as soon as pre-orders become available (disregarding cost), but average folks will hold out for late November when we see the lowest prices of the year. In 2014, there were 1,900 Black Friday video game deals, +500 console deals, +400 bundled deals and +490 video game deals under $20. A large majority of these advertised deals were offered at their lowest price ever, and this trend won’t be ending this November.
2015 Black Friday Predictions
As in year’s past, we’ll see a plethora of Xbox One and PS4 console bundles this Black Friday. Bundled consoles and games easily offer the best value for those wanting the whole package, even if you have to settle for games you may not totally prefer. The price differences between buying individual consoles vs. console bundles can range from $25 up to $100, depending on the games and other bundled bonuses (like free 3 month Xbox One Gold memberships). Some retailers will include gift cards, like one of last year’s best video game deals which featured an Xbox One w/Assassin’s Creed Unity and Black Flag games +$50 Target gift card for $329.99 (making your final price $279.99). This will indeed be the kind of deals to look for again.
As we await Oculus Rift to come full circle and radically change human behavior, the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Samsung Galaxy S6 (currently selling for a low price of $99 at Best Buy and drop a bit more as a hot Black Friday deal), more complete video games are the focus of this year’s lineup of holiday releases. The newest games are taking advantage of the PS4 and Xbox One capabilities, live streaming/multi-player leagues and membership perks.m as well as even more realistic and up close detailing. The long list of holiday releases include Guitar Hero Live, Halo 5: Guardians, Forza 6, Destiny: the Taken King, Fifa 16 (w/womens soccor for the first time!!), Mario Maker (for Wii U), Minecraft Story Mode, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lego Marvel’s Avengers and Star Wars Battlefront. Many of these new games will hit Black Friday ads at 25% off (about $45 and up) with older games up to 50% off (usually when you buy 2 or more). Here’s what we expect to see:
Half-priced 2015 games w/25% off the newest holiday releases
Wii U bundles below $200*
Xbox One bundles below $275*
PS4 bundles below $350*
Xbox One Limited and Elite bundles drop below $450
(*factoring in value of included bonus store gift cards of $30 or more)
Many current video game deals already surpass last year’s Black Friday deals (e.g., current pricing for Xbox One bundle w/Gears of War is $298) and expect retailers to raise the bar again come Thanksgiving Day, if not before during November’s Early Black Friday sales.
Top 10 VIDEO GAMES Deals from 2014 Black Friday Ads:
Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle + $50 Target Gift Card
Skylanders: Trap Team or Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Kits
Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle + $30 Walmart Gift Card
PlayStation 4 Limited Edition Bundle w/ Grand Theft Auto V + The Last of Us Remastered
Xbox One Limited Edition w/ Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle
Playstation TV w/ Controller and Lego Movie Game
Toys R Us
ATARI Flashback 5 Classic Game Console
Playstation 4 + $50 Walmart Gift Card
Microsoft Xbox One Gaming Console
Toys R Us
Basically you got 20% off any games, but you had to buy 2.
This series of 2015 Black Friday Predictions is a forecast for upcoming prices in the most popular holiday categories and a review of the top stores, brands, products and deals from the 2014 holiday shopping season. All data is drawn from 2014 sales and shopping activities from FatWallet’s Black Friday Ads, which featured 45,000 deals, 5,700 door-busters, 10,000 deals for less than $20 and 100-plus retailer ad flyers (including Thanksgiving sales events and 2014 Cyber Monday deals). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for expert insights and additional data.
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