The scramble is on among fans of electronics to find the best Black Friday sales, which means the first stop on many shoppers’ list is the Best Buy Black Friday ad. Following a trend of many retailers this year, the Best Buy Black Friday sales actually start early, as the electronics retailer is hosting its first Black Friday doorbusters starting not tomorrow morning, but at 6pm tonight (Thanksgiving). One of the most-prized deals is bound to be a new Sony PS4 or Microsoft Xbox One. Those searches are only going to be marginally fruitful, however.
The Best Buy Black Friday ad shows plenty of deep discounts on tablets, HDTVs, computers and video game items. It’s just that there’s not going to be a single Black Friday PS4 sale or Black Friday Xbox One discount. For that matter, there’s not likely to be a single big Cyber Monday PS4 sale or Cyber Monday Xbox One doorbuster either. Reason: Sony’s and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles are simply too new, having only been in stores two and three weeks, respectively.
What shoppers will find in Best Buy’s Black Friday sale is a selection of discounts on PS4 and Xbox One games. The discounts are similar to those shown on the Walmart Black Friday ad, which indicated a slew of publisher- and game-specific discounts. For that matter, since both Walmart and Best Buy are doing Black Friday price match guarantees, shoppers could likely just take the Black Friday ad circular from either store, present it at the other, and get the same sale price in a retail location that’s more convenient for them.
Regardless of the work-the-system strategy that works best for individuals, some of Best Buy’s best Black Friday game discounts are actually of the bundle variety. For instance, Best Buy’s ad circular shows consumers can save $110 on an Xbox 360 250GB Black Friday Bundle that includes the Xbox 360 console, a wireless controller, a headset, Halo 4 and Darksiders II disc-based games, and downloads for both Tomb Raider and Batman: Arkham City. Order it online, and Best Buy will even toss in free shipping.
The Best Buy Black Friday ad also shows a nice discounted bundle for the PlayStation 3. For $199.99, which is a $50 discount, the Best Buy doorbuster PS3 bundle includes a 250GB PlayStation 3 system, a PlayStation Network membership, a DualShock 3 wireless controller, Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us, and all the necessary accessories (AC power cord, A/V cable and USB cable).
If you’re more in the mood for a Nintendo Wii U, you’ll be in luck: that’s the only next-gen console with a Black Friday discount at Best Buy. It may not be a big discount, but the circular shows that shoppers can save $50 on a Wii U Console Deluxe Set with an extra Wii Remote and games. All told, Best Buy’s Black Friday Wii U bundle includes a Wii U 32GB console deluxe set, a Mario- or Luigi-themed Wii remote, and three games of shoppers’ choosing. As with the Xbox 360 bundle, if the order’s placed online it’ll include free shipping.
As mentioned above, the Best Buy ad circular doesn’t mention any Xbox One or PS4 Black Friday price discounts. However, some PS4 and Xbox One games can be found on sale while supplies last. The first is Call of Duty: Ghosts, which Best Buy has on sale for Black Friday for just $44.99. Best Buy’s also offering a Skylanders Swap Force Black Friday deal that’s related to the PS4 and Xbox One but not specific to those platforms. That deal allows shoppers to buy two Skylanders SWAP Force characters and get a third for free. To review all of the Best Buy Black Friday ad video game doorbusters and weekend-long sales, visit this page.