Gamers are served up all kinds of great deals throughout the year. It’s not uncommon for recently released games to drop as much as 20 percent off in the first few months of release or to snag the occasional one-off deal on a controller or headset. But Black Friday and Cyber Monday are something special — a chance to get in on the year’s best offers all at once.
Like 2020, the holidays in 2021 are a bit peculiar, what with the ongoing pandemic and chip shortage. There’s no shortage of games and accessories, but fewer consoles are available for first-time buyers to gift, which means the opportunities to get one are very rare and very popular. Some retailers have even taken to charging subscription fees that offer you a boosted chance of getting a console, but even those aren’t a guarantee.
We’re splitting up this roundup by platform, so find the one you’re shopping for, and enjoy the deals. We also have a catch-all guide to the best Cyber Monday deals happening now, for all your shopping needs.
Nintendo Switch software deals
There are a shocking amount of great deals on Switch games, and several retailers are offering the same $40 price for physical and digital editions of popular, first-party titles. In addition to games, there are notable discounts on games and accessories.
- Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is $35 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Astral Chain is $40 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Paper Mario: The Origami King is $35 at GameStop (originally $60)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is $35 at GameStop (originally $60)
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is $35 at GameStop
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- Splatoon 2 is $35 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Kirby Star Allies is $35 at Amazon (originally $60)
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is $39 at GameStop and Amazon (originally $60)
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses is $35 at GameStop (originally $60)
- Super Mario Odyssey is $38 at Best Buy (usually $60)
- Hades is $20 at Amazon and Walmart (usually $35)
- BioShock Collection is $15 at Amazon (usually $40)
- The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is $30 at Amazon and GameStop (usually $40)
- If you have a Nintendo Switch, give it a huge boost in storage with this SanDisk 400GB microSD card for just $45 at Amazon.
Nintendo Switch peripheral deals
In addition to all these great software titles, one of the best deals around Nintendo’s console is this early Cyber Monday deal on the Switch Pro controller. It’s normally $70, but it is currently $20 off at Walmart, GameStop, and Amazon — bringing it down to an all-time low of $50.
For iPhone users, you can pick up the Backbone One controller for $15 off its usual price direct from Backbone Labs. Normally $100, it’s currently $85 and comes with three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This controller works with its own app, turning your iPhone into more of a gaming console. It’s compatible with a wide range of iPhones, however, make sure to check the box that says “Add iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max Adapter,” if you own one of Apple’s latest that has a thicker camera array.
The Backbone One mobile controller can connect to iPhones as far back as the 6S generation through the Lightning port. It’s a fully featured controller complete with dual analog sticks, a headphone jack, and its own software for capturing screenshots and connecting to game streaming services.
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PlayStation 5 deals
While you might not be able to find a PS5 console in time for the holidays (fingers are crossed for you, though), you can at least stock up on games and accessories that would normally cost you more than they do right now. Keep in mind that all of the deals below (with the exception of the digital games from the PlayStation Store) are the disc versions of the games, requiring the $500 PS5 console that has a disc drive. Here are the best deals currently running:
- Call of Duty: Vanguard is $39 at GameStop (usually $70)
Call of Duty: Vanguard is the latest installment in the long-running FPS series, from developer Sledgehammer Games. It returns to the theater of World War II for campaign and online multiplayer, and also features Zombies and Warzone modes.
- Back 4 Blood is $25 at GameStop (usually $60)
- Hades is $20 at Amazon, Target, and Walmart, or digital via PlayStation (usually $30)
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is $30 at Target and Best Buy, or $27 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade is $45 at Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation for $47 (usually $70)
- Demon’s Souls is $40 at GameStop, Target, and Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- Deathloop is $25 at GameStop and $30 at Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (usually $60)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Ultimate Edition that includes a remastered version of 2017’s Marvel’s Spider-Man is $50 at Best Buy or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut is $50 at Best Buy and Target (originally $70)
- Resident Evil Village is $30 at GameStop (originally $50)
- Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is $50 at Amazon and Best Buy, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- Mass Effect Legendary Edition is $25 at GameStop and Walmart (usually $60)
- Far Cry 6 is $35 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Returnal is $50 at Best Buy and Target, or digital via PlayStation (originally $70)
- Death Stranding Director’s Cut is $40 at Best Buy (down from $50)
- Samsung’s 980 Pro 1TB M.2 SSD that’s certified for use in the PS5 is down to $170 at Amazon — the lowest price yet. Make sure to snag a heatsink, though, or else it could very well overheat in your console.
Xbox Series S and Series X deals
Compared to PlayStation 4 and 5, Microsoft’s Xbox consoles have fewer first-party exclusives. But there’s a hidden trick up the Xbox’s sleeve: all of those first-party games that you might normally pay $60 or $70 for are tucked behind a monthly subscription Game Pass Ultimate (of course, you can still pay full price for games if you want). There are still great deals below, but check out Game Pass for the full scope of what’s available for your Xbox.
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is $30 at Best Buy or $27 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Call of Duty: Vanguard is $39 at GameStop (usually $70)
- Far Cry 6 is $35 at Amazon (usually $60)
- Riders Republic is $30 at Target or $25 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Mass Effect Legendary Edition is $28 at Best Buy or Amazon (usually $60)
- Lost Judgment is $30 at Amazon (originally $50)
- Life is Strange: True Colors is $35 at Amazon (originally $60)
- Razer’s Wolverine V2 wired Xbox/PC controller with customizable triggers and macro buttons is $70 at Verizon, down from $100 everywhere else.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers access to more than 100 titles, including the likes of Halo Infinite, Powerwash Simulator, Pentiment, and surprise hits like Hi-Fi Rush, which you can play on Xbox consoles and PC. The pass also gives subscribers access to exclusive deals, online multiplayer, and Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Deals on PC games, so far, haven’t been as good as we’ve seen for console games. We’re keeping an eye out for more deals, though, and you should expect more to drop throughout the week.
- Razer’s DeathAdder V2 Pro wireless gaming mouse is just $66 for My Best Buy members. This mouse originally sold for $130, and it’s among the most comfortable options available.
- If your motherboard supports PCIe 4.0 connectivity, Samsung’s 1TB 980 Pro M.2 SSD is cheaper than ever at Amazon, costing $170. It will work in PCIe 3.0 mobos, but you won’t get all of what you’re paying for.
- Until December 1st, New World (Amazon Games’ new MMO) is $30 at Amazon and Steam.
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has dropped in price by 35 percent on Steam, costing $39.
- Steam’s Autumn Sale is happening now through December 1st at 1PM ET. There are too many deals to count, but now’s a good time to shop if you need some games for your PC.
- Hunt: Showdown is $19.99 (usually $39.99)
- Outer Wilds is $14.99 (usually $24.99)
- Cyberpunk 2077 on PC (inarguably the most polished version) is $29.99 (usually $60)
- Half-Life: Alyx for VR (a must-play that can even work with an Oculus Quest 2 when you follow these steps) is $29.99 (usually $60)
- There are plenty of other deals happening on Steam PC games at reputable sites like Fanatical and Green Man Gaming.
Several retailers are including $50 gift cards with the 128GB Oculus Quest 2, which is still selling at its regular $300 price. This includes Best Buy, Newegg, Amazon (with offer code OCULUS50 at checkout), Costco, Target, and Oculus itself. Walmart is offering a similar deal, though, in lieu of a gift card, it’s including the zip-up case as a complementary goodie for the same $300 price.
This gift card promo happening at several retailers extends to the $400 headset that doubles the storage to 256GB, which includes a $50 gift card as well. Just note that you’ll earn a gift card to the retailer where you purchased the Oculus Quest 2 unless you buy it from Oculus directly. In that case, you’ll get $50 of credit to use on games purchased digitally through the Oculus Store.
For HTC Vive owners, the Deluxe Audio Strap accessory is discounted $30 at Amazon . That knocks the price down to $69, its all-time low. The strap has adjustable built-in earphones for 360-degree sound.