The last few years have been difficult for semi-traditional Black Friday deals hunts. The annual Black Friday shopping frenzy has been slowed by the pandemic. Now supply chain problems make it hard to find computers, consoles and GPUs. It has been difficult to find gear at a reasonable price, let alone at a discount. Despite the fact that you can’t still find a PS5 or RTX graphics cards on store shelves, shoppers should be able to grab some early Black Friday gaming deals for PC and console accessories.
TECH NEWS: How will supply chain problems affect Black Friday gaming deals?
A combination of semiconductor shortages, a cryptocurrency market boom, and annoying scalpers have driven up demand for both recent game consoles and graphics cards. That means that if you’re hunting for a deal on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, new OLED Switch, or any kind of Nvidia or AMD graphics card, you’ll be disappointed. You’ll be extremely lucky find these products in stock at their retail price.
Other gaming items, particularly individual-sold games, will be less affected. However, you should still be able find great deals on computer components, with the possible exception of the most powerful CPUs. You might find stock is less plentiful and prices may be higher than you are used to.
TECH NEWS: Which retailers have Black Friday sales?
Major retailers are already offering discounts on gaming gear. The major PC manufacturers also offer some of the same discounts. These deals are sometimes called “early Black Friday deals”, but some aren’t. There are still discounts available.
Best Buy — America’s last surviving big box electronics retailer has a Black Friday ad hub with dedicated pages for video games in general, PC gaming, and laptops and desktops.
Amazon — Amazon’s pre-Black Friday hub is a grab bag of random discounts, but it’s heavily peppered with electronics of all kinds. Visit our site! For ongoing, limited-time offers on Thursday and Friday, visit our site.
Newegg — Newegg’s Black Friday deals run all week.
Walmart — Walmart is offering pre-BF deal hubs for both electronics in general and video games.
B&H Photo — B&H is offering a roling selection of discounts on all kinds of electronics equipment, including PC accessories and components.
Dell — Dell offers at least some discounts on most of its product categories.
Lenovo — Lenovo’s Black Friday deals aren’t live until, well, Black Friday, but you can preview them ahead of time.
HP — HP offers weekly deals on most of its categories, but the big discounts won’t be live until Black Friday.
Razer — Razer is offering a nice selection of discounts on some high-dollar items, as well as decent discounts on bundled accessories.
TECH NEWS: Black Friday gaming deals
Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 SSD 1TB
From: B&H Photo
Now: $140 ($30 off)
Although it’s not the best time to upgrade your PC, you can still get SSD storage with a good price.
Lenovo Legion 5 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop
Now: $750 (21% off)
Entry level gaming laptops can be hard to find, especially if you have large screens. This Lenovo model can handle most games at low settings, without costing a fortune.
Dell 24” Curved Gaming Monitor
From: Best Buy
Now: $180 (32% off)
While it isn’t the biggest or most advanced gaming monitor out there, this competent 1080p model looks great and will let you see buttery-smooth 165Hz animation in PC games.
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop
Now: $550 ($100 off)
This entry-level Ryzen-powered gaming PC will not break any benchmarks but is a good place to start if your budget allows. You can add a GTX 1660 Super graphics card for under $100, or a newer RTX 3060 for just $320.
Sceptre 27” Gaming Monitor
Now: $200 (13% off)
This slightly more expensive gaming monitor has speakers and is slightly larger. The IPS panel has better colors.
Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse
From: Best Buy
Now: $70 (46% off)
Razer’s DeathAdder Mouse is a classic design, and a favourite among shooter players. This updated version is wireless, rechargeable, and uses an insane 20,000 DPI sensor.
Samsung 34” Ultrawide Gaming Monitor
Now: $249 ($150 off)
Ready to go big? This massive Samsung monitor lacks some of the most advanced gaming features, but with 3440×1440 of resolution, it’ll make even older games shine. It will respond in 4ms, so even the most twitchy fighting games can run smoothly.
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