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Best Xbox Black Friday deals: Series X console restocks soon, game discounts and more

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The Black Friday sales having already started — with more coming in the days ahead —  and the Xbox deals are coming into focus. But there’s some bad news: As with the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, don’t expect any price cuts on Xbox consoles this year. The reason is simple: With sky-high demand and low inventory because of ongoing supply chain issues, there’s no reason for Microsoft — or retailers — to offer incentives. They’re selling every unit they can. That goes for the standard Xbox Series X and the Halo Collectors Edition.

But the news isn’t all bleak. The step-down Xbox Series S pops up more frequently and doesn’t sell out as quickly. For anyone who wants an easier in to the current state of “next-gen” gaming, it’s a solid choice at $300. Meanwhile, plenty of sales are coming up for games on all major consoles — that’s where you’ll see bona fide Black Friday deals on Xbox content this year and what we’re pulling together here. Microsoft’s own sale officially kicks off Friday, Nov. 19, while Walmart deals on Xbox begin Monday, Nov. 22. Keep checking back for the latest updates.

Read more: Xbox Series X restock: Walmart reportedly planning to have consoles on Black Friday

Xbox Black Friday deals start Nov. 19

These Microsoft Game Studios titles will be on sale for up to 75% off starting Nov. 19. Note that existing subscribers to Xbox Game Pass already have access to these games.

  • Gears 5
  • Gears Tactics Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Rare Replay
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Forza Horizon 4 

and more.

A lot of great holiday deals are already live. We’ve highlighted a few below.

Deals on Xbox Game Pass available now

This holiday season, you can save on Xbox Game Pass for PC when you get your first three months for $1 and access hundreds of PC games including Minecraft, Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite.

Deals on Xbox Games available now

Here are a few games with deep discounts, though there are many more available at Xbox.com

Deals on Xbox Accessories available now

Walmart Black Friday Xbox Deals starting Nov. 22

Walmart officially announced that it will have PS5 and Xbox inventory on sale next week. According to the circular, Walmart’s Black Friday sale begins Monday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET), with four hours’ early access to members of Walmart Plus ($13 a month or $98 a year, with a 15-day free trial right now). The store confirms that “supplies are limited” and will be available “online only,” which means you are likely to miss out on the stock if you’re not a subscriber. 

There will also be price cuts on Xbox games, which should be a little easier to get your hands on. Here are a few highlights:

$35 Xbox game deals

Save up to $25 versus the usual Walmart price.

$25 Xbox game deals

Save up to $35 versus the usual Walmart price.

$20 Xbox game deals

Save up to $30 versus the usual Walmart price.


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