As Black Friday 2023 approaches, PlayStation enthusiasts are gearing up to seize some incredible savings during this annual sales extravaganza. Amidst the realm of video game deals, PlayStation aficionados often find themselves in a favorable position. Sony is known for offering significant discounts on its first-party games and hardware over the shopping season, so we’re certainly in for a treat.
Black Friday is also that golden moment of the year when you can expect substantial markdowns on some of the most popular PlayStation titles. Blockbuster games like God of War, Uncharted, The Last of Us, and Spider-Man are likely to see price cuts of $20 or more (similar to the recent October Prime Day sales). Moreover, we’re expecting to see more PS5 console discounts alongside the introduction of the new PS5 ‘Slim’ model over the holiday season as well.
If you’re curious about the Black Friday offerings for PlayStation games, accessories, and hardware, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s delve into what’s in store for PlayStation enthusiasts.
PS5 Black Friday Game Deals to Expect
Sony has never been shy from putting its games on sale for Black Friday. Unlike Nintendo, you can quite often find a pretty substantial deal on many of their games during the busiest shopping period of the year.
Titles like God of War: Ragnarok, Horizon Forbidden West, The Last of Us: Part 1, Ghost of Tsushima, and more were all up for grabs at incredible prices over the October Prime Day deals, and we’re expecting at least the same or even better deals in the coming weeks.
If I were to make an educated guess, I’d speculate that we’re likely to witness a return of a few $29 PlayStation 5 games during Black Friday 2023, alongside smaller discounts for newer titles like Spider-Man 2.
PS5 Black Friday Accessory Deals to Expect
One of the most sought-after PlayStation 5 accessories, when on sale, is the PlayStation DualSense Controller. During last year’s Black Friday, it was available at a discounted price of $49.99, a substantial $20-$25 off its regular cost. If this deal makes a comeback, it’s a fantastic offer that’s unlikely to be surpassed during the rest of the year.
Another essential PlayStation accessory, especially if you’re a fan of downloading digital games from the PlayStation Store, is M.2 Gaming SSDs. Many of us have likely already upgraded our storage in recent months, especially with how many great deals there have been on PS5 compatiable SSDs. But, if you haven’t got around to it yet and are waiting on a new deal, then we’re almost guaranteed to see even more deals. Expect to see 2TB SSDs drop to around $80-90, and 1TB from at least $50 or less.
PS5 Black Friday Console Deals to Expect
We’re anticipating the possibility of a PS5 deal emerging during the Black Friday season, as Sony is preparing to discontinue the current PlayStation model in favor of its new ‘slim’ variant. It’s improbable that Sony would prefer to let thousands of consoles go to waste, so it’s more likely that they will reduce their inventory by offering substantial discounts before or after the launch of the PS5 Slim. Therefore, we advise you to stay connected with our social media channels @IGNDeals to stay updated on potential PS5 disc or digital deals — there could be another big deal or bundle to check out soon.
Where to Find PS5 Deals on Black Friday
We’ll provide a plethora of links to all the finest PlayStation deals for Black Friday. Here’s where you can anticipate discovering them. If you’re on the lookout for PlayStation games, you can expect to uncover enticing deals at retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and similar stores. For those who prefer downloading games, digital PlayStation titles can be found at most of these retailers, as well as on the PlayStation Store, accessible directly from your PlayStation console.
The same holds true for PlayStation accessories, including headsets and controllers, which are likely to see widespread discounts at these familiar retail destinations.
The Best Buy Black Friday sale commences next week (with some early deals already kicking off for paid members), and the Walmart Black Friday and Amazon Black Friday sales are probably not far behind. If you’re interested in our predictions for Switch, you can check out what to expect from Nintendo this Black Friday as well.
PS5 Black Friday Shopping Tips
Many of these tips are applicable no matter what you’re shopping for on Black Friday.
- Plan Your Spending – It’s important to acknowledge that many of us have substantial video game backlogs. Just because you spot a game you desire on sale, doesn’t mean you should rush to buy it. Set a budget and stick to it. Only invest in games you genuinely intend to play in the near future.
- Create a Wishlist – A practical approach to keep your Black Friday spending in check is by crafting a wishlist of games or items you’re interested in purchasing, and then adhere to it. Resist the temptation of deals that don’t align with the items you would have bought otherwise.
- Compare Prices – It’s not uncommon to be enticed by what seems like an excellent Black Friday deal (for instance, The Last of Us Part 1 for $39.99). However, it’s wise to double-check by looking at other popular retailers to see if they offer a matching or even better sale price before hitting the buy button.
- Act Swiftly on Exceptional Deals – When you stumble upon a truly remarkable deal on a PlayStation game or accessory, don’t hesitate. Retailers have limited stock, and the best deals are likely to sell out before Black Friday concludes. Seize the fantastic deals promptly.
- But, Don’t Worry if You Miss Out – If you attempt to purchase an outstanding deal and discover that it’s sold out, don’t be disheartened. Often, the very same Black Friday deal may resurface on Cyber Monday. And even if it doesn’t, the next Prime Day will arrive sooner than you think.
Robert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.