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Will there be PS5 deals this Black Friday? Plus early game offers like 27% off Far Cry 6

It's hard to get hold of a Sony PlayStation 5 at the moment but could Black Friday be the last opportunity in 2021 to bag the console? Plus game deals and discounted accessories.

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If there’s anything harder to find than PS5 stock, that would be a worthwhile Black Friday deal on Sony’s powerful new console. And that makes sense – seeing as PlayStation 5 consoles are selling out as quickly as Sony can manufacture them, why would the Japanese tech giant want to cut the price of the machine?

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Sadly, PS5 stock still sells out immediately every single time it goes on sale, with a noteworthy proportion of the machines then being resold at inflated prices on eBay and other such websites. The truth is, eBay is one of the few places you can consistently buy a PS5, and it’ll normally be an overly-expensive second-hand unit.

But still, there’s nothing to stop you from looking, and you surely aren’t the only hopeful gamer scouring the web today in the hope of finding not only PS5 stock, but that mythical Black Friday PS5 stock that promises extra savings and maybe a few freebies on the side. Hey, there’s nothing to stop you dreaming.

So, if you really want to do your due diligence and see whether you can find a PS5 on Black Friday, keep on reading for all our top tips. And we’re going to recommend some alternatives too!

Looking for the latest offers? Head to our live Cyber Monday deals coverage.

Where to find the best Black Friday PS5 deals

We’re tracking PS5 stock updates daily across a range of retailers. Take a look at our PS5 stock page for the very latest info.

One place that we know will have stock this Black Friday is GameByte, so read up on the GameByte PS5 Black Friday stock drop.

The last big drop was on November 19th, with PlayStation Direct stocking a wide range of PS5 bundles. The stock quickly sold out, but you can follow the link above for the latest up-to-date buying info.

Take a look at a range of retailers who stock the PS5. We’re regularly checking in with these retailers and updating our stock page, linked above.

If you’re looking for more on the PS5, take a look at our guide to the best PS5 games now available, or get the lowdown on an all-new time-bending action-thriller title in our full Deathloop review.

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Where to buy a PS5 this Black Friday weekend 

It’s near impossible to get your hands on a PS5 right now. However, at time of writing, there are consoles available via OnBuy and eBay.

There’s a catch, though — the consoles are selling for much, much more than the recommended retail price. The RRP of a PS5 is £449, but due to shortages, these consoles are currently priced at £662.36.

That’s steep, but ultimately this is a rare chance to grab yourself a PS5 console. If you can be patient, better prices will be available elsewhere, but they will be around the RRP, so don’t expect huge Black Friday savings.

To reiterate, this is far from good value, but it’s the best chance to bag yourself a PS5 console right now. If you’re not sure it’s for you, read on for some of the best alternatives.

You’ll also find second-hand PS5 stock at eBay, where prices vary wildly based on the seller. Again, we’d advise caution here. Please be aware that the PS5 RRP is £449.

Will there be any PS5 deals this Black Friday weekend?

The Black Friday weekend is here, but we’re still in limbo on this one. Whether or not the PS5 will actually be discounted remains to be seen. It’s very unlikely in terms of demand, but some retailers may consider offering discounted PS5 consoles in order to attract attention to their sites and away from competitors.

Basically, it’s going to be tough to get a PS5 on Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2021 – so getting a discounted one isn’t too likely. However, if stock becomes available, there may be a chance to get a bundle – including a console, an extra controller and a selection of games. That could be good value overall.

PS5 Black Friday game deals

Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart review
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While getting hold of a console is hard, Black Friday is a great time to grab PS5 games at a discount. We’ve already seen price slashing on popular PlayStation exclusives like Deathloop, Ghost of Tsushima and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, as well as some massive savings on third-party games! Check these deals out:

Black Friday PS5 accessories deals: offers and how to save on controllers, gaming chairs and more

The Midnight Black PS5 controller is nearly here

Amazon has a wide range of PS5 accessory bundles running throughout Black Friday, meaning you can snap up controllers and other add-ons even if you haven’t nabbed your actual console just yet. Here are some of the bundles to consider:

For the lowdown on the best accessories available right now, take a look at our best PS5 accessories round-up. Or if you’re looking for more gaming gear, see our guide to saving £1501 on a dream gaming set-up.

Black Friday PS5 deals: what console deals were there last year?

Last year we didn’t see any discounts on the PS5 as it had only just been released. We did see price-crashes on PS4 consoles and the Xbox One – with the PS4 Slim available for around £200 with some retailers. Thanks to the release of the PS5, we could see some fantastic deals on the PS4 and PS4 Slim this year.

However, the stock issues affecting PS5 sales have done so to such an extent that PS4 stock has also been impacted. Clearly, many buyers have turned to the previous generation of consoles instead. Stay tuned to this page and our PlayStation 5 stock page for the latest updates on PlayStation deals.

Why you should consider PS5 alternatives

The PS5 is an illusive beast.

Remember, however much you want a PS5, it’s not the only option on the market. While stock shortages are a clear display of popularity, there is a strong argument to be made for the competition.

Hoards of gamers will be chasing a PS5 during the Black Friday deals, but that doesn’t mean you should too. Take a look at our rundown of the best alternatives, and you could save both time and money without compromising on your gaming experience.

Firstly, if you’re a die-hard PlayStation fan, it’s worth asking yourself why. While Sony’s console has been more popular than Microsoft’s – the Xbox – for several iterations now, the actual gaming experience is largely similar (save for a handful of exclusive titles on both sides of the so-called ‘console war’). Plus, Microsoft has made some interesting moves recently in shaping the future of the Xbox gaming library.

When Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion, it represented a huge win for the Xbox. It will take a while for new deals to take effect, but the future of a huge array of the most popular gaming franchises could now lie on the Xbox and PC – think Elder Scrolls, Starfield, Fallout, Doom and many more. The deal also included ZeniMax subsidiary Arkane Studios, publishers of Deathloop – which is regarded by many as the PlayStation 5’s best game so far.

Even if we don’t see all of those fan-favourite franchises becoming Xbox and PC exclusives (although it seems likely that Microsoft will want to hold onto most of the big names), we are likely to see a lot more desirable titles that do.

So, there’s an argument for paying more attention to Microsoft’s machines – the Xbox Series X and Series S – but there’s also an elephant in the room. PC gaming. As any avid PC player will tell you, the top-end performance of PC games can far out-do that of consoles.

While the initial buy-in is expensive, a gaming PC can then be customised to suit the user’s needs or to adapt to the demands of the latest titles – that same cannot be said for consoles unless you’re willing to void your warranty and by taking the thing apart and attempting some unofficial modding.

We’ve already seen some Black Friday gaming deals on PCs and laptops, which we will be sharing later in this article. We’ve also broken down the availability of Xbox consoles and whether it might finally be time for die-hard PlayStation fans to switch sides and pick up a Series X or Series S.

Ultimately, there really is a wealth of possibilities for gamers to explore if they don’t become fixated on the PS5 – and we haven’t even mentioned the Nintendo Switch yet!

PS5 alternatives available today

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

The Xbox Series X is the closest competitor to the PS5. In our full Xbox Series X review, it bagged a four-star rating, and our experts were impressed with the next-gen console’s speed and eye-popping visuals. While the PS5 has consistently outsold the Series X, we still found it to be a hugely impressive console and – as detailed earlier – we’re eagerly awaiting some of the big titles that could make their home on Xbox consoles.

That said, the very best option for a gamer this Black Friday may well be an Xbox Series S. The PS5 is very difficult to get hold of, and even the Xbox Series X has seen plenty of shortages. On the other hand, the small, plucky Series S, which delivers most of the same games and a very similar experience, is comparatively unwanted and easy to get hold of. It’s also very affordable when compared to the other two consoles.

We suggest taking a look at our pick of the best Xbox Series S Black Friday deals to see if you can get more for your money.

Alternatively, you can also bag an Xbox Series S in this phone bundle deal from EE. Samsung Galaxy S21 or Google Pixel 6 and a new console? Sounds pretty good to us.

The Xbox Series X and S standing tall.
The Xbox Series X and S
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Gaming PC

A high-end gaming PC really is the foremost experience in gaming, with computing power that far outshines an off-the-shelf console. However, they can also be pretty expensive upfront and pricey to maintain in the long run.

Luckily, Black Friday is on hand, and we’ve already spotted one or two great deals on gaming PCs and related kit. The deals below could help you put together an enviable gaming rig.

Gaming laptop

If you want that gaming PC experience but with more pick-up-and-play portability, you’ll want a gaming laptop. And they can come in handy for working on the go, as well!

Top-end gaming laptops can be a little noisy, thanks to the powerful fans they require to run complex games. However, as long as you can cope with that, the gaming experience delivered by a great gaming laptop is well worth it.

Take a look at Black Friday deals on ASUS, Razer and HP gaming laptops below. The first deal – currently listed as £60 off – might not look excellent, but it’s for a Razer laptop that cost over £3000 on release last year.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch line-up has been bolstered following the recent release of the Nintendo Switch OLED. It excelled during testing, and in our full Nintendo Switch OLED review, we gave the console a four and a half star rating.

It’s not always easy to get hold of a Switch or Switch OLED right now, but it’s much, much easier than bagging yourself a PS5, and the platform hosts a huge range of top games.

There’s something for everyone, from the hugely popular Animal Crossing: New Horizons to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Dark Souls Remastered, not to mention an ever-growing library of Mario titles and retro favourites. Take a look at our best Nintendo Switch games rundown for even more titles, or check out buying links below.

The Nintendo Switch OLED's screen is bigger and brighter than before.
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Read more on Black Friday

We have our expert team scouring the internet for the best deals across gaming and tech, so that you don’t have to. Check out our guides below for more deals on gaming chairs, Nintendo Switch, TVs and more.

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If you do manage to get hold of the console, we have picked out the best PS5 accessories and best PS5 games. Looking for the latest discounts? Head to our live Cyber Monday deals coverage.