Black Friday Video Games and Consoles

The entire video game community has been buzzing since early September, and that buzz is only going to grow in intensity as Black Friday approaches. The recently announced Xbox One from Microsoft will drop just one week after Sony’s Playstation 4. These consoles will go head-to-head in the holiday shopping season, and it remains to be seen which of the Black Friday game system deals will attract the biggest crowd. Here we take a look at the pros and cons of each to help you decide where your loyalty lies.

Playstation 4

The official release date of the Playstation 4 is November 15th 2013, two full weeks before Black Friday. The Playstation 4 and Xbox One use the same central processing unit, have similar graphics processors, and both offer 8GB of RAM. Early previews say the PS4 controller is much better than the one that shipped with the PS3, but that it’s still behind both the Xbox One and Xbox 360’s controllers in terms of comfort. One bonus of the Playstation 4 is that streaming video like Netflix and Hulu will be available free on the PS4 system.

Biggest pro for the Playstation 4: its regular price is $399, $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.

Biggest Con for the Playstation 4: the motion-sensing Playstation Eye certainly sounds cool, but it doesn’t come with the PS4.

Xbox One

The Xbox One is set to launch on November 21st 2013, just one week before Black Friday. It’s already being billed by Microsoft as an all-in-one entertainment center, meaning you can watch live TV and Blu-Rays and access the internet through the console, all with your video game in the background.

Biggest pro for the Xbox One: the Xbox One Kinect is a motion-sensor that can incorporate up to six players and can process 2GB of data per second to analyze even minute motions like the slight rotation of a wrist or shoulder. It’s included with the Xbox One.

Biggest con for the Xbox One: for Black Friday shoppers who have a budget in mind – like parents – the $100 cheaper Playstation 4 is the obvious choice.

black friday futureshopIn terms of game system deals on Black Friday, you’re going to have to do your homework to see if either of these bad boys goes on sale. The bargain you’re most likely to see is these consoles bundled with a game or two. Concentrate your shopping in-store at Walmart, Best Buy or Game Stop and go early.

If you’re looking for game system deals but you don’t have any particular leaning towards the Xbox One or Playstation 4, a dark horse contender for you may be the Nintendo Wii-U. With the Xbox One and PS4 releases looming large, the Nintendo Wii-U has already dropped $50 in price from its launch on September 20th 2013, down to $299 from $349. The obvious play to capitalize on Black Friday shopping is for the Nintendo Wii-U to go on sale while frustrated customers run into undiscounted prices and low quantities on the two newer consoles.

After all this talk about game system deals, we’d be remiss not to mention cheap video games. Timed with the launch of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 will be the release of all kinds of hot games, like Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, and Watch Dogs. For best prices on Black Friday video games, you’re going to want to hit the three gaming mainstays: Walmart, Best Buy, and Game Stop. Game Stop is already promising deals on the PS4 and Xbox One launch games. Look for bundles containing games you actually want to play and rebate or free gift card discounts.

If video gaming consoles aren’t your thing, there’s also going to be sales on PC video games like BioShock Infinite, Metro: Last Night, and Neverwinter, the new Dungeons and Dragons MMORPG. Last year Game Stop marked their best sellers down to $20 and there’s no reason not to expect the same this year.