The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a strange and unprecedented year in every way, leading to countless event cancellations, delays, and closings across everything from sports and politics to education and gaming. The logistical disruptions led to stock shortages in the spring and summer, which resulted in one of the biggest annual sales, Amazon Prime Day, being delayed to October–one month before Black Friday. Now that Amazon Prime Day is behind us and Black Friday deals are starting to roll in, one thing is becoming abundantly clear: Black Friday 2020 game deals are going to blow Prime Day’s deals out of the water.
The Best Buy Black Friday 2020 ad dropped this morning, and though no start dates or times were shared, it’s packed with some of the best game deals we’ve seen all year. The ad includes record-low prices for games like Fire Emblem: Three Houses ($35), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 ($30), and Resident Evil 3 ($15). First-party Nintendo games were $40 during Prime Day (as they have been regularly for most of the year), but Best Buy’s Black Friday sale has them for $35, and you can expect other retailers to follow suit. Games that aren’t even out yet are featured, like The Dark Pictures: Little Hope (which releases tomorrow, October 30) for $20 and Just Dance 2021 (releasing November 12) for $30.
We’re seeing incredibly low prices on this year’s huge PS4 releases as well, including Final Fantasy VII Remake for $30, The Last of Us Part II for $30, and the most recent exclusive, Ghost of Tsushima, for $40. Persona 5 Royal, the definitive expanded edition of the JRPG classic, will be down to $20, while Marvel’s Avengers will be slashed to $30. Meanwhile, Xbox players will be able to snag Star Wars Squadrons–which just released this month–for 50% off at $20, and the new Xbox wireless controllers releasing for Xbox Series X and S will be $20 off. Game Pass Ultimate three-month memberships will also be $23 (about 50% off), letting you add time to your current membership for about as cheap as it gets.
PC gamers have a ton of great deals to look forward to as well, and quite a few of them are available right now at Best Buy. For example, you can nab the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 wired gaming keyboard for $90 right now (down from $150). Compare that to Prime Day, when a cheaper model, the Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2, was on sale for $110. We’re also seeing better deals on PC parts, including the Corsair Hydro Series Liquid Cooling System for $100 (available now), Samsung’s 907 EVO Plus 1TB PCI NVme SSD for $150, and an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor for $280.
Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Day 2020’s standout game deals included $40 first-party Switch games, The Last of Us Part II for $40, Madden NFL 21 for $30, and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $25. With Best Buy’s sale alone, Black Friday beats all of those prices, and we can expect more great gaming deals as other stores begin to release their full Black Friday ads. The fact that we’re already seeing deals on next-gen hardware, online memberships, and new game releases is positive, as all of that was noticeably lacking during Prime Day.
Normally, Prime Day is the biggest sale of the summer and does offer some Black Friday-worthy deals, but with it happening in October this year, it seems most retailers decided to hold their very best prices until Black Friday. Though it made for an underwhelming Prime Day sale (sorry, Prime members), you can bet that Amazon will price-match Best Buy’s Black Friday offers and other stores like Walmart and Target, so no matter where you prefer to shop, there’ll be some excellent gaming deals up for grabs.
While we wait for November’s huge sale to kick into full gear, check out our guide to Black Friday 2020, including Thanksgiving Day store closings. Retailers like Walmart, Target, and Costco have released part of their Black Friday ads as well, though Best Buy is the only one to reveal any real gaming deals so far. Black Friday will also offer another chance to snag the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S online at Best Buy, though the exact start date and time for the restock has not been shared.