Black Friday is just a few weeks away, so if you’re thinking of purchasing an Xbox system or new games and accessories, it’s time to start researching which stores have the best sales.
This Black Friday falls just one week after an exciting day for many gamers ─ the release of the new Xbox One. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that retailers are planning any big sales for this new gaming system. However, this shouldn’t be much of a shock as the Xbox 360 was also released just before Black Friday in 2005 and no big sales took place.
While there doesn’t seem to be any indicators of deep discounts for the Xbox One, Black Friday does promise great deals on the now older model, the Xbox 360. Bundles proved to be a popular way to sell the Xbox 360 last Black Friday and similar deals will be back again this year. Most major retailers are offering Xbox 360 bundles, with prices very comparable to last year.
Best Buy will sell an Xbox 360 bundle complete with Tomb Raider, Batman: Arkham City, Halo 4, and Darksiders II for $189.99. Both the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset for Xbox 360 and the Microsoft Special Edition Camouflage Wireless Controller for Xbox 360 will be available for $34.99 each. Many popular Xbox 360 games will also be on sale, such as “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for $44.95, “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” for $29.99, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” for $14.99, and “Grand Theft Auto V: Platinum Hits” for $11.99.
2012 Deal: Last year Best Buy sold the 250GB Xbox 360 console Skyrim and “Forza 4: Essentials Edition” for $199.99.
Head to Target on Black Friday to get a great deal on an Xbox bundle. The deal includes an Xbox 360 4GB limited edition, Kinect Sensor, Kinect Sports 2: Season Two, and Kinect Adventures for $189.99. A three-month Xbox Live Gold subscription will be offered for $10.
2012 Deals: Last year Target sold the 4GB Xbox 360 console with a Kinect sensor and “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” for $199.99.
GameStop is offering a variety of Xbox deals on Black Friday. “Call of Duty: Ghosts” for Xbox 360 will be on sale for $49.99, down from the original price of $59.99. Shoppers can get a three month Xbox Live membership at a $10 discount, selling for just $14.99. “Battlefield 4” on Xbox 360 will see a steep discount, dropping in price from $59.99 to $29.99. Several other games will be discounted by $10 to $30 off their original prices.
Finally, an Xbox 360 bundle will be available for $199.99 and comes with a wireless controller, “Halo 5,” and “Tomb Raider.”
2012 Deals: Last year GameStop sold the Xbox 360 250GB console with “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” for $249.99.
Wal-Mart is offering some hot Xbox deals this year, starting a day early on Thanksgiving Day itself.
The following sales are valid on Thanksgiving day only ─ “Call of Duty: Ghosts” will be available for $39.96 from 6-7pm, the Xbox 360 Wireless Camo Controller will be $39.96, and the Xbox 360 4GB console will be $99.
The Xbox One is selling for $499, and includes a Kinect, controller and chat heads. An assortment of Xbox 360 games will also be deeply discounted. Quantities are limited, so you’ll need to get to the stories early to snag these deals while they last!
2012 Deal: Last year Wal-Mart offered an exclusive glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console and wireless controller with Skylanders, and a Skylanders figurine for $149.99.
RadioShack is offering gamers competitive deal on the Xbox 360 this year. The retailer will sell a bundle complete with the Xbox 360 4GB, two Kinect games, a wireless controller, and one month of Xbox Live Gold for $199.99, offering a total of $100 in savings.
2012 Deal: Last year RadioShack offered an Xbox 360 4GB console with a wired headset for $169.99.
Sam’s Club is offering the same exact Xbox bundle as Target on Black Friday ─ just for $10 more. For $199.99 you’ll get the Xbox 360 4GB limited edition, Kinect Sensor, Kinect Sports 2: Season Two, and Kinect Adventures.
2012 Deals: Last year Sam’s Club sold the 4GB Xbox 360 console with a Kinect sensor and “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” for $199.99.
Many people may not realize Kohl’s even sells video game hardware, but they do, and they’re offering some hard to pass up Black Friday deals. The Xbox 360 4GB plus wireless controller will be sold for $139.99. All video games will be on sale for $9.74 to $20.24.
Choosing an Xbox 360 bundle can be challenge when many retailers are offering very similar prices. Closely examine the components to determine which bundle is the best fit for you.
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