Xbox Black Friday 2020 Deals: Are They Worth It?

In 2019, Target sold an Xbox One X bundle for $150 off and included a Target gift card.

Lauren SchwahnOctober 22, 2020
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The Xbox, like its rival gaming console PlayStation, gets the Black Friday bundle treatment. That means you can get the console plus free video games, accessories, gift cards or other bonus items with purchase from various retailers.

Xbox is releasing new Series X and Series S consoles on Nov. 10. Retailers may not discount these devices so close to their release date, but you’ll likely still find bundles and sales on older models. Here’s the lowdown on Xbox deals.

What are the best Black Friday Xbox deals in 2020?

Still waiting for the best 2020 Xbox Black Friday deals? So are we. Keep checking back, because we'll post them here as soon as we get the details. In the meantime, take a look at what happened in 2019 for an idea of what you can expect this year.

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What were the best Black Friday Xbox deals in 2019?

Last year’s sales featured Xbox One X and One S models for up to $150 off. Here’s a quick recap:

  • Costco knocked $130 off an Xbox One X 1TB bundle with LucidSound gaming headset. The deal was available online only, with a limit of two.

  • Best Buy sold the Xbox One S 1TB All-Digital Edition for $149.99 ($100 off).

  • Target offered the Xbox One X 1TB Gears 5 bundle for $349.99 ($150 off), plus threw in a $40 Target gift card.

How to decide if it’s worth it

Black Friday is undoubtedly an ideal time to find Xbox bargains. But whether a deal is worth it depends on if the price, model, games or extras (like a gift card or controller) appeal to you.

The new Xbox Series X and Series S consoles will be hot items this Black Friday. If you spot a deal, consider pouncing on it quickly before retailers run out of stock. Open to other gaming devices? PlayStation and Nintendo Switch deals are worth monitoring throughout the season too.

How to budget for an Xbox

Every budget should include money for fun purchases, like a new Xbox. The popular 50/30/20 budget recommends spending up to 30% of your monthly income in the "wants" category so that you’ll still have enough for necessities, savings and debt repayment. Add up your expenses to find out if an Xbox would exceed the limit. A budget app can help you track and manage your spending.

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