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Anyone who finds an Xbox One video game console under their tree is guaranteed a very merry Christmas. The Xbox One, which sold a staggering 1 million consoles in the first 24 hours of its release, levels up your video gaming experience with exclusive games like “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition,” “Halo 5” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” apps for live sports, movies and TV, and “backward compatability” that lets you play your Xbox 360 games on this next-gen console. The Xbox One typically sells for $349, but we’ve found plenty of Xbox One Black Friday deals where you can get a lot more for a lot less money.
For the sake of this list, we only considered Xbox One gaming console deals. (If you insist on the pre-2013 Xbox 360, GameSpot has it pre-owned on Black Friday for $119.99.) Most of these deals are “bundles” that combine the Xbox One console with the biggest, best-selling games available for Xbox. Let’s take a look at who has the best Xbox One Black Friday discounts and who is offering extra freebies that are too good to pass up.
Xbox One console only
You can get just the Xbox One console for $299.99 at GameStop as part of its Black Friday $50 off all consoles sale, but this is not your best option. There are other wonderful deals that throw in awesome freebies for the same price. Let’s shift our focus to the Xbox One deals that come with freebies.
Xbox One ‘Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’ bundle
You can get the same Xbox One console for the same $299.99 price plus a free copy of “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition,” the combo that plays all three previous “Gears of War” games if activated by Dec. 31. This offer is available at GameStop (all weekend), Best Buy (Black Friday only), and Wal-Mart (Black Friday only).
Xbox One ‘Gears of War: Ultimate Edition’ bundle plus a $60 Target gift card
Want more than just a free copy of “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” with your $299.99 Xbox One? Target is offering a free $60 gift card on top of your purchase of the Xbox One “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” bundle in a “while supplies last” holiday weekend sale.
Xbox One ‘The Lego Movie’ bundle plus $75 in Kohl’s Cash
Gamers who really like to game the system should pay attention to this deal. Kohl’s has the standard $299.99 Xbox One console bundle sale seen elsewhere on Black Friday, this version with “The Lego Movie” video game. But Kohl’s also is offering $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent for the duration of Black Friday weekend. Doing the math, we see that a $299.99 Xbox One purchase produces $75 in Kohl’s Cash. There are restrictions, of course — you have to make the Xbox One purchase after 6 p.m Thanksgiving Day but before 1 p.m. on Black Friday, and you can only redeem the Kohl’s Cash between Nov. 30 and Dec 6. But still, that’s $75 worth of free holiday shopping at Kohl’s.
Xbox One ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ bundle
Those who prefer Lara Croft to Legos or “Gears of War” can also get an Xbox One bundle at $50 off. The new “Rise of the Tomb Raider” game comes with this Xbox One bundle for $349.99 at Best Buy on Black Friday only.
Xbox One 1 TB holiday value bundle
GameStop doubles the size of your Xbox One hard drive with an Xbox One 1 TB console plus “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” and your choice of another game. It’s discounted by $50 at $349.99 at GameStop all the way through Sunday of the holiday shopping weekend.
Xbox One 1 TB Elite bundle
The premium 1 TB solid-state hybrid drive comes with this bundle, priced $50 off at $449.99 at GameStop all the way through Sunday of the holiday shopping weekend.
One of the great upgrades on the Xbox One is the multiplayer online feature connecting you with players all over the world. But this is not a free option — it requires an Xbox Live subscription. GameStop is also featuring $10 off a three-month subscription to Xbox Live in a deal available through Sunday of the Black Friday shopping weekend.