Whether there’s a video game player in your life or you’re a gamer yourself, you’re probably looking for a sweet deal this holiday season on Sony’s popular PlayStation 4 gaming system.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that a year has passed, many retailers will be selling the PS4 for the same price on Black Friday 2014 as they did on Black Friday 2013. But some stores have added extra incentives to entice gamers this time around.
Check out the offers for yourself before deciding where you need to be in line this Black Friday (or, in some cases, Thanksgiving).
Walmart: System, Games and Gift Card
While you’re checking off almost everything else on your Christmas list at Black Friday powerhouse player Walmart, you can snag a PS4, too. The gaming system will be sold for $399 as part of the retailer’s “Event 1” sale beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. In addition to the system, purchasers will also receive games “Grand Theft Auto V” and “The Last of Us.” If that wasn’t appealing enough, the PS4 will come with a free $50 Walmart gift card.
For online shoppers, Walmart will be offering the PS4 Bundle with a choice of two games for $449. This deal will be available all day on Thanksgiving, while supplies last.
Target: System-Plus-Games Doorbuster
The PS4 is also being sold as part of a bundle by retail store Target. For $399, shoppers will receive the 500GB console and controller, plus the “Grand Theft Auto V” game and “The Last of Us” digital download ($109.98 value).
This doorbuster deal begins at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Pay attention to the fine print, though. In its ad, Target notes that product quantities are limited.
Best Buy: System and Games at Cents More
Not to be outdone as a Black Friday competitor, electronics superstore Best Buy will offer nearly the same deal as Target. The retailer is advertising the PS4 for $399.99 − just 99 cents more. The bundle also includes the “Grand Theft Auto V” game disc and “The Last of Us Remastered” download voucher.
Best Buy will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with deals also available all day online.
Toys R Us: More Game Options
You my not automatically think of a toy store when you think video games, but maybe you should. Toy retailer Toys R Us is offering gamers a few more options than its counterparts this Black Friday on the coveted gaming system.
The PS4 will still be sold for $399.99, but the gaming portion of the bundle will be slightly different. Bundle options include “Grand Theft Auto V” and “The Last of Us” or “LEGO Batman 3” and “Little Big Planet 3.”
Toys R Us will be kicking off this deal – as well as its other doorbusters – at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It’s important to note that this particular offer will be available only in store, not online.
GameStop: Similar Deal
Expect a very similar deal to all of the aforementioned ones at GameStop this Black Friday. The video game store is advertising the PS4 “Limited Edition Bundle” for $399.99. In addition to the standard 500GB console and controller, this includes a copy of “Grand Theft Auto V” and a digital copy of “The Last of Us Remastered.”
GameStop stores open at midnight Thursday, Nov. 27. (Note: Some stores open at 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28)
Conclusion: Games (and a Gift Card) Are the Difference
If you were anticipating a substantial price cut on the PS4 this Nov. 28, you’ll likely be disappointed. Rather unimpressively, the only difference between buying a PS4 on Black Friday and buying a PS4 on any other day of the year seems to be the video game element of the bundle. Games aside, stores will be selling the game console for very close to its regular $399.99 retail price.
But if you’re hoping to snag the system and two games to play on it all in one sweep, you’ll be able to grab a great bundle from a number of big name retailers.
And if you want a PS4 deal that truly stands out from the rest, pick Walmart. The discount giant is the only major store we found offering a free $50 gift card with purchase.
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