It isn’t long before Black Friday is here, and you can be sure there’ll be some Xbox Series S deals in the sales.
While its big brother, the Xbox Series X, is still hard to acquire, the lower-spec Series S is still widely available.
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Both new Xbox consoles were released in November 2020, just ahead of that year’s Black Friday sales.
And while the Xbox Series X quickly sold out, and has been plagued by stock issues ever since, the Series S is generally more widely available – and that should be the case when Black Friday rolls around.
It doesn’t have the same storage, 4K capabilities or Blu-Ray drive of the Series X, but it remains a hugely popular device with gamers around the world.
You can bet there’ll be offers on games, accessories and (fingers crossed) the console itself – but separating the good deals from the less-good ones can be tricky.
That’s why we’re going to keep this page up to date with only the very best Xbox Series X Black Friday deals, when they start to appear.
Read on to find out more about Black Friday 2021 and with key dates and information – for an in-depth guide, there’s also our Black Friday explainer.
You can also head to our pick of the best Xbox Series X Black Friday deals, PS5 Black Friday deals and Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals.
When is Black Friday 2021?
This year, the big day is happening on Friday November 26.
Black Friday is a decades-old tradition over in the U.S. (which is why it’s always the day after Thanksgiving), and has steadily gained popularity in the UK in recent years.
And despite rumours of Covid-related supply issues, we’re sure that this Black Friday will be just as big and crazy as previous years.
One word of caution though: the name suggests it’s a day-long sale, which it isn’t.
Instead, you can expect sales to start as early as the beginning of November, although the very best deals tend to be held back until the week of Black Friday itself, which starts Monday November 22.
Will the Xbox Series S be on sale this Black Friday?
This is a tough one to call.
Since there are no stock issues surrounding the Series S (unlike the Series X), retailers may well wish to knock down console prices.
On the other hand, they may take advantage of the Xbox fans out there who decided to get the lower-end console instead of the hard-to-find Series X.
With an RRP of £249.99, the Series S is a good £200 cheaper than the Series X, and it does show in the admittedly far lower range of features and specs.
Our guess is that we’ll see a wealth of price drops on subscription bundles when Black Friday lands – read on to find out more about past and predicted deals.
What Xbox Series S deals were there last Black Friday?
There were no outright offers on the console itself last Black Friday – but one thing to bear in mind is that the Series S (like the X) is backwards-compatible.
That means you can play games designed for its predecessor, the Xbox One – and we certainly saw a wide selection of games included in last year’s Black Friday sale.
And we’re confident that subscription and games pass bundles like the 12-Month Gold Membership bundle and 3-month Game Pass Ultimate bundle will see their prices lowered – watch this space!
Where to expect the best Xbox Series S deals
Here’s a list of retailers who stock games and electronics, and are likely to to stock
- Argos – check availability
- AO.com – check availability
- Currys – check availability
- GAME – check availability
- John Lewis – check availability
- Microsoft – check availability
- Smyths Toys – check availability
- Very – check availability
When is Cyber Monday 2021?
Cyber Monday is always the Monday that follows on immediately after Black Friday – so this year, that’s November 29.
Historically, it was a day of online-only deals, whereas most Black Friday offers were exclusively in-store.
But internet shopping has boom in recent years, especially during the Covid pandemic, so in reality there’s very little difference between the two sales days.
You can expect a final wave of deals on Cyber Monday, plus some potential further price drops on products already on sale.
However, take caution: if you see a great deal during Black Friday, it may well sell out by the time Cyber Monday comes around.
Need a screen for your console? Don’t miss our pick of the best TV Black Friday deals.
PC gamers mustn’t miss our run-down of top Black Friday monitor deals.
And for more bargains across a wider range of electronics and gadgets, there’s our Black Fridays tech deals article.
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