Black Friday 2021: The best PC gaming deals – PCWorld

November 29, 2021 by No Comments

The last couple of years have been tough for the semi-traditional Black Friday deal hunt. The pandemic has put a damper on the yearly in-store shopping rush, and now supply chain problems are making it difficult to find computers, consoles, GPUs, and all sorts of other things. So buying some gear (let alone at a discount) has been a challenge. Nonetheless, while you still can’t find a PS5 or an RTX graphics card on store shelves for love nor money, shoppers should be able to grab some Black Friday gaming deals on PC and console accessories.

How will supply chain problems affect Black Friday gaming deals?

A combination of semiconductor shortages, a cryptocurrency market boom, and annoying scalpers have driven up demand for both recent game consoles and graphics cards. That means that if you’re hunting for a deal on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, new OLED Switch, or any kind of Nvidia or AMD graphics card, you’ll be disappointed. Frankly, you’ll be incredibly lucky just to find these items in stock at their retail prices. 

Nvidia

Other gaming items, especially individually sold games themselves, will be less affected. You should still be able to find deals on most computer components (with the possible exception of the newest and most powerful CPUs), and gaming accessories like keyboards, mice, monitors, speakers, and controllers. Stock may be more limited—and prices somewhat higher—than experienced shoppers are used to. 

What follows is our catch-all omnibus for gaming hardware. PCWorld also has dedicated Black Friday deal pages for mice, keyboards, monitors, standard laptops, Chromebooks, and all sorts of other stuff.

Black Friday game console deals

Xbox Series S

Microsoft

From: Best Buy
Retail Price: $299.99

Best Buy appears to have a solid stock of Xbox Series S units shipping to at least some areas, with a smattering of retail availability. Other retailers might also have a few units, but don’t hold out for a Series X.

Xbox Series S at Best Buy

Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 + 3 Months Switch Online  [Currently Unavailable]

Nintendo

From: Best Buy
Non-bundle price: $370
Now: $300

The Switch is still hard to find years after its initial launch. This bundle includes a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo’s online service, a value of about $70, for the base price tag of the Switch alone.

Nintendo Switch bundle at Best Buy

Black Friday gaming desktop deals

HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop

HP

From: HP.com
Was: $650
Now: $550 ($100 off)

This Ryzen-powered entry-level gaming PC won’t bust any benchmarks, but it’s a great place to start if you’re on a budget. You can add a GTX 1660 Super graphics card for under $100, or a newer RTX 3060 for just $320.

See the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop at HP.com

iBuyPower Core i5 RX 570 Gaming Desktop

iBuyPower

From: Best Buy
Was: $1000
Now: $850 ($150 off)

Not only is this a perfectly good starting place for a gaming desktop, with enough power to play most games at low-to-medium settings, it’…….

Source: https://www.pcworld.com/article/550526/black-friday-gaming-deals-2021-what-to-expect-and-early-sales.html

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