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 a few early 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.
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.
Which retailers have Black Friday sales?
Most of the major retailer suspects are already offering deals on gaming gear, and the major PC manufacturers are offering some of the same discounts they generally do. Some of these are labeled as “early Black Friday deals,” some aren’t, but there are discounts to be found either way.
Amazon— Amazon’s pre-Black Friday hub is a grab bag of random discounts, but it’s heavily peppered with electronics of all kinds. Check the site (or ours!) for ongoing, limited-time deals on Thursday and Friday.
Newegg — Newegg’s Black Friday deals run all week.
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.
Ready to go big? This massive Samsung monitor lacks some of the most advanced gaming features, but with 3440×1440 of resolution, it’ll make even older games shine. 4ms response time means even twitchy fighting games will run great.
Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read ouraffiliate link policyfor more details.
Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.