Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

There are bags of Black Friday console bargains to be had, but whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, it can be difficult to decide which one to go for, be it a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or a Nintendo Switch.

Luckily, we’ll constantly updating the best discounts and deals in the run up to the big event to make your decision easier.

 

PS4 Slim

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Slimmer, lighter and less expensive than the PS4 Pro, the PS4 Slim is the most popular iteration of the family of consoles and is available with either 500GB or 1TB storage and with four colour choices; jet black, glacier white, gold and silver.

Console deals

PS4 Slim 500GB Console – low price: £249.99, Argos

PS4 Slim 1TB Consone – low price £299.95, John Lewis

PS4 Slim 500GB Console: £287.97, Amazon

 

Bundle package deals

PS4 Slim 500GB with Fifa Bundle – low price: £249, AO

Marvel’s Spider-Man 500GB PS4 Bundle: was £299.99, now £249.99, Very

PS4 Slim 1TB Console with God of War Bundle – was £359.99, now £299.99, Very

Game deals

Grand Theft Auto V – low price: £20, AO

Doom – low price: £9.99, Currys

PES 2019 – low price: £28.97, Amazon

Red Dead Redemption 2 – low price: £49.99, Amazon

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Specialist Edition – low price: £59.99, Game

FIFA 19 PS4 – was £49.99, now £37.99, Currys

Accessory deals

Sony Playstation DualShock 4 Controller – low price: £44.80, Amazon

Sony Camera V2 – low price: £39.99, Currys

Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 Charging Station – low price: £21, Amazon

PS4 Pro

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

The latest console from Sony, the PS4 Pro is the most powerful console on the market right now and can output both 4k and HDR Video thanks to its upgraded GPU. Critics describe its improvement on the PlayStation 3 as significant, particularly highlighting the amount of high-speed memory and the impressive graphic technology.

While it doesn’t feature a 4K Blu-ray drive, much to the disappointment of loyal fans, its 1TB hard drive more than makes up for it. The PS4 Pro also supports Remote Play, Share Play and streaming at up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second – that’s seriously fast. 

Console deals

Playstation 4 Pro 1TB Console – low price: £339, AO

Playstation 4 Pro 1TB Console: £349.99, Smyths Toys

Bundle package deals

Playstation 4 Pro Console, 1TB with DualShock Controller – low price: £349.99, John Lewis

Playstation 4 Pro Console, 500GB with Spiderman – low price: £249.99, Argos

Playstation 4 Pro Console with Red Dead Redemption 2 & Twin Docking Station: was £362.98, now £359.99, Currys

Game deals

Gran Turismo Sport – low price: £12, John Lewis

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard – low price: £14.79, Amazon

Destiny 2 – low price: £19.97, Currys

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – low price: £47.99, Argos

FIFA 19 PS4 – was £49.99, now £37.99, Currys

Accessory deals

Sony PS4 Media Remote – low price: £19.99, Argos

Sony PS4 Games Tower & Dual Charger – low price: £27.99, Amazon

Xbox One S

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Smaller and lighter than the Xbox One – 40 per cent smaller, in fact, it has an impressive 2TB of storage, and the power unit is built-in.

There are more than 100 console-exclusive games to choose from, including some of the biggest games of the year. Critics also praised its ease of use and aesthetically pleasing design. That being said, while the Xbox One S does support 4K resolution, including Blu-ray movies and streaming, it is currently limited to video playback only.

Console deals

Xbox One S 1TB – low price: £204.98, Amazon

Xbox One S 1TB, with x2 Wireless Controllers – low price: £249.99, John Lewis

Xbox One S 1TB with Dual Wireless Controllers – low price: £249.99, Currys

Bundle package deals

Xbox One S, 1TB with dual Wireless Controller, Forza Horizon 4, Tekken 7 and Project Cars 2 – was £296.97, now £249.99, Currys

Xbox One S Console, 1TB with Wireless Controller and Minecraft Bundle – low price: £249.95, John Lewis

Xbox One S, 1TB with Fortnite Bundle, Extra Controller and 3 Months Xbox Live – low price: £259.99, Smyths Toys

Game deals

FIFA 19 Xbox One Game – was £51.99, now £38.99, Argos

Destiny 2 – low price: £19.97, Currys

Assassin’s Creed Origins – low price: £21.99, Amazon

Jurassic World Evolution – was £41.99, now £34.99,  Smyths Toys

Forza Horizon 4 – was £40.99, now £26.99, Argos

Call of Duty: WWII – low price: £19.43, Amazon

Accessory deals

ASTRO A50 Charging Base Station– was £89.99, now £79.99, Currys

Xbox Wireless Controller – low price: £43.85, Amazon

Nintendo Switch

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

A handheld/console hybrid, Nintendo’s latest offering can be connected to your TV to play on the big screen, or you can also take it with you on the go as a high-powered handheld.

Codenamed NX, the Switch became the fastest-selling home console in the company’s history, tied to the critically acclaimed , which has sold more than 4 million copies. 

As the newest launch, its game lineup is still growing – but it’s also the only console where you can play the latest Mario titles. 

Console deals

Nintendo Switch Neon Red/Blue – was £279, now £249, Amazon

Nintendo Switch Neon Red/Blue – was £279, now £249, Currys

Nintendo Switch Neon Red/Blue – low price: £279, AO

Bundle package deals

Nintendo Switch Console with Joy-Con Grey – low price: £279, John Lewis

Nintendo Switch Console & Let’s Go Eevee Bundle – low price: £339.99, Argos

Game deals

Minecraft – low price: £20.99, Smyths Toys

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – low price: £41.99, John Lewis

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy – low price: £29.99, Amazon

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Will – low price: £49.99, Argos

FIFA 19 for Nintendo Switch – low price: £31, AO

Accessory deals

Nintendo Switch Joy Con Charging Dock – low price: £9.99, Game

Nintendo Switch Joy Con Wheel Pair – low price: £14.99, Argos

Xbox One X

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Console deals

Xbox One X 1TB – low price: £411.99, Amazon

Xbox One X 1TB – low price: £429.99, Smyths Toys

Bundle Package Deals

Xbox One X 1TB console Forza Horizon 4 + Forza Motorsport 7 bundle – low price: £429.95, Amazon

Xbox One X, Forza Horizon 4, Forza Motorsport 7, Tekken 7 & Project Cars 2 Bundle: was £496.97, now £439.99, Currys

Game deals

Fifa 19 – was £69, now £53, AO

Need for Speed: Payback – was £51.99, now £16.99, Argos

ARK: Survival Evolved – was £43.99, now £29.99, Currys

Forza 7 – was £35, now £19, AO

Mini Retro Gaming Consoles

The retro gaming renaissance is truly underway with new releases of classic consoles and games that are full of nostalgia. Re-live your childhood favourites or if you’re too young to remember, become part of gaming history with these fresh takes on consoles from the 80s and 90s.

Console deals

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Nintendo Classic Mini NES

Nintendo Classic Mini NES – low price: £49.95, John Lewis

Nintendo Classic Mini NES – low price: £49.99, Currys

 

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Nintendo Classic Mini SNES

Low price: £69.99, Currys

Low price: £69, John Lewis

Low price: £69.99, Game

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Playstation Classic

Low price (pre-order): £89, AO

Low price (pre-order): £89.99, Amazon

 

Sega Megadrive Classic

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Low price: was £59.99, now £39.99, Argos

Low price: £59.99, Amazon

 

NEO GEO Mini International Retro Console

Best Black Friday UK console deals 2018

Low price: £103.99, Amazon

Low price: £129.99, Game

 

‘s technology editor Andrew Griffin, and avid gamer, has weighed in to explain the major differences, and help you choose the most suitable console for you.

Nintendo Switch v The Rest

To get this out the way: the Switch is an entirely different proposition, but one that’s not worth ruling out.

The games are incredible, the console is packed with fun, and Nintendo have pulled out a stroke of genius all around. It has its downsides – the graphics and performance are nowhere near as futuristic and powerful as the other bigger consoles – but that’s what you get for it all fitting in a box you can throw in your bag and play on the move.

Ultimately, you’re probably not deciding between a Switch and other consoles; but if you’re deciding whether to buy a Switch, then you should.

Instead, this guide is about whether you should buy an Xbox or a PlayStation, and which of those you should buy. Here’s everything you should think about.

Console Exclusives

First, have a look at the various console exclusives that each platform has. If you want to play any of the Halo games, for instance, you’re going to want to get an Xbox; if you’re really into Final Fantasy, then you’ll need a PlayStation. But remember that almost every big game comes out for both consoles, so unless there’s something you’re especially keen on then that might not necessarily sway your decision.

Special Features

Second, think about exclusive features and products. The PlayStation for instance has virtual reality features, and good ones; the Xbox hasn’t got round to that yet. On the other hand, the Xbox allows you to play games on the PC, too, and the Kinect is still clinging on. But ultimately this comes down to VR – if you’re interested in getting your hands on a headset as soon as possible, the PlayStation wins out.

What Are You Used To?

Third, have a think about the different controllers, and what you’re used to. This, in my opinion, is the big thing that’s underappreciated about the differences between the Xbox and the PlayStation – which is strange when you consider that it’s the thing that’s most obviously different, about something that sits in your hands the entire time you’re playing. The Xbox controller is bigger, tougher and more comfortable; the PlayStation one is smaller and some people find it to be a little more agile. This ultimately comes down to what you’re used to, so if you’ve played one console through all previous generations then it might be worth sticking with what you know.

Branding And Design

And last of all comes the wooliest of all considerations – but the one that will probably make a difference. Think about the branding, design and look of the consoles, both hardware and software. From the outside, the PlayStation is a little less sleek, all tumbling lines and curves; the Xbox is significantly more square and a little more contemporary. Once you boot it up, the PlayStation is more of a swirl of colour and beeps; the Xbox is a little more practical and down-to-earth.

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