Black Friday Xbox controller deals will officially kick off next month, which means there’s plenty of time to prep for your new setup. Whether you’re upgrading to something a little more premium, swapping out a failing set of buttons, or adding to your couch co-op roster, you’re sure to find plenty of discounts across this range come November. We regularly see Microsoft itself discounting its pads, as well as savings from brands like Thrustmaster, Razer, Nacon, and Turtle Beach during these sales – so you’re covered whatever budget you’re working with.
We’ve been keeping a close eye out for the best Xbox Series X controllers of the year, but many of these gamepads also work with older consoles and PC as well. That means we know exactly which models will be offering up the best value in this year’s Black Friday Xbox controller deals, but also how much you should be paying for them. That’s because we’ve been tracking cheap Xbox controllers for years now, so we know exactly what a good deal looks like and exactly where to find it.
That’s why we’re rounding up everything we expect to see from this year’s sale right here. Amongst Black Friday Xbox dealscontrollers are some of the hottest items on the shelves, so whether you’re chasing a record low price or a high-value bundle offer you can bet there will be plenty of choice.
When will Black Friday Xbox controller deals start?
Black Friday Xbox controller deals are due to officially land on November 25. However, we are expecting to see these discounts actually arriving from the start of Thanksgiving week onwards. That’s when we saw the brightest discounts hit the shelves last year, but sales will starting from as early as this month.
Where will the best Black Friday Xbox controller deals be?
We will be covering the best Black Friday Xbox controller deals right here as they come in. However, of course, we know who are the likely players in this game. The below retailers will be the ones to check out for all of this year’s Black Friday gaming deals.
Amazon: should always be your first stop for gaming peripherals (opens in new tab)
Best Buy: always has stock, regularly has discounts (opens in new tab)
GameStop: the gaming retailer has strong stock levels of all pads (opens in new tab)
Newegg: the PC-focused store has a decent variety of Xbox gear in stock (opens in new tab)
Walmart: store collection and masses of stock – a solid option (opens in new tab)
Amazon: remains the best starting point for gaming controllers (opens in new tab)
Very: regularly has great levels of choice for gaming peripherals (opens in new tab)
Currys: the place to go for a great variety of gaming tech and gear (opens in new tab)
Argos: sometimes offers same-day delivery on items and decent prices (opens in new tab)
John Lewis: might surprise us with stock and deals on the big day (opens in new tab)
Box: growing in stature as a retailer worth visiting for any gaming tech (opens in new tab)
Ebuyer: known for PC parts, but still offers a bunch of console gaming gear (opens in new tab)
What to expect from Black Friday Xbox controller deals 2022
But let’s start from the top. The Elite Series 2 controller is always the one to look out for during sales events. Its list price is still $179.99 so anything below that is still technically a deal – though its recent price has generally seen it available for around the $150 mark in the past couple of months. This, and the new Xbox Elite Series 2 Core will be the biggest splashes this year, offering premium fine-tuned controls for what we’re hoping will be a fraction of the original price. The latter Elite Series 2 Core model saw a modest $12 discount in Amazon’s second round of Prime sales this October, bringing the $129.99 MSRP down to $117 via a coupon. That’s the only saving we’ve seen so far, but we’re holding out hope for something a little stronger in November. We’d put the Core version at $109.99 and the full-fat Elite Series 2 at $139.99 this year.
Razer’s Wolverine line of Xbox controllers are also definite strong contenders for price cuts this year. The Razer Wolverine V2 and the Wolverine V2 Chroma are our top contenders this year, pitched at $99.99 / $149.99 respectively. The cheaper model has dropped as low as $55 in the past, but recent sales have been teetering between $69 and $89. An optimistic estimate is $59.99 here, but we’re more likely to see prices $10 more than that in November.
The Chroma model adds an extra $50 to that price point straight out the gate, but did make its way to $99.99 for the first time this year. That was a quick summer flash sale, and we’re more accustomed to $129.99 sale prices here, but we’re still looking for a sub-$100 cost in this year’s Black Friday Xbox controller deals.
The world of Turtle Beach is a significantly cheaper one, but the Recon Controller isn’t shy of a discount. You won’t see as heavy a saving here – the gamepad comes in at $59.99 already. However, that cost has been giving way to $44.99 frequently in the last few weeks – a price point that encroaches on the stripped back React-R model ($39.99). We’d expect to see this $45 cost return in November and would recommend grabbing the Recon over the React-R if such a discount does occur. We will be looking out for price drops on that cheaper model, but it’s already a bargain buy and we haven’t seen any discounts yet.
Then of course we have the classic Xbox Core controller. We haven’t seen the $59.99 gamepad drop back to its first Black Friday price of $39.99 since 2020, with sales sticking closer to $45 in the years since then. Even last year’s Black Friday Xbox controller deals didn’t improve on that standard sale price. We could be optimistic and hope for that extra $5 off here, but realistically we’re likely looking at $44.99 again this year.
Last year’s best Black Friday Xbox controller deals
Last year’s best Black Friday Xbox controller deals in the UK
If you’re after more accessories we’re also rounding up everything we expect to see from this year’s Black Friday gaming headset dealsas well as Black Friday Xbox Series X TV deals as well. If you’re looking to use your controller with Windows, however, it’s worth taking a look at our predictions for 2022’s Black Friday gaming PC deals.