Best Xbox One deals for Black Friday 2018
That also includes the 4K gaming powerhouse Xbox One X, which is the most powerful games console around.
We’ll be bringing the biggest deals around, throughout the Black Friday period and through Cyber Monday, so you can be sure to find something in your price range.
Be also sure to check out our separate games deals page to get bargains on the Xbox One titles you should play.
Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday Xbox One deals
Amazon’s gaming deals started early in 2017 and we expect similar this year.
Some of the deals were only available to Prime Members, so if you didn’t have Prime you might have lost out – so now might be a good time to sign-up.
• Xbox One S 500GB with Forza Horizon 3 and Hot Wheels DLC: Save £41, now £204 (was £245): Getting the Xbox One S with one of the best games around and all its downloadable content was a bargain.
• Xbox One X Scorpio Edition 1TB limited edition console: Save £100, now £449 (was £549): This exclusive edition Xbox One X was part of the day one release and was highly sought after.
Argos Black Friday and Cyber Monday Xbox One deals
Argos traditionally does some great console bundles, with amazing Xbox One S deals for Black Friday 2017.
• Xbox One S (1TB) Special Edition Minecraft Console Bundle: Save £50, now £249.99 (was £299.99): As well as a larger hard drive, the Xbox One S Minecraft console is styled exactly like Minecraft itself and also comes with a limited edition controller.
Currys Black Friday and Cyber Monday Xbox One deals
Currys/PC World had some excellent Black Friday console deals too.
• Xbox One S (500GB) plus Forza Horizons 3 + Hot Wheels, Fallout 4 and Doom: Save £100, now £229.98 (was £329.98): If you were willing to spend a little more, you could get a whole load of games thrown in, like Doom and Fallout 4 in this deal last year.
• Xbox One X with Assassin’s Creed Origins and Forza 7: Save £80, now £449.99 (was £539.99): While the Xbox One X on its own represents the best of gaming, adding two of 2017’s best games made this an amazing bargain.
Game Black Friday and Cyber Monday Xbox One deals
Dedicated gaming retailer, Game, was one of the best places to get the cheapest bundle deals on Xbox One consoles for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
• Xbox One S (500GB) with Rocket League, Forza 7 and Now TV 2 Month Entertainment Pass: Save £80, now £169.99 (was £249.99): The Xbox One S is a great console for more than just gaming, so a Now TV pass made it a brilliant, complete home entertainment system.
• Xbox One X with Minecraft + Super Lucky’s Tale and Now TV 2 Month Entertainment Pass: Save £100, now £499.99 (was £599.99): As well as two enhanced games, this Xbox One X bundle also came with Now TV for two months.
What is the Xbox One?
The Xbox One originally launched in the winter of 2013, first in a massive, slab-like form factor but later refreshed to be smaller, a touch more powerful and with a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player on board. The Xbox One S, as the replacement was dubbed, is still the standard version of the machine and can be sourced for as little as £200. And while games are limited to 1080p (Full HD) it is also a great player for 4K media, as both Netflix and Amazon Video offer Ultra HD content with high dynamic range (HDR) colours and contrast.
The original 2013 model is now discontinued, but the family expanded last year to include a premium model, the Xbox One X. Much more powerful, it adds 4K gaming to the mix and while all Xbox One games work across all the consoles, it plays a large number of them with enhancements in some form or another.
Which Xbox One should you buy?
As a powerhouse of a machine, the Xbox One X is not only the most expensive Xbox ever, it’s the most expensive games console. So what do you get for your money? Or is the cheaper Xbox One S better for you?
4K HDR gaming
The biggest difference between the two Xbox Ones machines is that the One X is capable of playing games in up to 4K resolutions (2160p). Its power under the hood is also capable of running games at 60 frames per second, even with the highest resolutions. The Xbox One S can achieve a maximum of 1080p for gaming.
Both consoles support high dynamic range (HDR) visuals, which means they can adopt a wider colour gamut, greater contrast and higher brightness. The Xbox One X though can play games with HDR and in 4K, however, and is therefore the best partner for a 4K HDR TV.
All Xbox One games work on either console, but those marked as “enhanced” have built-in improvements for Xbox One X. That can be 4K, better frame rates, faster loading times or a combination of the three.
4K HDR video
Both the Xbox One S and Xbox One X are capable of playing streamed 4K video and 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays. They both have Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube in 4K, with high dynamic range (HDR) on the former two. And they can play 4K Blu-rays with HDR too.
They also both support Dolby Atmos audio for those with a compatible system or soundbar, through a free, downloadable Dolby Access application.
And they support the Dolby Vision HDR format too, although it is only on Netflix at present, and restricted to a handful of compatible TVs.
Where the two consoles differ is that the Xbox One X is a lot faster and more accessible for all 4K video playback. It locks onto the 4K video streams on Netflix and Amazon a tad quicker, and it starts up 4K Blu-rays much more swiftly. Indeed, the One X will play all 4K Blu-rays almost instantly, where the One S takes longer.
The standard Xbox One S comes with a 500GB hard drive, which is enough to store around 15 decent-sized games. However, there are a fair few top titles that weigh-in around the 40-50GB mark, so if you want to keep them on your internal hard drive you’ll only have space for around 10 of them.
The step-up Xbox One S has a 1TB drive, so double the storage, as does the Xbox One X. In the latter’s case, however, you have to consider that enhanced games require extra storage. A One X enhanced title can even top 100GB in size, so again, you’ll only be able to store up to 10 of those.
Luckily, no matter which Xbox One you choose, you can increase the storage space with the addition of an external USB 3.0 hard drive, such as the Seagate game Drive. That’s available in sizes up to 8TB and you can install games, save games and anything else the Xbox One requires on one.
What Xbox One accessories are available?
There are thousands of Xbox One accessories available from third-party manufacturers, plus Xbox itself. They work across all Xbox One machines, even the new Xbox One X. Microsoft also runs a scheme known as Design Lab, where you can design your own Xbox One controller from multiple colours and styles.
You can find out more here: How to make your own Xbox One Design Lab controller: From idea to hands-on in easy steps.
Controllers, headsets and other third-party accessories can be bought from retailers such as Amazon.co.uk.
Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Games Pass and EA Access
Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass and EA Access are all subscription based schemes that reward you in slightly different ways for a monthly, three-monthly or yearly fee.
You need Xbox Live Gold if you ever plan to play games online, but it also gives you several free games to download and play each month. Xbox Game Pass gives you unrestricted access to more than 100 catalogue titles to download and play as often as you like, as long as you continue to subscribe. And EA Access is similar but with games from Electronic Arts. It also offers trial periods on its latest games, often a week before the actual game has been released.
All three can be acquired through your Xbox One, but can also be bought from online and high street retailers. You buy a code that you redeem on your console.