We all love a Black Friday deal, but it can all get a little overwhelming in my opinion. Everything is very noisy, and you've just gotten 17 emails from brands you don't even like. If you want an easy-to-consume, quick read on the very best Black Friday deals, then look no further. Featured just below are IGN staff's personal selections of the very best discounts over the shopping holiday, and you absolutely do not want to miss them. Plus, nerds picked them, so these are perfect for other cool nerds like yourself! If you're really short on time, I've also left a handy TLDR on the deals just below as well; you're welcome.
TL;DR – IGN's Favorite Black Friday Deals
1. Nintendo Switch Black Friday Bundle
Despite everyone already owning a Switch, this is by far the most popular Black Friday deal going in 2022. IGN audiences continue to love this annual Switch bundle deal, and honestly, it's not hard to see why. For $299 you get a Switch console, with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and 3-months of Switch Online. It continues to be a brilliant deal, and definitely one you should consider if you want to get a Switch this year or as a gift over the holidays.
2. Incredible LG C1 4K OLED TV Deal: Perfect for PS5
If you're in the market for an OLED TV, now is a rare time to get one at a price that won't bust your wallet. The LG C1 4K OLED TV 65" is down to just $1196.99, a massive reduction in price for a 65" OLED TV. This is definitely one of our favorite Black Friday deals, as this TV is absolutely perfect for gaming on PS5 and Xbox Series X as well.
3. Optimus Prime LEGO Set (It Actually Transforms)
I love LEGO, and this is one of the very best LEGO sets I've ever seen. The Optimus Prime LEGO set is on sale for Black Friday, down to just $144.99; and a fantastic $35 discount. The LEGO designers delivered something truly special with this: a massive Transformers Optimus Prime that also turns into a semi truck.
We included this in our best LEGO sets for adults round-up, and it's definitely worth all the hype it gets. If you're after any more LEGO deals this Black Friday, you can find plenty more discounts at Amazon here.
4. Perfect PS5 SSD WD Black 2TB for $179.99
You're in luck PlayStation 5 owners, as the Black Friday deals on SSDs are absolutely perfect for anyone who hasn't expanded their PS5 storage capabilities just yet. If you want my suggestion, go for the 2TB WD Black SSD for $179.99 (the model that Mark Cerny uses). That's a proper Black Friday deal, and you're paying just over $90 per TB. If you need any install tips, check out our dedicated page here.
5. Sonic Frontiers is Down to Just $29 (was $59.99)
Sonic Frontiers is honestly one of my favorite games of the year, and the soundtrack absolutely slaps as well. For $29, this is a steal and well worth picking up for yourself, or any other Sonic fans in your life. I highly recommend this game, the first boss made me feel like I was playing Sonic Adventure as a kid again. Top tier Sonic content, confirmed.
6. Meta Quest 2 Black Friday Bundle Now Just $349
Another incredibly popular Black Friday deal appears, and this time it's on the Meta Quest 2 bundle. Not only is it down to just $349, but it also includes both Resident Evil 4, and Beat Saber for free alongside. That's a tremendous saving, especially since everything include (VR headset + games) would run you back $470 on any normal day. If you want to get into VR gaming, or give the gift of VR gaming, this is the perfect opportunity.
7. Up to $25 Off DualSense and Xbox Controllers
Both Xbox and PlayStation have gotten a massive reduction on controllers over Black Friday. Both the DualSense and Xbox controllers have dropped to just $49 and $39 respectively at retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. This is great for anyone after a new controller, especially if you want to get into some coach co-op over the holidays as well. Anyone for a round of Overcooked?
8. Xbox Series S for $249 (Save $50)
This is probably the best deal we're going to see when it comes to the 'new-gen' consoles this coming Black Friday. For a limited time only, you can get $50 off the smallest Xbox ever, the Xbox Series S, and set yourself up for one of the best years Xbox has ever had in 2023.
Remember, games like Starfield, Redfall, High on Life, Hellblade 2 (hopefully), Warhammer 40K: Darktide, Forza Motorsport, Stalker 2: Heart of Chernobyl, and plenty will be dropping on the Xbox Series S from now until the end of 2023, and you can play them all with Game Pass.
9. Apple AirPods Pro Down to $199.99 (was $249.99)
Taxes, death, and Apple AirPods being on sale during Black Friday. These are all 100% confirmed in life, and once again you can buy AirPods Pro at a discount over the Black Friday season. Right now they're down to just $199.99 at pretty much every retailer, so take your pick and join the Apple party.
10. Elden Ring for $35 at Walmart (was $59.99)
If you've been waiting for an excuse to get a copy of Elden RIng, then now is your chance. Similarly, if you've been unsure about whether to even bother playing the game, then now is also your chance. Elden Ring is a game-of-the-year candidate and it just won a bunch of Golden Joystick Awards, this really isn't a deal that you want to pass up.
11. Black Friday: Apple AirTag 4 Pack
Do you keep losing all your stuff? So do we; that's why we think this is one of the best deals of Black Friday. Get a 4 pack of Apple AirTags for just $79.99 (working out at just $20 per tag), and never lose your stuff again!
12. Pulse 3D Headsets for PS5 Down to $69 (was $89.99)
Accessory deals have started to pick up for PlayStation fans, with up to $25 off DualSense controllers, but there's also plenty to check out when it comes to headsets as well. The standout for the sale will definitely be on the Pulse 3D Headset; now only $69 at several retailers.
The Best Black Friday Sales and Deals
Robert Anderson is a deals expert and Commerce Editor for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 on Twitter.