If you've been after an Xbox console now's a great time. The Black Friday sales are upon us and there are mighty bargains to be had on Xbox One consoles with and without game bundles.
That also includes the 4K gaming powerhouse Xbox One X, which is the most powerful games console around.
So check out all the great deals below, whether you are after an Xbox One S or willing to spend a little more on the upgrade model.
Also be sure to check out our separate games deals page to get bargains on the Xbox One titles you should play.
Best Xbox One deals on Black Friday quick links
Below are quick links straight to the Black Friday deals pages for the top retailers, just in case you're looking for something that we haven't covered.
- Amazon Black Friday
- Currys PC World Black Friday
- AO.com Black Friday
- Argos Black Friday
- John Lewis Black Friday
- Very.co.uk Black Friday
- Game.co.uk Black Friday
Xbox One S
The Xbox One S is the entry-level of the two machines, but is still capable of playing all the games and 4K Blu-rays. Check out the latest deals below.
• 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. View the Xbox One S Minecraft Console Bundle deal at Argos
• Xbox One S 1TB plus Fortnite Battle Royale, Tekken 7, Project Cars 2 and Xbox LIVE Gold bundle: Save £51.97, now £259.99: If you were willing to spend a little more, you could get a whole load of games thrown in, like Fortnite, Tekken 7 and Project Cars 2. View this offer at Currys PC World.
• Xbox One S 1TB with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dishonored: Death of the outsider, Overwatch and Now TV 2 Month Entertainment Pass: Save £44.98, now £264.99: 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. Add a handful of awesome games and you're bound to have hours and hours of fun! View the Xbox One S bundle deal from Game
• Xbox One S 1TB with Fortnite + Elder Scrolls Online, Basic Plus accessory pack and Now TV 2 Month Entertainment Pass: Save £32.97, now £274.99: As well as two games, this Xbox One S bundle also comes with Now TV for two months and an accessory pack too. View this Xbox One S deal on Game
• Xbox One S 1TB with Forza Horizon 4: Just £199.99: If you have a need for speed and high-octane racing, then what better bundle than an Xbox One S and Forza Horizon 4? A cracking price for this deal too. See the offer on eBay here
• Xbox One S 1TB with Minecraft Creator bundle: Just £199.99: The brilliant Xbox One S paired with the equally amazing Minecraft. A sure-fire hit with creative young people this Christmas. A bargain at this price as well. View the deal on eBay here
• Xbox One S 1TB with Battlefield V Deluxe Edition: Just £219.99: Know someone that might fancy a touch of WW2 goodness this Christmas? Then this bundle might make for the perfect purchase. Click here to see the deal on eBay
Xbox One X
Microsoft released the Xbox One X last year for those with a 4K HDR TV who want to play games at their very best. You can snap one up with amazing discounts listed below.
• Xbox One X 1TB with Forza Horizon 5, Forza Motorsport 7, Tekken 7, Project Cars 2, Xbox LIVE Gold and a wireless controller: Save £71.96, now £489.99: While the Xbox One X on its own represents the best of gaming, this bundle goes one better with a collection of fantastic games and a wireless controller too. View the Xbox One X offer at Currys PC World
• White Xbox One X 1TB with Fallout 76, Dishonored Death of the Outsider and Now TV Entertainment Pass: Save £19.99, now £449.99: Get the latest Fallout game with the swanky white version of the new Xbox One X and you also get an extra game and two months of Now TV entertainment. See this white Xbox One X deal on Game
• Xbox One X 1TB with Forza Horizon 4, Prey, extra Xbox One controller and Now TV: Save £30.99, now £489.98: Two amazing games and an extra controller are yours for little more than the usual price of the console itself. And you get Now TV for two months on top. View this Xbox One X with extra controller deal on Game
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.
- How to upgrade your Xbox One storage by 2TB and more
- Xbox One X review: Stacked with power and potential
- Xbox One S review: Great console and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, what else?
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.
Amazon.co.uk always has great deals on games memberships, some of which are available on the site right now: