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GameStop Black Friday Ad Analysis: A Free Xbox 360 and the Only PS4 Pro Deal

From serious discounts on top titles to an exclusive discount on the PS4 Pro, this ad has awesome deals for gamers.
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GameStop's Black Friday ad is finally here! While other stores dropped their ads early this year, GameStop released its ad almost a week later. But that doesn't mean the deals were lackluster — read on to see what our top picks are!

GameStop Is Promoting Unlimited Used Game Rentals

First, a note about the back page of the ad.

Recently, GameStop announced plans for its PowerPass service, which would provide unlimited used game rentals to customers for six months for the price of $60. However, after a soft launch, it's now being reported that GameStop has paused the service.

What makes the situation particularly confusing though is that GameStop's own Black Friday ad promotes the PowerPass service on its back page. At this point, we don't really know where it stands, but to be safe, we don't advise counting on that for a gift for the holidays.

And now, our top picks from the GameStop ad that you should be on the lookout for next week.

Best GameStop Black Friday Deals

  • PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console for $349.99
    Should You Buy It? Yes It might be the only discount we see for this model.

    We didn't expect the Pro to go on sale at all this Black Friday, so this deal beats our predictions. It's very close to last Black Friday's price of $340, and it's currently the only Black Friday ad we've seen for the Pro this year.

  • PlayStation 4 1TB Console + $50 Gift Card for $199
    Should You Buy It? Yes It's the lowest outright price we've seen for the console.

    There are several stores offering the PS4 1TB model at this price point, which definitely beats our predictions. But the $50 gift card makes this deal extra appealing. The only other store to have a similar offer is Kohl's, which will include $60 Kohl's Cash. If that's not a big selling point for you, then this is the next best thing.

  • The Evil Within 2 for PS4 or Xbox One for $25
    Should You Buy It? Yes It's a newly-released title at a major discount.

    This game was just released in mid-October, and it's already the lowest price we've seen by $15. If third-person psychological survival horror is your genre, this deal is worth grabbing while you can.

  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus for PS4 or Xbox One for $25
    Should You Buy It? Yes It's a new title with serious savings.

    This game was just released about three weeks ago, and the lowest we've seen for it so far is $53. That makes this a serious discount, so if you've been waiting to buy, this is the deal to jump on.

  • NBA 2K18 for PS4 or Xbox One for $27
    Should You Buy It? Yes It's the best price we've seen for it.

    We predicted big games could drop to 50% off, depending on when they were released. Many other retailers are also discounting this title, which dropped in September, to around $30, but this deal at GameStop will save you a couple of extra bucks.

  • Xbox 360 Pre-Owned Console for free after rebate
    Should You Buy It? Yes It's free!

    Sure, it's an older console, but we never expected it be free even with a rebate. GameStop's rebate last Black Friday dropped the price to $30, so this is significantly better. As one editor pointed out, "Even if you don't want it, you could buy it and sell it on eBay for a profit." One thing to note is that these could be the models that experienced the RRoD (red ring of death) issue. Also, you're limited to two.

  • Wowee Fingerlings for $16.99
    Should You Buy It? Yes These seem to be the Hatchimals of 2017.

    During the holiday season last year, Hatchimals were the toy to buy, and they were insanely hard to get your hands on. These fingerling toys are much cheaper than those $60 hatching eggs, but they're equally difficult to find. True, this price is a little higher than the $15 that Walmart was originally charging, but they're also out-of-stock pretty much everywhere. Paying an extra couple of bucks is perfectly fine if it means having these stocking stuffers on hand for gift-giving.

Worst Deals

  • Xbox One S 500GB Console for $189.99
    Should You Buy It? No It's just the console.

    While this price point definitely meets our predictions, it's super disappointing because it's just the console. If you want last year's Xbox model, we highly recommend shopping at Microsoft instead, where you can get an actual bundle (including a game) for the same price.

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Want to know what else you can expect from GameStop for Black Friday? Read on!

What to Expect From GameStop Black Friday Sales 2017

Whether you're looking for holiday loot for your Pokémon-obsessed niece or hoping to score a few console titles for yourself, you'll want to keep an eye on GameStop's Black Friday deals.

Read on for all the important info about the retailer's 2017 Black Friday sales, from the biggest deals to the best time to shop.

When Will the Ad Be Released?

GameStop's ad is now live, as of November 16!

SEE ALSO: Black Friday Store Guides for the Top Retailers

Will GameStop Be Open on Thanksgiving?

Surprisingly, yes! In past years, GameStop has intentionally kept its doors closed, saying it was taking a stand against the trend of "taking away holidays from customers and associates." According to CNNMoney, GameStop stores will be open for a "limited time" on Thanksgiving this year in response to requests from customers and employees. We're still waiting to hear what those limited hours will be.

When Does GameStop Open on Black Friday?

Historically, GameStop Black Friday hours have begun at 5 am on Friday. We don't yet know when the store will be open on Thanksgiving, and whether that will change the chain's Black Friday hours as well. But we expect shoppers will still be able to shop online all day on Thanksgiving, as they were last year.

When Is the Best Time to Shop?

Expect strong deals and a bonus to trade-in credit in the days leading up to Black Friday. Some of those deals will likely be continued or reprised during Cyber Week, but make no mistake — Black Friday is the biggest day where GameStop is concerned.

In past years, GameStop has launched many of its Black Friday deals online on Thursday, which seems likely to continue.

In past years, GameStop has launched many of its Black Friday deals online on Thursday, which seems likely to continue. It remains to be seen if their in-store doorbusters will remain Friday exclusives, or if some will be available Thursday night.

What Will Be on Sale?

GameStop will offer deals on new and used video games, consoles, and accessories. They will carry titles both for consoles and PCs. You can also expect deals on game-related toys, apparel, and decor.

What Will Be the Big Doorbusters?

We expect doorbuster deals on the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 2DS XL. The Xbox One X will only have been out for a couple of weeks, so a direct discount is unlikely. However, we might see it as part of an attractive bundle deal. We also expect major deals on used consoles and games.

SEE ALSO: Black Friday Video Games 2017: Huge Savings on Xbox One S, PS4 Slim, and VR

What You Need to Know

Wherever you decide to shop during Black Friday, you'll need a solid strategy to make sure you don't miss out. Here's everything you need to know to put together your plan for GameStop's Black Friday sale.

  • When the sale starts: GameStop will likely offer strong deals and a bonus to trade-in credit a few days before Black Friday. We expect the store to launch many of its Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving. That Thursday, you should be allowed to shop online all day and in stores for a "limited time."

  • Time limitations: Stores will be open for part of the day on Thanksgiving, with the hours still TBD. We expect deals to be online before then. Historically, GameStop has opened its doors on Black Friday at 5 am. We're waiting to see if in-store doorbusters remain Friday exclusives or pop up on Thursday.

  • In-store or online? Many deals should be available both in-store and online, and online deals may be up for grabs before stores open on Thanksgiving. In-store doorbusters will require a trip to your local GameStop.

  • When the ad drops: Expect to see GameStop's ad show up about a week before Black Friday.

  • Best day to shop: Black Friday is the biggest day for GameStop shopping.

  • Get rewarded: Earn additional rewards with a free or paid PowerUp Rewards membership. Rewards include Xbox Live or PlayStation Network credit. Paid memberships earn more points for purchases, extra credit on trade-ins, and 10% or 20% off pre-owned games and accessories.

  • Prep for trade-ins: Clear out your old titles, consoles, or accessories, and redeem them for trade-in credit. For the past two years, GameStop's offered a 50% bonus to trade-in credit during the days leading up to Black Friday.

Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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