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Update: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 are done and dusted, so the deals below are no longer valid. Check out our ZDNet Recommends hub for a better look at the latest deals available or ZDNet's 2021 Holiday Gift Guide hub for recommendations on gifts for all.
When it comes to gaming, skill is what separates the best from the rest. But, it also helps to have gear that enhances your viewing, precision, and control. If you're eyeing an upgrade to your gaming setup, there's no better time to shop around than now. Stores like Best Buy and Newegg have already started to heavily discount everyday products, including mechanical keyboards, AAA games, and more. Below you'll find the very best that is in stores today.
The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe edition is nothing new. But, the two-year-old bundle continues to make for a doorbuster deal every Black Friday thanks to its limited supply and great value. For the sale price of $299.99, you're essentially getting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for free, along with a three-month membership of Nintendo Switch Online.
The Oculus Quest 2, or Meta Quest 2 sits at the top of our best VR and AR headsets list, and with its recent price drop to $299 for the 128GB model, the deal can only get sweeter at Oculus. While supplies last, Oculus will bundle in a $50 game credit for you to spend on immersive titles like Beat Saber and Superhot.
In order to game right, you must sit right. Having a comfortable chair goes a long way for those hours of grinding XP and levels -- and your physical health. For some time, Secretlab has sat atop of ZDNet's best gaming chairs list, and for good reason. The brand produces some of the most comfortable and cushioned chairs, period. I'd recommend the Titan or Omega series to gamers and non-gamers alike. And for a limited time, Secretlab is running a store-wide Black Friday special, discounting 2020 and 2022 models with up to $150 off.
Nothing beats the tactile and clicky feedback of a mechanical keyboard. Amazon currently has the Logitech G915 TKL keyboard on sale for $179.99, putting it below its usual $229.99 price tag and making it quite the deal for those who favor something low profile. While the G915 TKL loses the number pad -- hence the TKL (tenkeyless) branding -- many will find the compact and wireless nature of the keyboard to be very beneficial.
A must-have for gamers and streamers, the Elgato Stream Deck is the only centralized hub you need to access your favorite programs, games, and layouts, with a click. It works with Windows and macOS and lets you seamlessly integrate tools like OBS, Discord, Twitch, and more. Buy one now for just $99 ($50 off).
For mobile gamers, the Kishi Controller for Android is currently discounted to $59.99 ($40 off) at GameStop. With it, you can transform your smartphone into a mobile gaming rig, fielding the conventional controller joysticks and buttons on the left and right sides. The Kishi Controller pairs via Bluetooth and bolds well with the rise of cloud gaming.
There's nothing more important than the display that you're gaming on. When it comes to monitors, the key features you'd want to shop for are tear and stutter-free coverage, adaptive syncing, and a high refresh rate. Dell makes it easy for you by giving you the whole shebang with the Dell 27'' Gaming Monitor. It currently sells for $329.99, $260 off the MSRP.
From the creaking of a door to footsteps on the wooden rooftop, every sound matters when you're in the heat of a game. Best Buy currently has the Astro Gaming A10 wired gaming headset on sale for $49.99 ($10 off) if you're looking to enhance your gaming experience. The headset is compatible with most consoles including Xbox and PlayStation. There's also a built-in microphone for in-game communications.
A wired mouse is typically the way to go when it comes to gaming, given the lack of input delay. But, the Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed wireless gaming mouse promises a similar level of responsiveness as traditional wired mouses go and has the looks that set it apart as well. For a limited time, you can buy the gaming mouse for just $34.99 ($25 off).