Best Black Friday controller deals: what to expect in 2018

When it comes to gaming deals, there are few better times to snap up a new controller than Black Friday. Everyone's getting plenty of new games at great prices thanks to digital platforms like Steam, or physical copies by way of gifts from family and friends. 

It's the perfect time to branch out from your comfortable mouse and keyboard setup and add a controller to the fold, because you'll be able to score the game pad of your choice at hefty discounts—at least, usually, when it comes to these sale events. 

Looking to make a purchase when Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 roll around? Here’s what to expect this year when the sales get going in terms of controllers perfect for PC gaming. 

Read our reviews: PlayStation DualShock 4 | Xbox One Controller | Steam Controller | Razer Raiju Tournament Edition 

What to expect from controller deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Little has changed from last year’s options when it comes to the selection of great game pads and controllers available, and as far as we’re concerned, Sony’s DualShock 4 controller is still the height of performance for PC gaming, as well as our favorite to use. The addition of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to the mix as a viable option for PC gaming has altered the landscape a bit, but it’s considerably pricier than its console brethren for those looking for bargains for PC controllers. 

For 2018’s impending Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, we’re likely to see the usual suspects, such as Sony's DualShock 4 controller and Microsoft's Xbox One controller going for decent prices, and occasionally the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller will be on offer. It's likely with the many Xbox One and PlayStation 4 bundles available this year, we'll see a similar swath of deals popping up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday to go along with the cheaper bundles that folks will be gifting and receiving throughout the holidays. 

Best Black Friday controller deals from last year 

DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PS4: $39, Amazon (save $21). The indomitable DualShock 4 is one of our all time favorites to use on PC, and at $39, it's an excellent deal. 

Microsoft Xbox One Controller: A 2017 blanket deal knocked $20 off of Microsoft's flagship Xbox One controller across a wide spectrum of retailers, dropping the prices from $59.99 to $39.99.  

Steam Controller: GameStop ran a great deal on the Steam Controller, which went for just $32.99 shipped, which is about $10 cheaper than its regular asking price. Considering that it's $34.99 pre-owned from the retailer, this is a decent buy.