There are two camps when it comes to buying video games: those who want to join the conversation immediately, and those who don't mind waiting a bit and grabbing a great video game deal.
The Best Video Game Deals
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In the complex and gigantic world of video game deals, sometimes those two needs converge into one: game preorders, for example, will often see discounts or other enticements ahead of release. But generally speaking, the best way to get a deal on a video game, whether it's for your PS5, your Xbox, your Nintendo Switch, or your PC, is to just wait.
It's no secret the best time to buy a Ubisoft game, for example, is a few weeks after launch. Ubisoft is often generous with its video game deals, so if you don't absolutely need to play the newest Assassin's Creed or Far Cry, just wait a bit and you'll get it for less than retail. As time goes on, that deal can become even better. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a great example; a full-priced game at launch back in 2017 where you can find it now for less than $20. And it's a great game, too.
Below, you can find a collection of the best game deals happening right now for PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox. Thankfully, the summer season has plenty to offer as well, with promotions like Amazon's Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale and Xbox's Deals Unlocked sale!
Best PS5 Deals
Best PS5 SSD Deals
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These PS5 SSD deals are some of the best available right now, and we even consider the Corsair MP600 PRO the best PS5 SSD around. If you want to see even more PS5 SSD deals, check out our full breakdown here.
Amazon Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale: Best PlayStation Deals
PlayStation's Days of Play sale may be over, but there are still plenty of other discounts for PlayStation fans to enjoy right now. Mainly, Amazon's Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale has some excellent games and items available to pick up in it, which you can find below.
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (PS4) – with Free Upgrade to the Digital PS5 Version – $23.99
- The Art of Horizon Zero Dawn – $21.99
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (PS5) – $38.99
- Like a Dragon: Ishin! (PS5) – $39.99
- The Callisto Protocol Standard Edition (PS5) – $29.83
- Saints Row Day 1 Edition (PS4) – $28.99
- Minecraft Legends – Deluxe Edition (PS5) – $49.99
- Sonic Frontiers (PS4) – $39.99
- Hitman 3 (PS5) Standard Edition – $29.99
- Valkyrie Elysium (PS5) – $39.99
Best Nintendo Switch Deals
Save on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
New Switch eShop Sale
Alongside the deals listed above, you can also pick up a variety of digital Switch titles on sale in the Nintendo eShop. You can find just a few of our favorites in that sale listed below, but that’s not all. Right now, you can also save on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom! It’s currently discounted to $62.50, so make sure to pick it up before the price goes back up.
- Metroid Dread – $41.99
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition – $34.99
- Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – $29.99
- Xenoblade Chronicles 3 – $41.99
- Tunic – $20.99
- Octopath Traveler – $41.99
- Have A Nice Death – $19.99
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses – $41.99
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity – $41.99
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – $41.99
Best Nintendo Switch Accessory Deals
Whether it’s a screen protector or a storage case, there are several helpful accessories worth picking up right now for your Nintendo Switch. You can find some of the best Switch accessories available now below.
Best Nintendo Switch SD Card Deals
- Lexar Play 256GB SD Card – $19.49
- SanDisk 128GB Ultra SD Card – $12.99
- Samsung Evo Select 256GB SD Card – $19.99
- Samsung Evo Select 512GB SD Card – $39.99
- TeamGroup A1 Go SD Card 1TB – $64.89
- TeamGroup 128GB SD Card – $8.99
With so many exciting games available, it’s important you have enough space to fit them all, especially when it comes to brand new games like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom that require quite a bit. Thankfully, there are several SD cards worth picking up right now to solve all of your storage problems.
Amazon Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale: Best Nintendo Deals
There are also several Nintendo games and books included in Amazon’s Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion, which you can find listed below.
- The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia – $24.55
- Sonic Frontiers – $39.99
- Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing Double Pack – $29.95
- Cuphead – $29.99
- Dragon Quest Treasures – $44.99
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Vol. 11 – $9.99
- The Art of Super Mario Odyssey – $28.34
- Monopoly – The Super Mario Bros. Movie Edition – $18.69
- The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia – $25.10
- Animal Crossing New Horizons Official Activity Book – $5.95
Best Xbox Deals
- Sonic Frontiers – $39.99
- The Callisto Protocol – $29.83
- Deathloop – $23.99
- Elden Ring – $47.99
- GTA V – $19.99
Best Xbox Accessory Deals
If you’ve been looking to pick up some new accessories for your Xbox, now’s a great time to do so. From a headset to discounted Xbox controllers, we’ve listed some of the best Xbox accessory deals available right now below.
Best Xbox Seagate Storage Expansion Card Deals
If you frequently use your Xbox or make good use of Xbox Game Pass, you’ll likely need additional storage to hold all of your favorite games. These Seagate storage cards will offer you plenty of extra space and they’re marked down 30% as well, which is a deal worth jumping on.
Xbox Deals Unlocked Sale
Right now, Xbox fans can save big on a wide variety of games through the Deals Unlocked sale as well, which runs until June 19. Check out just a few of the titles available in the sale below, and if you’d like to see more deals from Xbox right now, check out our page on the best Xbox Deals.
- Dead Island 2 – $55.99
- Ghostwire: Tokyo – $23.99
- Watch Dogs®: Legion – $8.99
- Grand Theft Auto V – $19.99
- Marvel's Midnight Suns Enhanced Edition – $34.99
- Deathloop – $19.79
- Assassin's Creed® Valhalla – $14.99
- Resident Evil Village Gold Edition – $29.99
- Red Dead Redemption 2 – $19.79
Amazon Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale: Best Xbox Deals
If you want to save on even more Xbox games, you have another excellent selection that are discounted during Amazon’s Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale. Check out some of our favorites below, along with a link to Amazon’s full deals page to see all of them.
- Elden Ring – Xbox Series X – $45.49
- Dying Light 2 Stay Human – Xbox Series X – $29.83
- Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy – Xbox Series X/Xbox One – $19.99
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Xbox Series X) – $56.99
- New Tales from the Borderlands Deluxe Edition – Xbox Series X – $19.99
- Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty – Xbox Series X – $53.46
- Ghostrunner – Xbox Series X – $21.48
- The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me – Xbox Series X – $29.99
- Hello Neighbor 2: Deluxe Edition for Xbox One & Xbox Series X – $45.99
- Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Deluxe Edition – Xbox One – $29.99
Best PC Gaming Deals
ValveSteam Special Offers Page The GOAT of gaming deals, Steam has a “special offers page” with game deals during non-Steam Sale periods of time.Green Man GamingLive Deals All the current sales and deals at GMG can be found on this landing page.GOGLive Deals Good Old Games has tons of discounts, from modern games to all-time classics.Epic GamesEpic Games Store Deal Page The storefront Fortnite built, this is where you can find deals on all types of PC games.
When Are the Best Video Game Deals Happening?
There are always video games on sale. Sometimes, those deal prices will be the lowest prices, ever, and will occur over an otherwise nondescript time period. You can find games on sale constantly, but the absolute best times to score deals on games generally fall into two categories: special publisher events, and Black Friday.
Black Friday Video Game Deals
Without a doubt, Black Friday is the best time to score tons of deals on everything, but in particular, video games. Once upon a time, Black Friday was the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving, but the event has grown to encompass a two to three-week window starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and running through Cyber Week (the week immediately following Black Friday week).
That being said, the brunt of these video game deals happen at the start of the Black Friday shopping extravaganza, sometimes as early as Sunday afternoon. Many of those easly deals will last through the actual Black Friday date, but the absolute cream of the crop often sell out before Monday. Fortunately IGN Deals covers Black Friday extensively, so make sure to follow us on Twitter @IGNDeals and bookmark our official IGN Deals page.
Publisher Game Deal Events
Outside of Black Friday, special publisher and storefront deal events are the absolute best way to overload your backlog for less. If you're a PC gamer, you know all too well the allure of Steam Sales and how it's hard to resist a 90% price reduction even when you have a backlog of 100 games already. The biggest downside is while Black Friday is predictable, most of the publisher events aren't, with the exception of stuff like Nintendo's "MAR10 Day" promotion on and around March 10 each year. Here are some major video game deals events to keep an eye out for.
- PlayStation Days of Play Event
- This one usually happens around E3, or at least, what used to be E3, in June. In the PS4 days, Sony would even offer up a limited-edition Days of Play console in addition to tons of savings on games.
- Xbox Ultimate Game Sale
- This one is similar in scope, size, and duration as PlayStation's sales event, with huge discounts on games for Xbox, as well as deals on controllers and things like Xbox Game Pass.
- Nintendo eShop Summer Sale
- Also occurring in the early days of summer, Nintendo slashes many of its first-party games to $40 or less, and offers tons of deals on indie games and more. See the Best Switch Deals for more info.
- Steam Sale
- Perhaps the most legendary and celebrated video game deal event of them all, Valve puts the contents of its massive PC gaming library on sale several times a year, with the Steam Summer Sale and Steam Winter Sale being the two greatest chances to save big time on gaming.
There are plenty more deal events, but those are easily the biggest and the best of them.
When Is a Game Deal Really a Deal?
There comes a time when a game has been on sale for so long, it's not really so much a "deal" as it is simply the new price. So for example, you might browse Amazon and see a game is listed at 20% off its MSRP. The IGN Deals team tries very hard only to face new and legitimate deals, and obviously I recommend you just let us help you. But once you've been in the business of browsing deals, you just sort of know when a game is on a perma-deal.
You can also check the price at a site like camelcamelcamel and see, with certainty, whether or not it's a new discount, or just a new low-price masquerading as a discount. Amazon has also started adding little notes to some of its listings, like "Lowest Price in 30 Days."
Seth Macy is Executive Editor, IGN Commerce, and just wants to be your friend. You can find him hosting the Nintendo Voice Chat podcast.