Gaming can be an expensive hobby – it seems for every title you purchase, five new ones appear at the foot of your wishlist. And as developers continue to churn out first rate games, even attempting to stay on top of it can seem a futile task.
One of the best ways to expand your collection without your bank balance taking a huge hit is to wait for promotions to come around. If you can grit your teeth (and avoid the spoilers) and not pre-order or buy new releases there are some big discounts to be had when you know the right places to look.
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In gaming circles, the Steam sales have become legendary – some titles receiving 90% reductions from their ticket price – and during those weeks the gamersphere on Twitter is awash with giddy enthusiasts. Steam by Valve is the foremost digital video game distribution platform for the PC. It’s a place where you can find the latest triple A releases sharing the same space as category defying indie games (plus more questionable offerings like Bee Simulator!).
In fact digital distribution and Steam itself has been instrumental in the indie gaming scene in much the same way platforms like Bandcamp have been for self-published music artists. Steam users will often add games to their Steam Wishlist and wait for the sale season to see if the price comes down before purchasing. With fewer rungs in the chain of command, developers are able to keep prices down while not affecting their bottom line – so it’s a great place to find competitive prices all year round.
The dates of Steam United States sales used to be a closely guarded secret that was inevitably leaked by a Valve employee a few days early. These days, Valve has chosen to release a sale calendar ahead of schedule. The seasonal sales (especially the summer one) that happen four times a year are when the biggest reductions take place.
Keep an eye out for bundles if you find you’re a fan of a particular publishing house. Sometimes you can grab the whole series of games for a similar price to an individual title. Similarly, if you’ve completed a game 100% and found all the easter eggs, check if there’s any DLC available to extend your enjoyment.
Cloud Gaming Services
A modern development in the way games are being distributed follows in the footsteps of streaming services like Netflix, Spotify and Disney+. Cloud gaming services offer a library of games for a monthly subscription.
The clever bit is that a large percentage of the processor power required to run the games actually takes place in the cloud on the provider’s servers. The main requirement at the user’s end is a fast and reliable internet connection. The concept vastly reduces minimum system hardware requirements making the future of gaming systems much more streamlined.
If you’re a supporter of a certain platform, a monthly subscription might be better value for money than buying the titles you want individually but it does restrict you to games on that service. Playstation Now recently launched with over 800 titles available; other services include Microsoft xCloud, Google Stadia and GeForce Now.
Playstation’s service is designed to allow gamers to play older incompatible titles on their modern hardware, including on PCs – not being device specific is one of the benefits of the concept.
Nintendo is a company with such a rich gaming history that many of their early titles are bona fide classics. Consider Super Mario Bros., Pokemon, Donkey Kong and Zelda Japan and you’re just scratching the surface.
A major attraction to Nintendo’s subscription, Nintendo Switch Online, is to gain access to many of the retro titles they’re responsible for – games from the NES and the SNES – and with the expansion pack you’ll also access highlights from the N64 and Sega Genesis catalogue. In addition some otherwise paid DLC is offered to subscribers for free and new games are regularly added to the library. More news can be found on usevoucher United Kingdom.
Microsoft entices first time customers to their Game Pass by offering a one month trial for next to nothing so if you’ve not signed up before, purchasing direct from the source is the best option. There are already 100+ games added to their library, so have a look through the list and see if you were already considering buying any of them.
And always check the prices on cyber monday, the day after thanksgiving weekend, which is often the best time to buy games for your mobile, console or PC.
Once upon a time video games were aimed at kids; these days, nearly all of us are gamers, now that, at the very least, we’ve got a smartphone in our pocket and have access to thousands of apps. So make sure you’re taking advantage of the deals available and making your gaming budget go that bit further.