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It’s Cyber Monday, which means it’s still a good time to be in the market for new gaming gear, if you know where to look. That last part is where we can help: We’ve picked through the barrage of so-called gaming deals at Amazon, Walmart, GameStop and other retailers to find the ones that are actually worth your time. Below are some of the highlights, which include genuine deals on the Xbox Series S, Nintendo Switch, several high-profile games, a range of recommended gaming peripherals and more.
Nintendo Switch + Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + Switch Online
Nintendo’s chief holiday deal bundles the standard Switch console with a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a three-month subscription to the company’s Switch Online service at no extra cost. Nintendo has offered this exact same promotion for the past few years, and given that the newer Switch OLED is a pretty firm upgrade over the base model, it’s hard to call this a great deal. Still, if you’re gifting someone their first Switch and you don’t think they’ll need the Switch OLED’s bigger and more vibrant display, there’s some value here. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is still a great time and normally retails around $50, while three months of Switch Online typically cost another $8.
Xbox Series S
The Xbox Series S is down to $240 at Amazon, and if you use the code XBOX at checkout, the retailer will throw in another $40 in digital credit. That’s effectively a $100 discount. Woot has the device available for $220 outright — albeit for an international model — while several other retailers have it for $240. Normally, the Series S retails for $300.
Either way, this is a good value for PlayStation or Switch users who want a cheaper way into the Xbox ecosystem. We gave the Series S a review score of 85 at launch: It isn’t powerful enough for 4K gaming, lacks a disc drive and only has 512GB of built-in storage, but it can still play all the same games as the pricier Xbox Series X.
Xbox Wireless Controller
If you need a spare gamepad for your Xbox or PC, Microsoft’s wireless Xbox Series X/S controller is available for $35 at Lenovo when you use the code GAMERSAVER at checkout. That’s a rare discount and about $15 below the controller’s usual going rate. If stock runs dry at Lenovo, it’s also down to $40 at several other retailers. Those sales apply to multiple finishes, though some colors are priced at $45. Just note that these pads still rely on AA batteries by default; if you want one rechargeable battery, that’ll cost you another $25.
PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller
Sony’s DualSense controllers for the PlayStation 5, meanwhile, are down to $49 in several finishes. That matches the lowest price we’ve seen, and depending on what color you choose, comes in either $20 or $25 below the pad’s usual price. In general, the DualSense is heavier and harder to hook up with a PC than its Xbox counterpart, but its D-pad isn’t as clicky, it doesn’t rely on AA batteries and its haptic feedback system is much more nuanced.
One of the most acclaimed and popular games of 2022, Elden Ring is a mammoth, haunting and challenging open-world game from the developers behind the Souls series of action-RPGs. It’s currently on sale for $35 at Walmart, which is the lowest price we’ve tracked and $15 below the usual going rate for a physical copy. (The PS5 version is low in stock as of this writing, but it’s available for $40 elsewhere.) Like its spiritual predecessors, Elden Ring can sometimes feel punishing, overwhelming and overly cryptic, but its dark-fantasy world is refreshingly honest, letting you discover — or completely miss — its many secrets at your own pace.
Nintendo Switch exclusive games
If you’re need something new to play on your Switch, a handful of well-regarded first-party Nintendo games are still on sale for lower-than-usual prices:
Note that, on Amazon, some of these deals aren’t visible until checkout. Nintendo also has several other titles discounted as part of a Cyber Week sale at its online eShop.
Horizon Forbidden West and other PS5 exclusive games
If you’re looking to build out your PS5 library, meanwhile, several exclusives for Sony’s console are also at or near their lowest prices to date:
One of our favorite sequels of the year, the robot-battling open-world game Horizon Forbidden West, is down to a new low of $35. You can also pay $29 for a PS4 copy, which includes a free upgrade to the PS5 version.
A few recommended exclusives are down to $30, including the atmospheric roguelike Returnal, the samurai drama Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut, the shooter-platformer Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and the gorgeous remake of the classic PS3 RPG Demon’s Souls.
Other PlayStation games we like, such as Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection ($20), Death Stranding: Director’s Cut ($20), The Last of Us Part II ($10) and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales ($20, or $35 for the Ultimate Edition), are around their respective best prices as well.
Besides exclusives, a smattering of popular 2022 games are still seeing their first major discounts as well, including A Plague Tale: Requiem ($39), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II ($55) and, yes, Sonic Frontiers ($35).
Steam Autumn Sale
If you primarily game on the PC, Steam’s annual Autumn Sale is still kicking as well, bringing the usual truckload of discounts until November 29. Some highlights here include the biting RPG Disco Elysium and the supernatural shooter Control for $10 apiece, the impressive VR game Half-Life: Alyx and the cyberpunk cat game Stray for $24 each and a 22-pack of classic Valve games for just $7. There are hundreds more games from across eras beyond that, but remember that a fair chunk of these prices are likely to be replicated on PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox’s respective storefronts as well.
If you need to top up your PlayStation Plus subscription, Sony has dropped the price of 12-month memberships to that service by 25 percent. The deal applies to all three PS Plus tiers, so the basic “Essential” tier is down to $45, the “Extra” tier is down to $75, and the “Premium” tier is down to $90.
As a refresher, the Essential tier should be enough for most: It gets you broad access to online multiplayer, an allotment of cloud storage for backing up game saves and a handful of free game downloads each month. The Extra tier adds an on-demand library with a few hundred games, while the Premium tier provides cloud game streaming and an additional selection of “classic” PlayStation games on top of that.
Meta’s Quest 2 headset is a couple years old at this point, but its wire-free design, competent performance and (relative) comfort have kept it the best option for most people looking to give virtual reality a try. For Cyber Monday, Meta is still selling a bundle that pairs the 128GB Quest 2 with two of its better games, the classic horror-shooter Resident Evil 4 and the energetic rhythm game Beat Saber, for $350. That’s a roughly $50 discount. If you need more storage, a bundle with the 256GB variant is on sale for $429.
Now, we’re using the term “discount” loosely here, since the Quest 2 used to start at $299 until Meta jacked the price up by another $100 earlier this year. Still, this is the best deal we’ve seen since that price hike — and if nothing else, this is a much better value than the Meta Quest Pro. We gave the device formerly known as the Oculus Quest 2 a review score of 89 when it launched back in 2020.
The Backbone One is a clever and well-built mobile game controller that we’ve recommend in previous buying guides. The iPhone version of the device is currently down to a new low of $75 in both its standard and PlayStation-branded finishes. This isn’t as good as the deal we saw on Black Friday, when Amazon had the device as low as $64, but it’s still a good $25 off the controller’s normal going rate.
Regardless of which style you pick, the One should make playing gamepad-compatible iOS games — or cloud-streamed console and PC games — feel much more natural than a touchscreen. The main complaints are that its face buttons are on the clicky side and that you’ll need an adapter to get it to work with certain iPhones.
HyperX Cloud Alpha
The HyperX Cloud Alpha is down to $50 at HyperX’s online store when you use the code HOLIDAY at checkout. That’s about $20 below the headset’s usual going rate and one of the best prices we’ve tracked. If stock runs out there, the device is also available for $55 at various other retailers. In any event, this is a sturdy, no-frills gaming headset that’s comfortable to wear for hours at a time. A good set of non-gaming headphones will sound better for the price, but the profile here is still relatively well-balanced, and the included mic is perfectly fine for everyday party chats.
If you’d prefer a wireless headset, SteelSeries’ Arctis 7+ is worth a look at $99, which is a new low and roughly $50 off its usual price. That one isn’t as universally comfortable, but it has a decent, hyped-up sound and some 60 hours of battery life per charge.
Logitech G Pro X Superlight, plus more gaming accessories
Logitech’s G Pro X Superlight is a high-performing gaming mouse we like for both work and play, and right now it’s down to a new low of $100, or about $35 off its usual street price. You should see the full discount at checkout. That’s still not cheap, but the G Pro X Superlight stands out for being exceptionally light (at about 63 grams), quick to glide, and consistently responsive in faster-paced games. Just note that you only get a couple of customizable shortcut buttons, and that the whole thing connects over a USB dongle, not Bluetooth.
This is just one of a plethora of low or near-low prices on gaming accessories we like, though:
Razer has since replaced the Viper Ultimate, but at $57 it’s still worth considering as an ultralight alternative to the G Pro X Superlight. It’s a more ambidextrous mouse than the Logitech model, with a pair of shortcut buttons on either side, though its shape is a bit flatter.
If you don’t mind going wired, Razer’s Viper 8KHz is another responsive option for FPS games. It’s a great value at its current deal price of $40, which is an all-time low.
We’ve previously recommended Razer’s Huntsman Mini for those who want a fast gaming keyboard in an ultracompact form factor. It’s currently within $5 of its all-time low at $70.
Corsair’s Scimitar RGB Elite is an soft-feeling, comfortable-sized and full-featured mouse for MMO gaming, and it’s within a dollar of its Black Friday price at $50. Razer’s Naga Trinity is a solid alternative that has swappable side plates; that one is within $2 of its all-time low at $57.
Logitech’s G29 is technically an older-generation model now, but it remains a fine value for those looking to get their first racing wheel at $200.
Logitech’s G915 TKL is a comfortable wireless keyboard for those who prefer a low-profile feel. It’s down to $160, which is $10 more than its all-time low but $25 off its usual price.
Elgato’s Stream Deck Mk.2 is a 15-key controller we recommend for game streaming, and at $120, it’s available for the lowest price we’ve tracked.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
The latest version of Asus’ ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop is down to $1,300 for a model with a Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, a 14-inch 120 Hz display and a Radeon RX 6700S GPU. That’s $350 off MSRP and one of the better prices we’ve seen. The Zephyrus G14 is the top pick in our guide to the best gaming laptops: Its chassis is impressively light at 3.64 pounds, but this configuration still packs enough power to play just about any modern game at a 1440p resolution relatively smoothly.
If you want to save some cash, you can get a previous-gen Zephyrus G14 with a Ryzen 7 5800HS processor, a 512GB SSD, a 144Hz 1080p display and an RTX 3060 GPU for $900. That’s still a decent value despite the drop in power, but be aware that this older model doesn’t include a built-in webcam.
Razer Blade 14
A configuration of Razer’s Blade 14 with an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX chip, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an RTX 3070 Ti GPU is currently down to $2,000 at Amazon. That’s about $350 off its average street price and tied for the best price we’ve tracked. A variant with a slightly slower Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and a slightly more powerful RTX 3080 GPU is also on sale for $100 more.
We gave the Blade 14 a review score of 84 last year, and we’ve recommended the similar Blade 15 in recent buying guides and gift guides. It can run hot, and you can still get similarly powerful gaming laptops for less cash, but the Blade still packs enough power to play demanding games at higher settings in a slim and slick-feeling design that weighs less than four pounds.