After 48 hours of savings on all things gaming, the Amazon Prime Day deals have subsided for another year. While 'day' seems a little inaccurate now, as the sale event lasted for two whole days from July 15-16, it feels like everything ended all too quickly. With the wealth of game deals now gone, it's time to sit back and reflect on what was good, what was bad, and what was downright ugly about Prime Day 2019.
There's no escaping the fact that Amazon Prime Day didn't come with a whole lot of decent console deals. Amazon did offer some minor savings on the PS4 Pro, and a couple of deals on Switch and Xbox One S All-Digital, but not the bonanza many were expecting. Given the fact that PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett have been announced for 2020, and that there is a Nintendo Switch Lite on the way, most anticipated that retailers like Amazon would be keen to clear stock of the older consoles, by reducing the price significantly. Perhaps they're just waiting for the inevitable Black Friday deals madness in November.
To give you a flavor of what was on offer during Amazon Prime Day 2019, we've left in all the top products below, based on how well they sold to readers of GamesRadar, along with the discounts you would have seen. While you might say "Hey, that's nice GR, but what's really the point?", we should point out that these are some of the most popular gaming essentials available in 2019, and if you're planning to buy any of them in the rest of the year, you might want to take a look and see how the price you're paying compares to the Prime Day deals. You know that if you're paying less than on Prime Day, well, you're getting quite the bargain. And don't forget that the next big sales event are the Black Friday game deals, which start in November.
US deals (expired)
LG OLED55C8AUA 4K TV | is $1,300 at Dell (save $1,200)
An absolutely bonkers deal on a truly awesome 4K TV. It's got all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a TV with a $2,500 MSRP - a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR, Dolby Atmos, built-in Google Assistant and Alexa support, ThinQ AI support, and a ton more. This deal likely won't last for much longer though, so if you want it, grab it now.View Deal Razer Kraken Tournament Edition | $62 (save $38) View Deal
You get 38% off our favorite gaming headset for both PS4 and Xbox One. Available in black or green and, at this price, it's absolutely essential.
1TB PS4 Pro + God of War + Days Gone | $350 on Amazon (save $113) View Deal
This is an excellent PS4 Pro deal to get you into the world of PlayStation - it has two great exclusives and a 4K-ready console to go with them.
PS4 DualShock 4 controller (Red) | $44 on Amazon (save $21) View Deal
You get a nice saving on a new controller for your PS4. While it's not a thrilling purchase, you should definitely stock up while they're going cheap.
Pokemon: Let's Go Eevee / Pikachu | $30 on Amazon (save $30) View Deal
One of the best games for Switch is now 25% off. You can get this in either the Eevee or Pikachu variants, but the game is essentially the same.
Kingdom Hearts 3 on PS4 | $20 (save 67%) View Deal
This is one of the best RPGs of 2019, and it's going for about half-price right now via Amazon. Don't wait - grab this game now, as it might not last until Monday.
The Divison 2 | $20 on Amazon (save 67%) View Deal
Take back Washington DC with your friends in this cracking open-world looter-shooter. The original Division was good, but its sequel is outright great.
Betrayal at House on the Hill board game | $29 (save $21) View Deal
A fantastic board game, with almost limitless replay value, you can now get Betrayal At House On The Hill for 42% off. Go get it.
Razer Blade 15 | Intel Core i7 | GTX 1060 |16GB RAM |256GB SSD + 2TB HDD | $1600 on Amazon (save $200)
A great, very slender gaming laptop packing a very capable Pascal card. It's got a healthy 256GB boot drive and a very capacious 2TB HDD, supported by an 8th gen Core-i7 at a $200 discount.View Deal iBuyPower Slate 2 070iV2 gaming PC | $900 on Amazon (save $200)
There's a fantastic deal on this gaming desktop PC. With a GTX 1660 and an Intel Core-i7 8700, this machine is ready to devour current-gen of games and specced well enough to last into the next.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) | $22 (was $50) View Deal
This ace little speaker and assistant is now better than half price, at $22. It's an impulse purchase, so you should pick one up before they go out of stock.
Razer Phone 2 (64 GB) | $399.99 on Amazon (save 50%) View Deal
This is an absolute steal for a terrific phone, let alone one of the best gaming phones. Grab this and its awesome design, tremendous screen and Dolby Atmos sound, all for half price.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K | $25 on Amazon (save 50%) View Deal
Grab a 4K TV player for only $25, saving yourself half the cost. It comes with all the major streaming services and just plugs straight into your 4K TV.
Razer DeathAdder Elite | $35 (save 50%)
One of the top picks from our best gaming mouse guide is now 50% off at Amazon. This is a high precision mouse that will never lose tracking and is powered by the ace Pixart PMW-388 sensor.
Bose SoundLink 2 headphones | $159 (was $229)
A brilliant set of wireless headphones with $70 off the usual RRP, with Bose quality audio, the ability to connect two different Bluetooth devices and on-ear controls. View Deal
UK deals (expired)
Days of Play PS4 special edition + Black Ops 4 | £270 (save £35) View Deal
A cracking deal on this exclusive, limited edition PS4 console. Grab it with a copy of Black Ops 4 for £270, saving £35 on the normal retail cost.
500GB PS4 Slim + Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition + The Last of Us Remastered + Uncharted 4: A Thief's End | £220 on Amazon (save £80) View Deal
This package brings together some of the PS4's greatest hits into one place. If you've yet to try PlayStation, this is the way to do it.
PlayStation Plus 15 month membership | £49 (save £20) View Deal
You're essentially getting 15 months of PS Plus for the price of 12 here. It's a great offer, so just buy this now and stack it up on your current subscription. Price saved at checkout.
Razer Blade 15 | i7-8750H | 1060 | 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD | £1320 (save £330) View Deal
An amazing deal on this fancy gaming laptop. You're getting a great CPU and GPU, plus a dual-storage solution for less than £1200. That's the cheapest we've seen it.
Sandisk 128GB MicroSD card for Switch | £26 (was £15) View Deal
Save a massive £23 on this SD card for Switch. It's got cute, official mushroom branding, and it'll store a massive amount of Nintendo Switch games.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) | £22 (save £28) View Deal
Fast becoming a tech essential. The Echo Dot is now £22, its cheapest ever price, so snap one up now before it goes out of stock (or up in price again).
Elgato HD60S game capture card | £122.44 on Amazon (save £32.55)
The Elgato HD60S is one of our favorite game capture cards, and that's because it's user-friendly, oh-so-portable, and reliable. Works on PS4 and PC.View Deal Dell 24" 1440p 165Hz G-Sync gaming monitor | £280 (save £220)
For nearly half off, this QHD Dell monitor is a fantastic buy, a 1440p, IPS beauty with G-Sync. It's also got a killer 165Hz refresh rate, so if you've got a killer PC, this is the perfect way to show off crazy FPS. View Deal Razer Kraken Tournament Edition headset | £63 (save £37) View Deal
Our top gaming headset for both Xbox One and PS4 is £37 off right now. It's a bargain at this price, so if you need new cans, you should pick one up.
Exploding Kittens card game | £14 (save £15) View Deal
Get this brilliant card game, which is super easy to play with any kind of group, for £6 off the previous price. At £13.99 it's a great one to pick up.
Amazon Prime Day deals - should I cancel my membership now?
While you needed to be a member to take advantage of the Amazon Prime Day deals from July 15-16, that time has now come to an end. So, do you retain your membership, and take advantage of the benefits, or do you cancel it and save yourself money every month? Well, that's not something we can really tell you either way, but here are a few things to consider.
With Amazon Prime you do get access to Prime Video, which has a bunch of decent movies and TV shows available. The best shows on Prime Video include American Gods, Black Sails, and Good Omens. So, it's a decent streaming service, if not quite as packed as Netflix. Prime also nets you free delivery on most items via the website, which can save you a fair bit of cash if you order plenty of things from Amazon throughout the year.
However, that Prime subscription is pricey, and you can cancel it if you're still in the trial period without paying a dime, so it really is up to you. Most of the GR team have Prime subscriptions, but we do love plenty of the shows on Prime Video.
Amazon Prime Day deals 2020 - what to expect
Looking ahead to Amazon Prime Day 2020, well, it's all very much guesswork right now. If the launch date follows the same pattern as previous years, then expect the event to take place on July 13-14, which is the Monday and Tuesday. It'll probably be another 48 hour event, as that seemed to work this year, and it'll be available only to Prime Members.
In terms of deals, you'll probably see some of this year's top models going ridiculously cheap, so watch out for savings on the likes of Razer's 2019 laptops, the Switch Lite, and the Xbox One X. We'd be shocked if Sony and Microsoft missed the opportunity to sell off current-gen consoles for cheap, to clear the decks for their next-gen machines. PC builders will likely see reductions on this year's biggest GPUs too, like the Nvidia Super range.
Then there will be savings on Amazon's own products, and all the usual accessories like 4K TVs, external hard drives, headsets, mice and everything else. And those picking up 4K Blu-rays will be well catered for too.
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