June is a special time in Australia, because it's the beginning of a new financial year. Actually, scratch that: who cares about new financial years? What we care about is tax returns, and retailers know we like to spend our tax returns, just as much as they like to dispense of as much stock as possible. End-of-financial-year sales are rolling out and will continue to do so throughout the month of June, so it's definitely worth keeping your ears to ground. Or letting us do it for you.
While COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are slowly relaxing in Australia, the bargains available through online retailers will be many and varied. The sales normally occur between June 1 and June 30, unless you're Amazon, which kicked off its Mid-Year Sale a week early, which is basically an end-of-financial-year sale in all but name.
We'll be keeping this page updated throughout June whenever something good pops up.
Without further ado:
Nintendo Switch consoles
Nintendo Switch Lite | AU$294 (usually AU$329.95)
The regular Nintendo Switch console may still be light on the ground, but the Lite version is available, with a nice AU$35 trimmed off the top. Available in various colours. Via Amazon.View Deal
Nintendo Switch games
Ghost Recon Breakpoint | AU$24 (usually AU$50)
It may not have scored particularly well at launch, but Ubisoft has rolled out a big update to Breakpoint that finetunes some of the tactical aspects of the game. Via Amazon.View Deal
Death Stranding | AU$34 (usually AU$99.95)
Hideo Kojima's audacious trekking adventure might seem like a risky proposition at full price, but when it's this heavily discounted it's probably worth taking the chance (also: it's really good). Via Amazon.View Deal
God of War | AU$16 (usually $24.95)
Sony's acclaimed reboot turns Kratos into the best dad ever. It's also a gorgeous open world adventure that'll go down as one of the classics of the PS4 generation. Via Amazon.View Deal
Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition | AU$16 (usually $24.95)
Aloy's stirring sandbox adventure is likely to get a sequel for PS5, so if you've yet to pump 100+ hours into this PS4 classic, now's a better time than ever to get started. Via Amazon.View Deal
Need for Speed Payback | AU$19 (usually AU$30)
Is this one of the bad or good Need for Speed games? It's among the better of the Ghost Games instalments, with its "brilliant Fast and Furious-esque storyline" and "stunning open world". Via Amazon.View Deal
In addition to the above, all of the following games are also AU$16 on Amazon for a limited time.
PlayStation VR with camera and VR Worlds | AU$259 (usually AU$419.95)
This is probably the best way to get into VR if you own a PS4. Better still, this headset will be compatible with PS5 when it releases later this year. Via Amazon.View Deal
PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller | AU$78 (usually AU$89.95)
It may not be the cheapest DualShock 4 you've ever seen, but buying one on Amazon at the moment entitles you to a free game among Sony's PlayStation Hits collection. Just add this and the game to your checkout, and the game price will be deducted. Via Amazon.
Xbox One consoles
Xbox One games
Crackdown 3 | AU$10 (usually AU$79)
This is a very decent price for a blockbuster game released just last year. If it's a bit of mindless fun you need, this is a good game to play while listening to podcasts. Via Amazon.View Deal
Resident Evil 3 | AU$59 (usually AU$99.95)
The latest Capcom nightmare only released a couple of months ago, so this is a decent 40 percent price unless you want to wait. Via Amazon.
Razer Kraken X gaming headset | AU$79 (usually AU$99)
A nice AU$20 saving on this platform agnostic set of cans, which we reviewed quite favourable last month. Via Mighty Ape.View Deal