Don't wait for Boxing Day: Xbox Series S, game controllers and more already discounted

Boxing Day Amazon savings
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ICYMI, Christmas is now less than a week away (meaning if you haven’t got your Christmas gifts sorted you’re fast running out of time). That also means we’re now only a week away from the sales frenzy that is Boxing Day.

As you’d expect, not everyone is willing to wait until the actual date of Boxing Day to save on hot ticket items, and the good news is that you don’t have to! There’s some solid opportunities to save on gaming essentials right now, which are worth throwing your hard earned cash at.

Amazon, in particular, is keen to put itself forward as an early Boxing Day MVP with the below savings on a variety of hot ticket gaming items even before formal Boxing Day sales kick off. But the best part? Sign up for a 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime and you could potentially get the following bargains delivered before Christmas. 

Anyone for an early Christmas miracle?

Xbox Series S 512GB consoleAU$499AU$399 at Amazon

Xbox Series S 512GB console | AU$499 AU$399 at Amazon (save AU$100)

We originally saw this saving opportunity pop up during Black Friday sales a month ago, but we're certainly not complaining about the return of this opportunity to save a cool AU$100 on the Xbox Series S console. Although it lacks some of the performance specs of the premium Xbox Series X console (and a disc tray), pairing the Xbox Series S up with an Xbox Game Pass subscription turns it into a powerhouse entryway into the world of new-gen gaming.

If you're more keen on the Xbox Series X, however, you're in luck with Amazon also currently having stock at RRP ahead of the holidays.

Nintendo Switch Console, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + three month Switch Online subscription bundleAU$469.95AU$399 at Amazon

Nintendo Switch Console, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + three month Switch Online subscription bundle | AU$469.95 AU$399 at Amazon (save AU$70.95)

Keen to dive into the chaotic fun of Nintendo gaming for the holidays? This one's for you. Thanks to this 15% saving, you can get your hands on this bundle with the base Nintendo Switch console, digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and a bonus three month Switch Online subscription for the same price it would cost you for the console alone.

Unless you're planning to play your games mostly handheld, this base Switch Console is every bit as good as the pricier Switch OLED. So what're you waiting for?

Save on Xbox Series S/X controllers

Save on Xbox Series S/X controllers (save up to AU$31)

As a handy holiday season saving, you can save a handy packet on controllers for your Xbox Series S or X console with up to AU$31 off a variety of colours. The controller with wireless adapter particularly manages to see its lowest price ever thanks to these savings, down to AU$79 for what is a seamless option for both Xbox and PC gaming.

Savings also apply to the wireless controller in white, red, neon yellow, black and blue.

Save on PS5 Dualsense Controllers

Save on PS5 Dualsense Controllers (save up to AU$51)

Have a PS5 console? You'll be keen to get your hands on an additional controller and all too aware of how rare it is to see generous savings on these. Well, here's a nice surprise. Right now you can get your hands on the controller in a variety of colours at a heavily discounted price, with the dualsense in eye-catching Grey Camo particularly down to its lowest price we've seen yet.

Savings also apply to the PS5 dualsense controller in Black, White, Red, Pink, Purple and Blue.

Save on Nintendo Switch hits and hidden gems

Save on Nintendo Switch hits and hidden gems (save up to AU$35)

Nintendo titles are absolutely perfect for the holiday season, presenting not only fun, exciting opportunities for solo gameplay but equally memorable chances to pair up with a loved one (or 2-3) for endless hours of multiplayer mayhem sure to be a hit. And luckily, there are plenty of chances to save on some of the best Switch titles via Amazon right now:

Luigi's Mansion 3 AU$79.95 AU$59
Metroid Dread AU$79.95 AU$44.99
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze AU$79.95 AU$59
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 AU$79.95 AU$59
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes AU$79.95 AU$59
Pokémon Legends Arceus AU$79.95 AU$66.95
Super Mario Odyssey AU$79.95 AU$64
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe AU$79.95 AU$64
Animal Crossing New Horizons AU$79.95 AU$59

Save on a range of PlayStation titles

Save on a range of PlayStation titles (save up to AU$86)

PlayStation gamers new and old will know that any opportunity to save on some of the console's excellent exclusive titles is always welcome, with one of the latest of these in Horizon: Forbidden West now receiving a generous discount off RRP for those who haven't had a chance to play it yet. But there's plenty of other PlayStation titles to choose from with similarly handy savings attached too:

Horizon: Forbidden West (PS5) AU$124.95 AU$39
Horizon: Forbidden West (PS4) AU$109.95 AU$39
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands: Next-Level Edition (PS5) AU$109.95 AU$36
Assassin's Creed Mirage (PS5) [PRE-ORDER] AU$79.95 AU$64.99
The Quarry (PS5) AU$69 AU$39
Uncharted Legacy of Thieves Collection (PS5) AU$79.95 AU$28
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (PS5) AU$109.95 AU$49.50
Dying Light 2: Stay Human (PS5) AU$99.95 AU$39
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5) AU$124.95 AU$49
NBA 2K23 (PS5) AU$119.95 AU$50
NBA 2K23 (PS4) AU$99.95 AU$41
Spider-Man Miles Morales (PS5) AU$94.95 AU$39
Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut (PS4) AU$109.95 AU$49

James Cutler
Staff Writer

James is a senior journalist with the TechRadar Australia team, covering news, analysis and reviews in the worlds of tech and the web with a particular focus on smartphones, TVs and home entertainment, AR/VR, gaming and digital behaviour trends. He has worked for over six years in broadcast, digital and print journalism in Australia and also spent time as a nationally recognised academic specialising in social and digital behaviour trends. In his spare time, he can typically be found bouncing between one of a number of gaming platforms or watching anything horror.