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 (opens in new tab) and you could potentially get the following bargains delivered before Christmas. 

Anyone for an early Christmas miracle?

Xbox Series S 512GB console (opens in new tab)

Xbox Series S 512GB console | AU$499 AU$399 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab) ahead of the holidays.

Nintendo Switch Console, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + three month Switch Online subscription bundle (opens in new tab)

Nintendo Switch Console, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe + three month Switch Online subscription bundle | AU$469.95 AU$399 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab)

Save on Xbox Series S/X controllers (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), red (opens in new tab), neon yellow (opens in new tab), black (opens in new tab) and blue (opens in new tab).

Save on PS5 Dualsense Controllers (opens in new tab)

Save on PS5 Dualsense Controllers (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab) particularly down to its lowest price we've seen yet.

Savings also apply to the PS5 dualsense controller in Black (opens in new tab), White (opens in new tab), Red (opens in new tab), Pink (opens in new tab), Purple (opens in new tab) and Blue (opens in new tab).

Save on Nintendo Switch hits and hidden gems (opens in new tab)

Save on Nintendo Switch hits and hidden gems (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab)
Metroid Dread AU$79.95 AU$44.99 (opens in new tab)
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze AU$79.95 AU$59 (opens in new tab)
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 AU$79.95 AU$59 (opens in new tab)
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes AU$79.95 AU$59 (opens in new tab)
Pokémon Legends Arceus AU$79.95 AU$66.95 (opens in new tab)
Super Mario Odyssey AU$79.95 AU$64 (opens in new tab)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe AU$79.95 AU$64 (opens in new tab)
Animal Crossing New Horizons AU$79.95 AU$59 (opens in new tab)

Save on a range of PlayStation titles (opens in new tab)

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

James Cutler
Staff Writer

James is a senior journalist with the TechRadar Australia team, particularly focused on news and analysis in the worlds of tech and the web, as well as a keen focus on smartphones, TVs and home entertainment, AR/VR, gaming, gadgets, 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. He games on PS5 primarily, while flirting with titles on Xbox, Switch and PC when they catch his eye, and devours anything horror.