Even though we're all full of Christmas food and drink - and hopefully have a few more nice things depending on how Santas viewed your behavior this year - the after Christmas sales and Boxing Day deals present (get it?) a great new opportunity to add to your gaming setup on the cheap and really embrace the winter holiday season.
Traditionally offering the opportunity to swoop in and pick up extra and now-superfluous stock at physical retailers, things have gone more online in recent years. This year, with 2020 being what it is, we thoroughly recommend playing it safe and doing your deals shopping online - you'll likely get better prices, and it'll be delivered to your door.
If you need some extra help, our best gifts for gamers guide is still a valuable source of inspiration and will have plenty of goodies that trickle over into the after Christmas sales. There's nothing better than new gaming tech - apart from maybe reduced or cheap gaming tech, so, have a browse here and you might just find the perfect companion to your new console or something to revamp your gaming setup this winter.
With prices changing all the time, we're doing the heavy lifting so you don't have to. In fact, our well-tamed automatic price finding tech is doing the work by presenting the latest and best prices for everything below from some of the latest games, to TVs and headsets, and hard drives. If you're still after one of the new consoles be sure to take a look at the latest stock updates in our where to buy PS5 and where to buy Xbox Series X guides.
If you'd like to check out the latest sales at retailers yourself, here are the biggest ones happening right now:
Retailers having a sale today
- USA: Best Buy | Walmart | Dell | Amazon US | Microsoft | Samsung | Target | HP
- UK: Amazon UK | Currys | Very | John Lewis | Laptops Direct | Box | AO | Samsung | Argos
We've picked out a few sale sections at the biggest retailers too if you had something more specific in mind. We've covered options for gaming, TV, headphones, smart home, tablets, home office, and more.
- Amazon US: Video games | TV | Laptops/computing | Headphones | Echo devices | Smart home |
- Best Buy: Video games | TV | PC gaming | Laptops/MacBooks | Headphones | Smart Home | Cell phones | Tablets | Large Appliances | Small appliances | Smartwatch/fitness | Cameras | Toys
- Walmart: Video Games | PC gaming | TV | Laptops | Tablets | Headphones | Phones | Smart home | Clearance | Toys | Home office | Board games
PS Plus & Xbox Game Pass
The online passes and subscriptions are the best way to immediately augment your console experience this wintertime. They guarantee you online access to play with your friends - and competitors - and they grant you loads of extra benefits and discounts on digital copies of games and DLC extras and so on. A must-have for getting the absolute most of your console gaming experience. As for Xbox Game Pass, it's essentially the Netflix for games.
12-month PS Plus membership (US) |
$60 $32.89 at CD Keys (save 49%)
Get your new PS5 ready for online multiplayer or extend your PS4's online life with a 12-month subscription code delivered near-instantly. These are some of the best savings we've ever seen on a 12-month sub, dropping it to nearly half the standard price.View Deal
12-month PS Plus membership (UK) |
£50 £44.99 at Base (save £5)
It isn't the flashiest way to kit out your console, but it is arguably one of the most important - especially with extra bonuses like free games. It's only a modest saving but a neat and tidy one after all.View Deal
Consoles are made by the games (and arguably a bit vice versa too) and so you might well be looking out for something new for your console - especially if you've been lucky enough to bag a next-gen console for Christmas. But whatever your platform, there have been some exquisite games of all stripes this year from open-world beauties, to fantastic shooters, and underrated gems. Here are some of the latest deals on some of the biggest of 2020.
PS5 & PS4 headsets
Even though we're crossing into a new generation of gaming consoles and platforms, the great news in headset land is that many will cover you on both. And that's certainly the case with the best PS4 headsets and the best PS5 headsets, where the vast majority offer excellent audio experiences whether you've been lucky enough to bag a PS5 or are still on your PS4 - or both! The PS5 Pulse 3D headset has been in high demand too but hopefully stock will return for that over the Holidays.
EPOS | Sennheiser GSP300 headset |
$100 $75 at Amazon
If you're looking for a quick tip before the full list, this Sennheiser headset is reduced in the after Christmas sales to a very attractive $75. This bags you Sennheiser-quality audio and a headset you can use with anything given that trusty audio jack connection. One of the best Sennheiser headsets you can get without blowing your wallet. It's also reduced by 33% on Amazon UK.View Deal
Xbox Series X|S & Xbox One headsets
Much like with Sony's consoles, the situation is great with Xbox compatible headsets too: a lot of them will just naturally work on both the generation we are coming out of and the exciting one we have just entered. If the headset has an audio jack connection then you're away and laughing, but the wireless options are also getting broader for the Xbox consoles too - whatever you're after this selection of the best will absolutely get you going in the right direction. To read up on the finer details, head on over to our best Xbox Series X headsets or best Xbox One headsets guide.
PC gaming headsets
There's never a bad time to upgrade your audio for PC and the best PC headsets for gaming are the best way to do that. There have been absolute bangers to come out this year that you have to consider if you're on the lookout for an audio upgrade. Along with some staple ever-presents that have maintained their quality year on year, there are a plethora of great headsets to choose from for PC right now.
Nintendo Switch headsets
The Nintendo Switch has been one of the best selling consoles of the entire year - so good, in fact, we saw stock levels go down to basically zero in the summer. This has recovered now and the Switch scene is thriving more than ever and we reckon there will be some excited folk unwrapping one this holiday season. As a result, a Switch headset is going to be an excellent accessory and probably one of the most immediate acquisitions on new Switch owners' minds. These are some of the best and their latest prices. For a wider selection and more information, check out our full Nintendo Switch headsets guide.
External Console HDD and SSD
Storage is at a premium on games consoles now - for both the last-gen and now the new current-gen. However, external hard drives and SSDs really came into their own in recent years and offer great value means to not only hold games, saves, and more, but actually run games effectively and well while being attached to your console by a simple USB connection. You might well need one this year too, so here are some of the best. And what's more, extra storage is always handy and is very much worthwhile keeping to hand for your PC gaming needs, home, and work use, or just as a backup safety net.
This would be a massive Holiday time purchase but the after Christmas sales and Boxing Day deals are genuinely decent times to look for a brand new TV as retailers look to shift stock. There have been some outstanding panels this year from the obvious candidates and you'll see some of their prices below. But there's also a good opportunity to pick up a smaller panel for an extra room for any new consoles too. The best gaming TVs are getting cheaper and cheaper. If you've just picked up a new console, be sure to take a quick look at our best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X page.
LG CX OLED | 55-inch | $1,496.99 at Amazon
A fantastic price for the most in-demand PS5 and Xbox Series X|S television we've seen in recent months. It always goes quickly so it might well be worth considering pulling that trigger now.View Deal
Samsung 65-inch Q70T 4K TV |
$1,300 $1.097.99 at Amazon (save $202)
The sweet spot of size and price gets you a ton of screen real estate to appreciate the 4K, HDR picture with a 120Hz refresh rate. With $200 cut off the price tag, this is the best deal we've seen since summer.
If you missed the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, the after-Christmas deals are your next best chance to pick up a laptop for less. We've seen more than a few offers already, and it's worth keeping an eye out for discounts on the best gaming laptops ahead of 2021. Not that gaming behemoths are the only things worth considering, of course - solid work machines are also being reduced across the board.
ASUS TUF Gaming |
$800 $649.99 at Best Buy
While this ASUS TUF offer won't be able to tackle games at their highest settings, it's still a very respectable option that won't cost the earth. It features a 15.6-inch display, an i5 processor, 8GB RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card, and a 256GB SSD.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 |
$1,450 $1,149.99 at Best Buy
If you want a reliable but still flashy gaming laptop, this one from ROG is a winner. Besides offering a saving of more than $200, you're getting a machine with an AMD Ryzen 9 processor, 16GB RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics card, and a 1TB SSD to top it all off.
HP Chromebook 14 |
$270 $219.99 at HP
This nifty Chromebook deal is well worth considering; besides saving you a hefty chunk of cash, it has a good set of specs, a 14-inch display, and speakers tuned by B&O specialists. Lovely stuff.
Gateway Ultra Slim Notebook |
$499 $369 at Walmart
Here's another good deal for you; a slim and very portable laptop for over $100 less than normal. This one features 14.1-inch FHD display, a speedy 128GB SSD for faster loading, a finger-print scanner, and more.
HP Pavilion 15 |
$550 $429.99 at HP
Now this is a very handsome laptop, both inside and out; it's fitted with an 11th-gen Intel Core i5 processor and 128GB SSD storage for very speedy loading. When combined with the 15.6-inch display and the extensive saving, this becomes a great offer.
Dell XPS 13 |
$1,150 $929.99 at Dell
There's a real door-busting offer; the Dell XPS 13 for a good $220 less than normal. Thanks to a powerful 10th-gen i7 processor and a very fast 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, this is an excellent work laptop for those who need something with a little more kick.
Board games have been making a real comeback around the world in recent years and 2020 has meant they've been incredibly popular. They're much more open to a wider audience than video games and a real hit at family games nights. There are so many to choose from and we've got the latest prices on a bunch of our favorite ones below. If you'd like to learn more about them though, then it's well worth checking out our range of board game guides below.
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