Video Games: The Basics
This category doesn’t include just the deals on games themselves; the resident deal experts here at DealNews are always on the hunt for a good deal on consoles and accessories, as well. We’ve compiled a list of advice and resources to help you dive into the world of gaming:
Consoles vs. PC Gaming
First, you have to decide just where you want to spend your gaming hours. One of the biggest debates among gamers often comes back to whether consoles or gaming computers are the superior choice.
Your answer depends on many different factors, including price, comfort, available titles, and more. For instance, gaming PCs often will pack a better graphical punch and offer smoother game performance — but at the cost of a heftier price tag. One also should consider whether a keyboard and mouse setup or a controller offers you a more comfortable and enjoyable experience. It’s also worth considering the types of games you’re interested in, as well as any specific franchises, since many titles are console-exclusive . If Mario Kart is your jam, then you probably shouldn’t be looking at a PlayStation or Xbox console.
Ultimately, your gaming platform choice comes down to personal taste, and what you can reasonably manage financially (no matter what passionate fans on the internet might insist). But no matter what your choice, you can often score cheap video game deals right here at DealNews.com.
Gaming Desktops vs. Laptops
How much space do you have to dedicate to gaming? If you have a permanent desk or home office set up, then a desktop might be the way to go. But if portability and/or travel is a concern, then you may lean towards a laptop . Keep in mind that desktop PCs will often come with better specs, such as more RAM, better audio, and more heavy-duty graphics cards.
Next Generation Game Consoles
The currently available major gaming consoles consist of the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, and PlayStation 4 Pro; Xbox One and Xbox One S; and the Nintendo Switch. However, the next iteration of Sony and Microsoft’s consoles have been announced with projected release dates in late 2020. Here’s what we know so far:
CPU: 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 up to 3.5GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon RDNA 2 up to 2.23GHz
RAM: 16GB GDDR6
4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
HDMI 2.1 input
Backwards Compatibility: Most PS4 and PS4 Pro titles
Xbox One X (formerly Project Scarlett)
CPU: Custom 8-core AMD Ryzen Zen 2 up to 3.8GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon RDNA 2 up to 1.825GHz
RAM: 16GB GDDR6SSD: 1TB NVMe
4K UHD Blu-ray DriveHDMI 2.1 input
Backwards Compatibility: Xbox One, Xbox One S, and previously backwards compatible Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles
Video Game Accessories
The gaming accessories you’ll be interested in will depend on your platform of choice. We’ve compiled tons of gaming essentials in our video game accessories category , but here’s a more general list to get you started:
A good keyboard is highly recommended for PC gamers. Not only can a good keyboard save your wrists some pain, but many often come with programmable buttons that help make things like QTEs (quick time events) and voice chat easier to navigate in-game.
Speaking of saving your wrists, a good mouse can be just as essential. Wired or wireless may be somewhat of a personal preference, but it can also mean the difference in a perfect shot or a slight miss, thanks to glide quality, sensor type, DPI, and tracking speed. You may also want to look for a mouse that also has programmable buttons and customizable software, if you want to get very specific about your shortcuts.
A good pair of headphones is crucial, whether you’re playing on PC or console (most controllers have a headphone jack, if you’re worried about playing at a distance from your machine). Not only do most games come with a killer soundtrack, but headphones can make or break stealth-based gameplay. Plus, if you’re interested in co-op gameplay with friends or family members, a good pair of headphones with a built-in microphone are a must have for voice chat.
Usually purchased on a monthly or yearly basis, membership cards often net players free and discounted games, plus online gameplay benefits. These can be a great way to pad your game library out, test new game demos, and bag even more cloud storage space, just to name a few perks.
Upcoming Game Releases We’re Excited About
Platforms: PC (Steam and Epic Games exclusive)
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Release Date: June 26, 2020
Platforms: Google Stadia, PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Release Date: September 17, 2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: May 18 (PC), June (Consoles)
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: August 28, 2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Release Date: September 4, 2020
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: Coming Soon
Video Games Blog Articles
Trade and Professional Organizations
While professional gaming is indeed a thing, there are also a myriad of organizations out there for the professionals who develop, test, and rate games before they reach the general public. Here are some links to a few groups that may be of interest to you:
Popular Video Game Stores
Searching for video game deals now? Here are some links to our favorite game store pages. Check back often to see which stores are running gaming sales on consoles, games, and accessories.
We all know gaming is a growing industry, but just how big is it? We were curious as well, so we dug around a bit to see what we could learn:
- As of 2019, 54% of U.S. computer and video gamers identified as male, while 46% identified as female.
- While around 40% of video game players fell in the 18 to 35 year age range in 2019, a combined 39% spanned the 36 to 49 and 50 years or older brackets, showing that gaming is a hobby for anyone.
- On average, 63% of gamers play co-op with other people, getting in some quality social time.
- The video games market is expected to surpass a net worth of over $ 90 billion in 2020 , up from $78.6 billion in 2017.
- Smartphone games have surged in popularity recently, with 60% to 70% of players saying they play app games commonly .
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I buy a digital or physical game copy?
Digital game downloads often come with midnight releases, the ability to pre-load titles before they release, and the added benefit of not being able to break or get lost. Digital games can, at times, make transferring saves between consoles a hassle. But with the increasing popularity of cloud saves, this is becoming less of a problem. Physical game copies come with case art for collectors, and they sometimes include pre-order bonuses. It’s worth checking into on a case-by-case basis.
Brittany has been working at DealNews since 2013; she started out on the coupons team, and now navigates the waters of deal writing. As a member of the Content team, she spends most of her time sussing out whether stores are actually offering a good sale, as well as being a stickler for all things grammar and formatting. She spends most of her free time at home entertaining her small shih tzu puppy, testing new recipes, and traveling other worlds via video games and novels.