The Steam Summer Sale Has Started! Here are the Best Deals
The Steam Summer Sale tends to be hugely popular, and for good reason. It usually occurs a couple of weeks after E3, hyping up gaming enthusiasts for new titles to play.
Whether you're looking for a relaxing single-player title or a VR game to play with friends, it's likely Steam will offer you just the video game discounts you need to beat the heat this summer.
UPDATE: The Steam Summer Sale has begun! Check out the best deals below!
The Best Steam Summer Sale Deals
- Portal or Portal 2 for $0.99
- Half-Life or Half-Life 2 for $0.99
- Pathfinder: Kingmaker for $19.99
- Rise of the Tomb Raider for $8.99
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for $11.99
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance for $17.99
- Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for $1.99
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for $48
When Does the Steam Sale Start (and End)?
PCGamer recently announced that the Steam Summer Sale dates had leaked. The sale will start on June 25 and run through July 9.
Keep an eye on other stores, though — not every game will see massive discounts during Steam's sale, and competitors like Amazon, Humble Bundle, and others are likely to offer excellent competing discounts throughout the same period.
What Is the Steam Summer Sale?
Steam has two big sales every year — one in the summer, and one in the winter. Each event lasts around two weeks, providing ample opportunities to snag deeply discounted video games. Some older games, indie titles, and DLC will see discounts as high as 85% to 90% off.
What Is a Good Discount for a Video Game?
As we've come to expect from Steam sales, the best discounts are usually reserved for older games. However, if you find something on your wish list priced at 75% off or more, don't wait around for a better deal! That's a solid discount you can take advantage of right away, without worrying about buyer's remorse.
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What's more, video games that have been out for at least six months can still see drops of up to 50% off — which is obviously an excellent deal. More recent games will typically see smaller price drops, unless they aren't performing well.
What Deals Can You Expect in the Steam Summer Sale?
Everyone's taste in video games is different, but we can all appreciate a great deal.
Every Steam Sale will have a few headline-grabbing price drops on popular titles to bring in shoppers. Last year, we saw The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition fall to $20, while Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition fell to $25. And Portal 2, while an older game, is still very much worth snapping up if you've never played — and last summer it fell to just $2.
If puzzle games with rich storylines are more your preference, keep an eye out for bundles. Last year, Steam tied What Remains of Edith Finch (a favorite of many here at DealNews) with Gorogoa for less than $20.
If you find the exploratory nature of walking simulators intriguing, Steam offered up some of the best titles in this genre for $5 or less last summer. Firewatch and Life is Strange are certain to return at all-time low prices, for example. What's more, the Life is Strange prequel, Before the Storm, as well as episodes from Life Is Strange 2 are certain to see discounts.
Watch for deals on the Steam Link to also pop up during the Steam Summer Sale. Last year, we saw it drop to $3 (with $8 for shipping). Note that the Steam Link is used for streaming games from your PC to your TV, so it's not a standalone console like an Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro.
Readers, will you be shopping the Steam Summer Sale? What new video games are you excited to snag discounts on? Let us know in the comments below!