This year, holiday shipping timelines are going to be tighter than ever. WIRED will be covering all things Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we’re keeping our eyes peeled for early-bird discounts on the tried-and-true gear we love so that you can ensure loved one receives their gifts on time. This week, we found plenty of price drops on video games and gaming accessories.
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Gaming Peripheral Deals
This is the lowest price ever on one of our favorite corded gaming headsets. It doesn’t look like it’s made for gamers, which might be a good thing, but it works with every console and PC. The soundstage is expansive, and the microphone was engineered with the help of Blue (the makers of the popular Blue Yeti USB mics).
This mouse got shuffled off our list of the Best Gaming Mice, but it’s still a solid pick. It’s very responsive, and the wireless design means there’s no cord to get in your way. There are also several buttons around it so you can create custom shortcuts and macros, plus Razer’s iconic RGB lighting makes the whole package aesthetically pleasing. This is one of the best discounts we’ve tracked, coming in at just $10 more than the lowest we’ve seen for the mouse. You can also snag the standard Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed for $35 ($25 off)—it might be a better deal if you don’t care about tons of onboard buttons or the absolute lowest latency.
The Apex Pro lets you adjust the mechanical switches on each key, enabling faster response times and a more customized typing experience. It has tons of customizable color options as well, and there’s a tiny OLED display that shows system alerts, volume, and other settings you can tweak in SteelSeries’ software. This is just $5 more than the lowest price we’ve ever tracked.
The Razer Blade 15 is one of our favorite gaming laptops, and this edition gets you a few more bells and whistles packed into the same form factor. It features a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 512 GB of solid state storage, 16 GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. We’ve seen slightly better deals on this model, but this is still one of its lower prices over the past several months.
This lightning-fast NVMe drive is great for nearly any gaming PC. It has super-fast read and write speeds, so you can expect speedy load times in your games. A few of us on the WIRED Gear team have been impressed by this drive (it’ll be added to our How to Build a PC guide soon!). For more storage, the 2-TB model is also discounted. Both are down to the lowest prices we’ve seen.
Video Game Deals
This deal is $2 more than one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for this game. It’s for a physical copy. Breath of the Wild isn’t the newest title, but it’s easily one of the Best Nintendo Switch Games around—it’s especially a must-try on the new Switch OLED.
This includes Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana in one package. It’s a good gift for anyone with a fondness for the SNES or these titles, but really, everyone should play these games at least once. The deal matches a low price we’ve seen a few other times.
This game has dipped to this price before, but it’s still a good deal. Kingdom Hearts III has great reviews across the ‘net. Maybe you feel inspired after the recent announcement that Sora will be the final character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or maybe you’re staring down winter hibernation with limited entertainment options. Either way, this is a great way to kill some time.
Street style meets storytelling in this recent release set in Shibuya, Tokyo. Your object is to solve a game within a game by exploring your environment and conquering negative emotions. Sounds like a good time to us.
Building your own PC is basically the opposite of free, but right now this simulator doesn’t cost a dime. It’s a great tool for figuring out your rig configuration ahead of actually assembling it. It uses real-world components to teach you both how to build a desktop and troubleshoot potential hurdles. Pair it with PC Part Picker and our guide on How to Build a Desktop PC and you should feel prepared in no time.
For those unfamiliar, Humble Bundle offers a “pay what you want” structure featuring different curated game bundles. Part of the proceeds go to charity. This week’s bundle helps support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and features a few different PC games that coincide with their board game counterparts. Chip in a few more bucks to get even more game downloads (like Carcassonne in the $9 bundle.)
The unique gameplay mechanics and creepy setting make this one of the best games of 2019, but it still is an excellent title to try if you’ve never had the chance. The story has a surprising amount of depth, and did I say you get Jedi-like telekinesis powers?
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