Man, 2017 has been … I mean … wow. Let’s just say a lot of people are happy for it to end. But gamers? Gamers had a great year. From the launch of Nintendo’s Switch, to the surprise smash hit “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” 2017 gave us an abundance of fantastic games.
That makes buying games for your friends and family members, and let’s face it, yourself, both incredibly easy and difficult. That’s because, while there are tons of titles worth purchasing, deciding which to pick up can be surprisingly tough.
So to help make it a bit easier on you, I’m breaking down the best deals and options for buying the top games, consoles and accessories this holiday season.
Let’s hit it.
The biggest console release of the year was easily Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Switch. A revelation of a device, the $299 Switch allows you to play console games on your TV and on-the-go via its tablet-style design.
Every major retailer is selling the Switch this year, but the closer we get to Christmas, the greater the chances are it will sell out. So you’ll want to get one early while you still can. Unfortunately, since the system is brand-new, Nintendo isn’t offering any holiday discounts. So, you’ll have to pay full price.
Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) also released new versions of their own consoles this year in the forms of the Xbox One X and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Both systems are designed to take advantage of improved colors and higher resolutions available with 4K, HDR-capable televisions. They also cost a pretty penny. The One X is priced at $499, while the PS4 Pro costs $399.
I’d only suggest picking up these consoles if the person you’re buying them for has a compatible set. If your gamer doesn’t have such a TV and you’re looking for something a bit less expensive, you can pick up a standard PS4 with a 1TB hard drive for $199 and the Xbox One S with a 500GB drive for $229.
2017 had some great games. Whether you’re shopping for a console player, or someone who prefers to game on their PC, you can find plenty of deals.
Black Friday shoppers will find a slew of savings on games including recently released titles like “Assassin’s Creed: Origins,” “Wolfenstein II” and “Persona 5,” which is a Playstation-exclusive.