This year holiday Shipping timelines are getting tighter than ever. WIRED covers all things Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we keep our eyes open for early bird discounts on the proven equipment we love so you can make sure your loved one receives their gifts on time. This week we found lots of price drops on video games and game accessories.
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Peripheral deals at stake
This is the lowest price ever on one of our favorite wired gaming headsets. It does not appear to be made for gamers, which may be a good thing, but it works with every console and PC. The soundstage is expansive and the microphone was constructed using Blue (the creators of the popular Blue Yeti USB microphones).
This mouse was mixed from our list of the best gaming mice, but it is still a solid choice. It is very responsive and the wireless design means there is no cord in the way of you. 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 have tracked, and comes at only $ 10 more than the lowest we have seen for the mouse. You can also pick up the standard Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed for $ 35 ($ 25 off) – it might be a better deal if you don’t care about tons of built-in buttons or the absolute lowest latency.
Apex Pro lets you adjust the mechanical switches on each key, enabling faster response times and a more customized typing experience. It also has lots of custom color settings, and there is a small OLED screen that displays system alerts, volume, and other settings that you can adjust in SteelSeries software. This is only $ 5 more than the lowest price we have ever tracked.
The Razer Blade 15 is one of our favorite gaming laptops, and this edition gives you a pair of bells and whistles wrapped in the same form factor. It has a 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 512 GB solid state storage, 16 GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. We have seen slightly better deals on this model, but this is still one of its lower prices over the last several months.
This lightning fast NVMe drive is great for almost any gaming PC. It has super fast read and write speed, so you can expect fast load times in your games. A few of us on the WIRED Gear team have been impressed with this drive (it will soon be added to our How to Build a PC Guide!). For more storage, the 2-TB model also gets a discount. Both are down at the lowest prices we have seen.
Video game deals
This deal is $ 2 more than one of the lowest prices we have seen for this game. It’s for a physical copy. Breath of the Wild is not the latest title, but it is easily one of the best Nintendo Switch games nearby — it is especially a must-try on the new Switch OLED.
This includes Final Fantasy adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana in a package. It’s a great gift for anyone with a penchant for SNES or these titles, but really everyone should play these games at least once. The deal matches a low price we have seen a few other times.
This game has dropped to this price before, but it’s still a good bargain. Kingdom Hearts III has good reviews across the web. Maybe you feel inspired by the latest announcement that Sora will be the last character in Super Smash Bros.Ultimate, or perhaps you are staring down on hibernation with limited entertainment options. Either way, it’s a great way to kill some time.
Street style meets storytelling in this latest release in Shibuya, Tokyo. Your goal is to solve a game in a game by exploring your environment and capturing negative emotions. That sounds like a good time for us.
Building your own PC is pretty much the opposite of free, but right now this simulator does not cost a dime. It is a good tool to find out your rig configuration before you actually assemble it. It uses real-time components to teach you both how to build a desktop and troubleshoot potential obstacles. Combine that 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, the Humble Bundle offers a “pay what you want” structure with various curated game packs. Part of the proceeds goes to charity. This week’s bundle helps support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and includes a few different PC games that coincide with their board game counterparts. Chip a few bucks more to get even more game transfers (e.g. Carcassonne in the package $ 9.)
The unique gameplay mechanics and spooky setting make this one of the best games of 2019, but it’s still an excellent title to try if you’ve never had the chance. The story has a surprising depth, and did I say you get Jedi-like telekinesis powers?
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