Here’s what to expect for the best Prime Day gaming deals in 2020

There area number of holidays during the summer that are accompanied by big sales — Memorial Day and July 4, just to name a couple — but Amazon’s Prime Day blowout is the biggest summer retail event by far. In fact, it’s one of the biggest of the entire year, even edging out Black Friday weekend in sheer sales figures, and Prime Day 2019 was no different with Amazon breaking 2018 records.

Aside from laptop computers, video games and gaming consoles are among the hottest items that deal-hungry shoppers are after during big sales like Prime Day. Prime Day 2019 saw a lot of solid PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch deals, and other retailers like Walmart also ran their own big sales to steal some of Amazon’s thunder. You may have enjoyed some of these (or maybe you missed Prime Day altogether this year), but if you’re curious, then here’s a quick rundown of the best gaming deals we saw for Prime Day 2019 along with a forecast of what gamers can expect to see next year.

What were the best gaming deals on Prime Day?

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch

$50
Expires soon
Experience Hyrule like never before in this stunning open-world entry in the beloved Legend of Zelda franchise.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy - Nintendo Switch

$ 40

Expires soon
Spyro's back and he's all scaled up. Same sick burns, same smoldering attitude, now all in stunning HD. Spyro is bringing the heat like never before in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy game collection.

LEGO Jurassic World - Nintendo Switch

$40
Expires soon
Live through the key moments of all four Jurassic films in LEGO Jurassic World. This thrilling adventure game is presented in LEGO form and humor for an unforgettable gaming experience.

Nintendo Switch Neon with Super Smash Bros and Legend of Zelda Game Bundle

$515
Expires soon
This bundle includes the Neon Nintendo Switch system with Switch Pro controller complete with Super Smash Bros. and Legend of Zelda.

PowerA Wireless GameCube Style Controller for Nintendo Switch

$37 $50
Expires soon
If you didn't get a chance to grab the wired GameCube-style Switch controller that Nintendo released awhile back, this is the next best thing (and maybe even better since it's actually wireless).

Katamari Damacy REROLL for Nintendo Switch

$29
Expires soon
Kamatari Damacy REROLL for the Switch is an HD port of the iconic PS2 game, finally bringing all of the hectic and hilarious rolling action to a Nintendo console.

God Eater 3 for Nintendo Switch

$40
Expires soon
Eat your heart out, Monster Hunter. 'God Eater 3' brings the insane hack-and-slash, monster-killing action of the God Eater series to the Nintendo Switch, complete with online co-op.

Diablo III: Eternal Collection Standard Edition - Nintendo Switch

$ 60

Expires soon
Prepare for the apocalypse in Diablo III: Eternal Collection with previously released DLC packs, throwing you in the middle of the battle between forces of Heaven and Hell plus hidden Easter eggs.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Charging Grip

$30
Expires soon
Juice up your controller while you game with this Joy-Con charging grip for the Nintendo Switch.

Xbox One S 1 TB Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Bundle

$300
Expires soon
The Force is with this deal that nets you a 1TB console, wireless controller, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™ Deluxe Edition. Get it now, young Padawan!

LEGO Harry Potter

$16 $30
Expires soon
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection brings LEGO Harry Potter years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter years 5-7 to Xbox One with both top selling video games remastered in one package!

Microsoft Xbox One Bluetooth Wireless Controller, Black

$47 $60
Expires soon
The official wireless controller for the Xbox One S and Xbox One X consoles. Also fully supported by Windows 10, making it an excellent choice for PC gaming.

Grand Theft Auto V

$26
Expires soon
If you want to steal cars, fight folks, and commit other crimes in a video game, this is what you need.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

$35 $60
Expires soon
Players take on the role of lethal Tier One operators in a saga that will affect the global balance of power.

Overwatch: Legendary Edition

$26 $60
Expires soon
If you've never played Overwatch before, you should really think about playing Overwatch.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset for Xbox One

$90 $100
Expires soon
This gaming headset is a great addition to your gaming collection, and Turtle Beach is a well-known brand.

Red Dead Redemption 2

$39 $60
Expires soon
Who wouldn't want to be a cowboy? This game has everything, from horse rides to gun fights.

Monster Hunter World for Xbox One

$13
Expires soon
Sink your teeth into this huge open-world action-adventure game, the latest in the Monster Hunter series. Also available for the PS4 (without the $5 discount).

NBA 2K19

$11
Expires soon
You may not be able to play with the pros, but you can certainly play as the pros.

Prey for Xbox One

$11
Expires soon
A sci-fi first-person shooter game set on a lunar space station that has been overrun by hostile aliens.

You aren’t going to see Nintendo hardware go on sale frequently, so events like Prime Day are the best chances to prioritize your Switch purchases for the year. During Prime Day 2019 we saw bundles available containing the Switch and some of its best games, as well as necessary add-ons such as the Pro Controller, stands, and cases. The Xbox One is also a solid choice for a more traditional console thanks to its library of games, and Microsoft does a better job than others of offering game bundles. During Prime Day, these bundles saw some nice price cuts, as did the 4K-capable Xbox One X which was easily one of the best gaming deals of the bunch.

If you’re looking for the console with the biggest library of exclusive games this generation, however, then the PS4 is the console for you. Just like with the Xbox One, bundles containing both exclusive and third-party games were available at solid discounts (a good thing considering that PS4 console bundles aren’t quite as numerous as those for the Xbox), and popular recent games also had their prices dropped. Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention PC gaming deals for Prime Day, which were also some of the best offerings with Amazon as well as other retailers like Newegg and HP featuring a bunch of great deals on everything from gaming laptops to desktops and desktop components.

What to expect from Amazon Prime Day 2020?

Prime Day Gaming Deals 2019
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The gaming market isn’t quite as broad as that of other electronics like TVs, computers, or smartphones. You’ve pretty much got PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, and PC gaming, and that’s about it, so the field is a little narrower as to what you can expect to see for Prime Day 2020. The biggest and best deals are always going to be on expensive hardware like consoles and gaming PCs, with a smattering of lesser discounts on cheaper stuff like games and accessories.

The biggest difference between Prime Day 2019 and Prime Day 2020 offerings will be the hardware. Both Microsoft and Sony have new machines coming down the pipe, although those probably won’t be out until after next summer when Prime Day has already passed. This means that while we won’t see those next-gen systems available for Amazon’s mid-July sale, it’s very likely that we will see big price cuts on the Xbox One and PS4 — especially the 4K models — as retailers start to clear out older inventory to make room for the new machines. Prime Day 2020 should be a very good time to grab an Xbox One X or PS4 Pro if you’re the kind to wait a few years to buy new consoles until the “kinks” get worked out.

Nintendo is also about to release the Switch Lite, a handheld-only version of its hugely popular hybrid console, so Prime Day 2020 should offer some juicy discounts on the regular Switch system which doesn’t go on sale that often (and not for particularly generous discounts when it does). Gamers who want to jump into the world of virtual reality should also keep their eyes on the PS4. Sony’s console is really the only one to support full-fledged VR, so Prime Day 2020 should have some good discounts on PlayStation VR headsets as well as VR games.

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