The Steam Summer Sale Has Arrived. Here’s a List of All Steam Sales

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Steam is one of the most popular PC gaming platforms, selling more than 400 million total games in 2023, according to Statista. The digital PC gaming service boasts a massive catalog of over 76,000 titles. I first discovered Steam in college — until then, I’d never had my own computer, so the lure of PC gaming proved attractive. What began as a humble dozen games (like Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life) blossomed into a collection of over 220 titles, thanks mainly to Steam sales. (Please don’t ask me how many items from my library I’ve actually played.)

Whether you’re trying to save a few bucks on one of the latest big-name AAA games, want to add more indie games to your digital shelf or need to fill up your Steam Deck hard drive, here’s everything you need to know about Steam sales, including the Steam Summer Sale that started on June 27 and lasts until July 11.

These are the best Steam Summer Sale deals right now

The Steam Summer Sale is in full swing and ends on July 11. While you’ll find loads of wallet-friendly prices, these are the best Steam Summer Sale discounts available:

  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition, $6 (90% off regular price): You can score the entire Mass Effect trilogy for just $6 total, which breaks down to $2 per game. That’s a phenomenal deal.
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection, $10 (90% off regular price): Sporting six games for just $10, it’s hard to pass up on the value of Halo MCC. 
  • Batman: Arkham Knight, $2 (90% off regular price): Despite its age — Arkham Knight came out in 2015 — at a mere $2, this is a tempting addition to any Steam library.
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, $4 (90% off regular price): According to the website How Long To Beat, you can sink anywhere from 51 to 173 hours into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. At just $4, that’s a competitive price-to-gameplay ratio.
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition ($13, 75% off regular price): PlaySation’s highly popular game Horizon: Zero Dawn is a treat to play on PC, thanks to improved visuals and controls. Now, you can snag it for just $13. You can also get a modest 20% discount on its sequel, Horizon: Forbidden West.
  • Overcooked All You Can Eat ($16, 60% off regular price): Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or new to video games, Overcooked All You Can Eat is a blast. It’s inviting, fun for diverse groups and a steal at just $16 for two games.
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War ($3, 95% off regular price): While Middle-earth: Shadow of War isn’t new, its steep 95% discount makes it a compelling purchase. You can also cop Shadow of War along with its predecessor Shadow of Mordor in a cheap $7 bundle. 
  • Elden Ring ($42, 30% off regular price): Elden Ring is one of the most popular modern RPG games, and now you can play it without breaking the bank.
  • Hogwarts Legacy ($24, 60% off regular price): Because of my enormous gaming backlog, I almost never pre-order titles. But I pre-ordered Hogwarts Legacy upon its release, and have since played it through twice. It’s incredibly engrossing, with a massive environment to explore, tons of side quests and a compelling narrative. As over half off, it’s a must-buy.
  • Half-Life Alyx ($21, 66% off regular price): Half-Life: Alyx is one of the games that proves why virtual reality headsets exist. I’ve spent hours in the immersive Half-Life: Alyx on my Samsung Odyssey Plus. You’ll need one of the best VR headsets on the market to play Alyx, like the Meta Quest 3, but it’s worth it for the enthralling gameplay experience.

The Steam Deck is on sale too

One of Steam’s best deals during the Summer Sale isn’t even a game — it’s a game console. The Steam Deck is already attractively priced, and during the Summer Sale, you can grab one at a sweet 15% discount on the LCD model (not the OLED version). The Steam Deck lets you take your games on the go and play from anywhere.

Here’s what I’m buying at the Steam Summer Sale 2024

So what’s in my cart? Mass Effect Legendary Edition — three games for $2 apiece is too good a deal to skip. I’m also snagging Middle-earth: Shadow of War. While I picked up Shadow of Mordor at a previous Steam Sale, I’ve not yet added its sequel to my metaphorical shelf. As a big cinephile and fan of movie tie-in games (like Peter Jackson’s King Kong), I’m excited to get Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine alongside Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb for $4 total. 

While these discounts are hefty, I don’t recommend them

The Call of Duty Franchise Collection is 55% off, down from an astronomical $1,070 to a still considerable $479. While that’s a sizable savings, are you really going to play all of the more than one dozen titles (including the original Call of Duty from 2003)? If so, go for it, but otherwise, I’d recommend cherry-picking your favorite CoD games. 

You can nab the Activision Collection bundle on Steam for $391, which is 59% off of its normal $961. Although there are some solid games, like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Gabriel Knight and a handful of Call of Duty titles, chances are you won’t play everything in this package. My advice is to just purchase the individual games or franchises you want rather than this comprehensive collection.  

When are the next Steam sales?

There are four main Steam seasonal sales. The next Steam Sale — the Steam Summer Sale — is currently going in, and runs June 27 through July 11. Typically, the Steam Winter and Summer Sales last about two weeks, whereas the Spring and Autumn Sales last for one week, give or take. 

  • Steam Summer Sale (June 27 to July 11, 2024)
  • Steam Autumn Sale (Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 2024)
  • Steam Winter Sale (Dec. 19, 2024 to Jan. 2, 2025)
  • Steam Spring Sale (was March 14-21, 2024)

How often are Steam sales?

Steam Sales are pretty frequent, with at least one per month. While the big seasonal sales are quarterly — winter, fall, spring and summer — there are dozens of smaller sales or fests. Typically, these Steam discount days revolve around a particular theme, with lowered prices on titles within a certain genre, like fighting games or roleplaying games. 

Here’s how I save money with Steam sales (and you can, too)

Take advantage of your wish list

Valve's Steam Store wish list with discounted games Valve's Steam Store wish list with discounted games

Adding games to your Steam wish list is a great way to find out when they’re on sale.

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Adding games to your Steam wish list simplifies figuring out what to snag — or skip — during a sale. You can sort your wish list by discount, so finding the biggest savings is a breeze.

Add a game to your wish list whenever you see one you like the look of but don’t immediately want to play. Then, during a Steam sale, pop in, sort by discount and see which prices have plummeted the most. Or, you can arrange your wish list in order of your most wanted titles, then choose what to buy that way during one of the upcoming Steam sales. 

Use SteamDB to find the largest discounts

SteamDB games database showing discounted games SteamDB games database showing discounted games

You can sort discounted titles from the Steam store front in SteamDB for quick perusal.

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SteamDB is an excellent source for uncovering deals. Its many filters let you sort attributes, including discount percentage, rating, price or reviews, making it a helpful Steam sales tracker. You can even narrow down a list based on platform — Windows, Linux or MacOS — and features like controller support. I’ve even used SteamDB to nab free games, like a no-cost copy of Tell Me Why.

I typically hop into SteamDB during a Steam sale to look for hefty discounts on highly rated games. It’s worth checking SteamDB even outside of seasonal sales and fests if you want to expand your Steam collection.

Shop for older titles, indie games, DLC and complete catalogs

Often, newer AAA games get heavy markdowns — but because of their usually high price tags, even the discounted cost isn’t cheap. However, you can find wallet-friendly older games, indies or downloadable content. For instance, I picked up a copy of The Sum of All Fears for just $2, which wasn’t even during a Steam sale. 

Complete publisher catalogs or franchise bundles save you a ton of money. I’ve seen the Activision Collection bundle — typically $900 — for as low as $355. While over $350 might not be pocket change, the per-title breakdown is pretty cost-effective when you’re getting 53 games. Similarly, I’ve seen the Call of Duty Franchise bundle for $443, a steep drop from its usual $1,010.

You can often get DLC packs pretty cheap during Steam sales, which provide more in-game content to enjoy. On the other hand, these comprehensive bundles might lead you to overspend if you’re not actually planning on playing, say, every single Call of Duty game under the sun.

Check your other game libraries to make sure you’re not double-dipping

Although Steam is incredibly popular, it’s not the only source for digital game purchases. Check your other libraries on GOG, Epic, EA Origin and Xbox Game Pass, for instance, to ensure you’re not double-dipping. While you could buy Cyberpunk 2077 on Steam and GOG, you probably don’t need two copies.

Cross-shop deals on other platforms

IsThereAnyDeal games website IsThereAnyDeal games website

While Steam is extremely popular, you can also find loads of competitive discounts at other outlets. IsThereAnyDeal lets you easily cross-shop.

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With many Steam alternatives, including GOG, Epic, Origin and Fanatical, you can find sweet discounts from several outlets. While you can — and should — check those individual storefronts, IsThereAnyDeal is a comprehensive source for savings. So you might notice a great deal on Skyrim from Steam, but it might be available at an even lower price at Epic at the same time.

Set a budget

Adding a bunch of games to your cart can be tempting, especially with prices slashed by 75% or more. However, lots of cheap games can still add up. I typically set a budget — whether it’s monetary or a limit on the number of games — and stick to that. 

Don’t feel compelled to buy anything

The best way to save money is by not spending it in the first place. I know, it’s tempting to load up your cart with $5 or $10 games, which is nearly as gratifying as an in-game loot grab. But only buy what you’ll play now or soon after purchasing. While there are rare instances where games get delisted on Steam, chances are if you pass up on a sweet deal, it’ll still be available during the next Steam sale. 

A complete list of Steam sale dates

Outside of Steam’s seasonal sales, there are different genre-themed sales or fests. Steam fests revolve around a genre or game theme. Here are the upcoming Steam fests for this year, along with examples of Steam games on sale you might find:

  • Fighting Games Fest (July 15-22): Punch down the prices on games that could include games like Street Fighter V and Dead Or Alive 6.
  • Tower Defense Fest (July 29-Aug. 5): Protect your territory — and wallet — by copping tower defense titles (think Ratropolis and Orcs Must Die 2) at lower-than-normal prices.
  • Rhythm Fest (Aug. 19-26): Games such as Beat Saber and Hi-Fi Rush will drop prices like they’re hot.
  • Space Exploration Fest (Sept. 2-9): Enjoy out-of-this-world savings games that blast you into outer space — maybe you can find Starfield and Mass Effect on sale.
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles Fest (Sept. 16-23): Shift into low prices on games. Discounted titles could include Train Sim World 4 or Forza Horizon 5.
  • Turn-based RPG Fest (Sept. 30-Oct. 7): Turn down the costs for turn-based roleplaying games — Wildermyth or King Arthur: Knight’s Tale might be priced lower than normal. 
  • Next Fest: October Edition (Oct. 14-21): Demos, developer chats and livestreams.
  • Halloween Sale (Oct. 28-Nov. 4): Score scary good deals. While horror games — think Amnesia: The Dark Descent or Resident Evil 4 — are the primary slashing “victims,” you can find deals on all genres.
  • Cooking Fest (Nov. 11-18): Sizzling savings on food-related games. Cheaper-than-normal titles may include Overcooked or Papa’s Freezeria.

Here are the past Steam sales from 2024:

  • Capitalism and Economy Fest (was Jan. 8-15)
  • Pirates vs. Ninjas Fest (was Jan. 22-29)
  • Next Fest (was Feb. 5-12)
  • Remote Play Together Fest (was Feb. 12-19)
  • Dinos vs. Robots Fest (was Feb. 26-March 4)
  • Deckbuilders Fest (was March 25-April 1)
  • FPS Fest (was April 15-22)
  • Farming Fest (April 29-May 6)
  • Endless Replayability Fest (was May 13-20)
  • Open World Survival Crafting Fest (was May 27-June 3)
  • Next Fest (was June 10-17)

When is the next Steam Next Fest?

There’s an upcoming Steam Next Fest running Oct. 28-21. The Steam Next Fest highlights upcoming game releases, featuring developer chats, free playable game demos and livestreams. Some of the most played demos from the June 2024 Steam Next Fest include Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown, Once Human and Level Zero: Extraction.

How to get the most out of Steam once you’ve ravaged your wallet during a Steam sale

Once you’ve drained your bank account dry on games you’ll likely never play, there’s a lot more you can do with Steam, like sharing your library with friends or family, using Remote Play Together and adding non-Steam games. I suggest installing the Steam Link app on your phone, tablet or streaming device for playing your games away from your PC. You can also game on the go with the Steam Deck or another handheld gaming console like the Asus ROG Ally.

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