Gone are the days where Steam Sale dates were a Valve state secret, conveniently slipping out just before the sales actually happened. Now, Valve shares its Steam Sale calendar well in advance, both for the big seasonal sales, and the smaller, genre-specific sales. With that knowledge in hand, let"s look at the dates for the upcoming sales that have been announced so far & the next major discount sự kiện on the calendar.

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Steam sales happen on a pretty regular rhythm throughout the year, making them fairly easy to lớn predict even if we don"t know the dates just yet. Even with continued pandemic delays in development, Steam sales have been chugging along since 2020. Nothing stops this train.

The seasonal sales during Summer, Autumn, and Winter generally offer the widest & deepest selection of discounts. Here"s your handbook for the best times lớn expand your Steam library without emptying your wallet.

When is the next Steam sale?

Steam"s next major sales sự kiện will be the Halloween Sale at the end of October. We don"t have specific start và end dates yet, but expect an emphasis on horror games and suitably spooky savings.Here are all the sale dates we know so far for this year:

February 28 - March 7, 2022: Remote Play TogetherMarch 14 - March 21, 2022: JRPGsMarch 28 - April 4, 2022: SimFest - Hobby Edition (for job simulators)May 2 - May 9, 2022: Going Rogue: A Festival of Persistance (Roguelikes, Roguelites, Soulslikes, và Metroidvania)May 23 - May 30, 2022: Racing FestJune 13 - June 30, 2022: Steam Next FestJune 23 - July 7, 2022: Steam Summer SaleJuly 18 - July 25, 2022: Steam VR FestAugust 1 - August 8, 2022: Steam Survival FestSeptember 19 - September 26, 2022: Steam Bash BashOctober 3 - October 10, 2022: Steam Next FestOctober ?? - November ??, 2022: Steam Halloween Sale

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When is the next Steam Next Fest?

The next Steam Next Fest will run from October 3 - October 10, 2022. These fests usually pop up multiple times a year, & the last one ran from June 13, 2022 khổng lồ June 30, 2022.

Steam Festivals (now called Next Fest) aren"t sales, exactly, but they"re another way to play games for cheap. Since 2020, Steam has been running regular festival weeks where hundreds of upcoming games offer free demos for you to lớn play. It can be a daunting danh mục to sort through, like sales are, but it"s a great way khổng lồ try something you"ve had your eye on.

When vì Steam sales usually happen?

Steam"s biggest sales (usually) occur at regular times of the year. Steam sales tend to start at at 6pm BST/1pm EDT/10am PDT on the third or fourth Thursday of their respective month, with the exception of Autumn/Black Friday sales, which have landed on Wednesdays in the last few years.

Here"s a danh sách of last year"s sales dates to lớn give you an idea of when this year"s Steam sales will happen:

Steam Lunar New Year Sale 2021: February 11th - February 15th, 2021

Steam Golden Week Sale 2021: April 29th - May 6th, 2021

Steam Spring Sale 2021: May 27th - 31st, 2021

Steam Summer Sale 2021: June 24th - July 8th, 2021

Steam Halloween Sale 2021: October 28th - November 1st, 2021

Steam đen Friday/Autumn Sale 2021: November 24th - December 1st, 2021

Steam Winter Sale 2021: December 22nd - January 5th, 2021

How long do Steam sales last?

The Summer & Winter sales are the big ones. They tend lớn last two weeks (ish). Other sales lượt thích the Lunar New Year sale and Black Friday sale last about one week.

Which is the best Steam Sale?

We tend lớn see the biggest discounts in the Summer và Winter sales, & the Summer sales tend lớn be the best. With Autumn và Winter sales following so close on the heels of Fall release season, there tend lớn be fewer big, recent titles with hefty discounts. By the following summer you can get great discounts on relatively new games.(Here"s how long it usually takes for games to get cheap on Steam.)

In the past, when we"ve rounded up the best Steam deals ever (opens in new tab), we"ve seen some remarkable discounts. Valve"s Portal 2 went from $50 to $5 in the Summer Sale a year after release.

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Steam sale tips

Use your wishlist

Whenever you see a game you might want, địa chỉ it to lớn your wishlist. You will receive notifications when wishlisted games are on sale and having a các mục makes it easier khổng lồ resist buying unlisted games for the sake of it on impulse. If a trò chơi is not on your list, vày you really want it?

Looking for a way lớn quickly fill up your wishlist? check out our round up of the top 100 games (opens in new tab) you can play on PC today. Here are 100 other smaller games (opens in new tab) judged by algorithm to lớn be the best hidden gems on Steam. And these are the best PC games we recommend right now.

Keep an eye on publisher bundles

Publisher bundles can knock lots of money off entire series or catalogues. If you want to lớn buy an individual Hitman game then you might want to check for a series bundle—chances are you could get all of the games for not much more.

Snap up expansions & DLC

Expansions can often feel a little overpriced, especially if they"re only adding a few hours of new stuff to lớn your game. In Steam sales you can pick up a lot of DLC for just a few bucks và reinvigorate games in your back catalogue.

Stock up on indie treats

You can get big percentage discounts on big budget games in the major Steam Sales, but even with a hefty trim those games can still cost đôi mươi or 30 bucks. If you want to lớn maximise the amount of play time you get out of a Steam sale, quality indie games go down khổng lồ dollars, và even cents.If you need more storage to hold them all, these are the best SSDs for gaming right now.

You can always wait for another sale

If you"re not going to lớn play a trò chơi before the next big Steam sale rolls around, you might as well wait. Chances are the discounts will increase as the annual sales roll by, all while you"re clearing your backlog.

It"s also much easier to wait on a purchase these days because there are no daily or flash deals. If you see a discount, you know that"s going lớn be stable until the over of the sale so you can wait a few days to lớn make a decision. Maybe that"ll give you time to upgrade to lớn one of the best gaming PCs, or pick out a new graphics thẻ if you need khổng lồ upgrade.

Check on weekends for quảng cáo online or themed sales

It"s not uncommon for a quảng cáo online to showcase all of its products on sale during a weekend, an event which is usually marked by a homepage takeover of sorts. Look out for these if you"re after a blockbuster trò chơi at a better price.

Consider Steam resellers if you don"t want to lớn wait for a sale

Check out our guide on where to lớn buy PC games (opens in new tab), if you want more places to siêu thị around.

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Fraser is the UK online editor và has actually met The internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he"s been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to lớn sprawling political sims, và he never turns down the chance lớn rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He"s also been known to set up cửa hàng in the latest MMO và likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he"s not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.