Amazon Prime Day gaming deals 2020 – what you need to know

By Alan Wen, Friday, 7 August 2020 17:03 GMT

At this time of year, we’d usually be reminiscing about all the top Amazon Prime Day gaming deals we scooped up. However, the ongoing disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn has meant the sales bonanza has been delayed. We now know, though, that Prime Day 2020 is likely to take place in October instead. This is yet to be confirmed and it may even be pushed further back. We’ve got all the latest you need to know right here.

Amazon has confirmed it will definitely be taking place, so they’ll need to be careful otherwise it risks bumping up against the madness of Black Friday. Of course, being able to hold the event safely and securing is more important at this stage, too. The cheap Switch, PS4 or Xbox One can wait, for now.

Still, until some concrete information is revealed we’re nonetheless here to get you ready. While we wait, we’re going to go through all of the top Amazon Prime Day gaming deals from last year and have a think about how the two-day event might play out in 2020, this most unpredictable of years. You can also pop over to Jelly Deals for a broader look at the best Amazon Prime Day deals across many other categories – such as tech, homewares and much more.

Key art for Amazon Prime Day

When is Amazon Prime Day 2020?

We currently don’t know when Amazon Prime Day 2020 will take place. It usually happens over two days in the middle of July. However, Business Insider has seen emails sent to third party sellers, advising them to use the week of October 5 as a “placeholder date” for Prime Day promotions and coupons. This was then followed up by a statement to TechCrunch that confirmed an Amazon Prime Day delay for 2020, but that the event would still be going ahead later this year.

 

Last year, Amazon Prime Day took place on the 15th and 16th of July.

We’ll be sure to pass on any information about the Amazon Prime Day date as soon as we hear any new info. You can always give Jelly Deals a follow on Twitter where we’ll bring you the date once it’s been announced.

Amazon Prime Day gaming deals 2020: our predictions?

It’s been an unpredictable year so far so it’s hard to gauge expectations for Prime Day 2020. We do however know that despite fewer deals this year so far, demand remains high.

There’s been a massive shortage of Nintendo Switch stock over the last few months and Nintendo has barely reached the point where they can keep up with current demand, so don’t expect these to be part of a major sales event anytime soon. Something special could crop up if Prime Day is delayed to later in the year, but we’re not very hopeful right now.

Looking elsewhere, both Sony and Microsoft have seen demand for their PS4 and Xbox One consoles rise as demand for home entertainment surged. Even still, with next-gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X on the horizon, this year’s Prime Day would surely be the opportune time to shift more current-gen consoles for a bargain. Sadly, the pandemic has already caused an upsurge in demand in the past few months, leaving console stock in low supply, so we may not actually see prices back down to even last year’s Black Friday levels.

Once the event does kick-off (whenever it turns out to be) we’ll be adding all the Amazon Prime Day gaming deals right here. For now, have a browse through best offers available across various consoles, gaming goods and tech just below.

What is Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day used to live up to the name when it only ran for a single 24-hour period but it has now extended into a full-on 48-hour bonanza of deals across Amazon brand items like the Echo and Kindle, as well as a whole range of goods of just about anything. It can also be used for product launches, like the TurboGrafx-16 from last year.

Most Prime Day items go on sale throughout the entire event, but you’ll also want to look out for the barrage of Lightning Deals that go live throughout the event. These offers usually launch at especially low prices for a limited time at limited stock, so you really need to keep close attention. But that’s what this page is for as well. Or there’s the Jelly Deals Twitter where we will alert you of any upcoming offers. Do give us a follow!

Do I need to be an Amazon Prime member?

Yep! Offers made available during Amazon Prime Day are only able to be purchased exclusively by Prime members.

The good news is if you’ve not joined before, you can sign up for a free one-month Amazon Prime before, and you’ll be eligible for Prime Day deals when they’re live. All you need to do is head over to the Prime membership page on Amazon UK or Amazon US to register, and you can even cancel your membership immediately after Prime Day to avoid being charged.

If you have already used the free trial, though, an Amazon Prime membership will cost you £79/$99 for a year or £7.99/$10.99 a month. But do keep an eye out for a discount on a Prime membership during the event!

As an Amazon Prime member, you not only get access to the Prime Day sale, you’ll also get free one-day shipping, Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading and Twitch Prime (which also makes you eligible for some free games).

For students, you can sign up for a six-month free trial of Prime and get a 50% discount on membership when the trial expires.

Packages ready to be sent out for Amazon Prime Day

Will other retailers have Prime Day deals?

While Prime Day remains an event hosted by Amazon, other retailers now look to capitalise on the increased spending habits during this time by running their own competing sales.

This is more usually the case for the US, where the likes of Best Buy, Walmart and Target run their own versions of Prime Day. All of which is great news for us looking to benefit from the best deals. Even last year, we saw Walmart offer up an awesome Nintendo Switch deal for Prime Day. With the delay to Prime Day 2020 into October, though, other stores may forgo extra sales and just save themselves for Black Friday a month later. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything!

In other words, you might find even better bargains elsewhere as well as hunting down Amazon’s best offers and Lightning Deals. Of course, we’ll also be sure to keep an eye out on any good deals we spot for this page as well.

Be sure to follow Jelly Deals on Twitter or check back in when the event gets underway to be the first to know about all the best Prime Day gaming deals.

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