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Steam Sale start dates were once a closely-guarded secret at Valve that always seemed lớn slip out before the sales actually happened. Now, Valve sầu is sharing some of its Steam Sale calendar in advance. With that knowledge in h&, let"s look at the dates for the upcoming sales that have been announced so far & the next major discount event on the calendar.

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Steam sales happen fairly consistently across the year, making them fairly easy to predict even if we don"t know the dates just yet. Even amidst Covid-19 delays in 2020, Valve"s sales were full steam ahead. The same was true throughout 2021, & we can"t see it changing in 2022.

The seasonal sales offer the broadest & deepest price cuts, và they tover to occur during Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter.

When is the next Steam sale?

The next major Steam Sale will be the Steam Summer Sale from June 23 - July 7, 2022. Valve sầu has also announced a ton of themed sales happening in 2022 between now và then. 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: Die-a-lot (for Roguelikes/lites and Soulslikes)May 23 - May 30, 2022: Racing gamesJuly 12 - July 25, 2022: Survival games

When is the next Steam Next Fest?

The date for the next Steam Next Fest hasn"t been announced yet.They pop up multiple times a year, & the most recent one ran from February 21, 2022 to February 28, 2022. In 2021, we saw one in June, & another in October, so they may show up again in 2022 around those same dates.

Steam Festivals (now called Next Fest) aren"t sales, exactly, but they"re another way to play games for cheap. Since 20đôi mươi, Steam has been running regular festival weeks where hundreds of upcoming games offer không tính tiền demos for you lớn play. It can be a daunting danh sách khổng lồ sort through, lượt thích sales are, but it"s a great way to lớn try something you"ve sầu had your eye on.

When vị Steam sales usually happen?

Steam"s biggest sales (usually) occur at regular times of the year. Steam sales tover 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 sầu landed on Wednesdays in the last few years.

Here"s a các mục of last year"s sales dates khổng lồ give sầu you an idea of when this year"s Steam sales will happen—even those we don"t know dates for yet.

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 Black 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 and Winter sales are the big ones. They tkết thúc to lớn last two weeks (ish). Other sales like the Lunar New Year sale & Blaông chồng Friday sale last about one week.

Which is the best Steam Sale?

We tend to lớn see the biggest discounts in the Summer & Winter sales, and the Summer sales tover to be the best. Autumn và Winter sales tkết thúc to be a bit too cđại bại to lớn the Fall release season khổng lồ allow for significant discounts on new releases. By the following summer you can get great discounts on relatively new games.(Here"s how long it usually takes for games to lớn get cheap on Steam.)

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

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Steam sale tips

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Use your wishlist

Whenever you see a game you might want, add it to your wishmenu. You will receive sầu notifications when wishlisted games are on sale & having a list makes it easier lớn resist buying unlisted games for the sake of it on impulse. If a game is not on your danh mục, vị you really want it?

Looking for a way khổng lồ 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 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

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

Snap up expansions và DLC

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

Stochồng up on indie treats

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

You can always wait for another sale

If you"re not going khổng lồ play a game 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 to be stable until the end of the sale so you can wait a few days to make a decision. Maybe that"ll give sầu you time lớn tăng cấp lớn one of the best gaming PCs, or piông xã out a new graphics card if you need to nâng cấp.

Check on weekends for publisher or themed sales

It"s not uncommon for a publisher to lớn showcase all of its products on sale during a weekover, an sự kiện which is usually marked by a homepage takeover of sorts. Look out for these if you"re after a blockbuster game at a better price.

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

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

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