It’s that time of year again. Another holiday, another Steam Holiday Sale. Now’s the perfect time to get some of your most wanted games a bit cheaper.
For those who don’t know, Steam Sale discounts are sorted into categories. This year, over 6,000 titles have initial discounts before taking into account the limited time discount boosts.
Discount boosts occur in three areas, Features Deals, New Deals, and Community’s Choice. Featured Deals run the longest, with new deals added every 24 hours and the current deals available for 48 hours. New Deals are different this time, changing every 12 hours instead of every 8. Community’s Choice has also changed and appears to change every 24 hours.
This Holiday Sale has some pretty good deals for its first day. Big hitters like Dark Souls II and Civilization: Beyond Earth are on sale for $14.79 and $29.99 respectively. On the smaller side, one of my favorite Early Access games, Space Engineers, is half-off at $9.99. Think Minecraft in Space.
As always with Steam Sales, if you see a game you want on sale, wait until it hits one of the three categories above. That way, you can guarantee that you’ll get the biggest discount. The 2014 Steam Holiday Sale runs until January 2nd, 2015, so you’ll have quite a bit of time to find something you’ll like.