The Steam "Summer Picnic Sale" is a go

Today is June 23, and right on schedule, the Steam Summer Sale is live. 

The Summer Sale is traditionally a big one, and this year's is no exception. The entire Call of Duty franchise is on for half-price or better, Payday 2 is 75 percent off, Assassin's Creed games are marked down, and there's a bunch of VR stuff on sale too. Once again, though, there are no flash sales.

To get the best bang for your buck, check each game you're considering purchasing to see how long its sale price will last. Remember that since there are no flash sales, the game won't be available any cheaper later in the sale. Don't forget to use your wishlist to get notifications when games go on sale.

For smart shopping, we also recommend the Enhanced Steam browser extension, which will highlight games in the shop that you already own and help calculate the savings you'll get on bundles, etc.

The Steam Summer Picnic Sale runs until 10 am PT on July 4. Are you ready?


Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.