Here are the best Steam Summer Sale deals going on now for PC, Steam Deck, ROG Ally, and gaming handhelds

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Steam Sales happen multiple times each year. (Image credit: Windows Central)

The only thing the Windows Central gaming team loves more than playing video games is getting them at a discount and one of the best times to do that is during Valve's Steam Sale. There are four major Steam Sales each year and each offers hundreds of the best PC game discounts across every genre. However, there are also genre-focused sales at other points throughout the year that might be worth your time if you like a specific type of game.

Looking through the myriad of Steam Sale deals can be somewhat daunting. No worries. The Windows Central gaming team is here to help, whether you're looking for the best PC game recommendations or want to know which Steam Sale deals will give you a game that plays well on Steam Deck. Of course, a game doesn't have to be Steam Deck verified for it to run on Asus ROG Ally and Legion Go, if you have those gaming handhelds.

Steam Gift Card | Starting at $20 at Best Buy

Steam Gift Card | Starting at $20 at Best Buy

A Steam Gift Card allows the recipient to purchase games from a massive storefront library. Games can be redeemed on PC, Mac, or Linux. There are different amounts available such as $20, $30, and $50 gift cards.

Best Steam Sale deals

Currently, the big Steam Summer Sale is running from Jun. 27, 2024 through Jul. 11, 2024 at 10am PT. We're gathering up the very best PC game deals and Steam Deck deals going on now. Check them out!

Steam Deck | Starting at $296.65 at Steam

Steam Deck | Starting at $296.65 at Steam

It's been over a year since Valve launched the Steam Deck handheld and in that time it's grown to be many Steam users' go-to gaming system. We love this handheld as you can see from our Steam Deck review. Right now it's on sale with the best deal ever as part of the Steam Summer Sale. 

✅Great for: People who want to play their PC games in bed, on the couch, or on trips. 

❌ Avoid if: You prefer to play on a gaming laptop or computer. 

💰Price check: 64GB - $420.00 at Amazon | 256GB - $462.92 at Amazon | 512GB - $494.93 at Amazon

🔎Our Expertise: Steam Deck review

Steam Deck OLED | Starting at $549 at Steam

Steam Deck OLED | Starting at $549 at Steam

Valve's latest iteration of the Steam Deck features a gorgeous OLED display that makes imagery come through more vibrantly and crisply than the base Steam Deck. You can get the 512GB version for $549 or the 1TB version for $649 during the current discount period. 

✅Great for: Gamers who want a better screen for their Valve gaming handheld. 

❌ Avoid if: You'd rather save money with the LCD version. 

💰Price check: 512GB - $680.00 at Amazon | 1TB - $768.99 at Amazon

Steam Deck Dock| $89.99 now $79.00 at Steam

Steam Deck Dock| was $89.99 now $79.00 at Steam

Play your Steam Deck on a monitor or TV with this official Steam Deck Dock. It features an HDMI 2.0 port, a DisplayPort 1.4, a Gigabit Ethernet port, three USB-A 3.1 ports, and the USB-C cable for plugging into your gaming handheld. 

✅Great for: Anyone who wants to play their Steam Deck while it's docked to a TV or monitor.

❌ Avoid if: You really just prefer to play in handheld mode.

💰Price check: Not available elsewhere

Baldur's Gate 3 | $59.99now $47.99 at Steam (20% off)

Baldur's Gate 3 | was $59.99 now $47.99 at Steam (20% off)

This has become my absolute favorite PC game thanks to its complex combat system, NPC interactions, and sandbox problem-solving. I'm not alone in thinking this as it even won Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2023. So, it's great to see it's at a small discount this Steam Summer Sale.

Explore the world of Dungeons and Dragons while playing as a character that you create. Mind Flayers have infected you with a worm in an attempt to turn you into one of them, but you've gained special powers instead. It's up to you and your party of similarly infected friends to determine whether to use the worm or try to remove it while traveling around a rich fantasy world. And yes, it is Verified for Steam Deck

✅Great for: People who like having creativity and freedom to play games the way they like.

❌ Avoid if: You don't like lengthy turn-based RPGs.

💰Price check: $59.99 at GOG 

🔎Our Expertise: Baldur's Gate 3 review

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut | $39.99 now $3.99 at Steam (90% off)

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut | was $39.99 now $3.99 at Steam (90% off)

Being a detective isn't easy, but the ability to make just about any choice you want helps make the adventure fun. Anything is on the table in this gritty story where you have the freedom to do as you please. It's also Steam Deck Verified

✅Great for: People who like being able to influence a rich storyline. 

❌ Avoid if: You don't like games with heavy dialogue.

💰Price check: $5.89 at CDKeys | $9.99 at GOG | $9.99 at Humble Bundle | $39.99 at GMG


Stardew Valley | was $14.99 now $8.99 at Steam (40% off)

In this extremely popular cozy life sim, you inherit your grandfather's farm and spend time tidying it up and expanding upon it. There are plenty of villagers nearby to talk to and you can even date them and start a family. You can play on handhelds since it is Steam Deck Verified

✅Great for: People who want a calming game that they can return to over and over again.

❌ Avoid if: You prefer more action-focused games.

💰Price check: $11.99 at GOG | $14.99 at Humble Bundle

🔎Our Expertise: Stardew Valley review


Kingdom Hearts -HD 1.5+ 2.5 Remix- | was $49.99 now $34.49 at Steam (31% off)

Relive the excitement of the first six Kingdom Hearts games, each starring a smattering of Final Fantasy characters and Disney characters. The first and second games in the mainline series even have additional story from the original releases. It's Steam Deck Verified, too.

✅Great for: People who have always wanted to dive into Disney worlds and love action games.

❌ Avoid if: You don't like confusing and complex plots.

💰Price check: $34.49 at Humble Bundle


Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition | was $44.79 now $2.99 at Steam (90% off)

This is a decision-heavy RPG set in a fantasy world. The choices you make effect the course of the game. With Dragon Age: The Veilguard releasing soon, now is a great time to check out the first game in the series if you haven't already. The Ultimate Edition comes with all nine DLC packs. Just note that it is unsupported on Steam Deck. 

✅Great for: People who like fantasy games that allow you to make hefty decisions. 

❌ Avoid if: You'd rather play a more recently released RPG. 

💰Price check: $3.19 at GOG


Street Fighter 6 | was $59.99 now $29.99 at Steam (50% off)

The latest installment in Capcom's popular fighting series introduces a brand new challenger while allowing you to still play as the classic characters like Chun-Li, Ryu, and many more. There are 18 fighters total. This game is Steam Deck Verified.

✅Great for: Anyone who loves going head-to-head with other players. 

❌ Avoid if: Fighting games aren't of interest to you. 

💰Price check: $29.99 at Humble Bundle | $35.79 at CDKeys

🔎Our Expertise
: Street Fighter 6 review 

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition | $44.99 now $13.49 at Steam (70% off)

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition | was $44.99 now $13.49 at Steam (70% off)

Beaten Baldur's Gate 3 and not sure how to fill the void this masterpiece left behind? Why not try Larian Studios' extremely popular tactical RPG that the studio released before BG3? It's currently at a fantastic price and in many ways plays similarly to this year's hit game. This game is Steam Deck Verified.

✅Great for: Baldur's Gate 3 fans who are looking for something similar to play

❌ Avoid if: You're not a fan of turn-based games.

💰Price check: $13.49 at GOG | $49.99 at Humble Bundle

🔎Our Expertise: Divinity: Original Sin 2 review


Hades | was $59.99 now $9.99 at Steam (50% off)

This action rogue lite has you playing as Zagreus, son of Hades as he attempts to fight his way out of the underworld. His father is hell-bent on preventing this, but Zagreus has the assistance of the Olympians. The awesome thing about Hades is that it knows you're going to die several times and it takes that opportunity to provide you with new information and story details just about each time. It's also Steam Deck Verified.

Great for: People who like a challenge.

Avoid if: You really don't like roguelike games.

💰Price check: $24.99 at Epic Games

🔎Our Expertise: Hades review

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | $39.99now $3.99 at Steam (90% off)

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order | was $39.99 now $3.99 at Steam (90% off)

Following the Jedi-purge, a young force-wielder must hide from the Empire who seeks to destroy him. Solve puzzles using the Force, face off against powerful enemies, and travel around the galaxy while growing ever stronger. With the sequel coming out soon, it's a great idea to play through the first game. It is marked as Steam Deck Playable.

✅Great for: People who've been hoping for a more soulslike Star Wars game. 

❌ Avoid if: You don't like challenging combat in games. 

💰Price check: $39.99 at Epic Games

🔎Our Expertise: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review

Cult of the Lamb | $24.99 now $14.99 at Steam (40% off)

Cult of the Lamb | was $24.99 now $14.99 at Steam (40% off)

This roguelite, life sim might look like a cute little animal adventure, but it actually provides a mischievously macabre experience. After being sacrificed to the four gods, a lamb finds itself resurrected and in debt to a god. Now it must raise a cult and sacrifice its members to satiate the deity. It's hilarious, cute, and absolutely diabolical. It's Steam Deck Verified too!

✅Great for: People who like the idea of a more sinister Animal Crossing game with roguelite elements. 

❌ Avoid if: You don't like roguelikes or life sim games.

💰Price check: $14.99 at GOG | $14.99 at Humble Bundle
👀 Alternative deal:
Cultist Edition $17.98 at GOG

🔎Our Expertise: Cult of the Lamb review

Control Ultimate Edition | was $39.99 now $9.99 at Steam (75% off)

Control Ultimate Edition | was $39.99 now $9.99 at Steam (75% off)

Jesse Faden makes her way into a strange building in search of her brother, but what she finds inside defies all logic. She'll need to use her newly awakened telekinetic powers mixed with firearms to defeat powerful enemies before learning what happened to her sibling. This game is Steam Deck Verified.

Great for: Fans of Alan Wake and Quantum Break or people who like creepy action adventures. 

Avoid if: You're made uneasy by games that deal with the supernatural. 

💰Price check: $9.99 at GOG  | $29.99 at Humble Bundle

🔎Our Expertise: Control review

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga | was $49.99 now $12.49 at Steam (75% off)

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga | was $49.99 now $12.49 at Steam (75% off)

Revisit the nine mainline Star Wars films in hilarious fashion while playing as LEGO variants. Gameplay is fun while the storylines are familiar but broken up with silly moments. I personally did our LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review and found it to be a hilarious tale from start to end. You can play solo or with a friend. It's also Steam Deck Verified.

Great for: Star Wars fans who love experiencing familiar stories retold in silly ways with a friend in co-op.

❌ Avoid if: You'd rather spend your money on a more serious Star Wars game. 

💰Price check: $49.99 at Humble Bundle | $49.99 at Epic Games|
👀 Alternative deals:
Deluxe Edition $14.99 at Humble Bundle | Galactic Edition $17.49 at Humble Bundle

🔎Our Expertise: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review

Cyberpunk 2077 | was $59.99 now $29.99 at Steam (50% off)

Cyberpunk 2077 | was $59.99 now $29.99 at Steam (50% off)

In the futuristic, Los Angeles-inspired Night City people replace body parts with tech to increase their abilities. This open-world adventure has you play as V, an Edgerunner who gets implanted with a strange personality that attempts to overwrite their own. They must do everything they can to save themselves. We love this game as seen from Jez Corden's Cyberpunk 2077 review. It had a very rocky launch but has since been fixed with updates. It's also Steam Deck Verified

If you've already played this game, you can get more out of it with the recently released Cyberpunk 2077: The Phantom Liberty DLC. 

✅Great for: People who enjoy gritty sci-fi games and first-person combat.

❌ Avoid if: You prefer happier and upbeat games. 

💰Price check: $29.99 at GOG | $29.99 at Humble Bundle 

👀 Alternative deal: Ultimate Edition $35.79 at CDKeys ($51.04 at Steam)

🔎Our Expertise: Cyberpunk 2077 review

Red Dead Redemption 2 |$59.99 now $19.79 at Steam (67% off)

Red Dead Redemption 2 | was $59.99 now $19.79 at Steam (67% off)

Take a detailed look at the American west in this highly-acclaimed adventure that brought home over 175 Game of the Year awards. You play as Arthur Morgan as he flees federal agents with the outlaw gang he's a part of. As we say in our Red Dead Redemption 2 review, it's action-packed and beautiful to look at, and the story will get you feeling all the feels. It is marked as Steam Deck Playable.

✅Great for: You're interested in the wild west and all of the action it entails. 

Avoid if: You're not into action-adventures.

💰Price check: $20.49 at CDKeys | $23.99 at Humble Bundle

👀 Alternative deal: Ultimate Edition $24.29 at CDKeys ($34.99 at Steam)

🔎Our Expertise: Red Dead Redemption 2 review

When is the next Steam Sale 2024?

Sales events marked with a star symbol () are one of the four major Steam Sales that occur throughout the year. These tend to have the best video game discounts across various genres.

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Sale eventDate
★ Winter Sale 2023Dec 21 - Jan 4, 2023
Capitalism and Economy Fest 2024Jan. 8 - Jan 15, 2024
Pirates vs Ninjas Fest 2024Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2024
Remote Play Together Fest 2024Feb 12 - Feb 19, 2024
Dinos vs Robots Fest 2024Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2024
★ Steam Spring Sale 2024Mar 14 - Mar 21, 2024
Deckbuilders Fest 2024Mar 25 - Apr 1, 2024
FPS Fest 2024Apr 15 - Apr 22, 2024
Farming Fest 2024Apr 29 - May 6, 2024
Endless Replayability Fest 2024May 13 - May 20, 2024
Open World Survival Crafting Fest 2024May 27 - Jun 3, 2024
★ Steam Summer Sale 2024Jun 27 - Jul 11, 2024

How to give Steam games as gifts

During the checkout process, select "Purchase as gift" and you can easily purchase a game for a loved one. The nice thing with Steam is that you can also determine when the intended recipient receives it in their Steam Library, such as on Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. so they get it on the morning of the holiday. This is also a great way to give Steam games as birthday gifts.  

Tips to help save money and get the best deals during Steam Sales

Steam Wishlist with game discounts. (Image credit: Windows Central)
  • Make use of that Wishlist: If a game on your wishlist goes on sale then you'll get an email from Steam notifying you of the fact. So mark all of the games you're interested in and then nab them when the price is right. 
  • Check Flash Sales first and Daily Deals second: Flash Sales tend to have the most deeply discounted deals, but they only last for 12 hours. Meanwhile, Daily Deals refresh each day at 1 p.m. ET during a sales event. Daily Deals usually aren't nearly as cheap, but they still tend to offer some really good buys. 
  • Compare prices with other sellers: Many outlets that sell video games will be acutely aware that the Steam Sale is going on and will have their own deals to get in on the action. Check around with other storefronts to see if any of them have the same game you want to purchase at a lower price point before buying from Steam. Additionally, you might want to use a deal tracker like IsThereAnyDeal to keep tabs on the game's you're interested in. You can connect it to Steam and get custom price alerts on specific games.
  • Check out reviews before purchasing: Steam makes it very easy to view a game's overall review rating as well as its most recent review rating. Sometimes an update can make a game that initially launched well act glitchy. Alternatively, sometimes a game can explode on another platform but then get a lacking PC port afterward. So you want to make sure that the game you're wanting to purchase plays well on PC or still works well on PC at the time of purchase. 
  • Make sure your device can handle the game you want to buy: The most recent PC games can be very demanding so you need to make sure that your gaming laptop, gaming PC, or gaming handheld is powerful enough to run the game smoothly. Otherwise, it might be time to upgrade your rig. You can check the system requirements for each game on its dedicated Steam page.
  • Consider buying bundles: Sometimes multiple games will come bundled together or a game can come bundled with its DLC at a discount. If you think you'll be willing to sink a ton of time into a particular title or bundle, then getting the extra content or other games at a lower price will be worth your time. 
    • Note: Steam bundles are smart. They recognize if you already own something within a bundle and won't charge you for that game or content. For instance, if I already owned Assassin's Creed Valhalla when purchasing an Assassin's Creed bundle that included it and two other AC games then Steam would remove the cost of Valhalla from the deal. 

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You can find some of the very best PC games on sale during Valve's Steam Sales. Oftentimes. games that have blown up in the past or the ones that didn't sell well can be found going for super cheap during these magical events (funny how that happens, huh?). You can catch up on the latest hits or dive into the best hidden gems while going nice and easy on your wallet.

Of course, many of the best PC games on Steam also work with Steam Deck. So if you already own this handheld, you might be able to get an awesome new game to play on the couch as well as at your desktop or laptop. 

Rebecca Spear
Editor and Reviewer

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's editors and reviewers with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of articles with everything from editorials, reviews, previews, features, previews, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).