Gaming doesn't have to break the bank. Using a few handy strategies will help you save a lot on premium video games.
If games are your thing, you definitely need to know these ways to save yourself some money on the best of your hobbies. You'll be still playing great premium games without spending!
Get free games from memberships
Both Playstation Plus and Xbox Live Gold offer free games each month with the subscription service. If you've subscribed to these anyway because you want to play multiplayer games, this is an extra perk you shouldn't miss out on.
While these are rarely major games, sometimes they are indie gems or the latest multiplayer game that goes viral. It's worth adding them to your library every month so you always have something new to play.
Buy used games
This is an obvious one, as long as you have a console that plays physical discs, but it can make a huge difference. If you're buying a recently released game, you could save $10 or $20 on a newer title. For games that have been out for a while, you could save even more.
Stores like GameStop sell used games, but most of the time they're only a few dollars less than new games, especially for recently released titles. Places like eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist are all better places to check for used games. You can also try other local ways, like Facebook Marketplace.
Trade your old games for new ones
When you're done with a game, you could sell it and hope to get a good price, as we discussed above. However, as another option, you could instead trade it for another game with no cash involved.
Try game streaming subscription services
You can save a lot of money by waiting to buy games until they drop in price months later. But if you want to play the latest titles right away, a cost-effective way to do this is with game streaming subscription services.
On console, your main choices are Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now. Game Pass is superior in a lot of ways, as it gets Xbox-published titles on their day of release and is available on both Xbox consoles and PC. For $10 a month, you can enjoy dozens of top titles, for the price of just two AAA games at launch over the course of a year.