Get those Steam wallets filled up. The Steam Autumn sale is reportedly coming later this week, with the Winter sale following about a month later. Originally found on the Steam Developer group message posted to Reddit, and later confirmed by Eurogamer, the Autumn sale will run from November 25th to December 1st. The Winter sale will begin December 22nd and ends on January 4th. Valve is, also, changing the method with which they offer the huge sale prices.
During past Steam sales, savvy buyers would wait for days at a time. They wanted to see if a deeper discount would come up, for a game they wanted through the Daily or Flash sales, rather than just purchasing games at the first discount offered. These shorter sales would change often, sometimes three times a day. This could make buying decisions difficult since there was never any indication of which games would receive these bigger sales. With these upcoming sales, there will be one discount price offered per game for the duration of the sale.
There is both an upside and a downside to this announcement. Obviously, this makes it easier to prioritize your purchases during these sales. Gone are the days of “if Game X drops to 60% off during a Flash sale, I will pick it up, but if Game Y…” However, at the same time, this might mean that the huge sales that would pop up for just a few hours during these sales may be harder to come by. Developers most likely do not want to discount a game by 75% or more for over a week at a time.
What games will you be looking to pick up during the Autumn and Winter Steam sales? Glad to not have to obsessively refresh Steam to find new deals? Or do you think this will impact the overall quality of the best discounts? Let us know!