The 2018 Steam Winter Sale is here with steep savings and free daily gifts

You can never leave the Extremely Cozy Cottage

Credit: IDG / Hayden Dingman

To quote one Burl Ives: “A neighbor tipped his hat to me this morning. The landlord even smiled and said good day. And I want you to know that a stranger said hello...the Steam Sale can’t be far away.” One of my favorite songs about the holidays, let me tell you.

And sure enough, the 2018 Steam Winter Sale is here. It launched this morning, with the full title of “The Steam Winter Sale, Featuring the Extremely Cozy Cottage of Surprises.” Said cottage also features prominently on the homepage, a warm and welcoming glow in the frigid winter landscape.

The Extremely Cozy Cottage appears to be Valve’s way of injecting some life back into the Steam Sale, or trying to at least. See, back in the day Valve’s sales were more of an event. Every day you’d see new deals, with games on the front page discounted to unprecedented prices. There were also Flash Sales, which refreshed every eight hours and could also feature steep discounts.

Then Steam added refunds, and killed the Daily/Flash deals to prevent people from buying a game, seeing a better price the next day, and refunding it en masse. It made sense, but the Steam Sales have never really been quite as “fun” since, as if you need more reason to save money on video games.

Anyway, the Extremely Cozy Cottage is supposedly a reason to check in on 2018’s Steam Winter Sale every day. It’s basically a digital advent calendar, prompting you to click a door each day and receive “up to three free digital items.” As I write this the Cozy Cottage is completely broken, dumping me to an error screen each time, but a press release says gifts include “Steam Community emoticons, wallpapers, and/or in-game items from community favorite Steam games—as well as some consumable digital items of questionable utility from Valve.” Whatever that means. There’s also a note saying to check in on December 24 for more.

Okay, it’s not the most exciting gimmick Valve’s come up with—but hey, cheap games. That’s why you’re here, right? And there are a lot, as always. Yakuza 0 is discounted to $13.39, which is an absolute steal. XCOM 2 is 75 percent off ($15) which is likewise an incredible deal. The Talos Principle is $6, and still one of the best puzzle games ever made. Those are just a few of today’s front-page deals. With 15 thousand games on sale, there’s a lot to browse.

You might as well vote for the Steam Awards while you’re at it, too.

Like it or not, the Steam Winter Sale is still one of the biggest events of the year for PC gaming. It’s a chance for newcomers to fill out their Steam libraries on the cheap, and a chance for us longtime users to pick up a few games we might otherwise never try out—and then let those games rot in our backlog, usually. Ah well, there’s never enough time in the day.

The Steam Winter Sale runs from now through January 3.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Hayden Dingman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?