Steam's Winter Sale is here

Plus, Good Old Games (GOG)'s Winter Sale is already underway.

Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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Did you know PC gamers have a holiday tradition where they collectively groan (and brag) about all the cash they just blew on digital games? That's because every year, Steam holds a holiday sale with irresistable discounts -- and today's the day. It runs through Jan. 4.

There's an awful lot to sift through, but these caught my eye:

If you've still yet to try Prey -- def one of my games of the year -- it's half off right now for $20. Portal 2 is just $1.99 as well, but I'm sure you've already played it. Right?

And if you're looking for a way to wirelessly beam games from PC to TV... the Steam Link is an unbeatable $5 yet again. (Here's why I recommend it.)

Just don't expect to find a Steam Sale on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), which just left early access last night. If you'll recall, that game is doing just fine without a discount at all.

Now, you might be thinking: Wasn't there a Steam Sale just last month? You'd be right: Nov. 22 marked Steam's Autumn Sale (or as I like to refer to it: "Oh yeah, we should probably take advantage of Black Friday.")

And just like in November, you don't necessarily have to buy from Steam to get your deep-discount PC gaming fix, because Good Old Games (GOG) is holding its holiday sale right now too. Plus, GOG's games are DRM-free. You download the files, and can install them whenever you like without relying on GOG's software or servers.