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This is how you can game on a budget

By William Davis


Jul 18, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

With inflation on the rise, it can be hard to maintain a gaming budget that won’t break the bank. But there are plenty of ways one can protect their wallet and still enjoy all of their favorite games.

Here are some tips for beating inflation to ensure you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to gaming.

How much does video gaming cost?

The cost of video gaming can vary greatly depending on the type of gaming you are looking to do. If you’re looking to play free multiplayer games like League of Legends or Warzone 2.0, you won’t need as much as if you’re interested in purchasing every new AAA title upon release.

If you enjoy online gameplay on consoles, then subscription services like Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus are an extra cost you’ll need to factor in, although they can be good value as they sometimes give you access to exclusive discounts. These subscriptions can range from $5-$15 per month, depending on the service.

Where to find cheap Xbox game passes

Xbox Game Passes can be found at various retailers, both online and in-store, and sometimes even through third parties. Players may also be able to find special deals or discounts on Xbox Game Passes through promotional offers from Microsoft or other gaming companies, but if they wish to buy cheap Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, best is to shop around and snap up offers when an opportunity arises. 

An even better deal is signing up for an Xbox Live Gold membership which gives access to exclusive discounts on games and other content.

How to buy games and consoles second-hand

When it comes to buying games and consoles second-hand, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Ensure the console is in good condition and all the necessary components are included.
  • Check for any signs of wear and tear, such as scratches or dents on the console.
  • Make sure that all the cables and controllers are present and in working order.
  • If possible, test out the console before making a purchase.

For games, consider the following:

  • Check if the game you’re interested in is compatible with the console you have or plan to buy. This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people rush to buy a game on eBay because it seems like too good a price to miss, only to discover later that it’s for the wrong console.
  • Read the descriptions to see if there are any defects with the game, such as scratches on the disc that may affect gameplay.
  • Always be aware of potential scams when buying second-hand items online – if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Invest in digital downloads

Buying physical copies of games is usually more expensive than downloading them digitally, so if you’re looking to cut costs, try buying digital versions instead. Plus, with digital downloads, you’ll never have to worry about losing or damaging discs.

One of the main benefits of buying games as digital downloads, of course, is convenience – you don’t have to leave your house to buy a game, or even get dressed.


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