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Cyber Monday 2020 PC gaming deals: the best deals still available

All the best Cyber Monday hardware deals in the UK and US.

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Though Black Friday ended on Sunday (???), there's still a chance to get some deals for Cyber Monday, and one of those is a doozy. The Logitech G502 Hero gaming mouse is still available for an all-time low price of £35 / $35 for both UK and US deals hunters. Last year, the older model of the G502 was officially voted RPS readers' favourite gaming mouse of all time, and today could well be your last chance this year to snap it up so cheap.

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Black Friday 2020 is over for another year, but Cyber Monday is here for one last PC gaming deals hurrah, giving you one last chance to bag yourself a bargain this side of Christmas. To help you navigate the sheer number of Cyber Monday PC gaming deals happening right now, we've put together this RPS-approved round-up of all the very best deals and discounts taking place in the UK and US. Whether it's a new graphics cards, monitor or SSD you're after, or just a new mouse, keyboard or headset replacement, we've got you covered for all your Cyber Monday deals needs.

Overall, most of today's Cyber Monday PC gaming deals are very similar to what we saw over Black Friday, but there are a couple of new additions across all component types that are worth having a gander at, particularly if you're in the market for a new SSD. While some of the best Black Friday deals are now dead, you'd be surprised at what's still available. So without further ado, here are the best Cyber Monday PC gaming deals that are still available.

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There's never been a better time to pick up a new SSD this Black Friday and Cyber Monday season, and you'll find all the best storage deals from today's Cyber Monday sale in our curated hub below. We've scoured the web for all the best SATA, NVMe and external SSD deals we can find taking place in the UK and US, and all of them come with the RPS seal of approval. Finally, we've got some fresh WD Blue SN550 deals for those shopping in the US, and there are also new deals on WD's Black SN750, too. You'll also find Samsung 860 Evo drives for some of their lowest ever prices. So, to help you secure the best savings on today's best SSDs for gaming, read on for our Cyber Monday SSD deals highlights below.

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Black Friday is done for another year, but today's Cyber Monday sale has brought us one last round of great gaming monitor deals. A lot of the best Black Friday discounts are now over, including the brilliant Samsung Odyssey G7 deal, but there are still plenty of gaming monitor bargains available across all display types, including G-Sync Compatible monitors, 144Hz and 240Hz screens and ultrawide monitor deals. So, to help you find the best bargains from what's left, I've rounded up all my top picks in this curated list. Whatever you're after, we've got you covered in our RPS-approved Cyber Monday gaming monitor deals round-up.

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Have you played… Star Wars: Squadrons?

I so desperately wanted Star Wars: Squadrons to be a huge success. If I could snap my fingers and change whatever I wanted about the games industry, I would give Star Wars: Squadrons the playerbase of Call Of Duty. It's an absolutely phenomenal cinematic experience, and it's also an amazingly deep competitive game that rewards tactics, skill, and keeping calm under high pressure.

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Screenshot Saturday Sundays! Your weekly, carefully hand-wrapped delivery of wonderful work-in-progress videogame artworks, slammed haphazardly through the mailbox by a careless postie. This week: Chilled-out reverts, celestial boneyards, crash-landing shenanigans and a rather informal shopkeep.

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Between hidden arcade machines and Ronald Reagan's war crimes, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War quite badly wants to evoke the 80s. But it doesn't look like the 80s, so much as it looks like a high-budget videogame made in the late 2010s. Fortunately, you can fix that with an easter egg hidden in the newest iteration of Nuketown, with old-school colour filters hidden inside this year's synth-coloured remix of Treyarch's arena fixture.

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The Brotherhood Of Steel brought a lot of metal with them when they arrived in Fallout 76. Power Armour, weapons, you name it. But in a more quietly pleasant addition to the wasteland, it looks like Bethesda also added wheelchairs with last week's update, following one fan's request to see their own real-life mobility aid represented in the post-apocalyptic sandbox.

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We finally did it, folks. 2020 is almost over. And while it felt like spring and summer were interminably long, autumn seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. But we can still enjoy the best season a little while longer with Dutch indie boyband Sokpop, who are taking us all out on a cosy trip to Pipo Park's tiny sandbox. Wrap up warm, though. It's rather nippy out.

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You remember Line Rider, right? That Flash game with the wee man on a sled who slides down whatever track you've sketched? Great little time-killer, that. Only, it seems one artist has wiled away more than a few hours on the slip 'n' slider. Having spent hundreds of hours over the past decade putting it all together, David Lu is finally ready to show us Omniverse 2 - an exhaustive showcase of high-velocity puppetry that turns the web toy into a mind-bending work of art in its own right.

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What are we all playing this weekend?

Alright, here it is, we're coming up on the most important day of the year: Cyber Monday. As far as I know or care, Cyber Monday is a day to dress in tattered leathers, gather round an open SMTP relay with your IRC kith and kin, drink mulled Jolt Cola, roast AOL CDs on an open fire, and sing Front Line Assembly anthems to celebrate freeing Kevin. Rest well this weekend, reader dear, for on Monday we HACK THE PLANET.

On Tuesday we'll start opening the RPS Advent Calendar to reveal our favourite games of the year. Do you think you have a handle on what we've liked? Join the Advent Calendar Guessing Game on the forums.

What are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Fall Guys devs opening another studio

The Fall Guys stooges at Mediatonic this week announced they've found a spot for new studio in Leamington Spa, which I suppose means they can go ahead and open one. They initially announced plans for a studio in the English spa town back in February, but they hadn't created a gaming sensation at that point so, y'know, fewer people were interested in the news. What are Mediatonic working on? While they say they have a few projects on the go, they only name one: Fall Guys, obvs.

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Destiny 2’s raid race was delightfully brutal

The best time to play a Destiny raid is as soon as it launches. Before the puzzles are solved, the bosses cheesed, the builds optimised, and the surprises spoiled, get in and discover it for yourself. Raids are extra brutal at launch because the first 24 hours are under a special 'Contest Mode' making enemies so much tougher while players race for the world's first completion. So when Destiny 2: Beyond Light opened the Deep Stone Crypt last Saturday, I dove straight in with my fireteam for puzzling and a pummelling. It was: great.

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As you may have noticed, graphics card deals are pretty few and far between this Black Friday, and there simply haven't been any RTX 3080 cards in stock to even try and buy one at their usual price. At least not on their own, anyway. If you've got deep pockets and have been thinking about upgrading your entire PC to, say, play Cyberpunk 2077 with maximum ray tracing settings, then it may be quicker, easier and cheaper to simply buy a whole new PC - and if it's an RTX 3080 you're after, Dell are currently shaving 15% off some of their pre-built Alienware Aurora desktops for Black Friday.

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The Epic Game Store’s Black Friday sale has landed

You get a sale! And you get a sale! Everybody gets a sale! Hot on the heels of Steam's autumn sale, Epic Games have launched their own Black Friday extravaganza. Now, they don't have quite so many games on offer as Steam's big blowout, but there are a few decent deals in there - including some alright discounts on new games like Watch Dogs: Legion and Star Wars: Squadrons.

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Deals deals deals! Just kidding - I interrupt your regularly scheduled Black Friday posts to bring you some delightful Apex Legends japes. Today in "what daft thing has Imogen done in a multiplayer shooter now", I had a go at replicating a glitch that throws Apex's new vehicles across the map.

Actually, "launch" is probably a better word to use than "throw", because pulling off the stunt jetts you off into the sky like Gnome Chompski strapped to a rocket.

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Black Friday is over half way done for us in the UK, and as I look back over the great sea of discounted PC components I've scavenged over the last seven days (weeks? Years?), I have to say that the best deals have definitely been reserved for those after an ultrawide gaming monitor. That's not to say there also hasn't been plenty of great, if fleeting, deals on regular 16:9 monitors this year (most notably Samsung's stupendously good Odyssey G7 and LG's G-Sync Compatible UltraGear 27GL850-B), but the biggest and best discounts have definitely fallen in the ultrawide camp, which is great, as it's never been a better time to dive into the wonderful world of ultrawide PC games. If you, too, want to join the ultrawide club, these are the best deals you'll see all week.

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It's finally the end of the week, which means it's Black Friday for real. Rather than kick off a sale earlier in the week like so many others, GOG are clearly taking the whole event much more seriously, dropping their big Black Friday deals today. I respect it. While they don't have too many new games on offer, they have got a load of old favourites like Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and the Batman: Arkham Asylum series for up to 80% off.

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What’s your favourite game of 2020?

The RPS treehouse has been filled with that most festive of activities: arguing. We've been selecting games for the RPS Advent Calendar, which means both trying to decide what games we loved most in 2020, and also trying to remember even a single game we played in 2020.

To help with both of these things, I'm asking you: what was your favourite game this year?

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Black Friday has no cultural relevance for someone who doesn't celebrate American Thanksgiving, but I'm up for good games going cheap. Itch.io is the latest digital PC games store to launch a big Black Friday sale, and it's the one that interests me most for all of Itch's indie goodies. The store mostly sells DRM-free downloads, but plenty do come with keys you can slam into Steam too. I have some recommendations.

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Mystery Steam Reviews is all PlayStation and Xbox this week

In the past couple of weeks, the internet has been full of Smart Delivery-this and DualSense-that. No one can escape the buzz surrounding the launch of the two new video game boxes.

That's why this week's Mystery Steam Reviews — a quiz segment on a weekly video podcast called The PC Gaming Weekspot — revolves around all things PlayStation and Xbox.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

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I already own three VR headsets and yet I still find myself considering a fourth. That's because of the standalone Oculus Quest 2, which ditches the heavy cables of the Vive and Index and allows you to roam in VR without fear of getting tangled. I've been keeping an eye for deals on the headset over Black Friday and the best I can find is $299 at Newegg with a $15 gift card.

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Build a breathtaking Cyberpunk 2077 ray tracing PC with these Black Friday deals

Black Friday hasn't been particularly kind on the old graphics card and CPU deals front this year, but with just two weeks to go until the launch of CD Projekt Red's Keanu Reeves RPG Cyberpunk 2077 and not a single fresh sighting of new RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 cards anywhere to be seen, the window for making any necessary PC upgrades is closing pretty fast.

But I'm here to help. While I can't magic up one of Nvidia's new RTX 30 GPUs or any of AMD's hot new Ryzen 5000 chips, I can tell you how to build a PC from today's crop of Black Friday deals that will still meet Cyberpunk 2077's 'High' PC spec (that's 1440p Ultra settings) and its minimum ray tracing requirements. And it won't cost you an absolute fortune to get it all, either, as I've picked out components that cost less than £900 / $1000. So let's jump in and see what my one-stop shopping list has to offer.

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The excellent and RPS-approved wireless gaming headset, the Steelseries Arctis 7, is always one of the most hotly sought after items during Black Friday and finally this year's deal has arrived. It's been stuck at a very stubborn £159 for the last six months or so, according to my price tracker, but now it's finally fallen to a much more agreeable £100. Both the black and white versions are on sale, too, matching their previous Black Friday prices from last year.

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The Samsung Odyssey G7 was one of the standout Prime Day deals in the UK last month, but this incredible 2560x1440, 240Hz gaming screen has returned for another round of Black Friday deals goodness. Now down to just £430 for the 27in model and £500 for its larger 32in sibling, these savings of £120 and £130 apiece aren't to be missed if you're after one of the best Cyber Monday gaming monitor deals of the year.

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A fan-made enhanced edition of Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya's seminal indie platformer Cave Story has been slapped with a DMCA takedown. Publishers Nicalis have accused Cave Story Engine 2 of using code stolen from the original game's source - code that they, as developers of Cave Story +, own. But while fears that the publisher planned to wipe all free versions of the game off the internet for good seem to have been misplaced, contention remains over whether Nicalis actually owns the rights to code used by the now-shutted fan game.

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Earlier in the week, we highlighted a great Cyber Monday gaming laptop deals here in the UK for the Lenovo Legion 5, which packed an RTX 2060 graphics chip for just £950. Now, we can do the same for our pals in the US, as Walmart have some great discounts on Lenovo's top notch gaming laptop, beating prices at both Newegg and Best Buy.

Indeed my top pick is a Core i7 and RTX 2060 model that comes with a 1TB HDD and a 256GB SSD for $1099 - a saving of $400 overall. Alternatively, you can get the same model but with a 512GB SSD for a little bit less at $999. Either way, you're getting $400 off their usual prices, and both are great ways of getting all the best bits of the excellent Legion 7i without breaking the bank.

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