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All those digital downloads take up a lot of space on your hard drive

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Digital downloads are increasingly becoming the norm in gaming, which means that storage can get dicey. The Nintendo Switch notoriously shipped with a 32 GB hard drive, with less than 29 GB of useable memory. Its big launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, took up almost half of that space. Larger open world games like yesterday’s release, Far Cry 5, can use up to 40 GB of a PC’s hard drive. As nice as it is to not worry about scratching disks and losing cartridges, most gaming setups will require at least one external memory source.

Thankfully, storage manufacturers are ready to meet that demand. High-capacity SD cards and SSDs are growing in size while lowering in price point. Seagate is releasing a special Sea of Thieves edition external Xbox game drive on April 1. Samsung is marketing their super fast, super high-capacity 1, 2 and 4 TB SSDs by bundling them with Far Cry 5. And Sandisk microSDs are almost always on sale — the 200 GB size is down to the lowest price we’ve seen it since Black Friday.

In other gaming deals news, Microsoft is running a spring sale, with discounts on gaming laptops, PCs and accessories, Xbox and PC games, and Xbox Live Gold memberships. They often include a free game from a very limited selection with an Xbox purchase. That deal is back, but that limited selection includes major new releases (Sea of Thieves and Far Cry 5,) along with older favorites (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Assassins Creed: Origins).

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Commerce Team Picks

  • Seagate is releasing their Sea of Thieves Xbox game drive on April 1. The Sea of Thieves limited edition Xbox controller sold out pretty quickly, so it might be a good idea to pre-order the game drive if you really want it. I’m not going to play Sea of Thieves because I get seasick and have a phobia of sharks, but I’m very into the etherial purple, green and gold color scheme anyway.
  • I just got a new monitor for my PC and might never leave my little gaming corner again. I’d just been using the TV as a monitor and the difference in picture quality is ridiculous. The HP monitor I picked up is on sale for $89.99 at Amazon right now (usually $99.99).

Polygon Deals is a biweekly roundup of the best deals on the internet, curated by Vox Media’s commerce team, in collaboration with Polygon’s editorial team. You can submit deals to, follow us on Twitter @PolygonDeals and find more Deals here. All prices are reflective of time of publication and are updated periodically to account for changes.

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