Amazon Prime Day is technically two days this year (July 15 and 16), but much like with Black Friday in November, some deals have started to trickle in early. The week before Prime Day is a good time to scope out what Amazon will be focusing on this year, and snag some discounts before the madness hits on Monday.
Last year, the gaming offerings were pretty lackluster — Prime Day is about quantity over quality, after all — but in 2019, the early deals are promising. Most of them focus on Amazon’s own products and services, including Fire TV streaming devices and hardware from the AmazonBasics line. Below, we highlight the best early Prime Day deals in gaming and entertainment.
Fire TV deals
While the early promotion on a Toshiba display with built-in Fire TV is over, Amazon has rolled out a few more deals its streaming devices in the lead-up to Prime Day.
The Fire TV Recast, Amazon’s version of a DVR box, is $100 off for Prime members. Our colleagues at The Verge reviewed the device when it was released last year and said, “It’s fine at what it does right now, and with some evolution through future updates, it could end up being very good.” It’s hard to recommend spending more than $200 on the device, but at $129.99 it’s a perfectly good solution for recording live TV.
Amazon is running a deal on its more traditional streaming device, the Fire TV Stick, as well. The company will throw in two months of HBO (via Prime Video Channels) with the $39.99 purchase.
Amazon Prime Video deals
While there will be plenty of Prime Day deals on physical goods, Amazon also has a pretty sizable digital services arm. It’s already started rolling out deals on digital movies through Amazon Prime Video, including rentals of MCU titles for $1.99 each (usually $3.99). Until Disney Plus launches, there are very few Marvel movies available to stream through subscription services, and this is the cheapest rental right now.
A bunch of accessories from Amazon’s line of inexpensive basics are up to 20% off for Prime members in advance of Prime Day. That includes gaming essentials like a Switch Joy-Con charging dock, wired headset, and keyboard. They’re obviously not the most high-end pieces of hardware, but they’re cheap and will get the job done.
Twitch Prime deals
Amazon Prime members with a Twitch account also have access to Twitch Prime, which provides a whole bunch of perks including in-game loot and free channel subscriptions. For Prime Day, Twitch is hosting two esports tournaments as well as an infomercial-style shopping stream. It’s also doubling down on in-game loot, starting with a new Rockstar Games partnership. Both Red Dead Online and Grand Theft Auto Online are currently offering Twitch Prime exclusives.