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Gaming ruled this week’s best deals

Recent deals have been fantastic if you’re a gamer, not so much for everyone else

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This was another week of gaming dominating our deals coverage. That’s mostly because my colleague Taylor Lyles has been diligently keeping readers in the know about every (fleeting, sadly) restocking of the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S consoles. Outside of consoles, there are some good game deals happening, in addition to tech that might be able to make gaming more enjoyable.

Save on this speedy 1TB external SSD from Crucial

Whether you need a fast external drive for plugging into a PS5, Xbox Series X, or PC, this Crucial model is a good deal at $125. Its low-profile design means it can fit easily in most entertainment centers or desk arrangements, and it ships with a USB Type-A adapter in case your device doesn’t have a USB-C port.

Crucial X8 1TB SSD

  • $125
  • $150
  • 17% off

Crucial’s high-end portable USB-C SSD boasts sequential read speeds of up to 1,050MB/s. You’ll get the fastest transfer speeds via USB-C, but there’s a USB Type-A adapter included to connect to legacy devices.

THPS 1+2 is $25, a bargain if you plan to upgrade to the PS5 version

Best Buy is selling the PS4 version of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 collection for $25. That’s a good deal for the game, and even better for PS5 owners hoping to get the graphical update later in March. That update will cost $10 when it launches, totaling $35 altogether.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2

  • $33
  • $40
  • 18% off

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 updates the core elements of the original Tony Hawk games into an experience fit for modern consoles. The collection is a faithful remake of the original two games, and everything from the levels to the collectibles has been translated with remarkable accuracy.

The gameplay experience is largely unchanged, but what additions have been made are certainly welcome. Some extra objectives have been added to THPS 1 levels to be more on par with what THPS 2 offers, and there are larger meta-objectives to accomplish if you want to unlock different cosmetic options. This collection is easily the best way to experience — or re-experience — these staples of gaming history. Read our review.

Oculus offers refurbished Quest headsets for $200 off

If you want to dip into VR with a good headset but don’t want to shell out $300 for the Quest 2, check out this deal straight from Oculus. It’s selling refurbished original Quest headsets for $200. These come in brand-new condition and have a full one-year warranty attached. They can run all games made for Quest, including PC VR games if you purchase the Virtual Desktop app for Quest.