Amazon Prime Day 2021: date announced and early deals revealed

Everything you need to know about Amazon Prime Day 2021.

The Amazon Prime Day deals for 2021 are almost here. The mega-retailer has just confirmed the exact dates when this year's sales extravaganza will take place, with a return to its usual spot in the middle of the year as opposed to last year's later event in October. We've found Prime Day to be a great time to snag a terrific gaming deal in the past, so let's hope for something similar in 2021.

But what is the Amazon Prime Day 2021 date exactly, what Prime Day deals are available now and what other deals can we expect? Well, that's what we're going to do our best to answer for you right here! We'll be keeping an especially close eye on any Prime Day Nintendo Switch and Prime Day PS5 deals - should any be made available.

When the sale gets underway proper, we'll be back to bring you all the best Amazon Prime Day gaming deals and other top tech offers below. Plus, we'll share any sales rival retailers run over those two days as they try to get in on the increased spending.

Amazon Prime Day artwork with a cardboard box bursting open

When is Amazon Prime Day 2021?

Amazon Prime Day 2021 will take place from 21st-22nd June.

Amazon confirmed the news, marking a return to the usual period when the Prime Day sales take place.

In 2020, Amazon Prime Day was pushed back to October due to the coronavirus pandemic. That put it extremely close to Black Friday, but now there's a more sensible gap between two of the biggest online retail events of the year.

Amazon Prime Day deals available now

Currently, there aren't any Amazon Prime Day deals live. However, as a warm-up for the event, Prime members can take advantage of a few offers across a range of Amazon services. The most relevant for us is the free copy of Battlefield 4 you can claim through Prime Gaming.

Here are the other early Prime Day offers, should they be of interest:

Amazon Prime Day 2021 - the deals to expect

Artwork for Amazon Prime Day with a cardboard box on a skateboard

As there are still considerable issues with PS5 stock and Xbox Series X stock, we're not holding out much hope for any offers on those console this year. In fairness, it would be a bit early for any massive price cuts anyway. You'd think they would be saved for Black Friday - if anything.

If there's going to be any Amazon Prime Day deals on the new consoles this year then the Xbox Series S is probably your best bet. Stock has been much easier to track down and it's perfectly positioned to take advantage of Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass strategy. That said, it's already a much cheaper option compared to the Xbox Series X. Perhaps we'll see it bundled with a Game Pass membership at a small discount?

Then there's the Nintendo Switch. The house of Mario has been favouring Nintendo Switch Lite offers during recent sales events and that's where we'd expect the bigger reductions to be this Prime Day. There's been a lack of big Nintendo Switch deals over the last few months as the console has suffered stock shortages, so that could limit the offers we see for Prime Day 2021

So, those expecting a deal on the standard Nintendo Switch might be disappointed. Unfortunately, it's selling so well without any reductions that there's really no reason for Nintendo to run any. Combined with the supply issues they'll be wanting to get the most out of every sale. Now that could change, though, if the rumoured more powerful Nintendo Switch Pro is announced in the coming weeks. Watch this space.

Moving away from games consoles, Amazon Prime Day will of course be an ideal opportunity for all sorts of other tech and gaming offers. Whether you're looking for a PS5 SSD, some top noise-cancelling headphones or new gaming peripherals in the form of a gaming headset or gaming keyboard then you can almost guarantee a few tempting bargains.

Once the sale gets underway we'll bring you all the best Amazon Prime Day deals right here. You can usually find a few early offers in the run-up to the start of the event. We'll be sure to share any of those that might be of interest here too!

Last year's best Amazon Prime Day deals

A Nintendo Switch box with Ring Fit Adventure game and accessory

It was a bit of a mixed bag last year for any Amazon Prime Day gaming deals. There were very few console bundles on offer, the majority of which didn't really see significant reductions. Instead, it was games, accessories and PC tech where the best savings were found.

As the event ran just a couple of months before PS5 and Xbox Series X/S launch there was some expectation that it could be used to sell last-gen console stock, but that didn't exactly materialise. It seems Microsoft had already shifted the majority of its remaining Xbox One X consoles earlier on Amazon in a refurbished deal that dropped the price to £200. There was an Xbox One S bundle but that wasn't very competitive when compared to the price of the Xbox One S. Meanwhile, PS4 bundles were completely absent outside of some lacklustre Dualshock 4 and PS Hits pairings.

Of course, the Nintendo Switch played its part in the sale and was another sought-after item over Prime Day. The highlight was a featured flash deal of a Nintendo Switch with Ring Fit Adventure for £314.99. After that sold out in two hours, you could also get a Switch with Animal Crossing New Horizons for £289.99 or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for £299.

In the US, things were a lot quieter, as it was mostly game deals that were available. The likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Fire Emblems Three Houses dropped to $40.

Is there an Amazon Prime free trial?

Various cardboard boxes wrapped in Amazon Prime Day tape

Yes! If you haven't been a member before then you can sign up for an Amazon Prime free trial. This will give you 30 days of access to all membership benefits, including free next-day delivery, video streaming through Amazon Prime Video, freebies through Prime Gaming and a host of other services. Of course, most important for us here is the ability to take advantage of all the Amazon Prime Day deals!

You can sign up right here at Amazon UK or Amazon US. Just remember to cancel it before the 30 days pass to avoid being charged for membership. Or, you can keep it rolling, perhaps at a reduced cost if Amazon decides to discount the price of a year-long membership for Prime Day - something it has done in the past.

And that about covers everything there is to know about Amazon Prime Day 2021 so far. Before you head off, do follow Jelly Deals on Twitter for the latest updates on all sorts of bargains from across the web and keep your eyes on Jelly Deals for the full array of Prime Day deals when the sale gets underway.

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