The holy grail of PC gaming sales starts tomorrow on December 22nd, 10 am PST. Apparently PayPal slipped up and made date public on their Holiday Deals page, but the actual date sounds right considering previous Steam holiday sales. There isn’t currently an end date, but based on previous sales, it will probably go somewhere between 3 and 6 days past the first of the year.
One change in this year’s sale will be the return of a singular sale price for a game, as was seen during the fall’s Exploration sale. Flash deals are a going to be a thing of the past, with a game’s sale price staying constant throughout the entire life of the sale. The advantage of this will be a static price, giving people the chance to budget and make arrangements to get the games they want before the sale sends. The disadvantage will be getting deals like the ones offered through previous flash sales.
There is no word yet on what sort of interactive activities Valve has planned for the Holiday sale. Obviously voting for games to featured on upcoming flash sales is off the table. Hopefully any other features, such as the quasi-moba game of last year’s Holiday sale, will be implemented in a way that doesn’t place a heavy burden on the Steam servers.