Play at Best Buy contest The past year was great for video game lovers. Let me begin with where we left off last June. If you remember E3 was cancelled and Best Buy introduced “Play at Best Buy” to keep the momentum going with great gaming announcements and deals. Our usual June contest was late (we ran it in July last year) but it still gave everyone a chance to win a new console and some great games. The rest of the year brought some fantastic new consoles and games.

Play at Best Buy is back and on the blog we’ll be posting articles about events during E3 2021! Included will be great announcements, great gaming deals, and … this contest. Read on to learn about the amazing prizes we are giving away, then enter for a chance to win!

A year of great new gaming tech

Many of us were hunkered down in our homes playing games with new technology this past year. With the introduction of new consoles from PlayStation and Xbox and new VR tech from Oculus, the year certainly delivered! I remember the excitement in our gaming community last September when these announcements were made. That was a crazy month: PS5, Xbox Series X and S, and Oculus Quest 2 were all announced within a couple weeks of each other.

Of course, they weren’t available for purchase until later that fall, and we were quick to get reviews posted for each new device so you could learn more about them. Here are links to those reviews.


Pokemon Snap
Nintendo did not give us a new console this year, though they did release many new games including the New Pokémon Snap! for the Nintendo Switch. We have reviewed almost all of the games and will be anxiously awaiting new games or console announcements from Nintendo over the following month (who knows what surprises they will bring!).



Taking gaming to another level with amazing new home theatre and router technology

Sony Bravia XR

Adding to this is the outstanding new televisions that came out this year to turn your gaming into a more immersive and entertaining experience. The Cognitive Processor XR in the newest Sony Bravia XR televisions, for example, enhances your experience by optimizing the image based on how human perception works. This is the first television with Cognitive intelligence!


NETGEAR XR1000 Pro RouterBringing it all together in our homes are the newest routers boasting Wi-Fi 6 technology to optimize your streaming so you get the most from your internet network no matter if you’re watching Netflix or streaming Stadia in one room, Xbox live in another etc. For example, the new NETGEAR XR1000 Pro gaming router has a triple core 1.5Ghz processor and allows over 5Gbps data transfers—imagine downloading a huge game in seconds instead of hours!


Serious prizes for serious gamers

We know that many very serious gamers are not playing with the best equipment available. First of all, the new consoles have been release in limited quantities, so you might not yet have been able to get one for yourself. Secondly, the new Sony TVs and NETGEAR routers only just became available this spring. However, with this contest, everyone will have an equal chance to win the best gaming technology available in the world. Here are the prizes:

  1. Oculus Quest2 64GB VR Headset, Elite Strap, Carrying Case, Link Cable
  2. PlayStation 5 Console, DualSense Controller, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Returnal, MLB The Show 21, Demon’s Souls, Destruction AllStars
  3. Xbox Series S, Game Pass Ultimate (12 month subscription)
  4. Nintendo Switch Console, New Pokémon Snap, Mario Golf: Super Rush, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury
  5. Sony Home Theatre including Sony 75″ XR75x90J TV and Sony HT-Z9F Atmos sound bar with sub woofer and Sony SA-Z9R Bookshelf speakers
  6. NETGEAR XR1000 router

KontrolFreekAdditionally, I’ll be adding to each prize a selection of gaming accessories from KontrolFreek including Cat-8 Ethernet gaming cables, Thumbsticks, and more.

What new tech and games will be offered over the next year

The month of June is known for gaming announcements and usually a few surprises. Follow our coverage, and contribute your comments to the discussions on our articles. First, I’d suggest you enter our contests, which require a blog comment to have a chance to win. Second, I’d suggest you contribute to the conversation on other gaming articles. I have a bunch of gaming related samples at my desk and I’ll be surprising several people who leave clever, interesting, and thoughtful comments placed on E3 2021 articles with great gaming gear like headsets, gaming mice, and more.

How to enter our Play at Best Buy contest

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in two different ways:

  1. In a comment below this article, tell us what new tech or game announced during our Play at Best Buy event are you most looking forward to in the next year.
  2. Send an email to with “Play at Best Buy Contest” in the subject, and tell us what new tech you are most interested in that is available at Best Buy; you must include the link to that product from the Best Buy website in your email. This could be a game, a console, a home theatre item, an appliance (airfryer!) etc … anything that will make your gaming experience better.

What you can win

At the end of this contest we will randomly draw six (6) winners from all eligible entries posted on the blog (in English and French) and sent via email; each will receive one of the prizes listed here: Oculus Quest 2 package, PlayStation 5 package, Xbox Series S package, Sony Home Theatre package, Nintendo Switch package, or NETGEAR XR1000 router.

This contest runs from June 3rd until June 27th.

Remember you can enter once in a comment here and once in an email (following the direction above). Also, tell your family, friends, followers on social channels, and anyone you pass on the street: this is a contest that everyone will want to know about!

Play at Best Buy Gaming Contest Rules and Regulations

Good luck


  1. I’m so excited for Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart. Only a few days away and it still feels like forever.

  2. In terms of tech, I really want to spend some time with the oculus quest 2!

    But the game I’m looking forward to the most is Far Cry 6!


  3. Out of the articles listed at that link, Google Stadia coming to Android TV OS interests me the most. I have a couple of shield TVs, but nVidia GeForce Now lags worse than Google Stadia, I also don’t like the idea of having to pay monthly for GeForce Now especially now that they raised the price (in addition to buying the games). I’ll be super happy if I can get stadia running on my Shield TV.

    Of course I’d be even happier if I won a PlayStation 5 to run games locally.

  4. I’m most excited for Pokémon legends: Arceus and the Pokémon diamond and pearl remakes. Can’t wait to play them both!

  5. I dream of the PS5 console and would love to play with our family!!! Thank you “Play at Best Buy Contest” for giving us a chance!

  6. I’m looking forward to the ps5 mostly because I need to upgrade from my 4 year old ps4 and I’m not buying a pc because it is out of my budget and the ps5 is a nice and smooth console. Since I’ve always been a PlayStation guy I’m gonna stick with the console I love and enjoy playing on the most.

  7. Ratchet and clank rift apart game so I can play PS5 this prize. I got scammed to trying to get PS5 and It’s would be nice if I win this contest.

  8. Looking forward to possibly the release of Breath of the Wild 2.

    In the meantime I would definitely love to get the opportunity to try the Oculus rift or get my hands on Sony 75″ 4K UHD HDR LED Google Smart TV

  9. Definitely the new battlefield, that game will 100% be game of the year. Too bad it’s probably only going to be on next gen. But, still excited!

  10. The New Pokémon Snap would be a great game for my spouse and I, have never had a Nintendo Switch so have not kept up with the Pokémon franchise

  11. Not sure if it was announced during the event, but I am extremely excited to get my hand on Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and play with the disc like a frisbee until I find the ever elusive Playstation 5. Jokes aside, that game franchise defined my childhood/teen years. To see how a PS5 enhances everything about the game just as much as the game utilizes all the intuitive features of the console. With the game coming out soon, I am entering spoiler avoidance mode. I hope I wont have to hide under a rock for long, but if it’s the last loading time I need to experience, then its well worth it.

  12. I’m really looking forward to the PlayStation 5! I’ve been noticing the previous generation consoles starting to lag behind as new releases come out, so it would be amazing to get something with more horsepower!

  13. The games that I’m most excited for are Battlefield 2042, Dying Light 2 and Kena: Bridge of Spirits. Battlefield looks like it’s going to have a lot of cool ways to get around the large maps like tanks and gliders. If I had to pick one of the prizes above, it would probably be the Bravia because I could definitely use a big 4k 120 tv for these upcoming next-gen games!

  14. I’m so excited for the new battlefield ! I’m usually a cod player but my husband recently got me hooked on battlefield for Xbox ! My whole family gamers ..

  15. I’m very much looking forward to Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 5! Seriously SO excited! First, a PS5 lol


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