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


    ELDEN RING!! FOR THE WIN but payday 3 was also just announced and i am sooo pumped as a long time fan of that series!
    Thank you for fending off the nostalgia to all the amazing devs and everyone in the business but most of all to the front line staff in the customer service industry who dont get recognized, like the blue shirt staff at best buy!! U guys remaining on the job allowed us access to items that were a blessing not just a privilege, so thank u

  2. Pretty excited for Metroid Dread. Been playing Metroid games with my father since I’m like 4 its always a moment I look forward too when a new one comes out!

  3. I would love to play Forza Horizon 5 on the xbox series s< always wanted an xbox and love the game trailer. I am so ready for my next adventure!!

  4. Would love to win this for my brother! He really wants a Playstation 5 the other prizes are icing on the cake. Good luck to everyone who enters 🙂

  5. Being able to finally own a Nintendo Switch and being able to play all the amazing games on it (including Metroid Dread obviously) would be incredible, and would really kick off my summer!

    But also, having an Xbox Series X/S would be awesome! Being able to play the new Halo, the new Forza Horizon game or Starfield (when it eventually comes out) would be so much fun!

  6. I am interested in Game Builder Garage from Nintendo Switch as it would be great to learn about making video games.

  7. I would love to get the PS5, but some Xbox series X/S games like Halo infinite, Flight Simulator and Forza makes me really excited about Xbox series X/S. in the end all I really want is to play great immersive games with rich storytelling and great graphics.

  8. The surprise announcement of Metroid Dread tops the list! Was hoping and expecting something around Metroid Prime 4, while that never occurred, this new game is next best thing and an all new story!

    Huge fan of Metroid since it’s first game dating all the way back to the Nintendo Entertainment System of the late 80’s and early 90’s

    • Love the new story line and the game play looks great. I enjoyed playing samus returns on the 3ds so this should be even better

  9. PS5 – I mean, I can do game pass stuff already on my PC and you just can’t go wrong with those 1st party Sony games. Whatever Naughty Dog comes out with for it will be worth every single penny. I don’t care what game it is. But a new Uncharted game with new characters would be amaaaaazing.
    Defientely my system of choice (if I can every get a hold of one_

  10. I am looking forward to Life is Strange: True Colors for PlayStation! I am a big fan of the Life is Strange series!

    • PS5 – Easily on of the best updates to console ever. The lightening fast SSD to along with their exclusive titles. I’m a huge Playstation fan and only recently could I afford to buy one as I started working. I managed to buy ps5 but did not have anything for a good tv or home theatre. So that would be great, but nonetheless I’m really enjoying this thing.

  11. I’m most looking forward to Mario Party Superstars so that I can relive childhood memories with family and friends!

  12. I’m looking forward to family games, like Mario Party Superstars and Mario Golf. Thanks for hosting the contest.

  13. The surprise announcement of Metroid Dread tops the list! Was hoping and expecting something around Metroid Prime 4, while that never occurred, this new game is next best thing and an all new story!

    Huge fan of Metroid since it’s first game dating all the way back to the Nintendo Entertainment System of the late 80’s and early 90’s

  14. The PS5 please! I have been trying since it came out for my husband so I can take the 4pro lol.

    • To much play at home we need to get back nature honestly people go for walks and enjoy the fresh air

  15. My daughter is starting to like the games that I like, and I remember getting an SNES at her age so vividly, so I’m hoping a new PS5 will stir the love of games we share together even more.

  16. Back 4 Blood! Can’t wait to face zombies again in multiplayer mode with friends..looks promising

  17. I am most looking forward in playing the new Ratchet and Clank game. the “soft reboot” Ratchet and Clank game from 2016 was a joke and finally looking forward in playing a new game in the series.

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