For many of us, gaming is an enjoyable way to relax and unwind after a long day. It’s where we connect with friends and immerse ourselves in different worlds.
Of course, the nature of your connection and immersion largely depends on how you facilitate it. If you’re looking to get the most out of the experience, you’ll need the right equipment. Luckily, an endless selection of gaming gear is available these days, giving gamers of all platforms and price points a way to improve their setup.
That said, navigating the massive world of tech accessories and devices can be overwhelming. Make an easier decision with our top 5 picks for the best gaming gadgets you can buy.
HyperX Cloud Revolver
A capable and reliable pair of headphones is essential for online multiplayer, allowing you to communicate clearly with teammates and hear your opponents from all directions. The Cloud Revolver is an affordable over-ear headset that does just that thanks to true stereo sound. It’s a wired pair and you can plug them into your desktop, console, or mobile.
Asus ROG Phone 5
For those who want to play console-quality titles in airplanes and waiting rooms, the latest gaming phone from Asus has you covered. Not only does it offer a great display and remarkable performance but does so without being burdened by a gaudy design, setting it apart from the competition.
The ROG Phone 5 is powered by a class-leading Snapdragon 888 processor, coupled with up to 16GB of RAM and a huge 6,000 mAh battery with 65W charging. Add to that customisable RGB lights and intuitive shoulder buttons, and you have all the necessary tools for winning in battle royales, mobile casinos, racing simulators and beyond.
Xbox Elite 2
Perhaps you know a gamer friend who has been playing with the same controller for years. Maybe you could do with an upgrade to your own PC or Xbox peripherals. In any case, the second iteration of Microsoft’s Elite controller provides four extra paddle buttons, customisable joysticks and a rechargeable battery, along with interchangeable faceplates.
Coupled with Bluetooth connectivity and a slick design, the Elite 2 is a major step up from the standard Xbox controller. While there’s no official PlayStation equivalent, Scuf Gaming makes a version of the DualShock with similar features.
Sega Genesis Mini
The resurgence of retro consoles that pack a bunch of classic games into a miniature replica include the Sega Genesis Mini. It’s loaded with the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Street Fighter 2 and 40 more nostalgic titles, all of which are displayed in high definition.
Philips Hue Play
Add an elegant touch of ambiance to your setup with the Hue Play Smart Lights from Philips. These compact light bars can shine 16.8 million colours and fit anywhere from above your monitor to under your desk with the included tools. A smartphone app handles your settings, plus you can link up your Play lights with other Hue smart products.
These are just some of the awesome gaming accessories and devices that are currently out there. All that remains is to choose.