If this was the 1990s you wouldn’t need much more gaming kit than a Gameboy and a stack of cartridges to play on it. But this is 2020, which means there is more gaming kit available than a ‘90s kid could have ever imagined.
Headsets, controllers, cameras, monitors, keyboards, mice, VR… The list goes on! There are now so many ways that you can upgrade your gaming rig and fine tune it to be the ultimate set-up, you just need to know which pieces of kit to buy. That’s why we’re going to show which areas of your set-up you can improve with which tech.
If you’re looking to improve the sound quality of your games so that you’ll be able to hear discreet enemy footsteps and enjoy the ambience certain games provide then you’re going to need a top-notch headset. You may opt for a tasty speaker upgrade if you prefer to listen to volume ‘out loud’. But in this case, we’d recommend a headset, so you can talk to your friends whilst gaming.
There are plenty of high-quality brands which make headsets combining sound quality with comfort – and those are the kind of headsets you really want to be going for.
Our recommendation is this Corsair HS35 Green Stereo PC/Console Gaming Headset. The memory foam earcups and headband provide a comfortable experience for long gaming sessions. Couple that with the crystal-clear audio and you’ve got an unmissable piece of gaming kit.
If you’re a console gamer, you won’t really get much choice when it comes to changing your controller. Sure, if you’re a PS4 user you’ll be able to buy one of the various coloured DualShock controllers Sony offers. Or you could buy a customised controller online. But it will still essentially be the same controller and button layout. That’s one of the main drawbacks of console gaming, unfortunately.
PC gamers on the other hand, the world is their oyster! Or Razor-clam… Get it? No? Fine. Seriously though, PC gamers can mix and match, swap out and upgrade as much as they like to find the perfect keyboard and mouse combo.
So for you PC gamers, we’d recommend this Razer Basilisk V2 Optical Gaming Mouse and Razer BlackWidow Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. Both pieces of kit feature built in LED lighting to give your rig that professional gaming feel.
For the best gaming experience, you want the best display. There’s no use in having an ultra-powerful graphics card if your display isn’t up to the task, which is why you may need to upgrade your monitor to one that is going to give you the best results.
There are certain factors you’ll need to consider, such as which panel type you’re going to choose. There are three main panel types which are, TN, VA, and IPS. Each offer their own benefits with some being better for gaming due to a better frame rate accuracy and others for designers thanks to rich colours and image quality.
There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to panel types, and we won’t get into that right now. But we do have a breakdown video explaining each panel type in much more detail.
To take your gaming experience to the next level, we’d recommend this Samsung Odyssey G7 27″ QLED 240Hz G-SYNC Gaming Monitor. This monitor has a curved 2560 x 1440 QHD screen and is panel type VA, which is ideal for sinking your teeth into a lengthy gaming sesh on the weekend.
When you think of ‘gaming kit’ you probably don’t think of anything that can improve the surface you play on. But with a gaming mat you can create the ideal surface for gaming on. That means no more sticky desktops or crumbs obstructing your mouse.
Surface mats have become an absolute essential for those who take their gaming seriously. Gaming mats are comfortable, stylish and optimised to provide the best surface for gaming mice.
We’d recommend the Corsair MM500 Premium Anti-Fray Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad 3XL. This mat is extra-large, so it should cover your entire gaming area and give you enough space to operate in.
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