Whether you’re newbie or a seasoned veteran, you need more than just a console and basic controller for a truly epic gaming experience. Before undertaking your next solo quest, co-op mission or multiplayer competition, add a few of these devices to your arsenal.
A Mouse and Keyboard
You don’t have to be a professional gamer to know that you typically use a controller for console games and a keyboard and mouse for PC games. However, if you’re more accustomed to playing games on your computer or if you want a little more precision, using a mouse and keyboard for console games can be a good move. That’s why XIM offers adapters for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. These adapters work with a wide range of wireless keyboards, the Sony Move Navigation Controller, the Logitech G13 gameboard, and other gaming hardware.
Keep in mind, too, that even if you stick with PC games and a PC setup, investing in a dedicated gaming mouse is a good idea. Browse online reviews and recommendations to find one that fits your needs and budget.
Along the same lines, those migrating from console games to PC games may prefer their favorite controllers over the traditional mouse-and- keyboard setup. Most PC games already support some options, such as the Xbox 360 and Xbox One wired controllers. Others require you download unofficial drivers to achieve compatibility. Although some options are better than others, choosing the best controller for PC gaming ultimately boils down to preference and convenience.
A Gaming Laptop
While you’re thinking about PC gaming, take a moment to think about your laptop. How does it handle hardcore gaming? If you notice lagging, freezing, or other technical issues happening frequently, your plain-Jane PC may be holding you back from greatness. Consider upgrading to a laptop specifically designed for gaming. These models often boast sharper graphics, larger hard drives, faster processors, and other perks that are perfect for gamers. Thanks to cutting-edge technology, some gaming laptops perform almost as well as their desktop counterparts.
The Right Smartphone
If you’re always on the go, gaming on a powerful smartphone with a 4G LTE network can be a great way to take your favorite hobby along anywhere you go. Don’t settle for just any model, though. If you plan to use your smartphone for mobile gaming, you’ll want one with the right features as well a network that can keep up with the demands of gaming.
One combination that stands out is the fast and reliable T-Mobile 4G LTE network and the Samsung Galaxy S7. Among this phone’s gamer-ready features are water and dust resistance, microSD memory that’s expandable up to 256GB, and the crisp display of a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen.
A Virtual Reality Headset
When you’re ready to take your gaming to the next level, save up for a virtual reality (VR) headset. The best VR headsets available to consumers are still pretty expensive, but the unique, immersive experience — not to mention the envious looks you’ll get from your gaming cohorts — is worth the money. Plus, since this technology is relatively new and continually improving, saving your pennies for a few months will only mean that you’ll find even better gear available by the time you’ve hit your funding goal.
Although a good pair of headphones might not be the most exciting entry on this list, they certainly come in handy. In fact, gaming headphones are the perfect solution to several common dilemmas. You can use them to block out distractions, communicate with your teammates or taunt your opponents in online multiplayer games, or continue gaming at odd hours without disturbing your roommates or family members.
From keyboard adapters and headphones to cutting-edge smartphones and laptops, every gamer should have at least a few of the devices on this list. After all, the gamer with the best toys has the most fun, along with the fastest times, highest scores, and coolest achievements — if you’re keeping track.