Gift giving is a difficult business, especially when the holiday season rolls in without much warning. But fear not, as Neowin is here help you choose some gifts for your friends and family, or at least get some ideas flowing.
Here’s what we’ve concocted for gifts involving gaming hardware.
Microsoft’s Xbox One X is easily the most powerful gaming console out on the market right now, offering a complete and impressive package that can play games natively in 4K. Here is the base package and the various bundles available:
But, we can’t forget about the Xbox One S either. Microsoft’s older console offers almost all of the bells and whistles of its more expensive bigger brother, such as UHD Blu-ray playback, Xbox 360 games backward compatibility, and HDR, it just lacks the extra performance that makes native 4K gaming possible.
Here are some ideas if you want to match up the Xbox console family with some handy accessories.
The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller is a beefed up and highly customizable version of the regular Xbox Wireless controller, perfect for those looking to fine-tune and get the most out of their gaming experiences.
White Special Edition – $149.99
The Xbox One Play and Charge Kit removes the need for purchasing regular old batteries to keep your controller powered up. The kit comes with a rechargeable battery and a micro-USB cable to top it up whenever it’s needed.
The Xbox One family now supports keyboard and mouse controls for certain games, and Corsair’s K63 wireless keyboard that has its own lapboard for gaming from the couch is an excellent combo to own.
Of course, we can’t forget about Sony’s two PlayStation 4 systems, which are known for their strong exclusive games repertoire. While not in the same league as the Xbox One X, the PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of pushing up to 4K resolution with some trickery, and also features HDR and standard HD Blu-ray playback capabilities.
The regular old PlayStation 4 is up next, and once again, the only difference between this and the Pro – other than the smaller size – is that it misses out on the beefier performance and high-resolution gaming capabilities.
The Sony machines are also the only consoles in the market that bring along virtual reality gaming capabilities. This PlayStation VR bundle includes everything one needs to start, carrying the headset, camera, controllers, and even two games.
While not as powerful as the console systems mentioned above, you can’t deny the Switch’s portability is a massive plus, making it a sound gift for someone who’s on the go a lot, or is a Nintendo fan. The only issue is finding a store with stock remaining nowadays.
The Switch Pro Controller is a worthy addition to the package as well, serving as a better option for those who like to use the Nintendo Switch in docked mode.
If you opted for the standard console, why not add a handy carry case to the list as well, which comes with space for the console, extra Joy-Cons, and game cartridges.
The Switch’s measly 32GB of internal memory won’t be enough for having more than a few games on the platform, so that’s where Micro SD cards come in.
It’s not a great substitute for a full-sized gaming wheel, but the Joy-Con Wheel is still a fun accessory for anyone into driving games like .
Considering the amount of manufacturers and models of gaming laptops there are, it’s pretty difficult to just hone in on a device that could be considered the best. We’ve selected some devices down below for you that should sit well with anyone as a gift:
PC gaming accessories
In the gaming keyboard space, mechanical keyboards reign supreme. This latest and greatest K95 keyboard of Corsair comes with MX brown switches, USB pass through, and more.
Logitech’s 2018 version of the massively popular G502 mouse sports the same exterior look, but bumps up its innards in various ways, including a new sensor that goes up to 16,000 DPI.
Hearing even distant footsteps and honing in on the sounds accurately is a very useful ability to have, and this 7.1 surround sound gaming headset of HyperX should serve any serious gamer very well.
Even the greatest gaming mice with massive DPI counts wouldn’t exactly slide or track accurately on random surfaces. That’s where a quality gaming mouse pad comes in, and the QcK series is adored by many.
Another good thing about PC gaming is that basically any controller that you can plug in will work in most games without needing any kind of setup. Here are some of the most popular choices:
A PC virtual reality system could be a very useful gift for someone you know who has the required hardware. Your best choices for VR systems on the PC come from HTC, Oculus, and Microsoft, but while all of them have their pros and cons, games made for VR do work on almost all of the headsets, just with a little bit of tinkering if worst comes to worst.
Samsung HMD Odyssey+ – $299.99
Classic mini-consoles now come in quite a number of flavors, so pick the ones that have the most nostalgic value for your friend or family member.
Since you’ve made it this far, why not check out our this year’s holiday gift guide for entertainment devices as well.