The games market is massive. Last year, the industry brought in $134.9 billion and grew by 10%.
But for newcomers, the world of gaming can be a little intimidating. There’s so much to do, see, and play. Where should you start?
We don’t blame you for feeling confused. To help out, we’ve come up with nine pieces of gaming gear that are absolute essentials for new gamers.
Keep reading to learn more!
- Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
Microsoft has had its share of missteps when it comes to controllers. Remember The Duke? It was so big that you’d practically need two people to operate it.
Fortunately, it seems as though Microsoft has learned from their past mistakes. Now, they’ve created what we think is the best controller on the market today: The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller.
While the standard Xbox One wireless controller feels light and easy to break, the Elite comes with some serious heft, giving it a premium feel.
But the best thing about the Elite controller is its ability to adapt to any game you play. The Elite is entirely programmable and comes with four rear bumpers, multiple types of D-pad, several variations of thumbsticks for optimal comfort, and a sleek rubber siding so you can say goodbye to those sweaty palms.
And don’t worry, if you’re not an Xbox gamer, you can still use the Elite on your PC, too.
- Hori TAC Pro
In the endless debate between console and PC players, one argument always comes up: Controls. It’s hard to deny that a keyboard and mouse will always be more accurate than a controller, no matter how fine-tuned it is.
But who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?
The Hori TAC Pro is designed to give console players the KB&M experience PC players love so much. It’s compatible with the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, and to an extent, the Xbox One.
The price tag of $150 is pretty steep, but for any console gamer who loves first-person shooters, the TAC Pro is a must.
- HP Omen
Everyone loves to talk about beefy PC rigs. But who says that you can’t pack that power into a laptop?
The HP Omen is a great solution for gamers looking to get the full PC gaming experience without clearing up half of their room.
While the Omen series boasts some impressive stats, including Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce cards, its the price point that sells us.
It’s no secret that gaming PCs can cost a pretty penny. But the Omen series is among the most affordable options, with laptops starting at $859.
- Nintendo Switch
After a lackluster few years with the Wii U, we’re happy to say that Nintendo’s latest console is the company’s best offering since the days of the Nintendo 64.
A rich library full of awesome first-party games including new entries in the Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon franchise is complemented by a stacked third-party library.
From DOOM to Diablo 3 to almost the entire Resident Evil franchise, the Switch has all the games you could ever want — and then some. Plus, since it’s a hybrid handheld/portable console, you can take your gaming on the go.
- Asus RT-AC86U Router
Lag is to gamers what Bowser is to Mario: A formidable opponent that never seems to go away no matter how hard you try. Going off of that analogy, the Asus RT-AC86U is the equivalent of getting a Super Star and running straight through Bowser without a problem.
The issue with most routers is that they aren’t optimized for gaming. As a result, your ping count can keep you from reaching your true gaming potential.
The RT-AC86U is an affordable, easy way to boost your network speed. It includes 5 GHz capabilities, so you can connect to your favorite games faster than ever.
- HyperX Cloud Revolver S
But what’s the point of playing online if you can’t trash talk your buddies? HyperX makes some of the most comfortable and feature-rich gaming headsets on the market, and the Cloud Revolver S is no exception.
The Revolver boasts an impressive simulated Surround Sound experience, memory foam which makes it perfect for marathon gaming marathons, and USB connectivity so you can plan destiny raids with your clan across every platform.
- HHGears SM115 Game Chair
Speaking of marathon gaming sessions, comfort can play a big role in competitive gaming. If you need to shift around every few seconds, you’ll have to take your focus off of the battlefield. And that’s when the enemy strikes!
So ditch that dinky office chair and instead get a chair designed for gaming, like the HHGears SM115.
Spending $158 on a gaming chair might seem like a lot to ask, but it’s ergonomic, design and soft features make it optimal for those worried about posture and back pain.
- Steelseries QCK Heavy Mousepad
Finding the right mouse pad is tougher than you might think.
Cheap, flimsy mousepads have the benefit of affordability, but they tend to slide around which makes gaming difficult. Thicker mousepads are great at staying put, but moving a gaming mouse around them can be a challenge.
Steelseries’ QCK does a great job of straddling the line between comfort, affordability, and practicality. It’s also big enough that it can fit both your keyboard and mouse while leaving enough room for your wrists.
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
There are plenty of services that promised to be the Netflix of games. But none have delivered on that promise quite like Xbox Game Pass.
For a monthly fee, gamers can download and play over 100 titles including day and date releases of first-party Microsoft games like Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and more.
As if that wasn’t a sweet enough bargain, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives you access to the PC version of Game Pass, as well as Xbox Live so you can play online and download even more games through the Xbox Live Games With Gold program.
Take Your Experience to the Next Level with Great Gaming Gear
From software to hardware, this list covered nine of the absolute best bits of gaming gear that you need to pick up. There’s never been a better time to play video games, so grab your controller and get to gaming!
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