Gamers, the picky bunch, are happy to spend more than your average consumer when it comes to tech. Whether they enjoy the sheer speed, the feeling of quality or the idea of using a piece of hardware for years to come, they don’t mind to splash the cash. However, sometimes it pays to be patient and to look for the good stuff on sales or during Black Friday. Whether you prefer to get your tech as soon as its out, or on a sale or even second-hand, let us take a look at how you can get more from it and have fun with your hobby.
Consoles are here to stay
The situation on the market today shows that Sony is high-up there with their PS4 sales and it is definitely the best choice you can make if you want to play pretty much everything that comes out. If you’re looking at a higher-resolution option, you could go for a PS4 Pro, however, in that case, the Xbox One X is definitely a more powerful product. If you have a 4K TV, that might be your better option, as the Xbox One X provides full 4k/60 experience. Of course, if you want to have the ability to use your console both on your TV and on the go, Nintendo has you covered with the Switch.
Smartphones are here to play
Speaking of playing on the go, smartphones have been getting progressively more powerful and these days they are little powerhouses that benefit both the everyday use and playing games. What is even more interesting is that some companies that usually make gaming hardware have entered the phone market. Both the Asus Rog Phone and Razer Phone are in their second iteration, offering high-level gaming performance for a price that is even lower than your regular flagship by Samsung or iPhone.
The sound is half the experience
If you are looking to get your game on, there is no better way to do it then by hooking up a pair of quality headphones to get you transported to the world of your game. The proper soundscape can do wonders for your feeling of being present at the same location as your virtual avatar. The choice of headphones today can spoil you, as you can choose from in-ear solution, to wireless and wired ones. If you are looking for a Bluetooth option, your best bet might be Sony’s WH-1000XM3, while for the wired ones you could try Focal Utopia, which is open backed.
What you see is what you get
In today’s world, where screens just seem to be growing and growing, with TVs reaching 100+ inches in diagonal sizes, it would appear we are spoilt for choice. As it is always good to have more screen real estate, you have two real options at your disposal. These are the two-monitor setup and the ultrawide monitor. The three-monitor setup is just not as interesting anymore, as the support for ultrawide monitors has been growing more and more over the years. Current options have moved on from 21:9 ratio to an even greater 32:9 ratio and huge sizes, which means that monitors such as the 49” monster that is Samsung’s QLED Gaming Monitor can offer as much screen space as two 27” monitors side by side.
Do you want to visit other worlds?
Although VR has still not quite reached the mainstream as much as everyone was hoping for, significant steps have been made in this regard. The main obstacle towards more people using and enjoying VR has been the steep price that these devices still hold. As Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have shown, there is a certain market of enthusiasts that will embrace the device, but it is limited by the price. Sony has been doing a lot for the VR market with their PSVR, which sells for as little as $200 but is, on the other hand, limited by hardware. However, it has helped VR devices to enter more than 2 million homes, which is great for developers as well.