Holiday gaming guide 2020: Hardware and gear for the gamers on your list
With Christmas just around the corner, many of us find ourselves scratching our heads figuring out what to get for those we care about. Or, more likely, those who care about us are scratching their heads as to what we mean when we answer “An AIO cooling system and the new Ryzen Threadripper CPU” when they ask us what we want for Christmas. If you’re tired of those dull eyes looking back at you, then this is the list to send them.
In the fourth and final part of the eCentralSports holiday gaming guide, we present are our picks for the most-wanted hardware and gamer gear.
1. Ateyo Sitters
Taking the top spot on this list are the famous Ateyo Sitters. Designed with gamers in mind, these pants offer special space in the knees that allow you to sit comfortably for extended periods of time grinding WoW or CoD.
This brand is incredible and the customer service they offer is just as good. Together with their community they have created a Discord server where everyone is welcome. If you’re looking for an affordable gamer-gear gift, then these pants are the right fit. Find them here.
2. Razer Huntsman Mini
Looking to ditch your basic keyboard with its mushy key presses that have a crappy feel to them, and upgrade to a real gamer battle board? Look no further than the Razer Huntsman Mini 60% keyboard. This board offers a great tactile bump and is equipped with the Razer Purple Key switches. These opto-mechanical switches have a greater life expectancy than most regular mechanical keys. Find it here.
3. Sennheiser Audio Gaming Headset
This holiday gift is for that person who has been using the same cheapo gaming headset for many years and is in need of an upgrade. The EPOS Sennheiser collaboration is one of the best premier headsets out there in the space.
One reason you will not see Sennheiser as heavily advertised is because the quality of the hardware speaks for itself. These headsets can be worn for good six-to-12-hour stretches with no pain in the ears. What’s more, the velvet ear pads don’t cause your skin to stick with sweat. Find it here.
The Blue Yeti USB microphone is the absolute best microphone available on the market for the nonprofessional, and the Yeticaster comes with a special microphone arm setup. The Blue caster arm is an extremely high-quality microphone arm that allows you to hide your cabling.
A quick word of note on this product: you will need to adjust the arm positioning from its pivot point at your desk whenever you want to move it. Find it here.
5. Oculus Rift S
The Oculus Rift S is arguably the best virtual-reality headset on the market today (within the reasonable price range). While it still needs to be tethered to your personal battle station, the quality of graphics and speeds are still the reasons to select the Oculus Rift S over the Oculus Quest, their untethered version. That said, the Oculus Rift S, with its upgraded optics, allows for a world-class experience in the VR space that is second to none. Find it here.
6. PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X
This holiday shopping season marked the next era in console gaming with the simultaneous releases of the Xbox Series X and the new PlayStation 5. On spec, I would argue that the Xbox Series X is slightly better, with NVME SSD storage over the custom SSD storage offered by the PS5, as well as a slightly better performance at 4K video quality.
Let’s be honest, though. Anyone considering a purchase of either of these consoles has already made their mind up, because brand loyalty to Sony or Microsoft is insanely strong. Both consoles make for excellent gaming experiences and with new releases just on the horizon, would make a fine addition to any battle station. Find the PS5 here; find the Xbox Series X here.
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