5 gifts for PC gamers, plus one for console gamers
Who’s the favourite gamer in your life? Christmas is one of the best times of the year for gamers, as it tends to be when most of the year’s biggest games are released. These gift ideas will really add to the experience and help them get the best from any of the top titles they might find in their Christmas stocking...
Although most games can be controlled by keyboard and mouse, some are much better to play with a console style controller. The Xbox One controller is widely regarded as one of the best gaming controllers ever made, and you can also use this one on PC. You get two analogue thumbsticks for fine control, plus one directional pad which is really useful for navigating menus or fighting games.
The controller also gives you vibration feedback on things happening in the game. For example, you’ll feel the surface change from tarmac to gravel in a driving game, or the shockwave of an explosion in an action game. This makes games much more immersive and fun than just playing with a keyboard and mouse.
Contrary to popular belief, gaming can be quite a social activity. More and more games feature multiplayer modes, and players can talk together via headset microphones while they play. This is especially important for cooperative games that involve a large amount of teamwork – players share information and strategy, working together to beat the odds.
Of course, all the sound from the game goes through this Razer gaming headset. This gives a double advantage, in that the player gets to experience all the audio in glorious surround sound, while you don’t have to put up with the noise coming out of the speakers and can get on with what you’re doing in peace.
Some keyboards aren’t made for typing. Gaming keyboards are designed with ultra-sensitive mechanical switches under the keys which give much faster response times than normal keyboards. The keys themselves can be contoured and textured so they’re easy to find and stop fingers slipping in the heat of battle.
One major feature is the ability to customise the layout, so pressing a key can activate a macro that triggers multiple features in game. This might not make much sense to non-gamers but it’s vital to high-level play, especially for multiplayer games.
This Corsair gaming keyboard is also fully backlit with over 16.8 million colours. Not only does this look really cool, it can also be really useful. You can assign different colours to different keys; perfect for indicating which controls do what.
Serious gaming is often all about fine control and instant response times. This Razer gaming mouse is many times more sensitive than a normal mouse, detecting the smallest of movements instantly for fine control over a gamer’s aim.
The five buttons are fully programmable, so gamers can customise the controls to their exact needs. The mouse is also illuminated, letting you choose from 16.8 million colours to match your style.
Even better, the mouse tracks your gameplay data and produces stats and heatmaps that can be used to make adjustments to the controls to improve your gaming style.
Most mouse mats don’t have the right textured surface to get the best from a gaming mouse. This is where this Mad Catz gaming surface come in. These tend to be larger than ordinary mouse mats, and have a special 3D textured surface that gives up to 400% better sensor performance.
Has your favourite gamer already got an Xbox One? This Linx gaming tablet will let them stream their favourite games directly onto it and play across your home network, from anywhere in the house. Not only is this great for them, it also frees up the telly so you can finally get to watch your favourite shows.
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