Christmas 2020 is going to be special in several ways, but on the video game side the atmosphere is more festive. Between the release of next generation consoles, the year-end blockbusters, and the plethora of controllers, steering wheels, headsets, and other laptops available, passionate gamers have something to fill in the phone book as a letter to Santa Claus.
This article is therefore intended to assist you in your future purchases, be it for you or for your loved ones. We focus on a wide range of accessories designed for both PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and PC, and there is something for every price. Follow the instructions!
Nintendo Switch: Controller, memory cards and carrying case checked
Is your brand new Switch here but not sure which accessories to buy? Here is a selection of “Essentials” that we were able to test. There are many choices for the latest Nintendo console, and many manufacturers offer a variety of products at all prices and in very different quality levels. In general, of course, you can rely on Nintendo brand accessories (like the very good Pro-Controller), but also those from recognized third-party manufacturers such as Hori or 8BitDo.
When it comes to the essential microSD card, it is important to choose quality. to avoid problems when playing your games with this medium and to enjoy a longer lifespan. So we choose a card from Sandisk, but you can also look at the Samsung site.
Check out our selection of the best accessories for Nintendo Switch
Headphones: find the right sound for your ears
Playing video games in good conditions today means having a decent headset, whether you’re a console or a PC gamer. On the console, the ability to plug it directly into your Xbox or PlayStation controller is extremely convenient and avoids the need to absolutely use a wireless headset. For even more convenience you can of course either opt for a “wireless” model with a special dongle. On the PC it is a matter of taste, but also a question of budget : You can indeed find wireless models at very reasonable prices or, on the contrary, you can opt for a wired product, but one that is very high quality in order to get the best possible sound experience. However, keep in mind that regardless of your budget, you can find something that will satisfy you.
Check out our selection of the best headphones for PCs and consoles
Controls, steering wheels, arcade sticks: you’re spoiled for choice, but don’t take anything with you
Big topic than that of the video game controller. The controller is undoubtedly the most important object of your gaming experience and should never be neglected. Of course, the simplest and most obvious solution is to go for the official accessories for your console. On PS5 in particular, there is currently only the DualSense, which is compatible with the games on the console, but nothing prevents you from connecting a DualShock 4 to run your PS4 games backwards compatible. At Microsoft, we are committed to opennessbecause all Xbox One accessories, regardless of brand, are compatible with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. The PC is a completely agnostic platform, and therefore you can also connect a PlayStation controller as an Xbox controller.
However, this selection does not only affect the pads We’ll also discuss arcade sticks for fighting games and steering wheels for car simulation. It is even more important here than with the controllers to make the right choice, especially since the prices are often quite high.
Check out our selection of controllers, arcade sticks and steering wheels for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Check out our selection of controllers, arcade sticks and steering wheels for Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC
TV, soundbars: to ensure the big show in your living room
It’s probably obvious, but a memory never hurts: A newer console has every interest in hooking up to a good television, with the risk of losing display quality. Choosing a TV that suits your needs and budget is not easy, especially if you are a cinema lover too. The good news is that it is no longer necessary to spend a fortune to have a more than correct product.
All newer TVs can thus display 4K, often HDR, and several models are also perfect for video games with features like variable rate shading or latency reduction. If your budget allows, we also recommend that you go for an Oled TVwhich offers an incomparable picture quality compared to the LCD. In addition to a TV selection, we’re adding two sound bars that can really enhance your sound experience, whether it’s for video games or movies.
Check out our selection of TVs and soundbars
Keyboard and mouse: the right weapons for PC games
You fell in love with a brand new PC capable of running the latest AAA games in the best possible conditions. Good news, but do you have the right keyboard and mouse to use them properly? Choosing the right products is important, especially since they will stay with you for a long time and not just for playing. There are keyboards and mice at all prices and for very different purposes.. Lightweight mouse for FPS or with buttons for MOBAs or MMOs … Mechanical keyboard with low profile, with or without RGB, wired or for connection via Bluetooth … Everything is there or almost. In this jungle of reference we will sort it for you and have selected the best in their category.
Check out our selection of mice and keyboards for PCs and consoles
Laptops: some are made for gaming too!
Laptops have been more popular than ever since then More and more models have enough power to play in good conditions, even under great conditions. Eight-core 8 processor, GeForce RTX graphics card, 144 Hz or even 240 Hz screen, OLED panel, keyboard with mechanical keys … These “gaming” laptops have little to offer stationary PCs. However, the bill turns out to be higher and you need to choose your model according to your budget and needs. If you’re looking for a side game machine every now and then for a small game from Rocket League or Overwatch, you don’t have to spend more than $ 1,000.
On the other hand, if you want to play Cyberpunk 2077 at 60 FPS and ray tracing, the bill goes up significantly. However, the main manufacturers (Acer, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI …) offer a wide range at very different prices.
Consult our selection of laptops for video games
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