Gamers can be a particular lot, especially the brand that swears by their RGB towers of Mordor. Fortunately, there’s plenty of trinkets and tools you can pick up this Christmas that will satisfy even the most ardent of PC gamers.
Far too many PC gamers rely on tiny, shitty screwdrivers to get the job done. Don’t be that person. Having a good magnetic screwdriver does wonders, so here’s 6 quality ones for all your PC needs (and stuff around the house too).
The Elite controller is still the best thing on the market, but as a PC controller you’ll do just as well – for a lot less – with the 2016 edition of the stock Xbox One pad.
Last year’s refresh added Bluetooth support, while doubling the wireless range. Beyond that, it’s also a fraction nicer than the original Xbox One controller – the bumpers aren’t as stiff, and the textured grips on the back make it nicer to hold during summer.
More importantly, support for the Xbox controller on PC is just better than what you’ll get with the DualShock 4. Steam has built in a ton of functionality for Sony’s controller by treating it like a Steam Controller, but the Xbox pads work out of the gate 100% of the time.
And why a controller, you or your ardent PC friend might ask? Because there are plenty of smashing indie games – PC exclusives – that still play best with a controller. Think games like Hollow Knight, Furi, Rain World, or racers like DiRT 4 and F1 2017.
Too many diehard PC fans don’t own a controller, and they’re only missing out. If you’ve got a friend or family member who is one of those, fix that this Christmas. And speaking of pads…
The original Xbox One wireless adapter was a fat USB stick with the sync button on the side, which was a massive pain in the arse if you could only plug the adapter into the back of your PC.
The 2017 model is much better: it supports up to 8 controllers at once, it’s smaller, and the button is on the arse end, meaning you don’t have to worry about other plugs and cables getting in the way. Great gift for those who want to run a games night from their living room, courtesy of Steam’s extensive library of local co-op indies.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve been to LAN and seen countless gamers spend thousands on their GPU, RAM, CPU … only to pair their rig with a sub-par, laggy mice.
Here’s two of the best in recent years: the very good – and affordable – Logitech G Pro and Logitech G403. Those with smaller hands should opt for the former, while the latter is perfect if you want a mouse on the larger side. Logitech’s provided software is also some of the least annoying in the business, which is always a huge plus.
Like many competitive Counter-Strike players from the 1.6 era, I have a history with Logitech mice. And I still remember the exact time and place when I swore I stopped using them. it was in the middle of a tournament, during a crucial round. The mouse decided to fail on me, doing 360 degree spins in the air instead of shooting the one guy that would have won the match.Read more
Some people like to splash out with their Christmas gifts. The PC equivalent of that is basically a hardware upgrade, and if you or your giftee is in dire need of a modern GPU then the best bang for buck is the GTX 1070 – or at least any AIB version of the card.
With the Vega 56 costing an absurd $680 or more at the time of writing, Umart’s offer above is your best bet. The 1070 will smash any game at 1080p, and can handle 1440p gaming comfortably provided you’re happy to dial down the settings by a few notches.
A good card at a good price (well, given how the GPU market has panned out this year). If you do want to spend more, the GTX 1070 Ti is the logical step up: mild overclocks will get you GTX 1080-like performance, and the 1070 Ti costs about the same as a Vega 56 right now too.
The Blue Yeti is still one of the best mics (for sound and price) on the market for gamers, streamers and podcasters. It’s head and shoulders beyond any headset mic, and if you or your giftee wants to make the jump into streaming you can also look at getting a boom arm and shock mount down the road.
Anyone who types for a living, or types a lot as part of their hobby (like gaming) should have a mechanical keyboard. They’re too affordable these days not to, and the entry level iKBC offering is a great gift.
I’m still using one at work every day; it’s one of the best keyboards I’ve ever used. There’s no special features to speak of, but as a daily driver for my PC, it’s as good as anything I’ve typed on in the past year.
Who needs a console when you can just stream your Steam library to the living room for $50? Pair this with a controller or three and your games night needs are sorted.
Christmas might land in the Australian summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gift clothing for colder times. And let’s face it, it’s just as liable to rain these days anyway.
So with vanilla WoW servers on the horizon, why not get prepared in style? This Munsterbrand cardigan is warm, stylish for gaming gear, and perfect for trekking through Azeroth on a cold night. Christmas or otherwise.
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