Video game tech Christmas gift guide 2022 – hardware & headphones

Atom controller – an alternate hardware suggestion for Christmas (pic: Turtle Beach)Didn’t get the bargains you wished on Black Friday? GameCentral presents options for gaming tech and equipment this Christmas.
From a fluffy cloud supported keyboard to a Pokémon flavoured Switch, there’s by no means any scarcity of gift options when you’re a gamer – and that’s simply counting peripherals that aren’t even the video games themselves.
Father Christmas won’t have the ability to carry you, or anybody else, a GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card however there’s a lot of different tempting hardware on the market, together with speciality controllers, headphones for each style, and light-up keyboards and mice.
Few of them are low-cost however all of them needs to be welcomed by the technophile in your life, or you possibly can simply deal with your self and luxuriate in a merry Christmas on-line as a substitute.

Which ears will you select? (pic: Razer)Razer Kraken-Kitty V2 headphones
It should have kitty within the title, however you now have the choice of bunny and bear ears as effectively, together with a removable microphone and stream reactive lighting for the professionals. Technically, not a lot has modified within the new model of the Razer Kraken Kitty Edition V2 Pro, which has at all times been a streamer favorite and nonetheless sports activities 50mm Razer TriForce Titanium drivers, 7.1 channel digital encompass sound, and delivers excellent gaming audio. It’s accessible in quartz (aka pink) or black with inexperienced lights within the ears.
Razer – RRP £199.99

Roccat Vulcan II Max keyboard
This new Roccat gaming keyboard is beautiful. With the brightness and bling of Disney World’s closing fireworks, this keyboard is designed to dazzle, even the wrist relaxation lights up! But this present will price you two USB 2.0 ports value of energy to run for a full-on show and there’s no linear optical swap, so it’s not solely your pockets it makes huge calls for on.
The Vulcan II Max isn’t missing within the efficiency stakes: it’s a wonderful gaming keyboard with speedy optical actuation and built-in secondary capabilities – though customising these could be a bore. It’ll prevent having to shell out on fairy lights however the Vulcan II Max is clearly an acquired style.
Roccat – RRP £199.99

Turtle Beach Atom controller
Logitech lately launched their new handheld providing that solely works over Wi-Fi however the brand new Turtle Beach Atom is concentrated on cellular gaming and cloud streaming for Android telephones, making it a extra transportable possibility. Looking loads like a Transformer, with a neat blocky aesthetic, it’s received a well-known button format that feels nice on the go. The Atom’s left and proper halves connect to a cellphone through clamps and connect with it through Bluetooth 4.2. Battery life and a low latency are important for cloud gaming and it’s spectacular how its efficiency stacks up in opposition to rivals Backbone One and Razer Kishi, even with its cheaper worth level.
Turtle Beach – RRP £89.99

The most Pokémon-esque Switch but (pic: Nintendo)Nintendo Switch OLED Model Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Edition
There’s been a lot of particular editions for the OLED mannequin of the Switch up to now however the one for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is clearly aimed toward Christmas customers, with legendary pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon pictured on the system dock and much extra particulars on the Joy-Cons and the console itself. The controllers are colored scarlet and violet, naturally, and have the emblems of the video games’ Naranja and Uva academies stamped on the backside. The OLED mannequin is already the most effective model of the Switch however when you, or the one you love, can be a pokémon fan then this might be the proper gift.
Nintendo – RRP £319.99

For the sound of Sonic (pic: OTL Technologies)Sonic the Hedgehog Pro G4 gaming headphones
If you’ve received any Sonic followers within the household, you possibly can preserve Sega’s blue blur shut at hand with this over-ear, tremendous snazzy headset. it’s tremendous comfy, with a padded polyurethane headband and smooth earpads for small heads. The microphone is removable and omnidirectional for top of the range and clear voice chat, with an in-line controller to mute or chat with different adventurers, who’re additionally gathering Chaos Emeralds on Starfall Islands.
OTL Technologies – RRP £24

Of course they’re illuminated (pic: MetalSeries)MetalSeries Arena 7 gaming audio system
Not solely do MetalSeries make a number of the greatest headsets and keyboards, with hanging designs and a nod to inexperienced gaming initiatives, however now they’re branching out into gaming audio system and these look and sound nice. The Arena 7 gaming audio system are all clean curves, sturdy sound, and stable construct. Hefty sufficient to make you’re feeling they’re definitely worth the price ticket, the MetalSeries Arena 7 can be an important Christmas current for somebody who appreciates immersive gaming audio but in addition likes a subwoofer included for a little bit of bass on the aspect.
MetalSeries – RRP £299.99

Relatively low-cost (pic: Thrustmaster)Thrustmaster T128 sim racing wheel
The new Logitech G Pro Racing Wheel could also be top-of-the-range nevertheless it’s additionally extraordinarily costly, however there are cheaper options. This is a perfect entry stage wheel for racing followers who get pleasure from their driving video games however don’t take them significantly sufficient to spend a grand on a controller.
The T128 has a helpful LED strip that tells you when to change gear and lets you preserve a verify in your pace. It’s nonetheless an enormous expense, for what will be a lean Christmas for a lot of, however it would assist remodel any suitable game. The solely downside is you’ve received to ensure you get the appropriate model, both Xbox and PC or PlayStation and PC – you possibly can’t combine and match.
Thrustmaster – RRP £169.99

X marks the spot (pic: Razer)Razer Leviathan V2 X gaming audio system
The finances model of its extra fully-featured brother (which has the identical title, simply with out the ‘X’), that is aimed particularly at gaming slightly than music, since there’s no subwoofer or THX Spatial Audio, however the highs and mids are crystal clear. Impressively, the 15.7-inch soundbar is lower than £100 and nonetheless has two full-range drivers and two passive radiators, with a most quantity output of 90dB.
The truth that you just don’t want an extra energy connector, solely a USB-C, to energy it’s also a blessing. It wouldn’t be Razer with out some RGB lights and the beneath of the soundbar can pump out sufficient crimson and inexperienced to gentle up the road.
Razer – RRP £99.99

Logitech G Aurora G715 keyboard and G705 mouse
Designed for a utopian world of pastel shades and smaller fingers, these gaming peripherals have an emphasis on customisation, accessibility, and inclusiveness – additionally they handle to make gaming peripherals look cute with out being cringy. They’re not low-cost although and Logitech’s Aurora Collection provides an unattractive pink tax. Beyond the lovable designs these are critical peripherals that justify the worth, with the most effective RGB tech accessible and deep customisation choices.
Logitech Aurora G715 keyboard – £179.99Logitech Aurora G705 mouse – £94.99

Noblechairs Legend TX Series Gaming Chair
Fancy a extremely comfortable Christmas? The new design of the Legend TX, with wings and harness gap, appears to be like racy and is a large consolation improve. Like most noblechairs it has a agency really feel, that takes some getting used to, as do the massive armrests and attempting to work out find out how to get them excellent. However, this chair oozes high quality, with bolstered, cushioned material covers and dense chilly foam padding – all of which, naturally sufficient, comes at a excessive asking worth.
Noblechairs – RRP £419.99
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