Need a gift idea for one of your kids’ birthdays? If they’re a keen gamer, why not buy them one of these gadgets? It could also serve as a sneaky joint present to yourself. Anyone up for playing multi-player with dad?
High quality monitor
PC gaming graphics and processing is constantly going up. But unless you’ve got a decent PC monitor you’re unlikely to notice the difference. HD monitors were once the most advanced screen tech you could buy, but already they’re being replaced by Ultra HD screens (or 4K monitors as they’re commonly known). There are all types of models available. For those that need help deciding, this site has listed the top 4K monitors for gaming. You’ll immediately notice the difference in realism.
Surround sound speakers
For capturing all the exciting sounds and explosions of gaming in full detail, nothing works quite as well as surround sound speakers. You can set these up with a computer or a TV and give the kids’ gaming a cinematic feel. These also work great for watching movies. There are various types of surround sound speakers available to meet all budgets from wireless sound bars to full home cinema speaker systems.
VR or virtual reality is the latest technological breakthrough in gaming. Whilst you can buy specialist headset consoles such as the Oculus rift, there are a number of much more affordable versions on the market that can be used with a smartphone such as the Google Cardboard. If you currently have to call your kids down to dinner numerous times before getting an answer, VR may not be the best way to go. However, as a fun casual piece of gaming tech, the whole family is sure to want to try this out.
If the kids are constantly playing games on their phone, a mobile games controller might be the perfect gift. You can buy all different types from smartphone attachments (that fit either end of the phone) to Bluetooth controllers. The latter works great in conjunction with a VR headset. Certain controllers may only be compatible with certain smartphones so make sure to check this out before buying.
Modern consoles are all very expensive. This has led to a growing popularity in retro-gaming. Buying your kids a retro console might help them to discover the simplistic magic of original gaming. Old consoles such as the SNES and Playstation 1 are still selling fairly cheap and there are still many places online to get games. Such consoles are also less addictive due to their less complex games and lack of online play. Of course, you don’t have to buy a retro console for your kids – such a console could serve as a nice nostalgia kick, allowing you to relive the games you played as a child. Some of you may even have an old library of games gathering dust in the attic. Why not get these games up and running again?