Ever wanted your own gaming den with all the gadgets you could wish for?
Well, that’s more than possible in 2022, with a whole new generation of gaming technology becoming more and more accessible to consumers.
From VR to the first gaming bed, there’s a whole range of stuff for those who love gaming.
So, here are the best gaming gadgets to get your hands full with this Christmas.
Dreams Drift gaming bed
Drift by Dreams is the UK’s first king-size gaming bed, putting the bed in bedroom gaming, although it can also be picked up as a single or double.
It comes complete with LED lights, 2.1 channel sound, charging ports, headphone holders and even a motorized TV that theatrically rises from the foot of the bed.
With a 32-inch or 43-inch screen – the latter with up to 4K resolution – it’s perfect for today’s most powerful gaming machines, and there’s an easily accessible space under the bed for console storage.
The motorized TV can be hidden away when not in use, so it doesn’t always look like a gaming bed.
We wish the LED lights would change color and that the speaker wouldn’t proclaim every time we turn the bed off or on, but those little things aside, the Drift is a fantastically fun and indulgent option for bedroom gamers short on space have to mount their TV.
Buy it for £1,799 from Dreams.
Meta Quest 2
The Meta Quest 2 is a perfect introduction to VR gaming. Whether you’re pumping your way through fresh titles like Iron Man VR (excellent as it sounds), working out with fitness games like Supernatural or Beat Saber, or dialing in distractions for VR office time, it’s got everything you need right out of the box.
One reason Meta’s headset is so good for beginners is that it doesn’t require a computer to power it like more PC gamer-focused, pricier alternatives. The Quest 2 runs a standalone operating system, comes with the headset and controllers, and works wirelessly on battery power.
Buy it for £399.99 from Meta.
HTC VivePro 2
If the idea of assembling a monstrously powerful gaming PC doesn’t phase you, the HTC Vive Pro 2 might be faster when it comes to VR. This expensive headset needs to be paired with an even more expensive computer to produce silky-smooth 120Hz images in crystal-clear 5K resolution across its wide 120-degree field of view.
Along with the Valve Index, Vive Pro 2 sets the benchmark when it comes to VR graphics quality and is one of the only ways to play stunning looking titles like Half-Life: Alyx and Skyrim VR.
In addition to its best-in-class resolution and tracking accuracy, you can also detach the Vive Pro 2 with a wireless adapter and express yourself in VR worlds with HTC’s Vive Facial Tracker.
Buy it from Vive for £1,199.
Logitech G Cloud
The Logitech G Cloud is a modestly featured handheld console designed to unlock cloud gaming streaming services like Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass.
Cloud gaming has been around for a while, offering anyone with fast enough internet gaming PC grunt without the need for expensive hardware. The G Cloud looks like a Nintendo Switch Lite, with two analog sticks, tons of buttons, triggers and a 7-inch Full HD screen. While you can’t pick it up in the UK just yet, the handheld is still one to check out, considering cloud gaming could carve out a whole category of consoles in the years to come.
Check out Logitech. Price and Availability TBC.
There’s never been a better time to pick up a PS5. God Of War: Ragnarok – one of the most anticipated, gorgeous looking and highest rated titles in gaming history – was released exclusively on Sony’s console last week.
With its huge, mature games catalog and Sony’s new PS Plus tiers, you can get started right away without breaking the bank. Consider upcoming releases for 2023 including Final Fantasy XVI, Hogwarts Legacy and Street Fighter 6 – to name a few – whatever your gaming poison, there’s something for you in the PS5 pipeline.
PS5 owners can look forward to cutting-edge VR, too, as the launch of PS VR2 in February 2023 brings 4K resolution, MediaTek Smarts, to PlayStation’s virtual reality capabilities.
Buy it from PlayStation for £389.99.
Infinity digital board game table
If you love the idea of putting a modern twist on classics like Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, and Yahtzee, then the Infinity Digital Board Game Table is a coffee-table-shaped tonic for the spec wars fought by most consoles and gaming rigs.
The surface of the expensive piece of furniture houses a 32-inch touchscreen and is a centerpiece for the family to gather around. Intentionally old school, it combines nostalgic 2D graphics with a simple, kid-friendly interface.
It starts with more than 40 games included in the price, so whether you’re in the mood for solo one-player titles like Mahjong and Sudoku, two-player classics like Battleship or Guess Who? or a family of four players are Fallout – Monopoly, we’re having a hard time thinking of a healthier piece of gaming tech this Christmas.
Buy it for £649.99 from Game.
The best gaming laptops
Lenovo Legion 5 (7th Gen)
The Lenovo Legion 5 is one of the top rated gaming laptops with its powerful mix of AMD Ryzen 7 performance, specs, style and ports.
You can load Lenovo’s wearable champion with Nvidia RTX 3060 or 3070 graphics. That means even triple-A titles look amazing on the 15.6-inch display, which ramps up to 165Hz on the highest configuration for incredibly smooth gaming.
With its understated design, the Legion 5 might not look like a gaming laptop at first glance, but fire up the RGB-backlit keyboard and the game is on. A serious array of ports round out Lenovo’s powerful package – and there’s even a Gigabit Ethernet port for blazing-fast online gaming.
Buy it from Lenovo from £1,000.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 (2022)
The eye-catching Zephyrus Duo 16 might start at £2,249 – not bad for a gaming laptop – but its price spikes to around £4,000 in its max spec; noticeable and teary eyes.
Whichever configuration you choose, the highlight of the Duo 16 is its two-screen design. As the laptop unfolds like a pop-up book, its second 14-inch screen is revealed for an unparalleled gaming experience.
Take a tour of YouTube on one screen while traversing a dungeon on the other, or mirror your phone on the bottom screen so your eyes don’t have to take your eyes off the action too far when you get a message.
If you want an on-the-go gadget and plenty of power, two screens are definitely better than one.
But it for £2,249.99 from John Lewis.
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