The Best Gaming Setup: A Gamer’s Equipment Guide
When gamers want to game they want only the best. The best titles, the best specs, the best graphics, the best internet speed. Gamers always want more from game and console developers. Gamers always want to have the best gaming setup, so we're here to help. We are going to cover everything you need to create the ultimate gaming setup for you from consoles to computers, mice to monitors. Since we've already gone through how to build your own PC, lets start with console gaming and how to make the most of it.
The Console Wars: PlayStation V Xbox
It is a battle as old as time itself, which console is better? Everyone has their favourite, just like in the Apple V Android debate. There are many different reasons to like each side. Each have exclusive titles to the platform, different features, and different specs. Some stick with one system over another out of loyalty while others heavily weigh the options on both consoles. Lets compare the specs to see what the real difference is. If you aren't interested in the nitty gritty, tech heavy details, then you might want to skip this bit. With the latest release of the Xbox One X, both platforms are almost neck and neck in technical specifications as shown below.
The Xbox One X had almost year of technological advancements to utilize since the release of PS4 Pro in November 2016. It comes at a higher starting price point, even more so since the PS4 Pro went down a lot in price between it's release and the Xbox One X release. Each console has their own signature titles. Xbox lays claim to the Gears of War series and Halo, while PlayStation buyers enjoy games like Uncharted and The Last of Us. While these are only available on certain consoles, there are a plethora of games just like them that are available across both consoles and PC. Another thing to consider when choosing is who you will be playing with. If you want to game with your friends then you'll have to choose the console they have, since we still don't have cross platform play. Whichever one you choose, it will be a great edition to an epic lounge room gaming setup.
What about Nintendo?
Nintendo has been releasing consoles side by side with the big companies. The Wii came out just over a year after the Xbox 360 and brought a new idea to gaming, motion gaming. Wii U moved towards a handheld experience, allowing gamers to play their games from anywhere in the household using the gamepad. Nintendo's Switch was the most recent release, a powerful fully portable console that is able to be taken and used anywhere. As Nintendo has grown we have seen a shift to more remote gaming. While the Switch is able to be hooked up to a TV, most people still consider it more of a handheld console. This is one of the reasons why Nintendo usually isn't included in the console war. The other reason is the power in their consoles. The graphics and capabilities of Nintendo's consoles has never been able to rival the Xbox and the PlayStation. The Nintendo Switch is becoming a competitor though. With great titles like Zelda Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, the Switch is being considered more of a must have in any gaming setup.
The Brains of the Gaming Setup: The PC
The PC is the way to go for true gaming (sorry console gamers). They have been ahead of consoles for a long time. Their performance is unparalleled compared to any other gaming machine and is constantly getting better. To get the latest and greatest in a PC will set you back a lot of money. But you don't need to have the best to play the best. The beauty about PC gaming is the variability of it. You can get a very decent gaming PC built for around $800. If you just want a PC to do as good as a console, you can make it for less than a console. PC's price point and power makes it a must for all gamers and their gaming setup. We made a great guide on what to consider when buying or building your own PC.
Input and Output, the PC Peripherals
A PC alone does not a gamer make. For the ultimate gaming setup, you need the right tools. You want to start with the right gaming mouse for you. We listed a couple of things to look out for and a couple of good choices. Ultimately, it comes down to individual choice as each person will look out for different features in their gaming mouse. The input machine for any computer, the keyboard, is another important choice. There is a lot to consider when choosing a gaming keyboard. Light up or not, ergonomics, price, and style are all important considerations. Lastly, you need great sound when playing the latest titles. Choosing a gaming headset is a tough choice but we made it a little easier for you. Just make sure it will fit right and sound good and you will have a great gaming setup.
Where to Play your Games
Any gaming setup needs a wonderful spot to enjoy your games. You want to be comfy while getting the best visual experience when gaming on console or PC. There are a couple of gaming lounges that you can check out for the living room. If your looking to choose a gaming chair then check out what you should look for in your gaming chair choice. You'll want to make sure that the quality of your TV or monitor will match your gaming machine of choice. All the latest consoles come with 4K quality and anything on a PC can be up to 4K. You need to pick a monitor or TV capable of displaying that quality though. Pair all this with your PC or console of choice and you'll have the best gaming setup.
The Ultimate Gaming Setup Guide
So what is the ultimate gaming setup? If you decide on a console, get the one to play the exclusive titles you want with your friends. A super comfy couch is great to game and relax on and a worthwhile investment. Make sure to get a TV that will be able to display the 4K quality and a good sound system to immerse yourself in the game. Try to get the best our of your budget when building your PC. Don't forget to factor in your mouse, keyboard, monitor, chair and desk. They might seem insignificant but they all come together to make the gaming setup. If one of these is worse than the others, you will notice it. No matter what, just make sure your comfortable and enjoy your gaming experience.
The Future of Gaming Setups
More ways to enjoy gaming are coming out as technology advances. Virtual Reality gaming is the latest technology craze. More and more games come with VR compatibility but only the PlayStation 4 supports VR. If you want to invest in VR gaming, you will need to put a fair bit of money in to a PC and have a lot of space. It's not something for everybody but definitely something that everyone should think about ass it gains more traction. With VR getting bigger and bigger, it won't be long till we have full immersion gaming rigs. Something like this:
Give yourself plenty of space for your next gaming peripheral and stay ahead of the gaming setup scene.