Our gift guide for gamers
Beginners, pros and everything in between – we’ve got a gift for the gamer in your life…
13 Oct 2020
This holiday’s going to be a big one for gamers. With a whole bunch of next gen consoles and gaming goodies coming out, we’re sure there’s something for everyone.
Scratching your head about where to start? No worries. We’ve rounded up the best Christmas gifts for the gamer in your life.
For PlayStation players… The PS5
If you’re looking for a cutting-edge next gen console, look no further than the PS5. It’s the immersive experience that really makes it something special.
For a start, the graphics are every gamer’s dream. The PS5 supports games in 8K, letting you see every character, landscape and cut scene in minute detail. It uses ray-tracing tech too. This clever tech mimics the way light works in real life, so shadows and reflections are even more lifelike.
But it’s not just about what you can see. It’s about what you can feel too. That’s why the PS5 have improved the haptic feedback and added adaptive triggers to their controllers. This means when something happens in-game you can actually feel it in the controller- whether it’s a sudden earthquake vibrating through your hand or the feel of grinding gears as you hit a rough patch in a racing game.
Is this the right gift? If your gamer buddy, partner or child has a PS4, chances are they’ll want to stick with their current console type. The PS5 has a whole load of titles that’ll only be able to play on that console- like the new Final Fantasy XVI, Hogwarts Legacy or God of War. If they’re fans of those franchises, make it a PS5.
For VR lovers… The Oculus Quest 2
Putting on an Oculus headset feels a little like stepping into the future. Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 is an all-in-one VR set. You get a headset and controllers that let you see, hear and move within immersive 360¡ games and experiences. When your hand moves or you walk a short distance, your avatar does too!
And one of the best bits? You only need the Quest 2. No fancy PC or console necessary! Just a smartphone for the initial set up. Plus, with 50% more pixels than the last Quest, you’ll see games in more detail than ever before.
Is this the right gift? This is a good introduction for anyone who’s just getting into gaming since you don’t need any other kit. The new lighter design and head strap make it more portable too, so they can have fun showing it off to their mates!
For Xbox enthusiasts… The Xbox Series X|S
Not to be outdone, Microsoft have also released two new consoles coming out this year! There’s the proper powerhouse Xbox Series X and the smallest next-gen console around, the Xbox Series S.
Want to get your hands on the fastest, most powerful Xbox yet? The Xbox Series X has a whopping 12 teraflops of processing power. That means you won’t be left waiting around, because games load super quickly. And it supports 4K gaming and HDR too- making graphics absolutely stunning with true-to-life colours.
Sometimes you want something just a little more compact though. If you’re looking for a console that can easily be tucked away, but still packs a real gaming punch, the Xbox Series S is for you. It’s got the same CPU as the Xbox Series X and a custom SSD. That allows for plenty of the same next-gen features, like up to 120 FPS, faster load times and stunning visuals. But it’s a digital only version, with no disc drive.
Is this the right gift? Like PlayStation, Xbox has a ton of exclusives. Take co-op first person shooter Halo or fantasy favourite Fable. All new Xbox games are getting a huge upgrade: 3D spatial audio so you can hear friends and foes moving all around you, super-smooth framerates, and even better graphics. But, thanks to backwards compatibility, they’ll also be able to access Xbox One games. So have a think about the kind of games your gamer likes before adding to basket!
For at-home or on-the-go gamers…. the Nintendo Switch
Ever wished you could take your favourite console on trips with you? Now you can! Connect the Nintendo Switch to your TV with a HDMI cable when you feel like a traditional gaming session. Or just attach the twin Joy-Con controllers to the console’s inbuilt screen to make it into a lean, mean, handheld gaming machine.
The Switch is also one of the best consoles for playing with mates. You get two controllers with a Switch as standard. But then you can link-up up to eight in total for party games and epic Mario Kart sessions.
And, of course, there’s the games. Nintendo are famous for their beloved, zany, family-friendly games like Super Smash Bros, Animal Crossing and The Legend of Zelda.
Is this the right gift? There aren’t many consoles that you give you this level of flexibility. Keep it in the living room, take it to a friend’s house, play on your commute or in the airport. This affordable console’s brilliant for families and solo gamers alike.