Have you ever wanted to have your own gaming rig with all the gadgets you could possibly need?
Well, that’s more than possible in 2022, with a whole new generation of gaming technology becoming increasingly accessible to consumers.
From VR to the first gaming bed, there is a whole range of things available for those who love to play.
So here are the best gaming gadgets to get your mister this Christmas.
Drift Dreams Gaming Bed
Putting the bed into bedroom gaming, Drift by Dreams is the UK’s first king size gaming bed, although it can also be picked up as a single or double.
It comes complete with LED lights, 2.1 audio channels, charging ports, headphone holders and even a motorized TV, which rises theatrically from the bottom of the bed.
With a 32in or 43in screen – the latter climbing up to 4K resolution – it’s perfect for today’s most powerful gaming machines, and there’s an easy access space located 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 changed color and the speaker didn’t announce every time we turned the bed off or on, but, those niggles aside, the Drift is a great fun and indulgent choice for bedroom gamers short on space to mount their TV.
Buy it for £1,799 from Dreams.
Meta quest 2 online
The Meta Quest 2 is a perfect entry point into VR gaming. Whether you’re blasting through new titles like Iron Man VR (as awesome as it sounds), training with fitness games like Supernatural or Beat Saber, or dialing in distractions for office time VR has it all the box. .
One reason the Meta headset is so good for beginners is that it doesn’t need a computer to power it like pricier PC-gamer-oriented options. 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 Vive Pro 2
If the thought of building a powerful gaming PC doesn’t make you swoon, the HTC Vive Pro 2 might be more up your alley when it comes to VR. This high-cost headset needs to be paired with an even higher-cost PC to achieve silky-smooth 120Hz visuals in crystal-clear 5K resolution across its expansive 120-degree field of view.
Along with the Shutter Index, the Vive Pro 2 is the benchmark for VR graphics quality, and is one of the only ways you’ll get to play through great titles like Half-Life: Alyx and Skyrim VR.
In addition to its best-in-class resolution and tracking accuracy, you can disconnect the Vive Pro 2 with a wireless adapter, and express yourself in the world of VR with HTC’s Vive Facial Tracker.
Buy it for £1,199 from Vive.
Logitech G Clouds
The Logitech G Cloud is a handheld console designed to take advantage of cloud-gaming streaming services such as Nvidia GeForce Now and Xbox Game Pass.
Cloud gaming has been around for a while, giving anyone the grunt of a fast internet gaming computer, without the need for expensive hardware. Looking like a Nintendo Switch Lite, the G Cloud has two analog sticks, loads of buttons, triggers and a 7in Full HD screen. Although you can’t pick it up in the UK just yet, the handheld is still one to watch, considering that cloud gaming could take over an entire console category in the coming years.
Check it out at 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, amazing looking and best looking titles in gaming history – launched exclusively on Sony’s console last week.
With Sony’s massive, mature games catalog and new PS Plus series, you can hit the ground running without breaking the bank. With upcoming releases for 2023 including Final Fantasy XVI, Hogwarts Legacy and Street Fighter 6 – to name a few – whatever your gaming appetite, there’s something in the PS5 pipeline for you.
PS5 owners can also look forward to cutting-edge VR, with the launch of PS VR2 in February 2023 bringing a 4K resolution, MediaTek smarts, to PlayStation’s virtual reality capabilities.
Buy it for £389.99 from PlayStation.
Digital Infinity Board Game Table
If you love adding a modern twist to classics like Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and Yahtzee, the Infinity Digital Game Table is a coffee table shaped tonic for the specific wars that most consoles and gaming rigs are fighting.
The surface of the expensive piece of furniture hosts a 32-inch touch screen, and is a central feature for the family to gather around. Deliberately school-age, it combines nostalgic 2D graphics with a simple, kid-friendly interface.
It’s launching with over 40 games included in the price, so whether you’re in the mood for single-player titles like Mahjong and Sudoku, two-player classics like Battleship or Guess Who?, or a four-player family fallout – Monopoly, we’re hard pressed to think of healthier gaming technology this Christmas.
Buy it for £649.99 from Game.
The best gaming laptops
Lenovo Legion 5 (Gen 7)
The Lenovo Legion 5 is one of the best-reviewed gaming laptops around, with its powerful combination of AMD Ryzen 7 power, specs, style and ports.
You can load Lenovo’s portable camp with Nvidia RTX 3060 or 3070 graphics. That means that even triple-A titles look amazing on its 15.6in display, which climbs up to 165Hz in the highest configuration for an incredibly smooth game.
With the demure styling, you may not understand the Legion 5 Glance of a gaming laptop, but fire up the backlit RGB keyboard and it’s game on. A serious array of connections round out Lenovo’s powerful package – and there’s even a gigabit ethernet port for lightning-fast online gaming.
Buy it from £1,000 at Lenovo.
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 (2022)
The striking Zephyrus Duo 16 might start at £2,249 – not too bad for a gaming laptop – but its price rises to around £4,000 in the highest spec; eye-catching and eye-watering.
Whichever configuration you choose, the highlight of the Duo 16 is its dual-screen design. As the laptop unfolds like a book, its 14in screen angles in a second to light for a gaming experience like no other.
Watch a walkthrough on YouTube on one screen while traversing a dungeon on the other, or mirror your phone on the home screen so your eyes don’t have to be too far away from the action when you get a message.
If you want an on-the-go gadget with tons of power, two screens are definitely better than one.
But for £2,249.99 from John Lewis.
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