Games are more immersive, detailed, and realistic than ever (well, at least in appearance; most still seem to be set in outer space or far-off ancient kingdoms). Although many gamers remember the days of playing Nintendo and Sega Genesis on 13-inch televisions, today's games are 60-frames-per-second, million-color, 4K-resolution experiences! They are enthralling and engaging in a way that many gamers wouldn't have thought possible growing up. Tube-screen televisions and mono speakers simply don't cut it in 2016. In fact, even 1080p monitors and HD televisions are in many cases no longer sufficient to get the most out of today's titles. To get the most out of your gaming experience, you'll want to invest in the following:
4K Television (or Monitor)
When it comes to resolution, gaming left television and movies behind years ago. Though 1080p is still the gold standard for HD television and Blu-Ray, many games are now displayed at 4K resolution. Whether you're playing on a console or a PC (or Mac), you're going to want to invest in a monitor that properly suits your favorite titles – and that means buying a 4K UHD television (or comparable computer monitor). Luckily, your options are many. From 4k televisions to an abundance of stand-alone monitors, there are plenty of choices. No matter which you choose, your picture will be crisper, clearer, brighter, and more vibrant.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
When Super Mario Bros. was the state-of-the-art, game audio was rudimentary at best. In fact, if you're a gamer (or grew up playing games in the 1980s), you can likely play the theme song back in your head from memory (you're likely doing it right now). Game audio was that simple – a collection of notes and simple sound effects here and there, nothing more. Today's games couldn't be more different.
From authentic explosions and gun shots, to music titles from today's most popular artists, modern video games are audio-rich experiences. Suffice to say, the crappy speakers that you bought from the $5 bin at your local electronics store aren't going to cut it. To enhance your gaming experience, you should consider a pair of noise cancelling headphones. Headphones from manufacturers like Sony and Beats allow you to shut out distractions and completely immerse yourself in the game.
Whether you're a console gamer or a PC gamer, you're going to want a proper place to sit yourself down for an hour or two (or three or four). You could rely on your couch or old desk chair, but you'd be doing yourself a disservice. Gaming chairs come in all shapes and sizes, and fit all budgets as well. Designed to be comfortable and supportive, a good gaming chair will do the same thing that noise cancelling headphones do – eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the game, and not your discomfort.
High-speed Internet and Router
Gaming in 2016 means always being connected. Bringing a cartridge home and plugging it into your console for some solo game play is a thing of the past; in today's gaming world, you're more likely to find yourself playing against 100 or more people at a time, from all over the world. This means you're going to need a high-speed Internet connection and robust wireless router.
Although you could rely on your service provider's router, why would you? Consider this: their routers are mass produced to be as affordable as possible, while offering only adequate performance. You should opt for your own router – don't simply rent one. One of the best currently available is the Google OnHub router. Even without upgrading your Internet speed, the OnHub router can enhance your experience by optimizing what Wi-Fi coverage you do have.
This one is for the PC (and Mac) gamers out there. Simply put, you're going to want to invest in proper hardware to get the most out of your gaming experience. This means having the proper video cards, graphic cards, CPU, and RAM required to run the titles you own. True, the forthcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens won't require much in the way of hardware, but Star Wars: Battlefront will. Which one suits your gaming preferences? And more importantly, do you have what you need to ensure seamless, trouble-free gaming?
Article by: Jessica Oaks