DualShockers’ Holiday Gift Guides 2020 — The Best Hardware and Accessories for Big Spenders
If you're looking to really go big for the gaming fan in your life this year, here are some of the big-ticket items you should have on your radar.
Gaming is a hobby that can bring about enjoyment at a variety of different price ranges, especially as we head into the holiday season. Picking up an indie title might only cost you around $10, but you can then drop countless hundreds on larger items that can open up the types of games you play.
Well, if you’re truly looking to go all-out with a potential gift for the video game fan in your life this year, there are lots of different ways that you can spend your hard-earned money. Here are our top choices when it comes to hardware and accessories you should have your eye on in 2020, including new consoles, gear, and much more.
Yeah, this is an obvious selection, but it’s one that’s worth mentioning. The PlayStation 5 is surely going to be one of the year’s most desirable gifts and, in our own estimation, it’s definitely worth the price of admission. The only problem here is that the PS5 is likely going to be extremely hard to get ahold of. That said, if you can lock down a unit for yourself, you’ll surely make someone’s Christmas morning that much brighter.
-Price: $499, $399
Xbox Series X/S
Of course, if we’re going to mention one next-gen console, we’re going to also suggest the other. Much like the PS5, both the Xbox Series X and S are likely going to be one of the holiday season’s most-pursued gaming items, which means you might have trouble finding either one. While you might need to know in advance which iteration that the gift’s potential suitor might prefer, either console is fantastic in its own right.
-Price: $499, $299
Xbox Elite Controller Series 2
If you cannot get your hands on either the Xbox Series X or S this year, then Microsoft’s Elite Series 2 Controller is a great fallback option for the Xbox (or PC) fan in your life. Even though it comes in at a pretty steep price, the second revision of the Xbox Elite Controller stands as one of the nicest controllers ever made. Plus, it’s compatible across both the Xbox One and new Series X/S models. Even if the Xbox lover in your life isn’t making the jump to next-gen just yet, this is an item that will surely improve their gaming experience quite a bit.
Oculus Quest 2
The realm of virtual reality has arguably never been more accessible, and much of that is thanks to Oculus’s new revision of its Quest headset. The Oculus Quest 2 is an all-in-one VR device that doesn’t need any additional wires or camera in order to be utilized. This second iteration of the Quest doesn’t just improve on the internals found in the first model, but it’s also coming in at a drastically lower price. Even though you’ll need a Facebook account in order to set it up, the Quest 2 is the best entry point into VR at the moment and could be a worthy present to anyone who has had an interest in the space for quite some time.
EON Super 64
If the person you’re shopping for this year isn’t enamored with new pieces of tech, then the Super 64 might be the perfect gift if they’re a fan of retro games. In short, the Super 64 is a small device that allows the classic Nintendo 64 to be played on modern HDTV setups. It plugs directly into the back of any N64 and then allows for an HDMI cable to be run from the console to the TV with a picture quality that is better than anything that has been seen before from the platform. Assuming the person you’re looking to buy a gift for still has an N64 at their disposal, this is a fantastic item that will give their retro machine a new lease on life.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
Nothing is more enjoyable than having some new toys to play with on Christmas Day, and Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is likely the item that will allow you and your loved ones to have the purest fun in 2020. Taking the tried and true format of Mario Kart and combining it with a real-world RC car, Home Circuit is sure to be a blast for gamers of any age. While you will need to already own a Nintendo Switch to play it, this is one item that should provide a lot of laughs and enjoyment, especially if you have pets.
Logitech G Pro X Wireless Headset
Logitech is one of the leading manufacturers in the world when it comes to gaming accessories, and the company’s latest headset might be its best iteration yet. The G Pro X Wireless Headset is a sleek, well-built item that contains around 20-hours of battery life on a single charge. It’s also a step-up from Logitech’s previous PRO Gaming headset and boasts improved surround sound headphones with some incredibly comfortable cushioning. If you know of someone who needs a new gaming headset, this is one of the top options available right now.
Secretlab TITAN 2020 Series Gaming Chair
Secretlab has become one of the most synonymous names tied with gaming chairs and there’s a very good reason for that. The company’s newest TITAN 2020 Series model is one of the best gaming chairs available and won’t only improve your posture, but it will make the simple act of sitting down a joy. While you’ll definitely have to break the bank open to cop one of these, the person you gift it to will surely thank you for years to come.
-Price: $459 ($389 for Black Friday)
AndaSeat Fnatic Edition Gaming Chair
Speaking of top-of-the-line gaming chairs, AndaSeat’s newest Premium chair is sure to keep your butt comfy for long periods of time. Built out of some of the sturdiest materials around which includes PVC leather, the AndaSeat Premium gaming chair is sure to last you for years and is the perfect chair for either simple office work or long gaming sessions. Not to mention, the chair is specifically on sale this week for Black Friday, meaning that now might be the perfect time to pick one up for someone special in your life.
-Price: $449 (10% off through November 30 with discount code ‘THANKANDA’)
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Bundle
Last but not least; yeah, we’ve got to suggest the Nintendo Switch because it continues to be the hottest gaming item around. After essentially being sold out all year long as a result of manufacturing issues that stemmed from the pandemic, Nintendo is looking to let loose a new lineup of Switch models this holiday season with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe packed in for free. The bundle is set to become available on November 25 and is the perfect entry point for anyone who is still looking to get their hands on Nintendo’s current console.
For more gaming suggestions this holiday season, be sure to check out our other Gift Guide detailing the year’s best software releases and stay tuned for our upcoming guide on the best gaming collectibles to pick up.