Thinking about giving a video game fanatic a gaming gift this year? Then you’re in need of our Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019! Featuring everything from games to headsets, to controllers and a gaming chair, this gift guide is sure to provide a number of great ideas. Read on for our recommended gaming gifts!
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | SCUF Vantage 2 (PS4)
If you’re a fan of the Xbox One Elite controller, the SCUF Vantage 2 offers a similar product for the PS4. This well-built pad can be used with either PS4 or PC and offers a plethora of advantages over the standard DualShock 4. The high-performance grip prevents the Vantage 2 from slipping, and the joysticks and faceplate are interchangeable. The Vantage 2 can also offer a performance advantage with the paddle system found on the rear. These paddles can be bound to any button you choose, allowing you to use your index fingers for controls. This means you don’t have to waste precious time lifting your hands from the R and L buttons.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Sennheiser GSP 670 Headset
Sennheiser makes some great headphones, so it’s hard not to get excited when it turns its attention towards gaming headsets. The GSP 670 is an amazing wireless headset that gives you the option of using a wireless dongle (works great with the PS4) or Bluetooth. That means the GSP 670 is not only excellent for gaming on the PlayStation 4, but it also makes for a wonderful multi-purpose headset. If you want a set of cans with 7.1 surround sound, independent audio and chat volume control, and great build quality, look no further than the Sennheiser GSP 670.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | KontrolFreek Thumbsticks and Grip
KontrolFreek offers a range of cheap and cheerful products that make for perfect gifts for any gamer. Performance Thumbsticks are great for enhancing a player’s controller with additional grip and stick height. Many of the Thumbsticks are styled around games, like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Borderlands 3. For extra customization, the Performance Grip is also worth a look. This adds a layer of grippy cushion between the user’s hands and the smooth plastic underneath.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Xbox Elite Controller
While it’s much more expensive than the stock Xbox pad that comes with the console, the official Xbox Elite Wireless Controller brings a huge number of unique advantages to the table. It can legitimately enhance an Xbox One gamer’s performance in-game, with paddles helping to jump while adjusting aim in a shooter, or braking while moving the camera around in a racing title. The Elite pad is also modular, meaning the user can swap out parts to truly make it their own. It’s officially licensed and supported by Microsoft, too!
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Smatree Xbox One Battery Pack
With all of these wireless controllers comes the need for an endless supply of batteries. To help alleviate the anxiety caused by the “Low Battery” message, give the gift of (battery) life this holiday season. The Smatree Xbox One Battery Pack is a cheap and cheerful solution to those gaming woes.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Nintendo Pro Controller
Sometimes it’s hard to be the basics and the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is one such example. It’ll give both Switch and Switch Lite users a more accurate gamepad even if it comes at a more expensive price tag than some third-party controllers. Those have a tendency to have some subpar features so it might be best to stick to Nintendo when you’re looking for a gamepad. It might not be the best controller in gaming but it’s one of the best for the Switch.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Switch Mumba Heavy Duty Case
Living with the fear of dropping your Switch is an ever present reality. But the heavy duty case from Mumba can help alleviate these fears because of how it protects your little console for a relatively low price. With a little force, it will snap right on and protect the back and sides of your Switch with a ton of rubber. Some cases tend to envelop the whole thing, making the shoulder buttons a bit harder to press, but this Mumba one makes sure each button is relatively easy to press. And aside from adding some protection to the handheld, it’ll also make it a little more comfortable to hold because of its slightly curved ergonomic design. It might not save your Switch from being run over by a car, but this should suffice for the occasional drop or two, which is all most people will need.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Secretlab Omega 2020 gaming chair
Gaming chairs are often built to maintain your posture in an upright position, assuming that you’ll want to spend your time in them transfixed on your monitor and as close to the screen as possible. The Secretlab Omega 2020 knows that you’ll want to give your back a rest every now and again, and is built for just that. This is one of the best gaming chairs you can buy in 2019, and an excellent addition to any home office.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | IOGEAR 4K UHD 4-Port Switcher
If you’ve tried buying a 4K HDR switcher before, you’ll know it’s an absolute headache. Some switchers only offer 4K HDR at 30 Hz, while others don’t let you use HDR at all. Fortunately, IOGEAR’s GHSW8441 is an easy buy if you’re looking for a switcher. It supports 4096 x 2160 at 60 Hz and 4:4:4 Chroma sub-sampling. So, you can rest assured you’ll get the max frames and resolution from your 4K TV while still getting to use HDR and Dolby Vision.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | IOGEAR 60GHz Wireless 4K UHD Transmitter and Receiver Kit
Sometimes you just can’t get a direct HDMI connection between your console and a screen. HDMI degrades after 35 feet, and sometimes it’s just plain inconvenient to try to run a cable somewhere. Fortunately, IOGEAR’s wireless 4K transmitter and receiver unit helps you bridge the gap when an HDMI cord just isn’t possible. The transmitter has a range of 60 ft, and the connection is low latency and can even carry 7.1 surround. Unfortunately, the 4K tops out at 30 Hz, but you do still get HDR on content that supports it.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Death Stranding (PS4)
Few games have been more divisive this year than Death Stranding, but everyone can agree it’s a bold departure from typical gaming conventions. It was one of our highest-rated games of 2019, and Kojima has spun an incredible saga. Sam Porter Bridge’s voyage to reunite America after a cataclysmic event breaks the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead is a true epic. Besides the great story, you’ll likely find the gameplay, which largely consists of delivery mass quantities of cargo, is more addictive than you’d think. It’s a PS4 exclusive you’ll want to try, if only for the novelty.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Control (Xbox One/PS4/PC)
Combining the best of the X-Files and the SCP Foundation, Control is one of the best new IPs of 2019. The game puts you in the midst of an otherworldly invasion by the Hiss in the Oldest House, the HQ for the Federal Bureau of Control. In Control’s universe, supernatural phenomena are real, explainable events, and the FBC is responsible for safeguarding humanity from dark and powerful forces. You play as Jesse Faden, who comes to the Oldest House looking for her brother and ends up becoming the director of the FBC. Chosen for the position by a paranormal gun called the Service Weapon, Jesse must find and stop the source of the Hiss before they break free of the Oldest House and annihilate humanity.
The Ultimate Gaming Gift Guide 2019 | Best Switch exclusive games
A Switch is only a cool wide paperweight without games. 2019 wasn’t the strongest year for the system but it did have some killer titles. Astral Chain was a solid action game from Platinum, a team that has repeatedly proved its chops in the genre. Super Mario Maker 2 may have been more of the same, but it’s still a fantastic idea and had enough small tweaks to make a huge different. And Luigi’s Mansion 3 finally realized the series’ potential, becoming the best of the three and a damn fine Switch experience.
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