Instead of enduring the rat race on a daily basis, there are times where you need to sit back and relax. What better way to do that than with some awesome games. Whether it’s on a console, PC, or your smartphone, there’s a definite need for everyone to play some of the best games available from wherever you are.
For more amazing gift ideas, make sure you check our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.
For many, the choice comes down to either console gaming or PC gaming. But the truth is that console gaming is much more convenient for many, as desktop PC’s can be rather expensive, or you will end up with a diminished experience just because you can’t afford the latest and greatest parts. These are the “consoles” you should be checking out this holiday season.
Sony's next-gen console is here, and the PS5 is set to take the world by storm with its super-futuristic design and all-new DualSense controller. This console is capable of allowing to play at up to 120fps (if you're TV is compatible), while also supporting 8K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate.
Xbox Series X
Not to be outdone, Microsoft also has released its next-gen console with the Series S and Series X. The latter is the more powerful option of the two, and sports a traditional disc drive, while giving you all of the power you could want to game with the best.
Despite only seeing a minor refresh in recent years to offer enhanced battery life, the Nintendo Switch continues to be a favorite for gaming. With multiple play styles, you can either take the Switch with you for a handheld experience, use the included dock to play on the big screen, or set it up on a table for some multiplayer gaming.
Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite is more like a successor to the Nintendo DS since it can only be used in handheld mode. But you still get all of the best features of the regular Switch, including the same display size and compatibility with all of the same games.
Mobile gaming has arguably never been more popular than it is today, and that was evidenced by the joint announcement of the release of Project xCloud alongside the Galaxy Note 20 lineup. Smartphones are arguably faster than your desktop PC or laptop, so why not take advantage of the power? Just find the right controller to get started and then game away with your fancy new smartphone.
Xbox Core Controller - Carbon Black
With a new Xbox, there's a new controller, and one that looks more like the Xbox Elite Controller with the new control pad. This controller is also compatible with your Android device, along with your PC or tablet that you may also use for gaming.
Sony DualSense Controller
The DualSense Wireless Controller is a departure from the DualShock controllers that we've seen for years and years. This controller offers a more rounded experience which will provide better ergonomics, along with improved haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. There's also a built-in microphone to go along with the headset jack for those gaming sessions with your buddies.
Xbox Wireless Controller
Chances are you already have one of these around the house if you’re a gamer, and if you have the updated Xbox One controller, you can use Bluetooth. Just make sure you get a solid smartphone clip to match your controller.
DualShock 4 Controller
For many, the DualShock 4 Controller is the best option out there, but with the PS5 arriving, it's the penultimate controller in the DualShock era. This controller can be used with your PC, tablet, or Android phone via Bluetooth, while sporting a headphone jack and a built-in speaker.
8Bitdo SN30 Pro+
Regardless of whether you are playing some retro games or just want a comfortable controller, the SN30 Pro+ is a fantastic choice. This features USB-C charging, connects via Bluetooth, and you can use it with so much more than just your smartphone.
An annoying part about many of these controllers is that you’ll need an additional smartphone clip to get an all-in-one experience. That’s where the Razer Kishi comes in, as the two sides of the controller can be separated, then you just plug your phone and clasp the controllers shut.
PowerA Moga XP5-X Plus Controller
To help celebrate the official launch of Project xCloud, PowerA released the new Moga XP5-X controller. Other than being compatible with your smartphone or PC, the XP5-X Plus features two mappable gaming buttons, and there's even a built-in power bank to keep your smartphone going.
Best Smartphone Gaming Mounts
If you want to have some fun gaming with your smartphone, but would rather take advantage of a full-sized controller over the on-screen controls, it’s easy. Find your favorite gaming controller, but then you’ll need to find the right gaming clip to match whatever controller you are using. Thankfully, there are a few options out there for you to choose from.
PowerA MOGA Gaming Clip
This controller clip has been around for a little while, and it’s not going away anytime soon. PowerA’s MOGA Gaming Clip was designed in partnership with Microsoft’s Xbox department. The clip is compatible with phones measuring in up to 3.12″ and folds away for quick and easy transport.
OIVO PS4 Controller Clip Mount
DualShock 4 controller users should snag OIVO’s Phone Mount Clip. There’s a two-in-one-clamp to keep your phone secure, along with being able to adjust it as far back as you’ll need. This kit also includes a USB OTG cable to connect your phone to the controller.
8Bitdo Smartphone Clip
When it’s time to sit back and play some of your favorite retro games or side-scrollers, there’s really no better option than 8BitDo’s SN30 Pro+. This controller clip makes it so you can use your new controller with your smartphone of choice, without needing to rely on another way to prop your phone up.
Best Gaming Headphones and headsets
Regardless of whether you are playing competitively, or just trying to relax at the end of a long day, you don’t always want everyone around you to be able to hear the game you’re playing. In the event that you are playing a competitive match, these headphones can give you the edge you need so you can hear those footsteps from around the corner, allowing you to make the first move.
Razer Hammerhead USB-C Earbuds
The Razer Hammerhead USB-C headphones are our favorite pick to get some gaming done, and there are a few reasons why. Razer includes Comply Foam Tips for a better fit, there are Active Noise Cancellation and even a built-in DAC for better audio quality.
Razer Kraken Gaming Headset
Razer's Kraken gaming headset is much lighter than the competition, while providing 7.1 digital surround sound and a bendable microphone. This headset is already rated to work with the upcoming next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft, removing the need to try and find something else for your new console.
HyperX Cloud Stinger
With its memory foam earcups and swivel-to-mute microphone, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is a fantastic option for those look at gaming headsets. The Cloud Stinger is compatible with everything you already game on, and makes it easy to adjust the volume with the controls placed on the ear cup.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
The Galaxy Buds Live may not be your first choice for gaming headphones, but Samsung's accompanying smartphone app makes mobile gaming with these a breeze. There are experimental features that can be easily enabled to reduce the latency, which is crucial in games like PUBG or Call of Duty Mobile.
Logitech's G432 headset offers 7.1 digital surround sound which makes you feel like you are actually in the game. The leatherette earpads and padded headband make for a comfortable gaming experience, regardless of how long you plan on playing for.
Phandroid’s 2020 Holiday gift guide
While the list above highlights a few of our favorite gadgets of 2020, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of 250 products in 19 different categories to make it easy for you to find the best gifts for your family members, friends (or yourself) this holiday season. We’d also like to thank MediaTek for sponsoring the Chromebooks, Smart Home, and Smart Speakers & Displays sections of our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.
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