There are some accessories that, once you’ve tried them, you can’t imagine gaming without them. There are a ton of peripherals out there that can enhance your gaming experience. Here are seven gaming accessories you didn’t know you were missing.
Controller phone clip
Streaming a game from your console to your phone is a pretty cool idea and can be very convenient. But it can be kind of tricky to get your phone into the perfect place and have it stay there while you play. You can solve this problem by picking up a controller phone clip. Your controller will feel a bit top-heavy for a short while, but you’ll adjust to it. These things are great for when you want to be gaming out, but someone else wants to watch a movie. You can hang out with them and still get your game on. You can pick these clips up for $12.99 on Amazon.
If you’re a hardcore racing game fan, then you’ve probably heard of racing chairs. But if you’re a casual gamer, or just getting into racing games, this is for you. “They make playing your favorite game an entirely new experience. Once you combine the chair with some pedals and a steering wheel, it really does feel like you’re actually driving,” recommends Carrie Liao, tech reviewer at Studentwritingservices and GradeOnFire. You can find racing chairs on Amazon for $377.54.
Smart power strip or uninterrupted power supply
An uninterrupted power supply (UPS) device will detect when you turn off your system and will automatically shut off peripheral devices. This means you can shut off the things you don’t need on, while your USB hub stays powered. Which is great if you just want your PC to go to sleep, and don’t want all the peripherals staying on, wasting energy. If you feel like a UPS is not for you, a smart power strip is a good compromise, as far as surge protectors go.
Controller Charging Station
Nobody likes having their controller die on them at the worst possible time, or ever. Sure, you can still use the controller while it’s charging, but the cables are always too short, and you’re bound to forget it’s plugged in and rip it out when you get into a game (if you’re like me.) A charging station is one solution to this problem. It lets you play with one controller while you’re charging your spare. It can also charge two at a time, for when you want to play with a buddy. You can find a controller charging station on Amazon for $29.99.
Console Carrying Case
How many times have you packed up your system to go play at friend’s house? Probably quite a few times. And how many times was hauling it a pleasant experience? I’m guessing zero. “A GAEMS carrying case solves the headaches associated with transporting your system. They’re strong, reliable, and have a spot for everything. So, you don’t have to worry about your things getting damaged, or untangling all your chords once you arrive,” advises Eddie Cooper, tech writer at Study Demic.
USB hard drive dock
These are very useful devices, especially if you get the dual clock version. They make cloning hard drives much easier because there is no need to open up its case and try to make connections while not wrecking your PC. Simply stick your drive in so that the power and SATA connectors fit to the device and then plug it in. Then attach a small power brick because your PC’s hard drive uses more power than the USB can deliver.
When you’re playing a first-person shooter, you want all the advantages you can get. Trigger stops are one way of giving yourself an edge, and there are a few different types. They extend your trigger and create a stop that increases the sensitivity of your trigger button, meaning you’ll be able to shoot just a tiny bit quicker than your opponent. But that tiny bit makes all the difference when you’re playing Call of Duty online, doesn’t it? Trigger stops go for $19.99 on Amazon.
If you’re a veteran gamer, you might think you’re familiar with every gaming peripheral. But there are a ton of them out there, and more are released all the time. Accessories can go a long way towards enhancing your gaming experience.
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