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What is the Best Gaming Setup?

Written by TimmyHarris on the 30th of September 2019 at 09:50

The gaming experience should be compelling. The gaming experience should be immersive. The gaming experience should be the best. So you need the best setup to make the most of the high-tech hyper-detailed worlds that are right before your eyes when you play your favourite video games. So what can you do to get the best out of your gaming setup?

Get the Right Screen

I'll take it as a given you've already got the console or PC to suit your needs. If you are thinking of switching or upgrading though then you're probably safe to do so, as the next generation of consoles, including the PS5, aren't going to be released until late 2020 at the earliest. So if you're one of the people who got an original PS4 or Xbox One, you might want to consider upgrading to the more powerful PS4 Pro and Xbox One X machines.

But as with any great console, you're going to need a good screen to go with it. No point having the very best gaming console if you then hook it up to an old box TV. Same goes for PCs. Why have the highest performing tower with the latest graphics card if you don't have the screen to match? So look at investing in a good screen. There are plenty on the market to suit all requirements and sizes, especially if space is an issue. Every modern television set is HD ready, and some of the more expensive models are also 4K Ready, which matches with the compatibility of the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X. However, if you have the standard PS4, PS4 Slim or the original Xbox One (you know, the one where you had to get the Kinect with it) that only goes up to 1080p, so bear that in mind when deciding if 4K will be best for you.

It's likely though that upgrading your gaming setup might come at a pretty penny, but that's where comes in. They sort through all the best tech deals so you don't have to, and they can find some great offers when it comes to everything tech-based, so it's not just on gaming equipment where you can save money.

Sit Back And Relax

There's nothing worse than coming home after a long day's slog and wanting to relax by playing FIFA or Uncharted, only to be greeted by a hard, cold uncomfortable chair. Hardly the best equipment in which to lose yourself in the magic of the game. No, what you need is something relaxing. If you're playing your console in the front room, you'll want to find yourself a comfy sofa or armchair, or conversely, you might want to do away with convention and get yourself a big gaming chair.

Now, there are two main types of gaming chair on the market. The first is the platform gaming chair, which normally goes on the floor, is low down, and doesn't have any legs. These are good for rocking back and forth, with some on the market even having inbuilt speakers.
The other option, which is best if you have you game on your PC or have your console at a desk, is by going for a PC gaming chair. Now, they look more like a traditional office chair, but they have extra padding for ultimate comfort. Check out this rundown of the best seats currently on the market.

Sounds Like A Good Idea

There are two options you can go for when you want a great audio experience with your gaming. The first way is to get a good sound system for your television set or some quality speakers to go with your PC. This is what PC Gamer says are the best speakers out there for computers, and these are what you can plump for for your home entertainment system. This option is probably best if you live alone or have your console in a room that is fairly well soundproofed. But what if you needed something a little quieter?

Well that's where the headset comes in. Now, you get that little earphone with the PS4 to act as a headset and the Xbox One doesn't come with any headset at all, so it seems like you'll have to invest in a proper pair to get that immersive, crisp, stereo sound experience. There are plenty of brands on the market, so you're spoilt for choice on what to go for, and it can be hard finding exactly what you need for what you want. Thankfully though, Tech Radar have you covered.