More than 4 in 10 internet dwellers hold a strong interest in gaming today. When you see that the average monthly retail revenue of the gaming market is currently $1.2 billion, it’s safe to say that this industry is booming.
The COVID-19 pandemic will surely produce additional growth, but it will also change the face of the industry with new trends. New technologies will enable us to follow those trends and explore novel experiences.
Gaming has already gone through professionalization during past decades, where professional gamers are something like athletes who use analytics to improve their skills and performance. It is obvious that gaming gadgets are more important than ever, so let’s take a look at which ones proved to be the must-haves in 2020.
Let’s start with the basics. We’ve all spent enough months working from home to know the importance of a good comfortable chair. While some gaming chairs look like spaceships, what’s really important is padding support and good posture.
This is why our pick goes to Noblechairs Epic Real Leather. As the very name says, it’s real leather and, combined with the cross-thatched embroidery, there is no room for compromises when it comes to comfort. This gaming trone is simply a dream to sit on, allowing you to customize your position in any way you want.
Faster Than You
There are many flashy gaming keyboards out there, but the question remains – which one can really improve your gaming performance?
When it comes to durability, comfort, and RGB lighting, Razer Huntsman Elite doesn’t stay behind the competition and it has one unique advantage – its new optomechanical switches. This makes a world’s difference since it means that mechanical switches are combined with optical sensors, taking the actuation to a whole new level. It’s the fastest keyboard on the market.
All Night Long
No matter how fun the game is, all gaming comes down to repetitive tasks in terms of movement. This can result in severe pains in wrists and fingers, especially if you’re an all-night gamer. This is why Corsair Glaive RGB Pro holds the first place in our gaming mouse pantheon – because it’s an ergonomic mouse at the same time.
This means that it delivers both optimum performance and comfort, packing an adjustable 18.000 DPI sensor and an interchangeable thumb-grip feature, unique on the market.
On The Move
Now to the fastest-growing trend that is changing the face of the gaming industry – mobile gaming.
The fact that most phones now have specs that surpass those of many computers has resulted in game developers taking over the Play Store. You can’t play games such as Fortnite or Call of Duty using just touch screen controls.
Luckily, you can turn your smartphone into a Nintendo Switch with the Razer Kishi premium Bluetooth controller. It is without a doubt the best overall mobile controller out there that will allow you to play everything from old-school games to new graphics-intensive titles without the risk of being slowed down by Bluetooth connectivity.
Keeping Up The Pace
Due to the rapidly-growing trend of mobile gaming, console manufacturers need to keep up the pace so they’re constantly adding an edge to the gaming experience they offer. This is how the trend of cloud gaming has risen, allowing users to stream games directly to multiple devices and bypass installation and download times.
Besides the obvious time-saving factor, it all comes down to freedom of choice, which they also introduce through controllers. When it comes to the controller adapting to the player, Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller is definitely the king. All the gamepad’s inputs are deconstructed and laid out in a way that any player can create the layout that works best for them.
This controller works only for Xbox and PC games, so the closest thing for PS4 is the Astro Gaming C40 TR. It’s not that adjustable, but the faceplate can be popped off allowing you to rearrange or replace the D-pad and two joysticks.
The Power of Nostalgia
Another way console manufacturers are fighting for their share of the action is by utilizing the power of nostalgia. We’ve witnessed that power during the past decade of remakes in the film industry (just to mention Disney) and the revenue that it brings, so the production of remastered games was a logical step.
With remastered major titles such as Resident Evil, Warcraft, and Final Fantasy, the manufacturers additionally enhanced this nostalgia experience with controllers like 8Bitdo SN30 Pro. It is basically a SNES-style gadget with Bluetooth and joysticks. Its design makes it perfect for playing retro games and its functionality makes it compatible with modern titles at the same time.
But strictly conventional games are not the end of gaming. There’s nothing that sparks nostalgia more than tabletop, card, or dice games we grew up with. Throw in some cash and you get one of the most thrilling online gaming hubs – online gaming platforms. The worldwide pandemic measures have allowed remote to boom even more.
But to truly enjoy playing with actual money, you need equally real physical experience. That’s why there are some useful gadgets to get you there. An online game remote control will enable you to place bets without the need to touch your PC, while the the card counter will let you know when the advantage is with the house or with you. If you need some practice before higher stakes, the Full House app, available for both iOS and Android, will let you try your luck with virtual chips.
Into The Other Worlds
Although not perfect, virtual reality technology is already here and it allows us to look around a virtual space as we’re actually in the other world. Apart from the full immersive experience, the increasing social aspect of gaming makes VR headsets mandatory gadgets.
With a VR headset, now you can enter any kind of setting, whether you simply want to travel to Patagonia, experience a cliff jumping or wingsuit flying, play your favorite survival video game, or have a gaming night interacting with live dealers and other players from the comfort of your own home. Socializing within games has now become more than chats.
As for the choice of VR headset, we recommend Oculus as the first big name in VR that’s still in the lead. If you don’t mind being tethered with the cable, the Oculus Rift S is the best choice. The Oculus Quest doesn’t have the same processing power as the Rift S, but it’s an all-in-one headset and there’s no need for cables at all.
It all points out that 2020 is a defining year in the gaming industry and all the gadgets on this list have proved able to keep up with the new gaming future.