With Christmas just around the corner, and lots of future esports legends all wanting Santa to be nice to them this year, here’s a list of some of the best peripherals on the market to improve their console gaming experience… Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sold separately.
Warning. None of these are really cheap. But that’s the price of domination, apparently.
Scuf Controller (PS4 & Xbox One)
The original, and many would say the best, Scuf Gaming first brought paddles to the backs of our controllers with their line of custom controllers for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Today, you’ll be hard pressed to find a pro in any console title who isn’t using a controller with the signature Scuf paddles. With the ability to easily change thumbsticks, these controllers offer a fantastic range of personalization before you even consider their look.
While Scuf Gaming does offer some pre-built controllers, the real appeal here is their custom range, allowing you to create something genuinely unique. Change colors, add graphics, and create the ultimate gift for the gamer in your life. Scuf controllers are “Endorsed by the Leagues. Trusted by the pros” and with good reason.
Astro A40 TR Headset & MixAmp Pro TR
The go-to standard for years, Astro make THE esports headset and MixAmp combo. Offering 7.1 Dolby Surround sound via optical audio, the MixAmp Pro TR offers incredible sound on its own. Paired with the Astro A40 TR headset, you have the perfect combination for anyone looking to take things seriously.
The advantage of a package like this is that it’s truly plug-and-play. 2 cables from your console to the MixAmp, plug in the headset, and go. Audio is an often overlooked element of first-person-shooters outside of those playing at the top level, and investing in quality sound can really help improve your game.
The recent switch to ASUS monitors by the Call of Duty World League (CWL) has brought the brand back to the forefront of esports, and with good reason. Not only does a monitor suffer from considerably less input lag than a television, but ASUS has implemented its GameFast Input Technology into the VG245H to further minimize input lag.
While many the gamer might be used to playing on a larger television screen, there are some advantages to utilizing a smaller screen. 24″ has been the implemented standard in esports across the board for years now, ever since all but the Smash community said goodbye to the ’90s and got rid of their CRT’s. The size takes a happy medium, allowing enough screen size to see what’s going on while keeping everything in your focus. No moving your head to see your ammo unless you sit 2″ away.
Nacon Gaming Revolution Pro 2 Controller (PS4)
Those looking for a cheaper alternative to the Scuf controller, or those who prefer the feeling of an Xbox-style controller but wish to play on the PlayStation need look no further than the Nacon Revolution Pro 2. Offering a lot of bells and whistles – including rea buttons similar to the paddles on the Scuff Controllers – the second iteration of the popular controller is a fantastic alternative.
The Nacon Revolution Pro 2 features asymmetrical thumbsticks in both layout and shape, with the right stick featuring the classic domed PlayStation-style stick and the left the concave Xbox Style. This is a popular layout with FPS players as it offers smooth aiming while also offering a good purchase on the left stick for snappy movement. You can even adjust the weight of the controller, making this one of the most functionally customizable controllers on the market today.
Xbox Elite Controller
Those over on the Xbox side of things may well be interested in Microsoft’s own stellar entry into the high-end controller market. The Xbox Elite Controller offers many of the bells and whistles of the Scuf controllers, with interchangeable sticks, D-pad, paddles, and trigger stops, all in an Official package.
Microsoft is also offering a few more iterations of the Xbox Elite Controller these days, meaning you have even more options when it comes to color and style. It’s nothing custom, but for an off-the-shelf product, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better.
There we have it. n3rdabl3’s guide to gifts for the budding console pro. You’ll be sure to hit the mark with any of these, offering the budding FPS Gamer in your family a superior edge of the competition this Christmas. Hell, it might even quell some of the rage for good measure!