Best Gaming Accessories of 2015
No console is perfect, but the right accessory can help bring it closer to perfection. And gamers need to have the absolute best of accessories if they want to beat other gamers from around the world. It’s a kind of religion that only serious gamers will understand. 2015 has produced not only some jaw dropping games, but also other equipments that provide for the ultimate gaming experience and that takes gaming to a whole new level, Let’s have a look at some of them.
Logitech’S G410 Mechanical Keyboard
Logitech launched the G410 Atlas Spectrum keyboard a couple of months ago. The G410, which has a tenkeyless design (i.e no number pad or macro keys), is small and light enough to carry around in your bag. The smaller board also makes it easier to identify keys for gaming and allows for a smoother, easier gameplay.
The keyboard is built around the custom-designed Romer-G mechanical switches. This means the keys have a shallow actuation point (1.5 mm of travel) and is designed to have a softer click as well. The company also says that the Romer-G switches register key presses up to 25 percent faster than its competitors.
Users who still prefer the old-school way of having a mechanical keyboard and who enjoy the loud clicks may find softer voice of the G410 a little too subtle. However, newcomers are sure to love the smaller, lighter board and the RGB (Red-Green-Blue) LED keys that light up the board beautifully when your fingers press on a key.
Razer DeathAdder Chroma Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
The DeathAdder is a mouse that’s been around for many years now.The mouse has been updated several times over the years and the newest one uses Razer’s Chroma technology, bringing 16.8 million colour options to the table.
The Razer DeathAdder Chroma is a right-handed, ergonomic Gaming mouse with a Optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 10,000 DPI. There’s 5 programmable buttons, a 1000Hz Polling Rate, a braided cable and obviously the 16.8 million colour Chroma lighting (mouse wheel and Razer logo).
The ergonomics of the mouse keeps the design to a minimal. The mouse looks clean and simple but has a firm grip and strong build. When it comes to performance, there’s really no going mouse that can top Razer. The mouse tracks well and has a great in-game performance, though the lack of some buttons can prove difficult when playing RPG, MMO or MOBA.
Add to this you get 16.8 million customizable colour options for the mouse. So whether you’re in the mood for electric blue, pastel pink or signature Razer green, you can take a pick and illuminate your Razer DeathAdder Chroma’s scroll wheel and Razer logo.
Consider VR headsets as future gaming accessories. Two names dominated this year’s VR headwear news – Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. You may have seen these wearables already in actions already. The Oculus Rift will officially launch early 2016. The virtual reality headset was initially demoed as an entertainment gear that could create virtual environments for you to see movies and shows. But the fact remains that he Oculus Rift is primarily for gaming.
It’ll still be a while before VR-centric games are developed for the headset. Oculus has stated that existing games with a first person or fixed-camera perspective can be ported to VR with some development effort, however the best virtual reality games are those that are designed for the Rift from the start.
The HTC Vive VR headset is the product of HTC and Valve Corporation. It is also part of Valve Corporation’s SteamVR project. HTC officially unveiled its device, Vive, during its Mobile World Congress keynote on March 1, 2015. The headset will officially launch in April next year.
Those aware of the Steam controller will know how useful the new controller is the it comes to playing games on the PC. It’s much more than your standard controller, mostly because the Steam controller introduces touchpads and ditches the need to rely on thumbsticks, which makes gaming a lot more easier if you’re the kind who like to play at the comfort of your couch.
Touchpads allow a more natural movement, according to users. Guide your thumb across the touchpad and the movements correspond to the movements on the screen. Recently, a new Steam client beta update was released that allows you to do a lot more. With the new update, if you click the upper left portion of your trackpad, for example, the cursor leaps to a corresponding position on your PC’s monitor – potentially speeding up reaction times in top-down strategy and MOBA strategy games.
The touchpad has a lot more features that are still being discovered. One such feature is that the touch area can be reduced to specific zones, ensuring that touch input will go directly to on-screen hotkeys or a game’s mini-map for easy navigation. The Steam controller is a novel way of game playing, especially for those who want more than just the standard mouse, keyboard, and gamepad.
Microsoft decided to keep Kinect as a separate entity rather than having it as a primary component in the Xbox One package. Kinect is a camera and motion controller that lets you command your Xbox and TV with your voice and gestures, play games where you become the controller and make Skype calls in HD. Scan your own face and embed them into some games, or engage in some serious gesture-based dance gaming. The Kinect is an add-on for those who want a little more out of their Xbox One console.