It’s been another epic year for gaming enthusiasts.
The release of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in 2020 came seven years in the making and yet with the on-going stock struggles, some are only just getting their hands on these latest consoles.
Not one to let Sony or Microsoft outshine them, Nintendo recently announced the launch of its Switch OLED - a successor to the hugely popular Nintendo Switch model - to the delight of gamers everywhere.
When it comes to gifting, our edit below is here to guide you in the right direction with failsafe presents that will enhance their gaming experience and show that you have your finger on the pulse.
You really can’t go wrong with the consoles mentioned above, but if your recipient is already kitted out, there’s plenty of additional accoutrements that will elevate their everyday gaming like headsets as well as accessories to enhance their space.
Xbox GamePass subscription
Give your giftee access to over a hundred games at their fingertips. This GamePass has been likened to Netflix, but for games. Pay a monthly subscription to open up a library of games with no additional costs.
It’s available for Xbox and PC and includes big name titles as well as those set to launch like Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Age of Empires, and many more.
Buy now £10.99, Xbox
Steelseries Arctis 9X
When it comes to headsets, Steelseries offer some of the best in the game. The Arctis 9X is the most premium model at the top of the range. It is sleek and minimal in aesthetic but is packed with features like the comfy and breathable ear cups to offer superior comfort throughout gaming marathons. It’s also wireless with a crystal clear microphone.
For a value-for-money option, the Steelseries Arctis 1 (£36.99) still offers a high-quality headset. It has a similar design to the 9X but includes a cable.
Buy now £179.00, Amazon
Call of Duty: Vanguard
One of the most anticipated game releases of the season, Call of Duty: Vanguard is the next in the first-person shooter franchise where you are thrown into global combat from the perspective of a WW2 soldier. As part of the brand’s integration post launch, this will also give early access to the new Warzone map that comes out later this year.
For PS5 (£64.99)
Buy now £59.99, Argos
Oculus Quest 2
The demand for virtual reality gaming shows no signs of wavering. The ultra-immersive experience takes the player into the heart of the action and on the forefront of the next generation of technology.
The Oculus Quest 2 is one the most sought-after headsets due to the high resolution display, super fast processor and the responsive Oculus Touch controllers. You can pair it with the app - no console or computer needed - so you can get gaming as soon as you put the device on.
Buy now £299.00, John Lewis
Xbox Series X/ PS5
For gamers everywhere, the silver lining of last year’s lockdown was the long awaited release of the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles, seven years after its predecessors. More time at home meant more time for gaming and yet to this day, stock is incredibly elusive. If you can get your hands on either of these devices, you have a surefire win for the gamer in your life.
PlayStation 5 - £744.92
Xbox Series X - £699.99
Buy now £699.99, OnBuy
KontrolFreek Call of Duty Performance Thumbsticks
In highly competitive games like Call of Duty even the most minute technological advancements can make a world of difference. Enter the Thumbsticks from KontrolFreek that improve accuracy and prevent hand fatigue.
The new launch from the label is inspired by the release of the new Call of Duty: Vanguard featuring the logo that has been laser-etched and a fetching red-on-black colour palette. There are also models inspired by the franchise’s other hugely-popular games and well as a whole host of different colour combinations.
The ergonomic performance gear sit atop the controller sticks, adding 10.2mm in height to improve arc distance and precision as well as reducing the amount of force needed.
Buy now £19.99, Amazon
Nintendo Switch OLED
Nintendo broke the internet with the release of its latest Switch device – the OLED. It is the first console to use this enhanced technology that gives a more vivid, richer visual experience. It can display the truest blacks, has the lowest levels of blue light and is more energy efficient. The screen is also bigger – measuring at 7” for more immersive game play. If you can’t get your hands on the sold out model, the Nintendo Switch model is still as covetable as is the newer PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles.
Buy now £363.99, OnBuy
Panasonic SC-GN01 wearable gaming speaker
Without the need to invest in a costly surround sound system, Panasonic has unveiled a wearable gaming speaker. Its ergonomic design sits on your shoulders to provide a more immerse, realistic experience.
With impressive audio quality, it can replace the discomfort or heat of wearing a headset for a prolonged period of time.
There are four full-range speakers, multiple sound modes based on the game in question and an echo-cancelling microphone for playing with friends. The acoustic field in multiple directions places sound effects like gunfire in the accurate soundscape.
Buy now £159.99, Amazon
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Take gaming on the go without sacrificing on the resolution and optimising the overall experience. Samsung has designed this Galaxy phone specifically for gamers and streamers with 5G speeds, a 120Hz refresh rate, 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and a long-lasting battery life. It comes in four ‘Awesome’ colours; violet, mint, black and white.
Buy now £399.00, Samsung
Numskull Official PS5 Inspired Blue & White Game Storage Tower
These gaming lockers will make attractive additions to any game or play room, housing the likes of controllers, headsets and game cases that would otherwise be lying around. They are available in a range of themes include Harry Potter, Batman, Suicide Squad, Sonic the Hedgehog, Xbox and more with a sleek look.
Buy now £22.99, Amazon
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor
You can’t underestimate the power of the curve when gaming. Getting you into the heart of the action, Samsung’s Odyssey Neo G9 Gaming Monitor has a 1000R curvature and perfect picture quality with a quantum Mini-Led picture. This monitor offers some of the most realistic play you’ve ever experienced.
It’s 49-inch in size with HDR2000 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate, and so sure to capture the heart of the gaming enthusiast in your life.
For a more purse-friendly option, the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC32G55TQWRXXU WQHD Curved Gaming Monitor (£299) will go down a treat.
Buy now £1849.00, Selfridges
Tekscore Goal Football Multi Games
Get your gamer away from screens and bring serious style points to your home games room at the same time with this multi-game table. You can play an epic 21 games with just this one piece; including pool, table football, table tennis, basketball and more - switching up between them with ease.
Buy now £149.00, Liberty Games
STATSports Apex GPS Performance Tracker
Whether you’re a budding professional or just a Sunday league Harry Kane wannabe, the Apex GPS Performance Tracker is the perfect way to improve your stats on the football pitch. The STATSports gadget is the must-have tool for nearly every Premier League club and is used by players such as Raheem Sterling and Megan Rapinoe and now you can test yourself and compare statistics with your favourite footballing stars.
It uses real-time performance data and comes with a comfortable GPS tracker which slips in the back of a vest to help you become fitter and faster. The tracker then syncs with Athlete Series app, which is compatible with iOS and Android devices so that you can compare data that includes metrics such as max speed, high speed running, high intensity distance, step balance, sprints, stress load and more.
In a recently signed deal with Arsenal, you can now unlock and compare footballing stats with all your favourite Gunners stars and see what it takes to compete at the highest level.
Buy now £144.99, STATSports