For those of us who are obsessed with games, every aspect of the experience counts. But creating a gaming setup that allows for the perfect experience isn’t easy. Here are some simple things you can do to improve your gaming experience.
A Comfortable Controller with Analog Stick Covers
It wasn’t long ago that we associated controllers exclusively with console gamers. However, in recent years the controller has become a common component of PC gamer setups as well. This is driven in part by the cross-platform support for such peripherals. Now the PC versions of console games can often detect a console controller and adjust the control input accordingly.
There are many different controllers to choose from. The official ones for each console are fine for most people, but there are a number of third-party options out there as well. There are controllers that cater to different hand sizes, preferred shapes, and there are even designs for those with limited dexterity.
Whatever controller you settle for, you should invest in some analog stick covers. But how will these improve your gaming experience? Well, for one thing, those who are doing a lot of gaming will find that the analog sticks on their controllers can wear out, their tips becoming damaged. Analog stick covers will prevent this damage and improve the grip of the sticks, making them much easier to use.
Choose the Right Display
When it comes to choosing the right display for your gaming setup, you will need to consider a couple of things. The most important consideration is the kind of sound system you have. This is an important point because, while a monitor will offer better image quality than the equivalent priced television, they rarely have built-in speakers like a TV does.
It should also be noted that, while you can find gaming monitors that are capable of displaying very high-resolution images, you will first need to make sure that your chosen gaming device can actually take advantage of these capabilities. If you are gaming on a console, you will need to know whether it outputs the standard 1080 HD or 4K UHD. If it is the latter, you will need a more expensive monitor or TV to take advantage of the extra resolution.
However, if you are playing on a PC, it will probably be capable of outputting 4K images, even if it currently isn’t. You should be aware that outputting higher resolutions will require a more powerful computer. If you want to play 4K, or even VR, games on a PC, you will need a more powerful system than you otherwise would.
Consider a VPN
Using a VPN (Virtual private Network) can help to speed up the connection, and lower the latency between your device and the client. It can also enable you to access content that isn’t available in your country – something that a lot of players on consoles struggle with.
On top of this, if you play a lot of eSports tournaments, a VPN can ensure that your connection remains private and protect you from DDoS attacks. Everything will be encrypted, keeping your data, files, and device safe.
A Good Pair of Headphones
The sound in a game is just as important as the visuals. Lots of us hook our consoles up to our TV and use the inbuilt speakers without ever considering the alternatives.
The fact is, having a decent sound system can add whole new layers of immersion to your gaming experience, and this is especially true when using headphones. They allow you to sense the sounds in the game as if they were happening around you. For example, if you’re in a game and there is a monster behind you, you will hear the sound from behind you in your headphones. For those who want their gaming experience to be as immersive as possible, a pair of good headphones is crucial.
No matter what kind of games you like to play, it is always nice to have the option to sit and play for quite some time. Unfortunately, if your gaming environment isn’t very comfortable to be in, you will find it difficult to spend a longer stretch of time there. If you want to go the whole hog, you can invest in a dedicated gaming chair. These chairs are designed to be as comfortable as possible, and many have inbuilt speakers and other features to enhance the gaming experience,
This is one of the most commonly overlooked, but also most important, considerations for ensuring an optimal gaming experience. If you spend too much time in games without giving any thought to the inevitable fatigue, you will find that both the quality of your play and your physical comfort are impacted. It is a good idea to take a 15-minute break every hour or so, although different sources make different recommendations.
If you are really serious about gaming, you will want the best experience possible. Instead of just throwing your money at better consoles and faster computers, try some of the above tips to improve your experience.