“Oh the weather outside is frightful!” so why not stay indoors and play video games all winter? That’s what I intend to do anyway. And with Christmas only a few weeks away we have decided to help you in your quest to buy your friends and family the perfect gaming Christmas gift. We have hand selected a variety of options and ideas to suit all budgets and all platforms, so let’s get right into it.
Venom – Marauder 7.1 Headset (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC £49.99) – venomuk.com
With the incredible advances made in the sound design of games in recent years, having a great quality surround sound headset is vital when playing competitive online multiplayer. This headset by Venom delivers exactly that, Santa will be dropping a lot of these bad boys under a lot of trees this year. Here is what Venom has to say about this tasty bit of kit.
“The Marauder delivers the Venom audio advantage like never before. Exceptional sound with an ergonomic design that allows for hours of truly immersive gaming: Featuring an in-line remote that provides control over chat and vibration settings, as well as a fold-out unidirectional mic to accurately convey your every word over in-game chat. 7.1 VIRTUAL surround sound gives you the competitive edge. By using state-of-the-art virtual surround technology, the Venom Marauder transforms the accuracy and realism of effects and sounds by dynamically positioning them around the game environment, so you’ll hear enemies approaching-no matter the direction.”
Venom – Xbox One / Xbox One X Twin Docking Station (£17.99)
Venom – PS4 Twin Docking Station (£14.99)
Venom – Nintendo Switch Quad Charging Station (£17.99) – venomuk.com
Nothing is quite as frustrating as being mid-way through a game and your controller dies. That moment of panic as you fumble around in your drawers for some batteries, or as you try and get your cable the right way round all while praying that you don’t die and lose your streak is something every gamer can relate to. Well Venom has you covered with their range of charging stations. Each are quick, discreet and have multiple ports to quickly switch out your pad when the time arises. A fantastic stocking filler at a very reasonable price.
Retro-Bit Europe – Super Retro Trio Plus (£119.99) – www.retro-bit.com
We love this little gem so much that we already have an article on it. No one can describe this fantastic bit of kit better than our resident wordsmith Reza, you can find the full details here.
Game Devil – Trident PRO-S Controller (Nintendo Switch £29.99) – www.game-devil.com
We love the Switch, as do most people who have got one. I know that JJ has not put his down since he got it! Personally I have never been able to get my head around Nintendo ‘novelty’ controllers, and have always preferred a more traditional pad to play games with. Game Devil well and truly delivers with the Trident PRO-S. With dual analogue sticks and extended triggers for precise movement and turbo function for extra power. It is perfect for arcade and action games. It also comes with 3 different D-pad designs to better suit your personal preferences and individual play style. This is selling out quick in a lot of retailers so I would get it ASAP!
Snakebyte – Gaming:Seat (£174.99) www.mysnakebyte.com
Comfort is everything when it comes to a good gaming session. We have all done it. Woke up in the morning, popped to the shop to stock up on snacks, turned on a game and played until you realise it’s almost the next day. A crucial element of that is making sure your arse is comfortable in these long gaming sessions. Snakebyte have the perfect answer.
“The snakebyte Gaming:Seat provides first class comfort, specially designed for gaming and allowing full concentration for better concentration and gaming results. Featuring an impressive array of adjustable settings, the Gaming:Seat fits in with your personal comfort for a superbly comfortable gaming experience every time. The ergonomic and stylish design not only provides luxurious comfort, but separates the Gaming:Seat from mediocre furniture, making a statement wherever it’s used. With its high-quality materials and solid engineering, the Gaming:Seat is built to last. Ideal for everyday use, office work and of course gaming, the Gaming:Seat is the only chair you need for your gaming sessions.”
Snakebyte – PC Pro Range – www.mysnakebyte.com
Selecting a perfect PC set up can be a process and a half for even the most experienced PC gamer. Snakebyte make the process a lot more manageable with their fantastic range of PC tech. Not only does it look amazing, but its performance speaks for itself.
“Designed to break free from the baffling array of professional gaming products available at high prices and with confusing specifications, the new range of PC hardware from snakebyte has been designed to offer a simple to understand, three-tier range of products (Standard, Pro and Ultra). The snakebyte PC range refuses to sacrifice on quality components, with specs matching products found on far more expensive alternatives. The PC Gaming Mouse Pro features the popular Avago 2050 optical gaming sensor delivering tried-and-tested performance. With four individual DPI settings and seven ergonomic mouse buttons, the PC Gaming Mouse Pro also features seven color LED lighting and a rubber coated mouse wheel for superior play. The PC Gaming Keyboard Pro features an aluminum top cover and laser etched key caps, delivering exceptional looks, feel and performance. Designed to offer an authentic mechanical feel, the back lit RGB keypad offers a lifetime of reliability and gaming service. The PC Gaming Mousepad Pro is ideal for more elaborate gaming rigs, featuring an oversized 80cm x 30cm gaming surface, perfect for complex gaming and sweeping mouse movements. Features sewn off edges and an easy glide non low-friction surface.”