Need to find the perfect gift for the gamer in your life? This helpful guide should point you in all the right directions.
Gaming is no longer the TV-tethered experience that it once was. Now mobile gaming and the latest gen consoles rock amazing technology and high-end graphics to enjoy whether you're a part-time gamer or an adventure addict. This year there are plenty of exciting gaming gifts worth checking out for that special someone, so go ahead and dive right in to see what's hot this holiday season. If you're interested in checking out some of our top gifts that expand beyond gaming, check out our extensive 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
When it first launched, Microsoft's Xbox One was pushed as the console that could sit at the center of your home entertainment setup. While that's still the case, the past year or so has seen the experience refined, features added on a monthly basis and a string of AAA exclusive titles. If you want to play Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider or Forza Motorsport 6, you'll need an Xbox One to do it. And with the recent release of Windows 10 on both PC and the console, you can play your games without having to sit in front of the TV, and use any licensed Xbox One accessories to do it, too. Oh, and you can now start playing Xbox 360 games on it. Which is killer.
Razer Wildcat Controller
Whether the Elite Wireless Controller is already part of your gaming arsenal or you're after a worthy alternative that sports some extra flare, the Razer Wildcat Gaming Controller is a sweet accessory for any Xbox One owner. The Wildcat rocks 4 extra buttons — 2 bumpers at the shoulders and 2 removable triggers underneath. You can remap any of these buttons individually if you happen to find a more ideal way to enjoy your favorite games. There's even a quick control panel to customize profiles and adjust audio.
The PS4 has been on the shelves for 2 years now, but is still a top-tier console that's fun for all ages. Even with today's latest titles the PS4 pushes spectacular graphics with a smooth performance to back it up. The included DualShock 4 Wireless Controller features a capacitive touch pad that adds a unique gameplay experience, too. The PS4 isn't just a gaming machine, it's also a media hub where you can access some of the most popular video, sports, and music streaming apps right at your fingertips. With the capability to capture and share your best gaming moments, there's no end to your reign over the battlefield!
Star Wars: Battlefront
Let's face it: there's no better way to stay pumped about The Force Awakens hitting theaters in December than picking up Star Wars: Battlefront. Whether you've been following gameplay videos online or you had the opportunity to dive into the open beta while it was happening, it's hard to not appreciate how great this game looks. Jump into your own X-wing, TIE fighter, or even pilot the Millennium Falcon — Battlefront brings the action and realism of the original Star Wars trilogy straight to your console or PC. Its recent release just before the holidays makes it a great gift for any Star Wars fanatic.
MOGA Pro Controller
Some mobile games are just easier and funner to play with a controller, and that's where the MOGA Pro truly shines. This controller features a durable arm that holds any device up to 3.2-inches wide and sports a D-pad, dual analog sticks, shoulder buttons, triggers, and comfortable full-sized grips. The illuminated action buttons add extra flare and the MOGA Pro's rechargeable battery provides you with hours of mobile gaming. This controller adds precision to your favorite driving games, first person shooters, adventure titles, and plenty more that you just won't get using your touchscreen.
VIZIO 42-inch 5.1 Sound Bar
Another option to get amazing audio out of your games is a sweet sound bar. This 42-inch 5.1 channel sound bar from VIZIO will certainly kick things up, adding advanced audio technology to your favorite games, movies, and music. This setup includes a 3-channel sound bar, wireless subwoofer, 2 rear satellite speakers, and a remote to easily manage it all. The built-in Bluetooth technology also makes it easy to stream your favorite playlists from your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Just be mindful of the rest of those under your roof before you start cranking up the volume.
XRocker Pro Series Gaming Chair
With so many awesome games to enjoy, why not provide a comfortable way to experience them in front of the TV? Yeah, we're talking gaming chairs, and the X Rocker Pro is a great place to start. This chair features 2 speakers and a sub that put you right in the middle of any game. The ergonomic design has gun-stock arms, headrest, and a tilt and swivel pedestal that allows you to find that perfect sweet spot for optimal gaming hours on end. On the side of the chair is a control panel for adjusting volume and bass along with I/O ports for connecting to your TV.
Nothing says the perfect gift like a virtual post-apocalyptic experience, and the latest launch from Bethesda absolutely nails it. Fallout 4 expands upon a world destroyed by nuclear war, giving you, the sole survivor of Vault 111 a chance to rebuild and determine the fate of this wasteland. The incredible amount of detail, immersive gameplay, and next-gen graphics Fallout 4 brings makes it a no-brainer for any gamer that hasn't already jumped the gun on purchasing their own copy. As an added bonus to Xbox One buyers, Fallout 3 is included free of charge to play using backwards compatibility.
Xbox One Lunar White Controller
The Xbox One Elite controller is the hot ticket but it's also looking increasingly unlikely to get hold of before 2015 ends. In light of that, the special edition Lunar White controller would be a great gift. Besides a stunning white and gold paint job, the Lunar White gains rubberized grips on the back to help keep things steady during the heat of gameplay. And it's one of the new style controllers, too, with the 3.5mm headset jack built into the bottom.
Turtle Beach Stealth 500X Wireless Headset
If you're looking for a headset designed specifically for Xbox One then this wireless offering from Turtle Beach is one of the finest you'll find. Combining 7.1 DTS surround sound with no cables gives you both freedom and earth shattering sound. Take advantage of separate game and mic volume controls as well as mic monitoring to make sure that what you're hearing and what everyone else is hearing is at its best. It charges over USB and you'll get around 15 hours from the built in battery before you need to hook it up to some power.
Google Nexus Player
Great for gaming and all-around entertainment is the Google Nexus Player. Its easy to use platform allows any user to quickly find content across multiple apps using their voice from the included Bluetooth remote. Cast videos from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop straight to your TV, too. To get the best gaming experience from the Nexus Player you'll want to pick up the Nexus Gamepad to enjoy your favorite titles from the Play Store wirelessly over Bluetooth. You can even connect up to 4 gamepads to the Nexus Player to share the experience with your friends.