There's no better time to get a great gift for the gamer in your life (or to treat yourself). The PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch have all amassed stellar game libraries, and with no shortage of hot new controllers, PCs and peripherals on the market, there are plenty of exciting ways to boost your existing setup. From exciting new releases like Assassin's Creed and Smash Bros. to the latest and greatest mice and keyboards, here are the best gifts to get the gamer on your list.
No phone is optimized for on-the-go Fortnite and PUBG sessions quite like the new Razer Phone 2 is. This $799 mobile beast features a 120-Hz display for snappy response times, loud dual speakers for hearing every gunshot and explosion and a water-resistant design that lets you game safely by the tub or pool. And because this is a Razer product, the Razer Phone 2's rear-facing logo can glow millions of colors to alert you to notifications or just to show off. Add in solid specs that include a Snapdragon 845 CPU and dual 12-MP rear cameras, and this is one phone that will make any gamer on your list happy.
If you're going to get your loved one a Switch, you might as well get them one that packs in the hottest Nintendo game of this holiday season. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition is the perfect package for fans of Nintendo's beloved fighting franchise, with sleek custom Joy-Cons and a special-edition dock adorned with the Big N's most iconic characters. Of course, the bundle also includes a digital copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is shaping up to be the best Smash game yet with a massive roster that spans everyone from Mario and Link to Ridley from Metroid and Isabelle from Animal Crossing.
Marvel's Spider-Man is the wall-crawler's best video game outing yet, and an absolute must for any PS4 owner. Insomniac's take on the iconic webhead features a thrillingly satisfying web-swinging system that makes darting through the game's gorgeous open-world New York City an absolute joy. Factor in a fresh, original storyline that focuses on the dual lives of Spider-Man and Peter Parker as well as plenty of fun side activities, and you've got an addictive superhero epic that should be on any comic-book fan's list.
If the gamer on your list has a knack for the old-school or just needs a spare Switch controller, 8BitDo's SN30 controller should absolutely be on their list. This $30 retro pad is a faithful replica of the classic Super Nintendo controller, but with a delicious new set of color options that pay homage to Nintendo's Game Boy Pocket series. The SN30 works with a multitude of platforms, including Switch, PC and Android, and is perfect for playing myriad retro games on Nintendo's console.
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The SteelSeries Arctis 3 is an affordable, great-sounding gaming headset that also doubles as a solid, everyday pair of headphones. The Arctis 3's understated design looks great whether you're in your battle station or riding the subway, and its ski-goggle-inspired headband and AirWeave ear cushions are comfy enough to wear for hours on end. Factor in a crisp microphone, accurate sound and a versatile 3.5mm cable for use with any platform, and you've got the perfect gaming headset gift for just about any type of gamer.
One of the must-have blockbusters of the season, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the biggest and most ambitious entry in the beloved open-world action series. Playing as either Kassandra or Alexios, you'll explore a gorgeous and massive rendition of ancient Greece, where combat is diverse and satisfying, and story choices you make matter. If the gamer on your list needs something to keep them busy for upward of 50 hours or more, Assassin's Creed Odyssey delivers and then some.
For Switch owners with a knack for creative DIY toys, Nintendo's Labo kits make excellent gifts. These cardboard building sets let you create and play with a variety of unique "Toy-Con" that interact with your Switch in wildly exciting ways, allowing you to build everything from a fully functioning piano to a steering wheel that you can use to control in-game cars. Whether you opt for the $69 Variety Kit, the open-world exploration of the $69 Vehicle Kit, or the interactive destruction of the $79 Robot Kit, each Labo set contains hours of fun for those who love building stuff as much as they do playing with it.
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