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.
Acer Predator Helios 500
If you're looking to splurge on the ultimate gaming laptop for the fragger in your life, it doesn't get much better than the Acer Predator Helios 500. This mobile gaming monster is a beast inside and out, with a beefy, badass design filled with eye-catching vents, cool blue highlights, and fully customizable RGB lighting. But the real draw of this machine is its gorgeous 1080p G-Sync display, Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU, which all combine to deliver an immersive gaming experience no matter where you are.
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.
Poké Ball Plus
Poké Ball Plus is the perfect gift for any dedicated Pokémon trainer, whether they're glued to Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu or Let's Go Eevee on Nintendo Switch or are deep into Pokémon Go on their smartphone. This cute, cozy accessory works as a fully functioning controller for Let's Go, allowing you to navigate the game world one-handed and enjoy fun vibrations and sound effects that make it feel like you're actually catching Pokémon. The Poké Ball Plus even tracks your steps in the real world, allowing you to rack up experience points for your Pokémon in Let's Go as well as hit Pokéstops and catch Pokémon in Pokemon Go.
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8BitDo SN30 Controller
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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Razer Phone 2
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.
Blue Yeti Nano
The Blue Yeti Nano is an affordable, great-sounding microphone that makes an excellent gift for anyone looking to get into livestreaming or podcasting. This adorable little microphone takes the excellent sound quality of the best-in-class Blue Yeti microphone and packs it into a more compact design that's perfect for recording or streaming on the go. And with both cardoid and omnidirectional pickup modes, the Yeti Nano is equally ideal whether you're recording a multi-person podcast or going solo on your next hit YouTube video.
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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas
Who says you can't get a great gaming headset for under $100? The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas is a great addition to any gamer's arsenal, offering immersive gaming audio within a stylish, cozy design that'll work equally well with PCs and consoles. Factor in extra touches like swappable ear plates, a dependable mic and glasses-friendly earcups, and you've got an awesomely affordable headset for both competitive Fortnite matches and immersive Red Dead Redemption 2 sessions.
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey
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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Forza Horizon 4
Like clockwork, Playground Games has delivered yet another Xbox One and PC racing masterpiece with Forza Horizon 4. The latest in Microsoft's open-world arcade driving series turns you loose in beautiful Britain, where you can freely explore, perform crazy stunts and skill combos, or compete in an endless array of races and challenges either solo or with friends. Forza Horizon 4 even brings dynamic seasons into the mix, meaning the game world will shift between summer, fall, winter and spring in real-time for all players, introducing new hazards and challenges to master with every transition.
Whirlwind FX's Vortx accessory is a great way to surprise and delight the PC gamer in your life that already has everything. Dubbed the "world's first environmental simulator for PC gaming," this speaker-sized peripheral will blow hot and cool air at you depending on what's happening in game. Dropping out of the battle bus in Fortnite? You'll feel the wind blowing against your face. Dodging explosions in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4? Get ready to feel the heat. If you're willing to pay the premium for it, the Vortx is a great way to add an extra layer of immersion to any PC gaming session.
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Scuf Vantage Controller
Is the gamer on your list looking to go pro in Call of Duty or Fortnite? Scuf's Vantage controller is for them. This premium, sturdy PS4 pad comes complete with swappable components, fully re-programmable buttons and additional paddle controls, giving you all the tools you need for nailing every headshot. Factor in the ability to swap in different colored faceplates, and you've got a pro gaming controller that looks as good as it feels.
Xbox Game Pass Membership
For Xbox One owners, Game Pass is the gift that keeps on giving. Essentially, the Netflix of Xbox games, Xbox Game Pass gives players access to an ever-growing library of 100-plus titles that includes such major hits as Halo 5, Forza Horizon 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Sea of Thieves for just $10 per month. New titles get added to Game Pass constantly, and you'll even get all of Microsoft's first-party blockbusters the day they hit retail.
God of War
One of the PS4's best games to date, God of War reinvents the storied hack-and-slash series into a genuine action-adventure epic. The latest God of War game casts you as an older, more weathered Kratos, who must fight his way through the stunning lands of Norse mythology with his son Atreus for a deeply personal quest. This sets the stage for a sweeping adventure complete with a challenging, immensely satisfying combat system, tons of puzzles and exploration, and some of the most stunning graphics you'll experience on your PS4 or PS4 Pro.
Seagate Game Drive for Xbox SSD
With games like Gears of War 4 and Halo 5 demanding close to 100GB of storage, your Xbox One's hard drive can fill up fast. That's why any serious Xbox gamer needs Seagate's Game Drive, which comes in 2TB, 4TB and a whopping 8TB of storage, allowing you to instantly boost your Xbox's drive space while taking your favorite games with you anywhere you go.
Dell G7 15 Gaming Laptop
The Dell G7 15 is the rare gaming laptop that provides a powerful gaming experience on the go at an affordable price with minimal sacrifices. Armed with an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics, this portable powerhouse can handle hot titles like Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider at respectable settings on the road. And unlike the trove of overly aggressive gaming laptops out there, this slim blue-and-white beauty is a marvel to look at.
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Nintendo Switch Online Membership
For Switch owners who play games like Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe online, a Nintendo Switch Online membership is essential. Besides granting access to online multiplayer, Nintendo Switch Online provides cloud saves, access to special offers and a smartphone app for chatting with friends, and a growing library of NES classics that includes such hits as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong.
HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro Mouse
The HyperX Pulsefire FPS Pro proves that you can get a great gaming mouse without paying a fortune. This $60 peripheral offers an attractive, comfortable design, an intuitive button layout and excellent in-game performance that's especially tailored toward competitive shooters.
Echogear Premium Dual Monitor Stand
If you're shopping for a PC gamer with a high-end, multimonitor setup, Echogear's dual-monitor stand makes the perfect gift. This monitor mount hastwo ultra-flexible arms, which allow you to prop up two displays at just about any angle while freeing up tons of space on your desk — something that folks with a cavalcade of fancy RGB gadgets will appreciate.
8BitDo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter
The $20 8BitDo Wireless Bluetooth Adapter is the perfect stocking stuffer for the gamer on your list — especially if they own a Switch. This gadget lets you use PS4 controllers, Xbox One pads and a variety of other Bluetooth gamepads with your Switch or PC, allowing you to get more use out of the controllers you already own rather than splurging on a brand-new one.
Razer BlackWidow Elite Keyboard
The Razer BlackWidow Elite improves on one of the best mechanical keyboards out there, with a stunning RGB-backlit design, a comfy wrist rest, handy media controls and plenty of useful ports. If the gamer on your list is out to dominate in games like League of Legends and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, this is the keyboard to get them.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 Pro Bundle
If you or your loved one haven't jumped on the PS4 bandwagon yet, this is the perfect way to do so. The Red Dead Redemption 2 PS4 Pro bundle combines Sony's premium 4K console with Rockstar's wildly anticipated open-world epic, giving you endless hours of gameplay. If you want to get lost in the Wild West in stunning 4K resolution (and also give yourself access to the PS4's superb game library), this is the best way to do so.