It is finally here, but are you ready? After the now traditional seven year wait, the new generation of consoles are here, with both the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 top of any giddy gamer’s Christmas list. Are you prepared to get stuck into some serious gaming? We don’t just mean have you got your batteries charged, no we are talking about creating the ultimate gaming setup.
We’re stuck at home, so make your cave and indulge in some serious tech...
The Visual: Samsung 85" Smart 8K HDR QLED TV, £9999
Only one place to start. The big one. Literally. If you are serious about gaming, you need the perfect TV to play on and our pick is the new Samsung QE85Q950TSTXXU 8K TV (what a password that would make). What it lacks in a catchy name it more than makes up for everywhere else, with a 8K 85” display and a dedicated game picture mode - a display that will never let you down. With its high dynamic resolution, lag will be a thing of the past while its sumptuous curved display helps you immerse yourself in the action.
Whether you’re blasting your way through Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, getting frustrated on FIFA 21 or swinging through Manhattan in Spider-Man: Miles Morales, you’ll never miss a piece of the action, so no more excuses.
The Audio: Sony HT-S20R 5.1Ch Sound Bar with Subwoofer, £199
You can see the game, now how about hearing it in full surround sound? Pick up every engine note at the wheel of your favourite Ferrari in Gran Turismo 7 and feel like a true badass playing Assassin's Creed Valhalla with a top speaker setup. Our choice is the ever so select Sony HT-S20R 5.1Ch Sound Bar with Subwoofer, and with Sound Bars all the rage, this is the perfect time to get hold of one.
Available for just £199, this Dolby Digital speaker system will blow your socks off with both quality and volume. Sound is becoming increasingly important in our viewing experience and with this soundbar, you are truly put smack bang in the middle of the action.
The Chair: Secret Lab Titan SoftWeave, £429
We’ve already preached about the importance of a good gaming chair and the support and comfort it can give you for those long sessions in front of the screen. But our specialist pick for the best chair on the market comes in the form of the Secret Lab Titan SoftWeave.
The adjustability of this beast means that this will fit your body perfectly, no matter your shape or size. This is the Rolls Royce of gaming chairs, which means it is premium, but doesn’t come cheap. If you are serious about gaming however, the £429 price tag could be a worthwhile investment.
The Headphones: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, £271
Okay so perhaps you don’t want to deafen your partner, parents or housemate with a speaker, so instead why not invest in some tip top gaming headphones? Wireless is the way forward in 2020 and our pick of the bunch is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, coming in at £271.
They are the market leaders, built with exceptional quality, a 20 hour battery life and complete noise cancellation. Nobody is separating you from your beloved game, not now, not ever.
The Fridge: Subcold Super50 LED - Mini Fridge, £139.99
TV? Check. Speakers or headphones? Check. Chair? Check. Now all the serious stuff is out of the way it is time to spend your money on something a little more light-hearted… How about a beer fridge? The pride of any man cave, a beer fridge is the perfect place to store those cans and snacks to see you through your gaming marathon.
Our pick here is the Subcold Super50 LED - Mini Fridge in Black, a 50L cooler which will quench your thirst whenever you need it. With two removable shelves you can store coke cans, beer bottles or even wine in the fridge if needed while its A+ energy class will save you money. This is the glace cherry on top of your complete gaming setup, you don’t need it, but it is nice to have.