Monday, May 27, 2024

The holidays are almost here!

Which means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for the gamer in your life, be it new tech or gift cards to buy this year’s top games. Or maybe you’re hoping to find some sweet new gear for yourself this season! Either way, gaming accessories make fantastic gifts for any age — whether you grab a flashy new headset, a blazing-fast SSD, or a fancy fight stick to take down friends in Street Fighter.

We’ve rounded up the hottest Christmas gifts for gamers guaranteed to make any player’s wishlist. From pro-level controllers to immersive audio, exciting PC components, to old-school vinyl, we’ve got any gamer on your Christmas list covered with gift ideas to power up their play. So get ready to deck out your battle station or surprise that special someone with the ultimate gaming Christmas gift. The holiday season is the perfect time to upgrade your rig and accessories for intense marathons of the hottest titles. Let’s dive into the definitive list of best gaming gear gifts for gamers on your list this holiday season!

Razer Kraken Kitty Headphones

Starting things off with some fun gear from Razer, they have the perfect Christmas gift for gamers or anime fans in your life. The Razer Kraken Kitty headphones, available in both wireless BT and wired Pro versions, bring a fantastic style to your audio experience. This playful headset stands out with its colourful design and light-up cat ears that you can customize with over 16 million colour options. Beyond the cute cosmetic factor, they deliver rich and immersive sound for gaming or listening to music on the go. The Kraken Kitty BT connects easily via Bluetooth to your phone or Switch for gaming away from your home gaming rig. Battery life is solid at around 50 hours. Meanwhile, the Pro model is made for serious gaming on your desktop, with surround sound and a high-quality mic for chatting with teammates. Both are lightweight and comfortable to wear for hours, thanks to plush memory foam ear cushions. So whether you grab the versatile wireless Kraken Kitty BT or the feature-packed wired Pro, you’ll be giving the gift of stylish, customizable headphones built for gaming marathons and all-day entertainment. Just be prepared for some playful cat-titude (forgive the pun)! These fun headphones will have anyone on your list looking feline fine while enjoying vivid RGB lighting options. Either version will delight, as both offer a fantastic listening experience and display piece. For gamers, music lovers and collectors alike, the Hades soundtrack is an easy recommendation that is sure to impress this holiday season.

MSI Vector GP68HX 12VH-012CA Laptop

The Vector GP68HX is a truly impressive gaming laptop that packs desktop-level performance into a portable yet stylish package. Powered by Intel’s 13th generation Core i9-13900HX CPU and up to an NVIDIA RTX 4080 graphics card with 12GB of VRAM, it delivers smooth frame rates even at QHD resolutions, making it perfect for that gamer in your life this holiday season. MSI has equipped the Vector GP68HX with a range of tech that keeps the laptop ahead of the curse, such as the Cooler Boost 5 system, to ensure peak performance. The 16-inch 2560×1600 IPS display with 240Hz refresh rate is great for fast-paced competitive gaming. You also get per-key RGB, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity and fast PCIe Gen 4 storage. As if that wasn’t enough, the laptop also features MSI Overboost technology, which delivers up to 140 watts of power to the GPU and an additional 45 watts to the CPU to push the laptop even further for those times when you want the best performance possible. You can pick up the MSI Vector GP68HX for $2999.99 CAD ahead of the holiday season. During Black Friday, also get an additional $30 Steam Code. You can buy the Vector GP68HX from Memory Express, Newegg.ca, and Canada Computers. MSI Vector GP68HX Laptop: Intel Core i9-13950HX, GeForce RTX 4080, 16″ FHD+, 144Hz, 16GB DDR5, 1TB NVMe SSD, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C w/DP, Thunderbolt 4, Win11 Home: 13VH-098US Supercharged Process: The 13th Gen. Intel Core i9 processor delivers the ultimate immersive experience in gameplay, multi-task work and productivity. Beyond Fast: The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU powered by the Ada architecture unleashes the full glory of ray tracing, which simulates how light behaves in the real world. *This section was sponsored by MSI Canada.

WD BLACK SN850 SSD

The WD Black SN850 is one of the fastest consumer SSDs CGMagazine has tested, with read speeds over 7,000MB/s and write speeds above 5,000MB/s. It uses the latest PCIe 4.0 interface to achieve its blazing speeds, so you’ll need a compatible motherboard to tap its full potential. We were blown away when we installed the 1TB model in one of our PC test benches. Games load incredibly fast, and transferring large files is lightning-quick. The included heatsink keeps temps in check during intense workloads and is a must for people looking to drop this into their PlayStation 5. With an endurance rating of 600TBW, it should easily last for years of heavy use. The SN850 meets Sony’s requirements for expanding PS5 storage, though the version with heatsink costs more. Given its best-in-class performance, I think the SN850 is well worth its premium price for gamers and content creators needing the fastest storage. WD Black C50 Expansion Card The WD Black C50 is a must-have storage upgrade for Xbox Series X/S owners needing more space. I’ve been using the 1TB model, and it delivers speeds on par with the console’s internal SSD, so games load incredibly quickly, whether on the C50 or internal drive. It’s cheaper than Seagate’s expansion card yet offers similar real-world performance. If that were not enough, thanks to the metal casing, the industrial design looks slick and feels very sturdy. My only complaint is the max capacity is 1TB, and I wish WD offered a 2TB option like Seagate does. But for Xbox gamers wanting to expand their storage without sacrificing speed, the WD Black C50 is a superb choice. It may lack the highest capacities but delivers uncompromising performance in a compact, rugged package for less money than the competition. It’s definitely recommended if you need more space on your Xbox Series X/S.

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