Here are our Top 5 shopping suggestions for the gamer on your list:
If you have a gamer on your gift list, you’re in luck — there is a lot of choice; everything from stocking stuffers, to $7,000 souped-up gaming computers.
How to choose? The most common question Stephen Lin, product manager for computer maker MSi Canada, hears from parents is: “What should I get for my child’s first computer?”
“If your 10-year-old only plays Fortnite, you might buy an entry level computer, but if you want to future proof buy something that is VR (virtual reality) ready,” he said.
VR ready or not, here are our Top 5 shopping suggestions for the gamer on your list:
Play like a pro
A PlayStation 4 Pro bundle with at least one game will a get a definite thumbs up. Game Informer’s review gives Red Dead Redemption 2 top rating and describes is as, “unequivocally the most well-crafted and fully realized open world in video games.” Look for it bundled with the PS4 Pro, a 4K gaming and entertainment hub.
$500 | PlayStation, playstation.com
Switch it up
While the Nintendo Switch specs vary from the more powerful, heftier memory PS4 Pro, it also doubles as a mobile game machine. For fans of the multiplayer online shooter game Fortnite check out the Nintendo Switch Fortnite bundle. Pre-orders are available for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, plus look for the Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Hardware Bundle.
$380 Fortnite bundle, $450 Super Smash Bros. Bundle | Nintendo, nintendo.com
Through the eyes of virtual reality
Give a trip into the world of virtual reality with the Oculus Rift & Touch System, but check first the person you’re buying for has a computer with specs that meet VR demands. There are other VR headsets that don’t require a computer connection, such as the Oculus Go and Samsung’s Gear VR for Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
$200-$530 | Samsung.com, oculus.com
There’s no best size in gaming headsets that fits all for all gaming platforms and user preferences. Check out the Astro A50 wireless for PS4, PC, and Mac that fits over the HTC Vive, Oculus and PS VR headsets. At a more budget price, try the A40 TR, compatible for PCs, Macs and gaming consoles.
$150 (Astro A40 TR), $400 (Atro A50) | Astro Gaming, astrogaming.ca
Kids who code
Kano has kits that teach pint-sized programmers everything from coding to creating tablets and computers. The Kano Computer Kit takes your child through the steps of building a Raspberry Pi 3-based computer to learning to code. You might as well forget being able to stay a step ahead of them with parental controls.
$200 | Kano, kano.me
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