Do you like games? Do you also like playing them, regardless of surroundings, access to power, Wi-Fi or a clean water supply? We’ve got you covered, with a list of must-haves for those who’d rather play in virtual worlds than exist outside them.
Strap in and prepare your hands with ample stretching, because what follows will arm you for hours of game time, both on-the-go, and at home, in all the resolutions and on all the things.
If you’re looking for a solid gaming desktop, Falcon makes some of the best ones around. The Tiki offers a very powerful and customizable compact tower that makes the perfect Steam box, and it’s also a rarity in the gaming PC market in that it boasts understated looks and won’t necessarily ruin the decor in your living room.
The Falcon Tiki is great when you’re at home, but when you’re on the road, you need a gaming laptop. The Asus ROG GL551J provides a great mix of portability, affordability and graphics power thanks to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics card it’s packing, with 2GB of dedicated memory.
Speaking of Nvidia, if you have an Nvidia graphics card in either your notebook or your desktop, it only makes sense to pick up the Shield Tablet. Nvidia’s newest Android-powered gaming device offers home and remote streaming with its recent cards, and it’s one of the best Android tablets available, too.
Want to game at resolutions beyond HD? Many modern PCs and graphics cards can handle UHD (or 4K) resolution, but they need a display that can also support that kind of output. The Monoprice 28-inch 4K monitor offers great resolution, at a price that won’t break the bank.
Modern gaming is about flexibility – being able to play wherever you want. Sony knows this, and they’ve made PS4 Remote Play available on a number of devices, including the new PlayStation TV. This is basically the guts of a PlayStation Vita, without the display, designed to be plugged into a television. It’s a great option for a multi-TV household, without requiring you to buy multiple PS4s.
If you haven’t played Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in HD at 120 inches, you haven’t truly gamed. This is a great projector in terms of balancing cost vs. brightness, contrast and picture quality, and it offers 3D for games that support it.
This may seem out of place, but Google’s Nexus Player is a perfect device for enjoying the great crop of controller-friendly platforms being created for mobile devices, including Leo’s Fortune, Badlands, The Cave and more. Retro favourites like Double Dragon and Sonic The Hedgehog only sweeten the pot.
If you’re after the best smartphone for mobile gaming, the 6 Plus with its A8X processor and huge, high-density display is the best available option, due in no small part to the extensive library of great gaming apps available for iOS.