Xbox Game Pass: The ultimate gaming gift

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X have been at the center of the holiday gaming rush, with people around the world frantically scouring every major retailer in hopes of bringing a next-gen console home. But you don’t need either of them to enjoy the best thing happening in games right now.

In a year dominated by excitement around new hardware, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service has steadily and quietly cemented itself as the ultimate value in gaming. It’s the best attempt yet at a true Netflix for video games, and now that you don’t even need a console or PC to enjoy it, Game Pass is the perfect holiday gift for just about any type of gamer.

For the uninitiated, Xbox Game Pass is a multi-tiered subscription service that gives you access to more than 100 games on a variety of platforms. For $10 a month you can get either a console or PC subscription, with the former giving you access to tons of games you can play across Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Stepping up to the $15-per-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier gets you the full console and PC libraries — plus all of the online benefits and free games that come with Xbox Live Gold. Oh, and you also get exclusive discounts, in-game content and the ability to stream many of Game Pass’ best games directly to your Android device.

These games are the real deal, too — we’re talking big names like Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, Destiny 2 and Doom Eternal. Every new Microsoft game comes to Game Pass the day it’s released, so you’ll automatically get hotly anticipated titles such as Halo: Infinite and Fable as part of your subscription.

Game Pass keeps growing in significant ways, too. The service now includes the full EA Play library, giving you access to a huge catalog of Star Wars, Battlefield, Mass Effect and EA Sports games. And now that Microsoft owns mega-publisher Bethesda, you can expect franchises such as Fallout, The Elder Scrolls and Doom to fully come into the fold. That’s a whole lot of games from gigantic franchises for a single monthly fee.

Despite having “Xbox” in the name, you don’t even need a console to take advantage of Xbox Game Pass. PC gamers can enjoy many of the service’s top games, and there are even some Windows-exclusive titles, including Microsoft Flight Simulator and the Age of Empires series. Better yet, PC titles such as Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves are cross-compatible with Xbox, meaning you can play them with your console friends and keep your progress between platforms.

But where Xbox Game Pass really opens itself up to millions of potential new players is with its Android support. Nearly 200 titles on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are playable on Android phones and tablets via cloud streaming, from big names such as Batman: Arkham Knight and Halo 5 to popular indies such as Celeste and Hello Neighbor.

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PC Gaming Accessories Market Rising Demand, Advancements and Business Outlook 2020 to 2026

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The Global PC Gaming Accessories Market research report primarily aims to hint at opportunities and challenges in the Global industry. The report also underscores potential risks, threats, obstacles, and uncertainties in the market and helps clients in intuiting them precisely and operating their business accordingly. The report covers an extensive span of the global PC Gaming Accessories market ranging from historical and current events to futuristic stich of the market.

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The report presents the market competitive landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/key players in the market. Top Companies in the Global PC Gaming Accessories Market:Turtle Beach, Cooler Master, ROCCAT, Corsair, Tt eSPORTS, Sennheiser, SteelSeries, Plantronics, Mad Catz, QPAD, ZOWIE, Logitech G (ASTRO), Thrustmaster, Trust, Razer, HyperX, Sharkoon

The interactive entertainment industry grew very well and continued to innovate a new platform to reach gamers throughout the world. Gaming accessories consist of all other devices rather than hardware and software used in gaming systems; These include controllers, gamepads, keyboards, cameras, virtual reality headsets and more. In recent years, an increase in smartphone adoption has accelerated demand for gaming accessories throughout the world. In addition, technology such as virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) also triggered the growth of the global game accessories market.

This report segments on the basis of Types:

Headsets

Mice

Keyboards

Surfaces

Controllers

Split On the basis of Applications:

Online sale

Specialty store

Supermarket

Others

Regional Analysis:

For comprehensive understanding of market dynamics, the global PC Gaming Accessories Market is analyzed across key geographies namely: United States, China, Europe, Japan, South-east Asia, India and others. Each of these regions is analyzed on basis of market findings across major countries in these regions for a macro-level understanding of the market.

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– Detailed overview of Market

– Changing market dynamics of the industry

– In-depth market segmentation by Type, Application etc.

– Historical, current and projected market size in terms of volume and value

– Recent industry trends and developments

– Competitive landscape of Market

– Strategies of key players and product offerings

– Potential and niche segments/regions exhibiting promising growth

The report has 150 tables and figures browse the report description and TOC:

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Key Strategic Developments: The study also includes the key strategic developments of the market, comprising R&D, new product launch, M&A, agreements, collaborations, partnerships, joint ventures, and regional growth of the leading competitors operating in the market on a global and regional scale.

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Best gaming accessories deals on Cyber Monday: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

The holiday season can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. Black Friday has passed, but with everyone gearing up for Cyber Monday, there are fantastic deals available on controllers, mechanical keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors and more.

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even the old models seem overpriced for what they offer.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 Switch game deals: Walmart is dropping Mario, Zelda and more to $30 starting Wednesday

All that said, it was hard to winnow things down — there are a ton of good prices, notably from Logitech, Razer and HyperX — so be on the lookout for those. All of these are available now, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more as the discount season progresses.

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Featured on our list of best Nintendo Switch controllers, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless is the closest you’ll find to Nintendo’s own Pro. It’s normally sold for around $40-$50, so even if you’re technically not saving $30, it’s still another $10 off. How low the price is depends on which model you buy, from Pokemon to Overwatch.

Microsoft

Gaming controllers don’t last forever and eventually you’ll need a replacement. This deal slices $20 off the regular price so you can stock up. It’s not the new controller that comes with the Xbox Series X and S, but it’s still one of the best.

Logitech

Ask any gamer who makes the best wireless accessories and Logitech’s Lightspeed line is usually at the top of the list for keyboards and mice. A bunch of its gaming gear is on sale right now, but the G502 is one of the most highly recommended in its class, so it’s a good time to snap one up.

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The Kain 120 Aimo is one of our picks for best budget gaming mice, and that’s at $70. For its seemingly perpetual discount down to $30, it’s a no-brainer buy if you’re on a budget.

LG

This monitor from 2017 is no spring chicken, but for its sub-$400 discounted price you get quite a bit: quad-HD resolution (2,560×1,440) and 144Hz refresh with AMD FreeSync support. 

Logitech

Lauded by the car aficionados at our sister site Roadshow as one of the best racing wheels they’ve tried, the Xbox One-compatible G920 and PS4-compatible G29 have earned some attractive Black Friday savings.

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The Verge gaming holiday gift guide 2020

Elago AW5 AirPods Case for AirPods

It can be a little overwhelming to see the same white AirPods cases lying around and having to wonder which pair is yours. This Game Boy-inspired case by Elago will allow your friend or relative to know which case is theirs. Also, it looks really cool. Price: ~$15

Hades video game

All the fun of a good-looking, fast-paced roguelike about Greek mythology, minus a lot of the frustrating feeling of getting stuck with no progress, thanks to a fun narrative and characters you just want to hang out with. One of the best games of the year so far. Price: ~$25

Logitech G733 gaming headset

The Logitech G733 is a rare breed of wireless gaming headsets: it isn’t too expensive, yet sounds great and is comfortable to wear. Better yet, you can get it in one of four colors, and each has thin strips of customizable RGB LEDs on each ear cup. Price: ~$120

Xbox Series S

The next-gen consoles are here, and if you are looking to buy one, the Xbox Series S is not a bad option. While it doesn’t play games in 4K, and doesn’t have a disk drive, the Xbox Series S is the most affordable next-gen console at just $299. (It goes on sale November 10th.) Price: ~$299

Asus Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop

It’s unusual to see such powerful hardware in such a small chassis: the G14 is the smallest Zephyrus gaming laptop Asus has ever made. But your favorite gamer will love it: it can handle the most demanding game while exuding a sleek, retro vibe. Price: ~$1,050

Tamagotchi Hello Kitty

What could be more fun than having your own Tamagotchi Hello Kitty to raise and nurture? Give your favorite Hello Kitty fan this cool gadget to carry around and care for. Price: ~$20

Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

Simple does not have to be a bad word. Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics is a simple, yet extremely fun game. For $40, you get 51 games including bowling, a slot car game, and a bunch of versions of solitaire. Price: ~$40

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Sometimes the best way to get through a pandemic is to pretend you are in a place to fix it. Pandemic Legacy allows 2-4 players to travel around the world trying (and hopefully succeeding) to conquer a worldwide pandemic. Price: ~$63

Genki / Human Things Covert Dock

The dock that comes with every Switch is fine when you’re home, but it’s too big to easily tote around. That’s where Genki’s portable Covert Dock comes in handy. It’s about the size of a phone charging brick, yet it has all of the Switch dock’s functionality built in. Price: ~$75

Razer Kishi mobile game controller

Razer’s Kishi controller wraps around most Android phones, as well as iPhones, to make playing mobile games easier and a little

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Best gaming accessories deals on Black Friday: Xbox controllers, gaming mice and more

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Black Friday can be a great time to pick up some sweet, sweet discounts on some great gaming gear. We’ve cherry-picked a generous handful of good Black Friday (or just current) deals on controllers, mechanical keyboards, mice, headsets, monitors and more that we think are actually worth buying. 

You won’t find reduced prices on this year’s hottest products like the Xbox Series X, Series S, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite or their newest accessories, or on the latest RTX 30-series Nvidia GPUs and AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs — if you can even find any of them in stock. Nor are there any reasonable deals, as far as I can tell, on any graphics cards. Even the old models seem overpriced for what they offer.

Read more: Black Friday 2020 Switch game deals: Walmart is dropping Mario, Zelda and more to $30 starting Wednesday

It was hard to winnow it down — there are a ton of good prices, notably from Logitech, Razer and HyperX — so be on the lookout for those. All of these are available now, but we’ll be keeping an eye out for more as the discount season progresses.

Josh Goldman/CNET

Featured on our list of best Nintendo Switch controllers, the PowerA Enhanced Wireless is the closest you’ll find to Nintendo’s own Pro. It’s normally sold for around $40-$50, so even if you’re technically not saving $30, it’s still another $10 off. How low the price is depends on which model you buy, from Pokemon to Overwatch.

Microsoft

Gaming controllers don’t last forever and eventually you’ll need a replacement. This deal slices $20 off the regular price so you can stock up. It’s not the new controller that comes with the Xbox Series X and S, but it’s still one of the best.

Logitech

Ask any gamer who makes the best wireless accessories and Logitech’s Lightspeed line is usually at the top of the list for keyboards and mice. A bunch of its gaming gear is on sale right now, but the G502 is one of the most highly recommended in its class, so it’s a good time to snap one up.

Josh Goldman/CNET

The Kain 120 Aimo is one of our picks for best budget gaming mice, and that’s at $70. For its seemingly perpetual discount down to $30, it’s a no-brainer buy if you’re on a budget.

LG

This monitor from 2017 is no spring chicken, but for its sub-$400 discounted price you get quite a bit: quad-HD resolution (2,560×1,440) and 144Hz refresh with AMD FreeSync support. 

Logitech

Lauded by the car aficionados at our sister site Roadshow as one of the best racing wheels they’ve tried, the Xbox One-compatible G920 and PS4-compatible G29 have earned some attractive Black Friday savings.

SteelSeries

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Best Corsair Black Friday 2020 deals: Gaming keyboards & accessories

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Corsair makes some of the best PC gaming accessories you can buy and for Black Friday 2020 it is offering some tempting discounts — up to 35% — on gaming keyboards, gaming mice, headsets, and mouse pads. Price reductions include the Corsair K95 and K70, which are among the best mechanical keyboards you can buy; right now, you can save $70 on the K95 . 

In our search for the best Black Friday tech deals, these are the best discounts on Corsair devices. Pick up one of these keyboards or mice and you can customize for the perfect feel to suit your gameplay style. We anticipate these deals to continue into Cyber Monday, so be sure to follow our deals coverage.

The best Corsair deals

Gamers tend to love a good mechanical keyboard, and the K95 RGB Platinum is one of the very best, with a durable aluminum body, a choice of Cherry MX switches, programmable keys, and per-key lighting. 

Our pick of the best mechanical keyboards, the Corsair K70 also features Cherry MX switches, RGB lighting, and a durable design.

Surround yourself with crystal clear audio for true gaming immersion, as the Corsair Void Elite headset supports with 7.1 surround sound, and has a microphone and customizable RGB lighting.

The Corsair Harpoon features seamless wireless connectivity that switches Wi-Fi channels to stay connected and lag-free, six programmable buttons, and a sensor that tops out at 10,000 DPI.

If you demand a bit more from your gaming mouse, the Corsair Nightsword is fully customizable, with adjustable weights, ten programmable buttons, and a sensor that hits 18,000 DPI.

More standout Corsair deals

 

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Holiday gaming gift guide: What to know about the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch

So many games, so little time. From bottom left, clockwise: Xbox Series S (white); Xbox Series X (black); Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; Nintendo Switch Lite. (Thomas Wilde Photo)

This is the first holiday season for the ninth generation of video game consoles, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (XSX) have recently hit the market, and Nintendo’s hybrid system the Switch is still a hot seller. The PS5 and XSX are likely to be two of the most-wanted gifts this year, for everyone from kids to nerdy adults.

That, however, assumes that you can find them. Both the PS5 and XSX are currently in short supply at every major retailer, with new shipments selling out almost faster than they can be put on sale. This is fairly typical for any new gaming console for the first couple of months, but in 2020, it’s been exacerbated by scalpers, some of whom are running botnets in order to buy up all of the available consoles as quickly as possible. You can get a PS5 or XSX fairly easily right now — as long as you don’t mind paying vastly inflated prices on auction sites.

Xbox Series X/S review: Microsoft’s new console is a big step forward, but not a leap

It arguably isn’t worth the hassle. In the last couple of generations, the first year has traditionally been the roughest for a new console, as both manufacturers and game developers work the unexpected bugs out of the hardware. That can mean physical defects, design flaws, or outright system failure. Traditionally, disc drives have been especially prone to issues, although that’s not as big a problem now as it was in earlier gaming consoles.

It’s also going to be a while before each library of games catches up to the new tech’s potential. As a result, most of the go-to launch titles for both the PS5 and XSX, such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, are also playable on previous-generation systems. They’ll look better and might have a few extra features on the PS5/XSX, but you won’t miss out on any actual gameplay by staying back.

As such, if you’re looking to buy a new next-generation console strictly for yourself, your best shot is to wait until next year. Let the holiday hype die down, wait to see how the launch-edition hardware holds up over time, and take advantage of the wealth of holiday flash sales that can be found on virtually every digital storefront right now. It’s not a bad time to pick up a PlayStation 4 Pro or an Xbox One X, either; one of the best times to crack into a particular generation’s hardware is right at its end, as stores work to clear out their inventories.

If you’ve got to have the next big thing now, though, or if you’ve got a kid, spouse, or relative who does, here’s what you probably want to know before you jump into the next-generation pool. This is

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Save up to 40 percent on these gaming accessories and parts on Black Friday

Headphones, keyboards, PC parts, and more are on sale for Black Friday.

With the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 5, and plenty of new gaming PC parts launching this year, it’s a great time to be a gamer. Whether you’re looking for a drive to store your games, parts to improve your gaming PCs, or accessories to enhance your gaming experience, Amazon’s Black Friday deals have you covered. This Black Friday, you can save up to 40 percent on gaming gear.

RGB keyboard

Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile Mechanical Gaming Keyboard



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$80 at Amazon

Speedy switches

This RGB keyboard has Cherry MX low profile mechanical keyswitches with just 1.0mm of travel. It can also light up your room with beautiful RGB.

Discounted memory

HyperX Fury 16GB DDR4 Memory



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$58 at Amazon

Adding some memory

You can grab 16GB of DDR4 memory for less than $60 as part of this deal. It has XMP-ready profiles that are optimized for the latest Intel chipsets.

Loads of storage

WD Black 4TB Game Drive



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$91 at Amazon $90 at Walmart

Store all the games

This 4TB game drive is big enough for plenty of games. Just be aware that it’s a slower drive, so it can’t handle games for next-gen consoles.

Black Friday always has great deals for gamers. It’s an excellent time to pick up PC parts, and there are plenty of gaming accessories on sale.

We’ve highlighted a few of the best deals available, but make sure to check out Amazon’s gaming accessories and components page to spot any other deals that can up your game.

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Toys Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Retro gaming, robots, and bustin’ghosts

You’ve got all the games, consoles, and accessories wrapped and placed under the tree, but there still seems to be something missing. While video games are great, you’ll probably want to balance out your digital gift with some physical ones. Fortunately, we’ve put together a selection of several toys that would make great gifts for the children or adult collectors in your life.


Arcade Cabs

It’s getting easier and easier to own a home arcade nowadays, and the holidays are a great time to surprise a loved one with a cab featuring one of their favorite games of yesteryear. Arcade1Up came out with some fantastic new cabs for their ever-expanding lineup including a new ¾-sized Golden Axe cab and a Ms.Pac-Man cocktail cab. For folks seeking a full-sized cab, the AtGames Legends Ultimate is a great option and features a ton of classic arcade and home console games baked right into the machine already. If space is an issue, you can always snag one of New Wave Toys’ highly-detailed desktop cabs. Right now they’ve got a very cool Dragon’s Lair Replicade up for order that even comes with its own tiny little laserdisc player.


Transformers

Let’s face it: Robots are awesome and they always will be. That’s why you basically can’t go wrong with getting someone any sort of Transformers figure. This year there were some particularly cool collabs that came down the line, including a Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Transformer and a Top Gun jet fighter one as well. Along with the new licensed collabs, there were plenty of traditional Transformers that hit store shelves in 2020. The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron: Siege Deluxe Refraktor 3-Pack (which are in our featured pic for this article) can change from bots to hover tanks and all three can combine to make a fancy camera. I’m also personally really into the new Quintesson Judge as it was one of my favorite characters from the original animated Transformers movie back in the day. The rate at which Hasbro cranks out new Transformers is pretty impressive and that hard work guarantees that you’re most likely never going to be in short order for a new model, so be sure to check out Hasbro Pulse if you’re looking for a particular Autobot or Decepticon.


Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler’s Neutrona Wand

Before the world spiraled out of control during this year’s global pandemic, we were supposed to get a new Ghostbusters movie that would’ve featured a ton of nods and winks to the original film. While that movie has sadly been delayed, it would appear that some of the collector’s merchandise that was supposed to go along with it have still made it to store shelves in time for the holiday season. One product in particular really caught the eye of our own Greg “Burkleton” Burke: Egon Spengler’s Neutrona Wand. This prop replica is actually pretty affordable when put up against its contemporaries and features several audio and LED lighting effects

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VR Gaming Holiday Gift Guide 2020: HMDs, games, and accessories

From the all-in-one to the top of the line headsets and the games and accessories that will make them fun, check out our guide to shopping the VR gaming scene this holiday season.

VR has really stepped up to the plate in 2020. Not only do we have a wealth of technology that makes the platform more viable and less queasy than ever, but we also arguably finally have a treasure trove of games to really make it a fantastic time to be a player in the VR gaming space. With that in mind, we put together a healthy list of VR gaming headsets, accessories, and, of course, games to make your VR playroom the best it can be in this holiday season.

VR Gaming Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Whether you’re looking for an all-new headset, a few accessories for your existing piece, or some games to bring it altogether, below you should find everything you need, the pricing, and where you can buy them this holiday season.


HMDs

VR gaming headsets themselves are arguably more versatile than they’ve ever been. The big names have put out some truly incredible products that stand the test of time, and 2020 even featured its own new and exciting releases. Check out the headsets you ought to keep an eye on below.

Oculus Quest 2

The Oculus Quest 2 is the star attraction of 2020 in terms of accessibility, versatility, and price range. With the Quest 2, a very good entry-level headset is finally in reach. Our review of the Quest 2 spoke highly of how cool it is to finally be able to make any room into a VR playground with no sensors necessary to place beforehand. The strap is lame, but there are options to upgrade it as well. Ultimately, you get a pretty good VR gaming ecosystem through the lenses of a 1832×1920px per-eye display and a passable 72Hz refresh rate with 90Hz being implemented in updates. After that, it’s just stomaching the fact that you have to have a Facebook account to access any of the Oculus Quest 2’s features. That said, at a $299 starting price, there is no better option for affordable and functional cable-free entry into the VR space.

Samsung HMD Odyssey+

Samsung’s HMD Odyssey+ Windows Mixed Reality headset is another somewhat more affordable entry to the VR space. Put out back in 2018, the headset doesn’t have the burden of Facebook on it and comes in at a little under $500 on Amazon. For that price, you’ll get a headset with 1440x1600px per eye and features a refresh rate running from 60Hz to 90Hz. It’s not going to outdo the higher line headsets like the HTC Vive, and arguably, the Quest 2 can even beat it in image, but the Samsung HMD Odyssey+ is still a decent headset that will work within your Windows PC ecosystem with little demand or fuss.

HTC Vive Cosmos

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