Holiday Gift Guide 2016: What to buy for a gamer?

December 17th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Holiday Gift Guide 2016: What to buy for a gamer?

Gamers used to be a niche group of folks you’d struggle to find the right gift for during Christmas. These days, however, with gaming become so common, you’re spoilt for choice picking up something for the holidays.

From gaming PCs to the latest virtual reality (VR) headsets, there’s something for your favourite gamer this festive season. Here are our picks.

Razer Blade (from S$2,699)

The Razer Blade is a sleek yet powerful gaming laptop. PHOTO: Handout

The Razer Blade is a rare laptop that brings both portability and power. It sports a handy 14-inch screen and a game-ready Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics chip.

That’s not to mention the gaming laptop is beautifully designed as well, with an aluminium frame that is sleek and lightweight.

Starting from S$2,699, the basic model offers a 256GB solid state drive (SSD). Bump up the SSD to 512GB (S$2,999) and 1TB (S$3,549) if you want more storage.

Dell Alienware 15 R2 with Graphics Amplifier (from S$2,799 and S$419)

Dell Alienware 15 with Graphics Amplifier. PHOTO: Handout

If what you want is expandable graphics power, then the Dell Alienware range has it through its Graphics Amplifier add-on.

This black box lets you drop in a desktop-class graphics card to boost what you get on your Alienware laptop. It stays at home while you carry the portable machine out for your chores.

The Alienware 15 R2 is a good match for this. Equipped with a 15-inch screen, it is already packed with a powerful GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 980M graphics chip for gaming.

Want to upgrade in future? The Graphics Amplifier lets you do so easily.

Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 (S$1,188)

ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 is a top-end graphics card. PHOTO: Asus website

What graphics card might you want if you are building the most powerful gaming PC? Any card today with Nvidia’s top-end GeForce GTX 1080 will let you enjoy your games’ eye candy for years.

But Asus’ ROG Strix series wins with its useful triple fans and copper heatpipe coolers that ensure your PC runs cool even when the action heats up.

Oh, and the Aura RGB Lighting effects from the card help bling up your gaming rig. Beng or cool? You decide. What you can’t say is your PC will be staid-looking.

Logitech G900 (S$249)

What’s a gamer’s wishlist without a great mouse? The G900 from Logitech promises both high-quality wired and wireless gaming, so you get the precision and convenience of both for your games.

Needless to say, the mouse promises an absurd amount of tracking resolution – more than you’d need, to be honest – at 200 to 12,000 dpi.

More than S$200 is quite a bit to splurge on a mouse. That’s probably why it’s best a gift from someone else!

Sony Playstation VR (S$599)

Sony Playstation VR. PHOTO: Sony website

If you’ve already got a Sony Playstation 4 game console at home, then one add-on you’d want is the company’s Playstation VR. A headset that you strap on for a more immersive gaming experience, it is the easiest way to get on the VR gaming bandwagon now.

It also brings a whole new dimension to some of the games you have. So far, there are more than 160 software titles, so this is definitely something for the future, starting from this Christmas in your living room.

Battlefield 1 (S$69.90 for Standard Edition for PC)

Battlefield 1 is the first-person-shooter to play this holiday season. SCREENSHOT: EA website

Of course, what good is all that gear without a great game? Whether you’re playing on a PC, Playstation, Xbox or Nintendo retro gear, the games are what make the journey worth taking.

This holiday season, buy the best first-person shooter in the form of Battlefield 1 for a friend. Set during World War I, it brings the intense fighting on the frontlines to your screen at home like no other shooter.

Gift it to a friend via a virtual store like Steam or buy a good old game box from your neighbourhood retailer.

Did we miss out something? Let us know what you’d love to have this holiday season as a gamer!

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