Playing video games can be a fun, engaging experience. And for most folks who turn on their game consoles or play games on the PC, it’s as simple as booting it up, turning on a game, and sitting back with a new title.
But for many other players, accessories made by both first- and third-party gaming companies can give them the edge they need to be more successful. With help from racing wheels in car games or easier-to-use thumbsticks on controllers, it’s possible to enhance your gameplay experience and in some cases, even become a bit better at a respective title.
The trouble with buying gaming accessories, however, is that they don’t always work as you’d hope. Sometimes, you’ll experience compatibility problems. And in other cases, you’ll find that the buttons on your third-party accessory don’t necessarily map to the buttons you’d expect. It’s a real pain.
So, to help you find the best gaming accessories that will actually work with your platform of choice, we’ve compiled the following roundup. The devices below have been chosen based on their solid reviews from customers and their ability to enhance gameplay. They’ve also received good reviews from critics who have taken them for a spin.
Read on to learn more about the best gaming accessories you can buy now to enhance your gameplay experience:
Razer Cynosa Chroma
Razer Cynosa Chroma KeyboardRAZER
Razer has made a name for itself as one of the more popular accessories makers for PC gamers. And the company’s Razer Cynosa Chroma keyboard is a prime reason for that.
The keyboard, which costs $59, comes with 16.8 million color options that allow you to individually backlit keys, so you can more easily find the keys you need during gameplay. It also comes with anti-ghosting keys that allow for up to 10 commands to be given at the same time to improve productivity. Add that to macro recording and you’ll find the Cynosa Chroma makes it much easier to play your favorite PC games.
Of course, in addition to gaming, the Razer Cynosa Chroma works well for regular typing and getting work done. So, if you want to use it both for gaming and typing, it’ll do the trick.
Logitech Dual-Motor G29 Racing Wheel
Logitech Steering WheelLOGITECH
If you’re a racing game enthusiast, look no further than the Logitech Dual-Motor G29 Racing Wheel as your next big purchase.
The racing wheel, which is designed for any racing game on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, comes with both a steering wheel and three pedals to create the effect of actual driving. The steering wheel has paddles for shifting gears and all of the PlayStation buttons you need to control the game while you’re driving through streets.
The floor pedals that come in the bundle actually work and have a responsive feel to make them feel like the real thing. Indeed, Logitech says in its product marketing that the steering wheel bundle is designed to simulate a real driving experience.
If all that sounds good, get ready to fork over the cash: Logitech’s Dual-Motor G29 Racing Wheel costs $211.
KontrolFreek Performance Thumbsticks
When you’re playing a video game, you might find that your thumbs will slide off the thumbsticks on your controller, making the game harder to play and leaving you behind competitors.
In those cases, the KontrolFreek Performance Thumbsticks are the way to go. The thumbsticks attach to your controller’s own thumbsticks and make it easier to get a grip on them. They’re made from a rugged material for extra durability and you have the option of choosing a high-rise design for improved precision or a mid-rise version for improved control. They’re also concave to enhance comfort, according to KontrolFreek.
KontrolFreek’s Performance Thumbsticks are nicely affordable at $15.
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X
Turtle Beach headphonesTURTLE BEACH
Online players hoping to communicate with friends while playing video games need a nice headset that they can wear for hours. The Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X could fit the bill.
The headphones, which cost just $30, come with big over-the-ear earcups to isolate sound and reduce chances of ambient noise affecting gameplay. They have soft padding around the ears for extended use and deliver stereo sound.
In addition to boosting sound quality during your game, the Turtle Beach headphones also come with a microphone that allows you to communicate with friends while you play. And if you want to stop talking to friends while you play, a Mic Mute option makes it simple.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X headphones are compatible with both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Marval Power GuliKit Battery Master
Marval Power GuliKit Battery MasterMARVAL POWER
One of the great things about the Nintendo Switch is the opportunity to play it both at home on your television or on the go via its mobile gameplay function. And Marval Power’s GuliKit Battery Master aims at extending your time playing games on mobile.
The device is essentially a battery pack that comes with 10000mAh of capacity. That’s enough to extend your Switch’s play time for up to eight to 12 hours before you need to recharge the pack and keep going.
The Battery Master is easy enough to carry along with you and it comes with a mount that can be attached to the back of the Nintendo Switch to bring along with you while you’re playing on the go.
Marval Power’s GuliKit Battery Master costs $39.