Gaming has become one of the biggest industries in the last 20 or so years, with millions of people playing online each day and some being able to compete in arena sized events for big money prizes, it’s hard to not want to at least dip into the pool of gameplaying. Before you go out and buy that £200 headset though, ask yourself whether you will actually benefit from spending so much money on the tools to play games or whether you can go about it in a cheaper way.
Research is key and because of gaming’s popularity, more and more companies have manufactured their own versions of the things needed to play games. Besides consoles, every accessory you can buy to enhance your gameplay can now come at different prices depending on how much you want to pay. Maybe going for the more expensive companies such as Turtle Beach for headsets or Razer if you’re looking at PC gaming, may not be worth your while unless you’re looking at style more than functionality of what you’re buying. Yes, Turtle Beach headsets are good, they range in how expensive they are but is it what you really need to have a chat with your mates in a game of Call of Duty? Razer Keyboards can be about £140, but again, do you really need the multi-coloured LED’s to navigate through your game?
If you’re committing to your gaming and are in it for the long run, then the more expensive the tools you buy the more likely they are to last you a long time, which is especially good if you plan on playing for long amounts of time often. But if you prefer to get your full 8 hours of sleep at night and just intend on playing for a few hours at a time, then you may not need to buy the bulkiest of headsets etc. Consoles and games themselves cost quite a lot of money, adding on customization of anything else on top will really make you cringe the next time you look at your bank balance.
All platforms of gaming allow you to play online with your friends (provided you both have the same console and game) and so having a look at what your device actually needs for you to play, you may be able to save a lot of money instead of automatically going to the dearer option. Remember, if you’re a PC gamer, then you can even use your Apple headphones for online multiplayer.
The most important thing about getting into gaming, is actually enjoying it and having fun. It’s cheesy but if you think about why games came about, it was to have fun and to immerse us into an adventure from the comfort of our own bed, sofa or desk. If you have the money to spend on getting your console or controllers customized then by all means, go ahead, but it’s better to do your research first and see whether you can spend your money elsewhere to add to your playing experience.
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