Gaming peripherals – 6 common ones

Gaming peripherals - 6 common ones

Whether you’re a seasoned PC gamer or just getting into the scene, you know that having the right gaming peripherals can make or break your experience. There are a ton of choices out there when it comes to mice, keyboards, and controllers, but we’ve done the research and want to share our top picks with you. Keep reading to see which peripherals will help take your gameplay to the next level!

There’s no doubt that PC gaming is on the rise, and with that comes a need for better gaming peripherals. So, what’s the best way to go about picking out the perfect setup for you?

Computer gaming is more immersive than ever before thanks to the advent of powerful graphics cards, fast processors, and high-definition displays. As any PC gamer knows, having quality peripherals is key to an optimal gaming experience.

Gamers are no stranger to having a preference when it comes to their favorite genres, genres in which the key elements of gameplay are vastly different from one another. While FPS players require very specific hardware for optimal enjoyment, the gaming accessories needed for racing games are much more varied.

The real beauty of keyboard and mouse gaming is that there are no set rules on how to play. This makes PC gaming accessible to all types of gamers regardless of age or physical ability. However, this also means that everything ultimately boils down to personal preference…If done properly, using a good controller while playing an FPS can improve your performance and overall satisfaction with the game! Just don’t tell any die-hard PC gamers we said so. As PC gaming continues its rise in popularity, demand is following suit: the global market for gaming peripherals is expected to grow from $11 billion in 2013 to over $18 billion by 2021. The same goes for console gamers, whose control methods have been evolving since the days of analog sticks: modern controllers boast better ergonomics and more features than ever before, like touchpads or programmable buttons.

Keyboards

The next step down is a high-performance, mechanical keyboard. These devices are modeled after old IBM keyboards and often use Cherry MX key switches that provide tactile feedback for each keystroke. They are almost exclusively marketed to gamers due to their responsiveness and durability. However, they are pricey at over $100 for some models.

Keyboards usually come with anti-ghosting technology to allow players to press multiple buttons simultaneously without any loss in response, and a variety of illumination levels or backlight technologies to accommodate gamers who prefer low lighting. Mechanical keyboards tend to be sturdier and more comfortable than membrane models, though their higher price means that they’re mainly reserved for hardcore enthusiasts.

Mice

Options become more abundant when you consider the vast array of different gaming mice available on the market today. For starters, there’s an important distinction between corded and wireless mice: corded ones deliver better performance and rarely suffer from lag but you can’t just take them anywhere; wireless ones offer greater versatility but extra costs (the mouse itself plus the cost of replacing batteries).

Mice with similar specifications may vary wildly in price, due to features that can increase or decrease the price depending on how essential they are to the user. Additional side buttons (three is usually the maximum for game-oriented models), adjustable weights, repositionable parts (such as thumb rests and palm supports), and intricate tactile feedback mechanisms (such as adjustable resistance levels) all affect the final cost of the product.

Mice also come with different technologies to further distinguish their capabilities: laser mice boast highly precise sensors that allow 4,000 DPI but suffer from jitters unless kept perfectly still; optical mice work fine even on rough surfaces but max out at 3,500 DPI; trackball mice offer superior comfort over long periods but require cleaning fairly often; while ball mice are the cheap but less capable alternative.

Keyboards and Mice combos

Keyboard and mouse combos offer a solid combination of performance, reliability, and customizability. A good one will make your life easier by combining two different input devices into one. However, this convenience does not come cheap; some high-end models cost over $100!

Controllers

Meanwhile, new PC game genres are redefining our idea of what makes good gaming peripheral; the Steam controller was designed primarily for strategy titles, while virtual reality demands peripherals that provide simulated walking within an expansive environment. Newer devices are even catering to local multiplayer gamers by offering multiple configurations in one package, whether it’s with modular components or detachable controllers.

Gaming Headsets

Gaming headsets are usually quite affordable but can deliver stellar sound quality. It all depends on the type of gaming you prefer; if you’re more into first-person shooters (FPS) then surround sound is probably what you’re after…A decent headset will provide up to 7.1 virtual surround sound that won’t leave you wanting more!

If headphones are more your style, there are hundreds of styles available capable of delivering amazing acoustics at every price point imaginable. However, the sound quality you get from a high-end pair of headphones might not be that much better than next door’s cheapie headset; it all depends on what kind of games you like to play.

Surround Sound

If one thing holds for any genre of game, it is that accurate positioning and clear feedback are vital to do well. Surround sound systems help immerse players completely into the experience and give them a competitive edge.

There are two kinds of surround sound: virtual and physical. Physical surround sound simulates an array of speakers around the listener whereas virtual surround does this with just two or more speakers (usually earbuds). The former provides a better sense of immersion but isn’t always available on mobile devices; the latter is more convenient but doesn’t provide the same level of positional awareness.

Virtual surround sound simulates speaker placement by employing clever algorithms. Many products utilize a ‘virtual surround’ mode which attempts to achieve an effect similar to physical surround sound using only two speakers in the headset. The signal that would normally go through one channel is split into several different signals, each assigned to a certain speaker in your virtual setup, the software then adjusts the timing and intensity of each signal accordingly so that when you are wearing headphones it sounds like the sound is coming from multiple sources around you instead of just one – this provides the perception of directionality.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...