The Gaming Accessories You Need To Buy In 2021
For many PC gamers, the experience of gaming isn’t just limited to their gaming PC. For many, having the right accessories to game as well as possible or add to the aesthetics of their gaming room or desk is an important factor. After all, if you’ve got the best PC possible, you should also have the best accessories to give you the best gaming experience you can have. So what are the best gaming accessories in 2021?
What accessories does a gamer need in 2021?
Being able to hear your game sound clearly is vital, and a high-quality headset will help you do just that. Whether you’re playing competitive first-person shooters like Overwatch or listening to a game with an awe-inspiring soundtrack, a headset is a crucial accessory for all games.
Gaming headsets are best wired, as that prevents there being any lag, so you’ll always be able to hear your teammates and your enemies. Finding a headset that you find comfortable is the most important thing, and knowing whether you prefer over-ear headphones or on-ear.
Example gaming headset: HyperX Cloud II on Amazon for £75.99
While gaming speakers may not be entirely suited for playing competitive games, having the experience of an epic soundtrack coming from a high-quality speaker in surround sound.
Gaming speakers have definitely become a good investment, and you’ll be able to use them when listening to music or watching videos as well as when playing video games, so they’re a multipurpose accessory that can add to your overall quality of life.
Example gaming speaker: Archeer Wired RGB Speaker on Amazon for £31.79
If you’re a streamer or you play a lot of video games that involve voice chat, you’ll need a decent quality microphone. Having a good microphone will improve the sound quality in any streaming you do or videos you make, ensuring viewers can hear you clearly and helping reduce the amount of background noise and static.
You’ll also find that having a microphone means you have more confidence in voice chat, as you’re less worried about not being understood or the built-in microphone to your headphones, webcam or computer cutting out randomly.
Example microphone: Rode Podcaster on Amazon for £159
This is another important accessory for a streamer, as many viewers on Twitch want to watch a person’s reaction to the events in the games they’re playing. This is especially true if it’s a ‘blind playthrough’, so the streamer knows nothing about the story of the game that they’re playing.
A 4K webcam will give your viewers the clearest image of you, and may also come with software to help set it up. Webcams can also be useful if you stream things that aren’t video games, like painting miniatures, as you’ll be able to set the webcam up to show the best view of your techniques. You’ll also be showing your painting skills in the highest quality you can.
Example webcam: Logitech C920 on Amazon for £59.99
For many games, trying to play them without a keyboard is a challenge. You can buy all sorts of keyboards, from membrane to mechanical, from plain to colorful, to ones with RGB backlighting to ones without.
Similarly to headsets, keyboards are best if they’re wired because then there isn’t any lag and the response time will be quicker. You’ll also want to consider whether it’s mechanical or membrane, as the two types have different feels when types, with mechanical keyboards being much noisier but are often seen as much sturdier. A gaming keyboard should also be full-size so that if you want to have macros for specific commands in certain games, you have all the keys you need to do so.
Example wired keyboard: Razer Cynosa V2 on Amazon for £49.95
For those who want a peripheral where they can have a much smaller keyboard when doing keyboard and mouse gaming, hand keyboards are the way to go. They provide the same functionality as a regular keyboard, but the smaller size helps them to be more ergonomic and give you better performance when gaming as you’re less likely to press the wrong key in the middle of an important part of your game.
Example hand keyboard: Razer Tartarus V2 on Amazon for £75.49
Having a game controller can make some games much easier to play. You can have both wired and wireless controllers, although with wireless controllers you will need to be aware of the battery life and ensure it’s fully charged when you wish to use it. If you already have an Xbox, you may be able to use your current controller with your PC with no problems, so you may not even have to buy a new accessory to get the benefit.
Example controller: EasySMX Wireless Game Joystick Controller on Amazon for £31.99
While some games might benefit most from using a controller, others might benefit from a joystick. If you play a lot of flight simulation games, then you may find that using a joystick adds to the immersion, as well as giving you more control over the vehicles in the games. Example joystick: Thrustmaster USB Joystick on Amazon for £23.11
Wheel and pedals
Just as flight sims benefit from a joystick, any game involving driving – whether it’s a racing simulator or trucking simulator will benefit from having a wheel and pedal set accessory. These improve the immersion you’ll feel while gaming, and will help improve your gaming experience by giving you more control over your vehicle’s precise movements. Using a wheel and pedals is also significantly easier than using a mouse and keyboard for driving games.
Example wheel and pedals: Logitech G920 Wheel and Pedals on Amazon for £219
Virtual reality (VR) games can only be played with the appropriate VR gear, which means you might be missing out on playing some fantastic games if you don’t have one. VR-exclusive games like Half-Life Alyx are incredible, unmissable experiences, and VR can add to games where it isn’t even the main focus, with VR compatibility available in many games like Phasmophobia and Subnautica. Without a VR headset, you’re only experiencing a selection of the games you would be able to play if you had one.
Example VR gear: Oculus Quest 2 on Amazon for £299
Just as with a gaming keyboard, a gaming mouse is an essential accessory for any PC gamer. Any gaming mouse should come with software and options to adjust the sensitivity, potentially at a moment’s notice. You could also get a gaming mouse with programmable buttons, to implement specific actions in specific orders when you want, or even to have important commands on your mouse within easy reach.
Just as with keyboards and headsets, it’s important to have a wired gaming mouse to have the quickest response times when gaming. You’ll also find that a wired mouse is more reliable because you won’t have to worry about changing or charging batteries to ensure you can have a full gaming session.
Example gaming mouse: Logitech G502 Hero on Amazon for £48.99
To truly have a successful gaming experience, you’ll need a mouse pad. This will ensure that your gaming mouse always runs smoothly, with no issues, and give it a long life. You’ll also find that if you have a large enough mouse pad, your skills will improve and you’ll have a better gaming experience overall due to the increased stability for your mouse. You can also get mouse pads with RGB lighting now, so if a light-up keyboard and mouse weren’t enough for you, you’ll be able to add more with an RGB mouse pad.
Example mouse pad: RGB Gaming Mouse Mat on Amazon for £14.44
Having a high-quality gaming monitor with a fast refresh rate is vital for having a smooth gaming experience. The faster your refresh rate, which is measured in Hz, the more smooth and true-to-life your games will appear on the screen. You’ll also want a reasonably large monitor so you have enough room to take in the breathtaking environments of the games you’re playing.
Example gaming monitor: AOC 27” 144Hz Gaming Monitor on Amazon for £179.98
Having a comfortable place to sit while gaming for long periods of time is extremely important. There are lots of different types of gaming chairs – from tall ones with lots of back support and various games’ logos emblazoned on them to smaller ones more suited for casual gamers. Some of them have armrests, some don’t, and some even have detachable armrests. Whatever style of chair you want, there’ll be one out there that suits you.
Example gaming chair: mfavour Ergonomic Gaming Chair on Amazon for £109.99
Having a large desk is important for many gamers – if you have a lot of accessories, you’ll need a desk that will be large enough to hold them all and give you some arm support. That’s why when looking for gaming desks, you should carefully consider how much space you have available and how much space you need. Measure your available space and then consider how much space your monitor, mouse, keyboard and other accessories will take up. Once you have done that and considered extra space for arm support, you should be able to find a desk that suits you. You might find desks with cool designs or ones that are purely functional in their appearance.
Example desk: GTPLAYER Gaming Desk on Amazon for £98.99
Regardless of the types of games you play, you’ll find that having the right accessories will make all the difference to your experience. While some of these are optional or ideal for specific kinds of games, like wheels, joysticks and speakers, others are essential for almost all games, like a mouse, keyboard and a large desk. And remember, if you plan on streaming or creating videos, having a decent microphone will help make you seem more professional and give you a high-sound quality right from the start.
Author bio: Rachel Gowland works at digital marketing agency, Tillison Consulting. She’s a passionate gamer and avid reader who loves to travel, using her knowledge of foreign languages to connect with people around the world.