The January sales may well be in full swing, but when it comes to gaming tech purchases in 2023, we’ve got our eyes on the cream of the crop. Sure, you can probably get your hands on some great bargains, but most of the tech on offer is at least 6-12 months old – which may as well be 6-12 years old, given how quickly gaming tech depreciates.
Whether you’re a casual gamer, flitting in and out of different genres like MOBA and online poker, or a pro gamer playing for up to 8 hours per day, investing in high-end gaming tech is one of the surest methods of improving your gaming experience.
Say you’ve reached a crucial point in an online Texas Hold ’em poker tournament; playing the game on a 4K screen will ensure you don’t miss a single detail of the world’s most popular variant. If you’re committed to long-haul gaming pursuits, meanwhile, ergonomic peripherals and a mechanical keyboard will make that day-long gaming stretches all the more comfortable.
So, without further ado, here are the top four items that should be on your wishlist as the year progresses.
PlayStation 5 – The Best Gaming Console
It may be in its second year on the market, but there’s yet to be a premium console released that has beaten the PS5 in terms of power, performance, and a suite of exclusive games. In the latest iteration of this iconic console, Sony has combined stellar hardware with software, ensuring a top-notch gaming experience, regardless of what title you’re playing.
Running on an 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU at 3.5GHz, the PS5 delivers 4K or 120 gameplay and can support up to 8K/60. The DualSense controller, meanwhile, has a truly cutting-edge feel for extra game immersion. Furthermore, with the release of PSVR 2 just around the corner in February 2023, now’s the perfect time to invest in this VR-ready console for the ultimate gaming system.
CLX Scarab – The Best Gaming PC
A clear leader in the PC market by a long shot, the CLX Scarab offers up exceptional levels of customization. If you’ve got the budget to shoot for the top configuration, you can expect to get your hands on a rig that is powered by the dream combination of a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU.
When we say the Scarab is one of the most highly customizable PCs on the market, we’re not overexaggerating. There are several configurations available, allowing you to choose between AMD Ryzen and Intel Core processors, Nvidia GTX 1660 to the aforementioned RTX 3090 graphics cards, 16GB to 32GB RAM, and SSD hard drives up to 1TB.
ASUS ProArt PA348CGV – The Best IPS Gaming Monitor
ASUS is a renowned gaming brand from which we only expect the best. The ProArt PA348CGV monitor is truly hard to beat. Specifically designed to meet the needs of professional gamers, this 34-inch, 3440 x 1440 IPS monitor delivers exceptional color accuracy along with extensive customization.
What sets this monitor apart from its competitors is the fact that it doesn’t just offer great graphics options; it’s also packed with top gaming capabilities such as the 120Hz refresh rate, support for AMD’s FreeSync, and a 2mm response time. Built-in speakers, several video inputs, and a USB hub, meanwhile, provide all the ergonomic functionality you would need from a gaming monitor.
Corsair K100 RGB – The Best Optical-Mechanical Keyboard
For PC gamers with an expanded budget, optical-mechanical keyboards are the new mechanical keyboards. Combining the tactile feeling of mechanical keys with the speed, efficiency, and longevity of optical switches, the Corsair K100 RGB is the best keyboard released so far in 2023.
Fully kitted out with everything you would expect from a premium keyboard, including a high actuation point and 4,000Hz polling rate, the K100 RGB will keep up with even the twitchiest of gamers. Additional features such as six macro keys for speedy shortcuts, RGB lighting, and an iCUE wheel elevate it to a truly functional keyboard that will suit a variety of people.