Your must need gaming accessory

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So what is your must have for your gaming needs? It can be anything that isn't necessarily required for running/playing the game.

For me, I'm a bit of an audio nut and I have to have a good multi-channel audio system. Headphones won't cut it for me. I started off small 15 or so years ago, and eventually assembled an 11-channel Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D setup with external amplification and multiple subwoofers, all built around a desk (which is also my dedicated home office work space).

There is no better way to experience Resident Evil 2 Remake with the lights out, and Mr. X chasing you with his footsteps echoing all around you and hitting you in the chest. It's a pretty crazy experience when you can hear him walking above you and down the stairway, and then down the hallway from where you are. Which incidentally, the RE remake games support Dolby Atmos. But regardless, the Auro3D umpixer does an excellent job with spatial audio that object encoding audio isn't a requirement.

I also have to have a HDR capable monitor and at least 120 Hz, preferably an OLED, and GSync enabled.
 
I used to be a sucker for pc gadgets but not anymore

I got a drawing tablet that drew lines as thick as your finger.

I had a usb microscope and it was ok to view items but if you pressed take photos it just ran none stop till it crashed.

I took a few " faulty " games discs back and was always told if they work on our machine its you thats got a problem not the software.

On one occassion i made the mistake of telling the shop owner how to crash out of the menu and then get back in so i could run the game ... he just said ... well at least you found a way.

My last shop bought pc had a faulty mobo but the shop said it was ok , when i got back off holiday a freelance engineer had left a message to say he had a new mobo and g card waiting for me ???

I have not set foot in any pc related shops for 7 years and dont plan to.
 
I invested in a closed Bluetooth headset - Philips ANC H8506. The sound is decent enough, ok bass, but the main thing is that the headset is extremely good at removing outside noise. I also invested some years back in a SoundBlaster Katana V2 soundbar and that thing has been very good for its price. The bass is top-notch (own unit) and the soundbar itself makes ambient sounds in games stand out. You can switch between different sound profiles which I like. Also has Bluetooth, USB for own music, and LED lights under the soundbar. Overall probably the best soundbar you can get for its price and it is also built like a tank.

 
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I'm not sure I have any must haves that aren't actually must haves for me, like my magnifying glass, my USB dock, and my ottoman so my ankles don't swell to the size of basketballs. I have a DAC for my headphones (I can't use speakers. It would drive my wife insane), but I don't consider it a "must have".

Oh, wait. I use a half keyboard off to the side. That's something I won't play without.
 
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I invested in a closed Bluetooth headset - Philips ANC H8506. The sound is decent enough, ok bass, but the main thing is that the headset is extremely good at removing outside noise. I also invested some years back in a SoundBlaster Katana V2 soundbar and that thing has been very good for its price. The bass is top-notch (own unit) and the soundbar itself makes ambient sounds in games stand out. You can switch between different sound profiles which I like. Also has Bluetooth, USB for own music, and LED lights under the soundbar. Overall probably the best soundbar you can get for its price and it is also built like a tank.


I invested in a sound bar as well. I don't always want to turn my system on, but I still want some decent sound so the sound bar fills that purpose.

Some of these sound bars today have interesting tech, like the ones that can do surround and Atmos without rear or overhead speakers. While Samsung isn't exactly a brand I would consider noteworthy for audio, I listened to one of their Atmos sound bars that did not have any other speakers, and the surround/overhead imaging was amazing. Of course, it does require specific conditions to work properly.
 
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Climbing down from the heights of ears to the lowlands ad Netherlands, my top 2 are a good wrist rest and a back pain reliever.

I had to switch mouse hands due to the tingly ailment, and chronic mild back pain disappeared after plonking the BackJoy on my chair. I find a healthy hand and back very useful accessories when gaming!
Ergonomics are a must for sure! I bought a Logitech G915, and for the price of that thing I was surprised they no longer include a wrist-rest attachment. Those were generally sufficient for me, but I ended up buying a nice and comfy wrist-rest.
 
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Well I just found the multi-quoute feature lol. So sorry for the multiple posts :D.

I have the best gaming assistance device ever made ....
It cook deliver drinks , sandwiches , chocolate's and the occasional glass of whiskey to my desk its called the wife.

" waves a flag and dives for cover "

View: https://i.imgur.com/av5gE6b.jpeg

I don't let my wife cook me anything. It's not her talent lol. Her profession kept her traveling over the years since she was a kid, and she never took the time to learn to cook. She can bake cookies at least, and damn does she make great cake balls. Fortunately the years I spent bodybuilding/fitness taught me to cook/meal prep so I'd rather just make my own snacks.

I'm not sure I have any must haves that aren't actually must haves for me, like my magnifying glass, my USB dock, and my ottoman so my ankles don't swell to the size of basketballs. I have a DAC for my headphones (I can't use speakers. It would drive my wife insane), but I don't consider it a "must have".

Oh, wait. I use a half keyboard off to the side. That's something I won't play without.

I'd definitely go with a DAC and a good set of cans if I had to strictly use a headset. Although I do play on a gaming laptop in the living room to hang with the wife in the evenings while she watches her shows. For that I use a Logitech G933. Good open sound and bass-heavy for gaming. But if I had to listen to music with a set of cans, then DAC for sure.
 
Ergonomics are a must for sure! I bought a Logitech G915, and for the price of that thing I was surprised they no longer include a wrist-rest attachment. Those were generally sufficient for me, but I ended up buying a nice and comfy wrist-rest.
G915 lightspeed version and I am pleased with the battery life. I bought a slim gel rest for it and it does the charm.
 

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