Forget about the hype surrounding the Xbox One and PlayStation 4—PC gaming is where the real action is. As IGN notes, many of the barriers to building and owning a gaming PC have largely evaporated over time. Not only have components gotten cheaper, but even the most basic of PC gear can handle most PC games at reasonable settings. To top things off, digital distribution has made it easier to find and buy PC games.
For games like “Battlefield 4,” PC gaming also opens up a world of competitive game play and creative modifying. However, a true gamer can’t be without the right tools for the job. The following gadgets are a perfect fit for the hardcore gamer:
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Evo Zx Over-the-Ear Headphones; $229.99
Sound Blaster Evo Zx GH0280 headphones offer an impressive amount of features for avid “Battlefield 4” gamers, including an ergonomic over-the-ear design that reduces fatigue, 40 mm drivers and built-in SB-Axx1 processing for powerful sound with crystal-clear clarity and Bluetooth 2.1, plus enhanced data rate technology for seamless wireless connectivity with enabled devices. These headphones also come with a dual-microphone array for communicating in game with other players.
Razer Tartarus Gaming Keypad; $79.99
Razer’s Tartarus gaming keypad offers hardcore gamers a helping hand for intense gaming sessions. Twenty-five fully programmable membrane keys and an 8-way thumb pad offer the hardcore “Battlefield 4” gamer supreme player control during challenging combat scenarios, as well as quicker weapons switching and faster access to tools and special upgrades. It doesn’t hurt that this rather ergonomic keypad also looks hardcore. The Tartarus gaming keypad operates on USB power.
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti: $719.99
Serious gamers tend to gravitate to serious video cards that offer enough sheer grunt to power even the most advanced games at high-quality settings. The GeForce GTX 780 Ti happens to be one such card, complete with 3 GB of 384-bit GDDR5 memory and 2880 CUDA Cores. PC Gamer notes that not only did the GTX 780 Ti trounce AMD’s Radeon R9 290 and 290X and the older GTX Titan in its performance benchmarks, but it also did so with the next-to-lowest watt usage in the comparison.
According to origin.com, “Battlefield 4” requires a GeForce 8800 GT at minimum and a 3 GB GeForce GTX 660 or greater for the best graphics performance. The GTX 780 Ti is practically overkill for this game, which makes the $409.99 EVGA GTX 770 DUAL Superclocked 4 GB card a better value for those with tighter purse strings.
X Rocker Pro Series Pedestal 2.1 Video Gaming Chair; $189.99
No “Battlefield 4” gaming session is complete without a comfortable and ergonomic gaming chair. According to the manufacturer, this chair features everything a gamer would want, from two, powerful forward-facing speakers and wireless audio connectivity to dedicated volume and input/output controls located on the right side of the chair. Black upholstery-grade vinyl with generous padding provides great looks and even greater comfort while the chair itself folds for easy storage.