SteelSeries Ghost Collection – a snow-white selection (Photo: SteelSeries)

It's not just new consoles that gamers are waiting for Natal, while GameCentral highlights some of the best PC components and streamer gear.

2023 was definitely the year everyone got excited about portable gaming again, at home and on the go. The launch of the ASUS ROG Ally, Logitech G Cloud, PlayStation Portal and Steam Deck OLED, as well as standalone offerings like the Analogue Pocket, means there are plenty of options for those who want video games at their fingertips, especially with rumors of a Switch 2 coming in the future. next year.

If you didn't find anything appealing on Black Friday, don't worry, there's still plenty of time to score some great gaming gear before Christmas. From the casual gamer to the dedicated streamer, we've highlighted a variety of gaming technology options that promise to elevate every gamer's gaming experience.

There are lots of cool new headphones with sound quality that can transport you into a game; as well as controllers that offer unprecedented precision and gaming furniture that combines comfort with the iconic touch of your favorite superheroes and video game characters.

Razer Edge and Razer Wolverine V2 Pro mobile controllers

You can always count on Razer to bring some decorations for Christmas and this year they've outdone themselves with a gold-plated Dolce & Gabbana Christmas Crossover but if that's out of your price range, there are some a little cheaper options. The Razer Edge is basically an Android tablet designed specifically for gaming, although of course you can use it for normal use; tablet-based things like Netflix, web browsing, email, and so on.

It's like a very serious version of the Nintendo Switch. The Edge comes with a Kishi V2 Pro, which is the clip-on controller unit, compatible with any Android device. The Kishi V2 Pro works with any Android game that has built-in controller support, and what's more, it features haptic feedback to support games like Diablo Immortal.

But what we really love about this combination is the Nexus software application. This works in conjunction with Kishi V2 Pro and Android device. What the Nexus does is emulate your fingers tapping the phone's screen for a virtual controller mode, so that when you press a button on the Kishi, your phone thinks you've touched the screen. What this means is that virtually every game you can play on Android can now be played via controller, even if it isn't natively supported. So no more thumbs and fingers in the way of the screen, no more pressing little buttons that are too close together – sausage fingers disappear!

But for a high-end mobile controller, the Razer Wolverine V2 Pro is hard to beat, even with its hefty price tag. It's super responsive on console and PC, with lots of extra programmable buttons, which makes it ideal for action/shooter games as you can program extra functions for the buttons.

The Wolverine V2 Pro offers good feedback with its Razer Mecha-Tactile action buttons and D-pad, and the controller also features swappable buttons and a trigger mode with trigger-stop switches for quick action. It's a professional-grade controller with a price to match, but if you're looking to become professionally competitive this Christmas, it could be worth the investment.

Razer Edge: £449.99
Razer Wolverine V2 Pro: £249.99

Steelseries Phantom Collection

O SteelSeries Phantom Collection it embodies something of the festive spirit, with a touch of the bright white magic of winter, but sadly no mince pies. The collection features a sleek, icy design with elegant white and light blue accents. Subtle LED lighting adds a soft glow, much like the soft glow of Christmas lights – so you don't have to make an extra trip to Aldi. This isn't just a gaming setup; It is a holiday decoration.

In terms of functionality, the SteelSeries has outdone itself. The Apex 7 TKL Ghost Edition features ultra-responsive keys, perfect for intense gaming sessions while ignoring the relatives in the next room.

The Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost Edition, with ergonomic design and adjustable DPI settings, offers precision and comfort; who needs Rudolph to lead Santa's sleigh when this mouse could light the way more easily. The Nova 7X headphones in white, with crystal-clear audio and noise-canceling features, immerse you in the gaming world, ensuring that even the loudest festive brawl won't interrupt your game.

Apex 7 TKL Ghost Edition: £159.99
Aerox 3 Wireless Ghost Edition: £99.99
Nova 7X headphones in white: £174.99

Corsair HS80MAX Wireless Headset and K70 CORE Mechanical Keyboard

The Corsair HS80MAX in White is a marvel of listening precision and comfort, offering a solid, hassle-free experience for immersive gaming. The wireless range is insane, with a range of 50 feet without interruptions. 20+ hours of battery life is no problem, and while it has very little to offer in terms of RGB, if you want comfort and an incredible microphone, this headset is a winner. The comfort factor is unmatched, with memory foam cushions that feel like Santa's beard against your ears.

Matching the headset perfectly, the K70 CORE is a beast for the price. The tactile feedback and key responsiveness are satisfying and precise, making every keystroke feel impactful with every click. You can light it up with the excellent iCue software, for dynamic RGB lighting, including customizable Christmas colors that can sync to the beat of your game.

However, it would have been nice to see this in a TKL (i.e. no number pad) version for a smaller configuration, and the keys could have had some grain. Durability is good and we like the curved corners and aluminum backplate, which promises to withstand even the most intense gaming sessions.

Corsair HS80MAX Wireless Headset: £169.99
K70 CORE Gaming Keyboard: £89.99

Logitech Litra Beam LX and Yeti GX LED Light

Logitech's streamer configurations incorporate minimalist designs with sleek curved edges and tactile economy of design. The Litra Beam LX LED light is the comforting beacon every aspiring streamer needs. It's designed to provide a natural, radiant glow with its edge-lit LED panel that diffuses light gently, reducing shadows and harshness to welcome new subs.

The adjustable color temperature ensures streamers can set the perfect festive mood for their content, while the intuitive desktop app allows precise control over brightness and color levels. With Litra Beam, gamers and content creators can get studio-quality lighting that flatters the morning after the Christmas party.

The Logitech Yeti GX is a cutting-edge microphone that delivers unparalleled sound quality; Ideal for streaming, podcasting, or clear in-game communication. Featuring Blue VO!CE technology and customizable LED lighting, the Yeti GX adds a sophisticated touch to any gaming setup and has significantly reduced the size over older versions. Although smaller, it's just as sturdy and plug-and-play with USB connectivity, making it super easy to use right out of the box on Christmas Day.

Logitech Litra Beam LX LED Light: £149.99
Yeti GX: £139.99

Turtle Beach Pixel React-R Controller and Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Headset

A gift that keeps on giving in fluorescent green, the Turtle Beach Pixel React-R controller is so responsive you can just start playing on its own. Even in the heaviest hands you can appreciate the super responsive triggers and the customizable analog sticks are highly versatile. Whether it's a delicate grip for strategy games or a more robust grip for action-packed adventures, this controller fits the bill perfectly.

If you want to move up a price category, you can pair the controller with the Stealth Pro headset. It features active noise cancellation and crystal-clear audio, without any wires. Battery life is great for a wireless headset, so you'll definitely get what you pay for here.

Turtle Beach Pixel React-R Controller: £29.99
Turtle Beach Stealth Pro: £229.99

Logitech A30 The Mandalorian Edition headset

Star Wars and Logitech have had a lot of crossovers recently, including a new one Millennium Falcon Mousewhich will arrive in the UK next year.

The Logitech A30 is a little more subtle, with a Mando silhouette and Clan Mudhorn signet on the ear cups, as well as 'Beskar Steel' highlights. No matter what image is on the cups, the A30s are always a reliable piece of kit, with the versatility of wireless and wired modes.

Logitech A30 The Mandalorian Edition headset: £249.00

You don't necessarily need the newest hardware (Photo: Nvidia)

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 GPU

Is it time to upgrade your PC equipment? While the high-end 4090 GPUs are currently too expensive for most mere mortals, the recently discounted 4070s are still very powerful and optionally come with three months of Game Pass and GeForce NOW priority membership.

Nvidia's DLSS technology ensures smooth, high frame rate gaming even at Ultra settings, as well as advanced ray tracing capabilities for more realistic lights and shadows. An efficient cooling system ensures the 4070 runs quietly, so you don't scare Santa by climbing down the chimney. The GeForce RTX 4070 may seem like just a boring box of components under the tree, but it's a perfect gift for gamers looking to upgrade their PC setup.

PRR: £549.99

noblechairs Spider-Man Edition

Make your way into your loved one's good books with what is the ultimate throne for gaming and superhero enthusiasts. It's a marvel of design, created with an iconic Spider-Man design but still featuring the same build quality and adjustable settings as the rest of the line.

As Warhammer HERO Edition 40,000 also released last month, it's almost a shame that these chairs are so well built, otherwise you could justify buying a different one every year. You know, if it weren't for how expensive they are.

noblechairs Spider-Man Edition: £299.99

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