The best gear to upgrade your gaming atmosphere
Bring your room straight into the screen.
With video games becoming more immersive and detailed than ever before, it’s essential to optimize your room and surroundings if you truly want to get the most out of your gaming experience. There are plenty of normal lighting fixtures and computer peripherals that are great for everyday use, but they just won’t cut it in a scenario where ambiance is key to making or breaking your focus and performance. Luckily, it only takes a few easy-to-install considerations to take your gaming experience to the next level, and in a situation where every second counts, this handful of small upgrades can provide an extra bump that’ll give you an edge over the rest.
Here are a few of our favorite gaming atmosphere upgrades that you can buy right now.
This sync box from Philips Hue is an ingenious way to immerse yourself and the universe of any game or movie and turn your surroundings into part of the action. It connects to your devices via a provided 4K HDMI splitter, and communicates with up to ten Philips Hue smart lights simultaneously to change the colors and brightness of your room in real time along with the image on your screen. Because it’s compatible with up to four HDMI devices at once and super easy to install, you won’t have to worry about constantly unplugging and resetting your devices, either—simply set it up inline with your devices and let it do its thing.
These budget-friendly LED strip lights from Govee are an ideal choice for quickly adding voice and remote-controlled ambient lighting to your gaming rig. Controllable via voice through smart home interfaces like Alexa and Google Home or by included remote control, they’re available in 16.4 and 36.8-foot lengths and can cycle through a range of 16 million colors. They’re even equipped with an onboard microphone that allows you to cycle them on and off with a clap of your hands and that allows them to respond dynamically when you play music. A slim footprint and trimmable finish makes these lights perfect for under mantles, desk lips, and anywhere else that could use an ambient boost.
Swap out your traditional mouse pad for this extra-long gaming pad from Flopad and say goodbye to constantly lifting and resetting your mouse or having it fall off the edges. With a surface that measures in at 31.5 x 11.8 inches, it’s designed for games that require a large range of mouse motion, and it’s even got enough spare room to support your keyboard as well. The pad’s thick and cushioned black finish is punctuated along its edges by a strip of LEDs that can shine in a smooth gradient of ten different monochromatic colors in 14 different modes.
This smart lighting kit from Nanoleaf is a unique and eye-catching system that offers automated ambient lighting and programmable modes while maintaining the appearance of geometric wall art. Perfect for style-oriented gamers with a taste for smart home automation, the Nanoleaf kit includes nine panels that can be connected in custom patterns and controlled using both phone and desktop applications, delivering vibrant light in up to 16 million colors. The included rhythm module allows the Nanoleaf system to listen in on sounds and respond dynamically, enhancing your gaming and music-listening experiences.