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The 55 Best Gifts for the Gamer in Your Life

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logo: Need a gaming gift for the guy that seem to have everything? Check out the 55 best gifts for gamers, including new gaming gifts from Xbox and PlayStation. © Assorted Retailers Need a gaming gift for the guy that seem to have everything? Check out the 55 best gifts for gamers, including new gaming gifts from Xbox and PlayStation.

The next era of video games is here. And yes, you’ll want to be a part of it.

Really, there’s no better time than now to be a gamer. There are a pair of ultra-powerful new video game consoles in the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, and the longtime consoles (the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4) still have staying power. Virtual reality is as electric as it’s ever been (hello, Oculus Quest 2!), and Google’s Stadia is pushing cloud gaming to new heights.

Add in a new wave of smartphones with ultra-vibrant screens that seem built for gaming (hello, PlayStation Remote Play on Samsung’s magical Galaxy Z Fold 2), and you have a recipe for holiday video game nirvana. Right now, there’s a great gaming gift for everyone and anyone, even if they don’t consider themselves a gamer.

Check out the 55 best gifts for gamers this year.

text: Final Fantasy VII Remake © amazon.com Final Fantasy VII Remake

$49.99

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The magical game on the PlayStation is back and completely remade with a newly immersive battle system and updated visuals that put the blocks of two decades ago to shame. All that but the game still retains so much charm and spirit that you’ll be dying for more when the adventure finally ends.

a close up of a sign: The Last of Us: Part II © amazon.com The Last of Us: Part II

$49.99

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The original The Last of Us was a stunning story video game. The Last of Us: Part 2 delivers an equally engaging experience, this time casting you as an older Ellie after something tragic happens, then telling a unique story of rage, vengeance, and being made whole again.

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Microsoft Surface Book 3 15-Inch © amazon.com Microsoft Surface Book 3 15-Inch

$2259.99

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Meet your stealth gaming machine. Microsoft’s Surface Book 3 has everything you could want in a laptop, from Nvidia graphics acceleration to a touchscreen, pull-apart tablet screen to more than a day’s worth of battery life, yet it’s small enough to still be convenient to take on the go. That makes it perfect for games like Fallout 4, or even a little bit of Oculus VR action (more on that later).

calendar: Pikmin 3 Deluxe © amazon.com Pikmin 3 Deluxe

$55.54

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Hit the backyard for a unique resource management game that has you lassoing tiny Pikmin to take on giant bugs and other creatures. Pikmin 3 first arrived in the Nintendo Wii U era, but it plays even better on the Nintendo Switch.

graphical user interface: Nioh 2 © amazon.com Nioh 2

$19.99

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Nioh 2 once again fuses Dark Souls-style combat with an electric pace for a potent and addictive combination. It does this all in an attractive, stylish package that also delivers some of the best boss fights of 2020.

text: Marvel © amazon.com Marvel

$58.31

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You’ve seen Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the rest of the Avengers in action for movie after movie. Now you get to be them in a game that delivers legitimate superhero action and manages to let you feel legitimately super heroic. The best part: Even when the story’s done, there are loads of missions to take on online with friends.

Watchdogs: Legion © amazon.com Watchdogs: Legion

$49.94

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Ubisoft’s hacker franchise returns for a third go-round, and this one adds even more variety: Play as anyone and everyone at all in the game. It’s gameplay variety to the max, wrapped in an engrossing world that dares to imagine what will happen next in our interconnected lives.

graphical user interface, website: Resident Evil 3 © amazon.com Resident Evil 3

$35.50

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Back in the day, this was Resident Evil: Nemesis, the unique Resident Evil game that had you being chased by a vicious Nemesis at the most inopportune times. It returns in this Capcom rebuild, full of more vibrant visuals and stronger storytelling. And yes, it’s still plenty of fun.

a close up of a book: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne © amazon.com Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

$33.84

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Three-year-old Monster Hunter World gets an infusion of energy, monsters, and other goodies with Iceborne with deeper story and a new area filled with frozen tundra.

XCOM: Chimera Squad © amazon.com XCOM: Chimera Squad

$10.00

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The finest strategy franchise in PC gaming returns for one more go-round, this time skipping some of the setup that took place in battles in XCOM 2 to place you right in the thick of the action. A new story underlies the entire experience too, pairing humans and aliens together in the same squad.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 © amazon.com Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2

$33.88

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was that rare video game franchise that got people into a sport (skateboarding) whether they cared about that sport or not. And nearly two decades later, it’s back and just as captivating and fun as it used to be in this remastered version.

text, calendar: Mario Kart Live Home Circuit © amazon.com Mario Kart Live Home Circuit

$155.00

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There are video games, and then there’s Mario Kart Live Home Circuit, the racing video game that comes to life. Set up a course in the living room, pull out the radio-controlled Mario Kart, and, through the wonder of augmented reality, you’ll run your race in real life. It’s addictive and fun, and yes, it may scare your pet cat just a little, too.

graphical user interface, website: Madden NFL 21 © amazon.com Madden NFL 21

$34.88

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EA Sports returns with its trademark football video game, and this year’s game is again a solid on-field experience with just enough franchise depth to keep you interested. There’s a solidly deep franchise mode, and the on-field action is as good as ever, backed by upgraded X-Factors for all top players.

a close up of a green traffic light: Samsung Z Fold 2 © amazon.com Samsung Z Fold 2

$1999.99

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Samsung’s most visually arresting phone yet delivers masterpiece level visuals on an extra-large foldable screen that you can’t help but love. It makes for a mobile gaming paradise, the best way to enjoy titles like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Mobile.

Paper Mario: The Origami King © amazon.com Paper Mario: The Origami King

$59.99

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You can never get enough of Super Mario. Nintendo goes back to Paper Mario: The Oragami King for a unique experience that’s full of humor and challenge. But yes, jumping on enemies still hurts them, keeping this fully authentic to the Mario you know and love.

a close up of a book: Streets of Rage 4 © amazon.com Streets of Rage 4

$34.79

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Who says old school can’t hang? Streets of Rage 4 is a classic beat-em-up title with upgraded visuals that feel right out of a cartoon. It’s a perfect dose of retro gaming, and yes, it’s just as tough as you remember!

graphical user interface, application: Ori and the Will of the Wisps © amazon.com Ori and the Will of the Wisps

$19.23

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This elegant platformer tells one of the best stories of gaming this year, and it does so while delivering a beautiful immersive world that you’ll never want to leave.

Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle © nintendo.com Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle

$299.99

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The Nintendo Switch is one of the best values of this holiday, an established console with a strong library of games that you can’t get enough of. This gaming gift bundle gives you that console and everything you need to get started, along with one of the best games on the Switch,Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The best part: With a pair of Joy-Con controllers, you’re all set for multiplayer, right out of the box.

The bundle will be available Black Friday for $299.

Disintegration © amazon.com Disintegration

$49.99

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What happens when you marry a real-time strategy game to a first-person shooter? Disintegration is an experiment into that very unique and challenging world of gaming, and it delivers a mix of campaign and multiplayer fun that’ll have your brain going in circles. Shooter? Strategy game? Which is it? Answer: both . . . and loads of fun.

a sign over a book: Doom Eternal © amazon.com Doom Eternal

$48.95

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There are fast-paced, electric shooters, and then there’s Doom Eternal, which barely lets you breathe as you run, jump, and gun your way against demons and all manner of hellspawn. You’ll learn a new brand of shooting in Doom Eternal, and the Ancient Gods expansion makes things even better, too.

graphical user interface, application: Ghost of Tsushima © amazon.com Ghost of Tsushima

$59.99

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Developer Sucker Punch delivers a unique open-world samurai masterpiece title that sucks you in for everything from stealth exploration to intense swordplay to relaxed exploration.

Spider-Man: Miles Morales © amazon.com Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Marvel’s second-most-famous Spider-Man gets his own video game in Miles Morales, and this story is even better than the first, backed by explosive next-gen graphics on the PlayStation 5. It’s an intense experience that’s equal parts cinematic and action-adventure, and it’ll keep you invested for hours on end.

graphical user interface, application: Super Mario 3D All-Stars © amazon.com Super Mario 3D All-Stars

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Nintendo collects the top three Mario games of the 3D era (Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy) in this compilation, and each game still lives up to its billing. The best of the bunch remains Mario 64, a platformer that’s filled with exploration and wonder and introduces a host of new mechanics for everyone’s favorite plumber.

calendar, map: Animal Crossing: New Horizons © amazon.com Animal Crossing: New Horizons

$49.94

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Lose yourself in a fun world that’s the farthest thing from life, a happy-go-lucky vacationing-always island that’s the home to the latest Animal Crossing. This game is your breath of holiday fresh air, an empty canvas where you can roam and relax. Dive in and enjoy the most relaxing game of the year.

NHL 21 © amazon.com NHL 21

$59.88

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The best sports game of the year is this gem from EA, a loaded hockey video game that introduces new ideas into its Be a Pro mode, features an excellent collectable card game minigame, and delivers on-ice action that includes distinct moves for key players.

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$24.24

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The definitive version of Street Fighter V packs every single DLC character into the action, delivering a wealth of options, from Chun-Li and Guile to lesser lights like Oro and Rose. All the while, you get the deep, precise tactical fighter experience that’s long driven the franchise. Get ready to fight!

graphical user interface, application: Sling TV Gift Card © amazon.com Sling TV Gift Card

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When is a video game console more than a console? When you’re cutting the cord and turning your console into your source of TV cable too. From Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to Series X and PS5, all consoles can handle Sling TV, the streaming TV app that delivers everything from Starz and Showtime to NFL games and news channels. And all it takes to get started is a quick gift card.

graphical user interface, application: The Wonderful 101: Remastered © amazon.com The Wonderful 101: Remastered

$29.83

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This Wii U era game was originally a showcase for the Wii U Gamepad. But now it’s another game that benefits from the Switch treatment. The fast-paced action lights up both big screen and small Switch screen and holds steady in either format, and the entire experience is filled with energy.

a close up of a chair: GT Racing Gaming Chair © amazon.com GT Racing Gaming Chair

$139.89

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Get ready to feel like a racer. The GT Racing Gaming Chair delivers everything you need to comfortably game for hours, from a faux leather feel to a variety of adjustments for both neck and leg comfort. And it manages to be more than that, too, serving as a great work chair as well.

a man holding a sign: Cyberpunk 2077 © amazon.com Cyberpunk 2077

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There are few video games as anticipated as Cyberpunk. Get ready for The Witcher, future edition, filled with gameplay variety and delivering a unique image of the future that awaits us.

Oculus Quest 2 © amazon.com Oculus Quest 2

$299.00

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Yes, virtual reality is here to stay. And the Oculus Quest 2 is the best headset in this emerging gaming field, an affordable machine that delivers crystal-clear graphics and responsiveness, all in a fully wireless experience. Even better: Get an Oculus Link and you can play PC-level VR experiences on your Quest 2.

text, calendar: Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing © amazon.com Sonic Mania + Team Sonic Racing

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Get two light-speed games featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, the fastest blue blur in gaming, for the price of one. Team Sonic is Sega’s answer to Mario Kart, a fast-and-furious racer that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Sonic Mania, meanwhile, delivers classic lightspeed platforming and can keep you busy for hours on the Nintendo Switch.

Astro A20 Next-Gen Gaming Headset © amazon.com Astro A20 Next-Gen Gaming Headset

$119.00

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Meet our ultimate do-it-all gaming headset option. Astro’s A20 works with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and if you purchase a simple USB transmitter, it’ll instantly work with a PlayStation 5 and PS4 as well. The rechargeable battery gets you 15 hours worth of talk time, more than enough for marathon gaming sessions, and the entire design is near-indestructible, perfect for kids and adults alike.

Xbox Series X © walmart.com Xbox Series X

$499.00

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MIcrosoft’s next-gen console is all about versatility, playing everything from classic Xbox titles to Xbox 360 and Xbox One games to brand new Xbox Series X titles, all with the press of a button. The machine is meant to be backward-compatible, even working with your old Xbox One controller for a smooth experience, and it’s perfect for the gamer who already has a solid library of games they don’t want to quit on.

a close up of a computer: PlayStation 5 © Walmart PlayStation 5

$499.00

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What’s the best part of the Sony Playstation 5? It may be the DualSense controller, a precise bit of wizardry that includes haptic feedback and a perfect-sized touchpad. Or it might be how PS5 is still compatible with VR experiences via PlayStation VR. Nah, it’s the ultra-fast solid state hard drive that makes load times near-invisible and powers a machine that delivers next-level visuals, like what you see in Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

graphical user interface: Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros © amazon.com Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros

$84.82

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Your yearly retro gaming gift comes from Nintendo this year. The minds behind Mario resurrect the old feel of portable handhelds that convert into watches with this tight console, which tells time when you’re not binging on the original Super Mario Bros. The action remains as fast and furious as ever, making this one of the prime retro gaming gifts for the gamer in your life this holiday.

icon: Google Stadia: Premiere Edition © store.google.com Google Stadia: Premiere Edition

$99.99

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The new and emerging world of cloud-based gaming starts with Google Stadia, which offers you a premium experience (and everything from The Witcher to Borderlands 3 to NBA 2K) through a Chromecast unit and a Google Stadia controller. It’s a subscription-based service you can access almost anywhere, and it plays on either your TV or smartphone (try it on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 for a really magical experience). And the scary part: It keeps getting better.

a man wearing a hat: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War © amazon.com Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

$69.99

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The latest Call of Duty game is one that PlayStation gamers will love, with another visually arresting campaign, this one steeped in dark conspiracy theory. Add in the usual suite of multiplayer options you’ve come to expect from the Call of Duty franchise, and you have a title that the gamer in your life is sure to love.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity © amazon.com Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

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This isn’t just a great Nintendo Switch hack-and-slash game. It’s a must-play for anyone who loves Zelda, setting the stage for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, still the finest Switch game out there.

Star Wars: Squadrons © amazon.com Star Wars: Squadrons

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EA’s latest Star Wars game lets you PlayStation gamers, PC gamers, and Xbox gamers at long last experience the wonder of starfighter combat, dogfighting in a story that manages to be thrilling and continues expanding the Star Wars universe.

Razer Death Adder V2 Pro Wireless © amazon.com Razer Death Adder V2 Pro Wireless

$129.99

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If you want a gaming mouse, this is the ultimate. Razer’s been in the gaming business for years, and it shows in the Death Adder V2 Pro, an ultra-responsive wireless mouse that gets you 70 hours of battery life, and doesn’t go overkill on programmable buttons, leaving you options to customize your gameplay experience without ever overwhelming you.

a screen shot of a computer: Microsoft Surface Duo © amazon.com Microsoft Surface Duo

$2699.00

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The latest device in the new wave of dual-screen smartphones is from Microsoft, and it’s so much more than a smartphone. The Duo blends awesome productivity capabilities (think of it as the smallest laptop you’ve ever used with serious gaming chops. Thanks to the cloud-based features in Xbox’s Game Pass Ultimate, you can game on your Duo with your favorite title, anytime, anywhere. That’s a gift for the Xbox gamer in your life.

a close up of a computer keyboard: Razer Black Widow V3 Pro Keyboard © amazon.com Razer Black Widow V3 Pro Keyboard

$229.99

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Now that’s a gaming keyboard. Razer’s V3 Pro keyboard untangles you from your desktop with wireless capabilities (so it’s perfect if you’re trying to play on an extra-large display, and it delivers a unique mechanical switch feel that allows you to feel each button-press with accuracy. And for gamers who wear out their keys, the best part: A casing that resists keyboard wear, keeping the labeling fresh for years upon years.

Need for Speed: Remastered © amazon.com Need for Speed: Remastered

$24.99

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The classic Need for Speed title returns a decade later, still delivering the same light-speed gaming it always did, and complete with all the DLC packs from the original. The best part, it works on both Xbox and Xbox Series X (and PlayStation 4 and 5, meaning you have plenty of options to get your speed on.

Immortals Fenyx Rising © amazon.com Immortals Fenyx Rising

$99.99

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Ubisoft’s new game starts with a Zelda aesthetic, then charts its own course through mythology, facing you off against a variety of enemies and a series of puzzles in one of the most exciting new titles of 2020.

text: Borderlands 3 © amazon.com Borderlands 3

$29.99

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Gearbox’s venerable title gets a next-gen makeover with new textures and visuals for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X gamers. Even better, loads of DLC are bundled in, and over the years, Borderlands has honed its endgame content too. The end result: Hours upon hours upon hour of shooter game time.

Godfall © amazon.com Godfall

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Gearbox builds on Borderlands 3 but focuses on melee combat here, crafting a unique experience that delivers plenty of gameplay while borrowing from the likes of Diablo 3, Warframe, and of course, Borderlands. Bonus: It’s easily the most beautiful game you’ve played on the new PlayStation 5.

graphical user interface: Demon’s Souls © amazon.com Demon’s Souls

$69.99

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The game that started the incredibly-hard-adventure-game genre returns on the PlayStation 5 in a completely revamped, visually stunning exclusive. And yes, it’s still as devilishly hard as ever.

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop © amazon.com Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop

$1786.30

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PC gamers, get ready to fall in love. This 15-incher from Razer gives you everything you need to enjoy major gaming in an on-the-go package, from an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card that can run tough visuals to a stunning full HD thin-bezel display. Add in a host of ports, and you have a desktop in laptop’s clothing, the perfect laptop gift for the holiday.

Gears Tactics © amazon.com Gears Tactics

$29.99

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This is the ultimate gift for PC gamers and Xbox gamers alike. If you’ve played on PC, you know all about strategy games, and here, Microsoft brings the Gears of War world to a strategy game. Meanwhile, Xbox gamers get to learn all about strategy gaming in a world they love, Gears. Get ready to rumble.

map: Mortal Kombat Ultimate © amazon.com Mortal Kombat Ultimate

$49.94

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Now that’s a fighting game. Mortal Kombat Ultimate brings you the complete Mortal Kombat X roster, including Arnold’s T-1000 Terminator, Rambo, Joker, and Spawn, as well as all the stories of the MK X universe. It all comes together on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in and irresistible way.

a close up of electronics: HyperX Cloud Stinger © amazon.com HyperX Cloud Stinger

$39.99

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This super-steady headset works with a bevy of machines from PCs and Nintendo Switches to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Ultra-comfortable ear cups and steady sound give you a well-rounded package that’ll leave you ready for any gaming situation — all with a budget-friendly price!

Samsung 49-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor © amazon.com Samsung 49-Inch Curved Gaming Monitor

$749.99

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Game in style with this curved QLED monitor from Samsung. It’s 49 inches of immersive size that delivers a ridiculous 144Hz refresh rate for perfect clarity and shooter performance. The ultra-bright feel of the screen completes things. It’s a must for the hardcore PC gamer.

graphical user interface: NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition © amazon.com NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition

$79.99

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Remember the late Kobe Bryant in this Xbox One X gift set, which also includes the Xbox Series X version of the game. That gets you set up on both consoles, and on the Series X you’ll enjoy even more potent graphics and the first serious revision to the franchise mode in several years.

Oculus Link Cable © amazon.com Oculus Link Cable

$79.00

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Meet the tiny cable that will open a whole new world of gaming to the gamer in your life and any PC gamer you know. Oculus’ link cable is as simple as they come, but it instantly lets your Oculus Go connect to your PC’s Steam account for topnotch VR gaming. Fallout 4 VR, here you come!

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