A console isn’t just for Christmas, it’s an all year-round gift of pure joy, entertainment and responsibility avoidance. The right gaming accessories help unlock a console’s true potential – offering new ways to play, delivering a true tactical edge, or giving players even greater comfort for those multiple-hour gaming sessions.
If you’re looking to give the gamer in your life something special this Christmas – or know of a lucky someone who’s about to be the owner of a new console – here’s a list of some essential gaming accessories that will improve their play.
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New-Bee Headphone Stand with Wireless Charging, £12.99
A smart solution for neatening up a battle station while keeping your smartphone topped up.
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Marvel Deadpool Phone and Controller Holder, £19.97
This bust of Deadpool will make sure that everything stays in order. Chimichangas sold separately.
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Star Wars Collectable Darth Vader 8 Inch Cable Guy Controller and Smartphone Stand, £19.99
Put your trust in the Dark Side and let Darth Vader charge your controller for you.
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Seagate 2 TB Game Drive for Xbox, £64.99
No need to compromise on your game catalogue. This addition will considerably boost your storage, holding dozens of Xbox game installs at a time.
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Seagate 2 TB Game Drive External Hard Drive for PS4, £79.98
Got a PS4? Get 2 TB of extra download space with this hard drive.
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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, £52.99
For those who want to keep a traditional grip while accessing the best the Switch has to offer.
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Pokémon Wireless GameCube Styled Controller, £29.99
Getting Pokémon Sword or Shield on Switch? This is the perfect accompaniment – a Switch controller that looks the spitting image of a GameCube pad, decked out in Pikachu yellow with the Poké-mascot on top. An old-school delight.
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Nintendo Switch Lite Slim Hard Pouch, £12.99
It’s a big, bad, scratchy and scuffy world out there – a mobile console needs mobile protection. Note: this is for the new Switch Lite, not the original Switch console.
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HORI Nintendo Switch Compact PlayStand, £9.99
This foldable and compact accessory gives an adjustable, stable and raised pedestal stand for playing the Switch on the go – with enough room to connect a charging cable.
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Nintendo Labo: Variety Kit, £35.49
Nintendo are nothing if not uniquely innovative. The Labo kit will have players building an array of mad cardboard creations, like fishing rods, houses and pianos, to inject their gaming with a tactile and frankly bonkers edge.
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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, £159.99
For those who want the maximum control for the maximum tactical edge – loaded with adjustable-tension thumb-sticks, hair trigger locks and rubberised grips.
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Fosmon Xbox One Upgraded Controller Charger, £32.99
Avoid a dead controller with this rig that keeps your battery packs topped up, meaning you’re always ready for action.
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Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 Controller – Green Camo, £44.08
Sony’s excellent DualShock 4 controller, complete with a military camo finish.
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PS4 Controller Charger, £9.99
A handy place to store your controllers, while making sure they’re always charged up.
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Nintendo Switch Online Membership – 12 Months, £17.99
A gift for the whole year – giving the lucky recipient online play, access to Nintendo Switch Online, cloud saving, smartphone app and dozens of exclusive offers.
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Xbox Live 12 Month Gold Membership, £49.99
The gift of 365 days of online play. Members receive access to Xbox Live, monthly free games and heavily discounted titled in the Xbox store.
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PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership, £49.99
Give the gift of online gaming, exclusive discounts, and 24 free games across a full year.
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Paladone Question Block Light, £20.55
This iconic block is as ubiquitous with the Nintendo name as the little plumber Mario.
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SteelSeries Arctis 7 – Wireless Gaming Headset for PC and PS4, £119
Wireless connectivity, 360-degree precision audio and a hidden Discord-certified ClearCast microphone are housed within this low-fuss, high-performance headset.
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Logitech G PRO X Gaming Headset, £110
This headset models a 7.1 surround sound set up so you can hear as much as possible in-game. Perfect for hearing the enemy approach in an FPS.
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Razer BlackWidow Elite, £140
PC gamers know what a beating the keyboard takes. The Razer BlackWidow triggers can take anything thrown their way with pinpoint, low-latency precision.
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Logitech G203 Prodigy Wired Gaming Mouse, £22.98
An accurate and reliable gaming mouse that won’t break the bank – and will cope with frantic online play chaos without missing a click.
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Corsair Ironclaw Wireless RGB, Rechargeable Wireless Optical Gaming Mouse, £69.95
A mouse for those wanting to take their gaming to a new level of speed and precision.
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DUCO Video Gaming Glasses Blue Light Blocking Glasses, £19
Realistically, you should take frequent screen breaks to give your eyes a rest. But if you can’t tear yourself away, these blue-light-blocking glasses should help deal with eyestrain.
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X Rocker Video Rocker Floor Rocker Gaming Chair, £49.99
Lean back and relax into your chosen RPG and give your back some support with this reasonably-priced gamer chair.
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UMI Gaming Office Chair, £134.99
Got a bigger budget? This is more of a gaming throne, with tonnes of padding, lumbar support, a footrest and a huge recline.
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PlayStation VR Starter Pack, £246.01
Got a PS4 but not yet on board with virtual reality? Dive head-first into PSVR with this kit comprising the headset, PS camera, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds. Our tip: pick up a pair of PlayStation Move controllers too, which aren’t included in this kit.
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Occulus Quest VR Gaming Headset, £399
Get into VR gaming even without a console – all you need is the Oculus app, and you’re off. With its own internal memory and wireless controllers, it’s an all-in-one package – opening up game worlds like Star Wars’ immersive Vader Immortal series.
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