For some people, video games are a source of pleasure and an exciting pastime, without even having to leave the house. For maximum immersion in the game world, appropriate accessories have been created — joysticks, steering wheels with pedals, helmets or virtual reality glasses. We have studied the market and selected the best gamepads and other gadgets that will take the quality of gaming to a new level.
Let’s start our review with gamepads for computers, game consoles and even smartphones.
Sony Dual Sense
This gamepad appeared along with the fifth generation of the PlayStation game console. The signature features of the previous generation of DualShock 4 controllers have been preserved, but new features have been added.
Instead of the Share button on the gamepad, there is now Create. It opened up new opportunities for gamers:
- gameplay recording;
- creating screenshots;
- publishing content in communities.
Also DualSense equipped with a microphone. Now users do not need a separate headset to communicate with friends during the game.
Gamepads are presented in different colors. In addition to the classic white and black, there is also red. The controller was originally designed for the PlayStation 5 and is also compatible and considered one of the best gamepads for PC. You can connect it with a cable via USB or via Bluetooth.
GameSir X2 Bluetooth
This controller is designed for “mobile gamers” — users who prefer to play on smartphones. The gamepad makes control more convenient and is attached to any phone as an additional unit. A feature of the GameSir X2 Bluetooth model is a wireless connection, but you can also use a wire. In regular versions of the controller, a Type‑C cable is required — there are no other options.
GameSir X2 Bluetooth can also be connected to a computer via Bluetooth or cable. In Windows, the gamepad is defined as the Xbox Wireless Controller.
All gamepad buttons are easy to press and work clearly. The sticks are moderately tight, so there are no false positives. The case is made of matte plastic, thanks to which the controller lies comfortably in the hands.
Users have access to a proprietary application with which you can update the firmware, test the gamepad and configure it to work in games without the support of individual controllers. The built-in battery lasts for 3–4 hours of active play. It takes about 60 minutes to charge it.
Virtual reality devices
Stores sell various VR devices, including helmets and goggles. The first provide a more complete and realistic immersion in the world of virtual reality, but are not cheap. Glasses are more affordable and also create a VR effect, but not as deep as helmets.
Oculus Quest 2
This is the second generation of the VR helmet known in gaming circles. Two versions of the device are on sale, differing in the amount of internal memory — 128 GB and 256 GB.
The virtual reality helmet Oculus Quest 2 turned out to be better than its predecessor in all respects. It has increased performance, increased screen resolution, and it has also become more convenient due to reduced weight and size. This is not just a virtual reality helmet, but a worthy replacement for the Xbox or PlayStation consoles.
A Snapdragon XR2 chip and 6 GB of RAM were installed in the helmet, so the performance is enough to run undemanding games — without connecting to a PC. If the user prefers top titles like Half-Life: Alyx or Asgard’s Wrath, a computer is required.
The VR helmet comes with comfortable controllers that feel good in the hands thanks to the thoughtful shape and matte plastic. The location of the buttons is clearly calibrated. Lacks only built-in batteries with USB charging. You still have to use AA batteries.
Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best virtual reality headsets that can work separately from the computer, even if not with the most demanding games. Some users consider this device to be a good alternative to classic game consoles.
Bobo VR Z6
The effect of virtual reality takes any video game to a whole new level. And, if a user does not always have money for a helmet worth more than 50 thousand rubles, then everyone can afford Bobo VR Z6 virtual reality glasses — they cost only 3,000 rubles. The gadget is compatible with both operating systems — Android 4.4 and above and iOS 8 and above.
This device works in combination with a smartphone with a screen size of 4.7” to 6.2”. The larger the display, the more detailed the picture will be. The phone is inserted into a special compartment and the game starts on it, and a separate gamepad is used to control it. In fact, there is no real interaction with the virtual world, and the glasses simply provide a deeper immersion in the image on the screen. This effect only appears in 3D smartphone games designed for VR glasses.
The glasses put on the head adjoin to the face with a soft sponge. It eliminates the formation of scuffs, scratches and the usual discomfort during prolonged use of the device. VR glasses don’t offer the deep immersion of the Oculus Quest 2, but they also cost less.
Fit AR‑X 3D
This is another virtual reality glasses that are cheaper than the previous ones — only 1800 rubles. The reduced price is due to the simplified design and the use of less expensive materials.
Fit AR‑X 3D also work together with a smartphone, which is inserted into a special mount. All gadgets running Android and iOS operating systems are supported. Allowable screen size is from 4.7” to 6”. Glasses give new impressions from favorite 3D games and viewing of three-dimensional videos.
Steering wheels and joysticks
For fans of simulators, there are highly specialized controllers — steering wheels for auto racing and joysticks for various “flying games”.
Thrustmaster T150 RS
One of the top PC gaming steering wheels with pedals, which was originally released specifically for the third and fourth generation PlayStation consoles. This is a branded steering wheel suitable for all racing games. The device is compatible with computers with any operating system: Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP.
The pedal block is made of high-quality durable plastic, and the steering wheel is covered with rubberized material and is pleasant to the touch. It rotates with a slight effort, increasing the level of realism in racing simulators. Steering wheel return is provided, as in real cars.
Thrustmaster T150 RS pedals are also hard to press, and all buttons are programmable through the settings menu in the game. You can use the paddle shifters to shift gears.
Logitech G920 Driving Force
This game steering wheel with pedals is not suitable for PlayStation, but can be connected to Xbox console and PC with any operating system. Using proprietary software, you can customize the device to your requirements and enjoy your favorite racing simulator.
The brake pedal has a non-linear travel, simulating the operation of a real braking system. A special mechanism responds to the force of pressing, providing a feeling of more precise braking. The steering angle of 900 degrees allows you to rotate it two and a half turns in each direction. This indicator is similar to real cars.
The Logitech G920 Driving Force steering wheel has high-quality and securely pressed clamps to the table, and a patented anti-slip coating is applied to the bottom of the pedal unit, which reliably adheres to shaggy carpet or smooth laminate.
For game consoles and computers, a large number of controllers designed for flight simulators have been released. Which joystick is better to determine is difficult — they differ in functionality, on which the price greatly depends.
Thrustmaster TCA Officer Pack Airbus edition is a top-end joystick, the price of which is almost 17 thousand rubles. The kit, together with the main controller, includes an engine thrust control lever with buttons. This joystick is designed specifically for various flight simulators. It will not be possible to play racing or shooting games on it.
Thrustmaster T‑16000M FCS Hotas is one of the best PC joysticks in terms of value for money. It costs about 13 thousand rubles and also has a thrust control lever for engines. It differs from the previous one only in that it has a somewhat simplified design. It is also slightly smaller and lighter.
Thrustmaster T‑Flight Stick X — This joystick is compatible with PlayStation 3 and PC. It is much cheaper than the previous two — only 5700 rubles. In the kit there is only a controller, and the draft regulator, which is present in the two previous models, is missing. This is a fully programmable gadget that allows you to immerse yourself in the virtual world of a space or flight simulator.