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Back To School Gaming Devices/Accessories Buying Guide – 2015

August 6, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

Back to school means more time studying and less time gaming, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be equipped to dish out some harsh smackdowns to your mates when you do have a little time to spare. It’s been a decent year for gaming with lots of new devices and such to check out, and we’ve put together a list of some must-have stuff which could satisfy any gamer.

NVIDIA SHIELDNVIDIA SHIELD AH-36

If you’re a gamer who enjoys everything from the vast collection of Android titles to multiple AAA titles you can play on PC and consoles, the NVIDIA SHIELD is a device you should probably consider. You can pick it up in either 16B or 500GB models, and it’s powered by Android TV so you get access to the Play Store as well as Play Music and Play Movies/TV. It also has access to NVIDIA GRID which houses console/PC games like Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Borderlands 2, and more. It also support 4K content, and Google Voice commands, and it’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor. You can pick up the 16GB version on Amazon for $199 or the 500GB pro version for $299. You might also want to consider the stand and the remote for the voice commands, as well as additional controllers if you want to engage with multiplayer. Those will run you $29.99, $49.99, and $59.99 respectively

Razer Forge TV Bundle/Extra Serval Controller

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The Razer Forge TV Bundle is a similar device to the NVIDIA SHIELD, running Android TV and giving users access to the play Store, Android games and the ability to stream games from the PC (once the feature goes live). The little box comes with a controller included, but you can also buy additional controllers if needed for multiplayer games as it supports up to 4 total. It also supports Google Cast, which means you can cast your content from your Android device to the Razer Forge TV just like you would a Chromecast. You can grab the bundle on Amazon for $149.99, and extra controllers run $79.99 a piece.

Snail Mobile W3d Gaming PhoneAH Snail Games W Series-1

If you’re looking for a gaming dedicated smartphone than the W3d from Snail Mobile just might be you solution. It features a 5.5-inch glasses free 3D eye tracking 1080p IPS display, it’s powered by a MediaTek MT6595 Octa-Core CPU, and it comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage for holding all those games. It also supports expandable storage up to 64GB via the microSD card. Camera wise it carries a 13MP camera on the back and 5MP camera on the front for video chat, and it has dedicated controls on the front including a d-pad, 2 joysticks, and a 4-button setup for actions. These are due to be released on September 29th, but you can preorder them now on Amazon for $399.99.

Mobile Gaming Accessories8bitdo

If you play mobile games and either sometimes want a traditional feel with actual physical controls or private audio so you aren’t disturbing others with the sounds of the game, (or perhaps you just want to hear it better) consider picking up a Bluetooth mobile game controller and a set of headphones that are compatible and designed for use with tablets and smartphones in mind. The SteelSeries Free controller and SteelSeries 5Hv3 gaming headset are great options as they’re easily portable and they’re on sale right now for $24.00 and $58.45 respectively. If you’re a little more classic, than the retro 8bitdo wireless Bluetooth controller might suit you as it’s modeled after an SNES controller, and can be picked up for $34.99.

ConsolesPlaystation 4 Bundle

If you’re more of a traditional gamer and prefer getting in your sessions on consoles, then you may want to consider the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Wii U consoles as they’re are some decent bundles on them right now which usually include at least one free game. These are all going to run you anywhere from $290 to $399, and things like additional controller or other accessories will run around $25 to $99 each and can all be picked up through Amazon.