Ready to have some fun? This is the best gaming gear we’ve tested from controllers to full-sized arcade cabinets. We’ve spent hours putting these toys through their paces to ensure their battery life, build quality, and performance hold up under even marathon sessions.
While Valve’s Steam Deck laid the framework for the handheld PC market, the ASUS Rog Ally runs with it. Its higher-resolution 1080p screen, offset joysticks, and lighter weight are condensed into a design that’s both more comfortable and attractive, complete with RGB lighting. Plus, it runs Windows 11 out of the box, so you won’t have trouble installing third-party game services like Epic Games Store, Xbox Game Pass, and Battle.net like you do with the Steam Deck. The whole rig is powered by a strong Ryzen Z1 Extreme processor and RDNA 3 graphics technology for moderate performance gains in both graphical fidelity and frame rates compared to the Steam Deck. Its greatest strength is its “Turbo Mode.” This performance option can double the resolution and lock in high frame rates to play some of the most demanding titles the Steam Deck struggles with at the cost of greatly reduced battery life.
Sony’s PlayStation VR 2 creates the most immersive VR experience, complete with a 4K HDR resolution, eye tracking, and haptic adaptive triggers that provide tactile feedback for digital actions like pulling the weighted trigger of a virtual firearm. Since the headset taps into the PlayStation 5’s computing power, it renders photorealistic 3D environments and has a roster of exclusive games such as “Gran Turismo.” The eye-tracking cameras are used for a process called foveated rendering. This advanced technique displays graphics at the highest resolution where your eyes are centered, while reducing the quality in your peripheral vision. This reduces processing demands so developers can use sharper textures and fit more interactive objects into their virtual worlds.
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When it comes to recreating the authentic feel and style of an arcade, Arcade1Up takes the lead. “The Fast & The Furious” Deluxe Arcade cabinet has a sturdy build with explosive speakers and an immersive 17-inch LCD screen. While the wheel feels slightly smaller than the original, it’s grippy and comes complete with vibrating feedback. Each side button provides a satisfying click when selecting car views or customizing your vehicles. Its addictive gameplay loop is simple. You control real-world vehicles like a Ford Mustang GT, Pontiac Fiero, and Nissan 350Z as you race across cityscapes overtaking competitors and drifting around streets in the United States and Japan. There are over 20 maps, and the game is rife with replay value, thanks to