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Three Christmas gifts that will keep gamers playing happily over the holidays

From the latest Nintendo console, that you can carry around with you, to the Samsung HMD Odyssey head set with its virtual and augmented reality, we have you covered on the best stocking fillers this year

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 December, 2017, 7:18pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 December, 2017, 7:17pm

It’s a particularly good year for video gamers, thanks to console releases and changes to the way we play games overall. For the really hard-core video gamers, there’s plenty to choose from.

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PlayStation 4 Pro or Xbox One X

Sony and Microsoft have updated their gaming consoles, meaning that it’s a good time to upgrade yourself. The PlayStation 4 Pro supports 4K gaming, with ultra-high definition, and is compatible with all PS4 games.

The Xbox One X also boasts 4K support and promises a serious power upgrade for users. These are good gifts for people who play visually intensive games that take full advantage of their ultra-modern graphics.

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The decision of which one of these to get is really up to the preference of your intended recipient. If you want to really make their day, splash out on game-specific bundles, which come with a game and unique designs.

Price: PS4 Pro US$407; Xbox One X US$496

Nintendo Switch

The newest console from Nintendo isn’t meant to stay tethered to your television stand. A mix of a hand-held and traditional console, the Switch can be played in the living room or taken on the go. Small enough to slip into a purse or backpack, the console still manages to put out more than enough power to keep you rolling on adventures with Mario, the Legend of Zelda’s Link and other classic Nintendo characters.

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Its detachable controllers are also motion-sensitive, meaning that you can swing a sword or land a punch by moving your arms.

The Switch is slowly building up its roster of games, adding titles such as Bethesda’s Skyrim and EA’s Fifa. While there are some drawbacks – battery life could be longer, and the game selection is still somewhat limited – the Switch is a great option for those who don’t spend hours on the couch engrossed in a game.

Price: US$299.99

Samsung HMD Odyssey

Virtual and augmented reality are all the rage among tech companies, but they have been a little inaccessible for most people. Samsung’s HMD Odyssey is one of several headsets on sale for the holidays that aims tomake these new technologies more accessible. It has dual 3.5-inch screens and a 110-degree field of view. It also comes with controllers for each hand, so you can interact with the virtual world.

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The Odyssey should work with most newer Windows 10-compatible computers and has an easier set-up than pricier headsets from Oculus or HTC. The headset is comfortable and immersive, meaning that it won’t detract from whatever virtual reality program you’re playing.

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Price: US$499.99 (with controller)