Wired mice might be slightly less convenient than wireless, but when you want to keep input lag and connection interruptions to a minimum, they’re indispensable. This Razer Viper mouse isn’t just great as a corded option, it’s also ambidextrous, so anyone can use it. Plus, it’s considerably cheaper than its wireless cousin, which is one of our favorite gaming mice.
When you think “gaming hardware,” your mind might not immediately jump to routers, but if you play online, perhaps you should. This router from Netgear supports Wi-Fi 6 and comes with an impressive array of advanced tools that can help players get their ping down and allocate bandwidth not just to the device they’re playing on, but even to the specific game they’re playing.
There’s a decent chance you’ve seen this microphone before if you spend any time watching streamers on Twitch. It’s one of the more popular USB condenser microphones—and for good reason. Not only does it pick up stellar vocal audio like other condenser mics, but it has built-in LEDs to light up that striking red column, which might be why so many streamers flock to it.
PC Game Deals
Every month, PlayStation Plus doles out a few free games, plus discounts on countless others. Over the course of a year, this subscription can pay for itself even at its normal price of $60 a year. Of course, it regularly goes on sale for less than that—like right now, when you can top off your membership for just $40.
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is one of our favorite inexpensive wireless headsets. It comes with a collection of dongles that let it pair wirelessly with PlayStation consoles, the Nintendo Switch, and most phones. While you can also pair it via Bluetooth, you’ll get fewer latency issues with the adapters.
The Astro A50 is one of our favorite wireless gaming headsets, particularly because of its charging base station. While the A40 doesn’t have the latter feature, it’s also a third of the price, so it’s hard to pass up. This version is wirelessly compatible with PlayStation consoles, but there are also models compatible with Xbox and PC.
PS5/PS4 Game Deals
The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription may already be one of the best deals in gaming. It comes with a Netflix-style library of games, including many day-one releases of games from companies Microsoft owns, like Bethesda and Bungie, for one low price. Normally it goes for about $15 a month, but right now you can get three months for $25, which you can stack up to 36 months.
The Xbox Game Pass subscription comes with the same library of games as the Ultimate subscription, including many first-party Microsoft games. But this version of the subscription is specifically for PC players. You can also stack this deal for up to 36 months.
One of the best accessories you can get for any console is a charging station. Replaceable batteries, like the kind Xbox controllers use, can get expensive quickly, so you’ll save yourself money in the long run. This dual charging stand from PowerA would already pay for itself at $25, but now that it’s down to $15, it’s cheaper than a really big pack of AAs.
If you can’t get your hands on an Xbox Series S/X, you can still potentially play exclusive games via Xbox Cloud Gaming, which comes as part of Game Pass. Clips like this one let you attach your phone to an Xbox controller, so you can play streaming games anywhere, even when you’re not at your couch.
Xbox X/S/One Game Deals
VR Gaming Deals
The Oculus Quest 2 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is a contender for best-selling VR headset, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a stand-alone headset that doesn’t require all the external trackers or cables that most high-end headsets use. Yet it’s powerful enough to play most games. Best of all, it can still connect to a PC to play the higher-end games it can’t run on its own. This deal doesn’t technically come with a discount, but this has been a tough piece of hardware to get during the pandemic, and you can grab a free $50 Target gift card when you buy it here.
More Video Game Deals
Over at Target, you can stock up on several games at once with the company’s current Buy Two, Get One offer. For every three games you buy, the cheapest of those three will be free. This offer stacks multiple times, so if you buy six games, two of them will be free.