5 Elements that Make the Ultimate Gaming Space
By Samsung Australia, 15.01.2016.
Between work, commuting and being with friends and family, time can seem like a scarce resource for today’s gamers. And the dead time many of us spend in front of a screen during the day makes those few hours we spend evading villains in Metal Gear Solid V or getting lost in Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward all the more precious.
With so much gear on the market and so little time to game, it's more important than ever for gamers to find cost-effective ways of fine-tuning their gaming space to maximise the playing experience. This process involves careful consideration of every aspect of the space – from hardware and visuals to lighting, furniture and feng shui. Here are five key elements to consider when creating or improving your gaming lair.
1. High-performance hardware
Hardware is perhaps the single most important factor in creating a gaming space that allows you to make the most of the time you spend playing. If your equipment falls short of a game's specifications, you're inevitably going to struggle to fully appreciate what it has to offer.
Unlike console gamers, PC gamers have many options when it comes to hardware. The key elements to consider when optimising your PC rig for gaming are its central processing unit (CPU), RAM and graphics processing unit (GPU).
When it comes to graphics and RAM, it's best to buy as much as you can afford, as more RAM allows better performance in games and premium GPUs are more likely to render each game's visuals effectively.
While more expensive CPUs may deliver better results, many manufacturers offer lines of processors designed specifically to offer gamers the best performance for their money. Your hard drive is another important consideration.
Upgrading to a Solid State Drive (SSD) can reduce boot time and help your games load faster. Not only that, SSDs run faster than traditional hard drives, which means better frame rates and a more pleasurable gaming experience.
2. Immersive Display
There's no point investing in impressive hardware if you're going to play on a small, low-definition screen. Not every gaming space can accommodate a wall-to-wall projector, but there's a lot to be said for investing in a single, high-definition monitor or even a 65" curved TV for rendering your gaming environments.
Given the range of screen sizes, it's relatively easy these days to find a screen that fits to the dimensions of your chosen gaming lair.
Curved monitors are a supreme choice for gamers who admire good visuals, as they help to immerse the player in impressive resolution and vibrant colour – perfect for games with intricate sandbox landscapes, such as Skyrim or the later Fallout series.
3. High-Definition Audio
Top-quality audio is essential as it allows you to complement a game's visuals with the ambience its developers intended to deliver a more immersive gaming experience.
Don't worry if your space isn't large enough (or your neighbours aren't patient enough) to accommodate 5.1 surround sound or a dedicated audio amplifier.
If you really want to bring a game's voice acting, sound effects and score to life, it's worth investing in a decent set of headphones.
Noise pollution could be a problem when gaming, so consider getting a set of high quality closed-back headphones – they help prevent sound escaping and stop background noise from disturbing the tension in games like This War of Mine.
And if you are playing in the virtual realm, a headset with a microphone can give you the tactical advantage.
4. Maximum Comfort
If you want to make the most of the time you spend in your gaming space, it's wise to think about your comfort. Factors such as lighting and heating come into play, but there are few decisions more important in creating a comfortable space than your choice of gaming chair.
There are many considerations when it comes to buying a chair, but the top two are ergonomics and functionality. Some chairs – such as this one – are purpose built to enhance gameplay. Others aren't lavishly decked out, but instead focus on being super-ergonomic, which means less time messing around getting yourself comfortable.
Consider what matters most to you and choose your gaming chair accordingly. It's also worth considering creature comforts such as snacks and drinks. Handy sustenance reduces the need for you to break in and out of gameplay, so a compact mini bar fridge might be a useful addition to keep your favourite snacks and beverages within arm's reach. Position it correctly in your game space and you can keep yourself refreshed while you play.
5. Ergonomics and Tidiness
With the amount of gear that goes into gaming, it's no wonder that gaming spaces can quickly become cluttered and messy – even dangerously so. Invest in some cable-management products if your space involves lots of wires and make sure the furniture you use allows you to move freely without tripping or bumping into things.
It should go without saying, but the more time you spend cleaning, the less you spend gaming. This makes a robotic vacuum cleaner an excellent addition to any gaming space. It does the messy work for you, sensing the objects in the area and navigating around them. Some models even come with Wifi control, which allows you to kick back like a lord on your throne and direct your vacuum to where cleaning is needed.
In the end, setting up your ideal gaming space is a holistic exercise. It involves many different elements, each of which add up to help you make the most of every minute. It's also important to remember that it's an ongoing process.
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