Supply chain No one has been kind this year, but there is still time to order some gifts before the holidays (even if some may not be on time). Many of us will play in the next few months because of the weather. We’ve got great deals on gaming hardware and accessories, and even got a few upgrades to run them for your home theater while waiting until spring.
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Home Theater Deal
This is a great year for deals on some of our favorite TV shows so far. 4K HDR sets have been around long enough that even if your budget is tight, you can find a display that is crisp and bright to look at. We’ve found a few deals on TVs and soundbars, some of which are less expensive than we’ve seen across Black Friday.
HiSense U8G ULED TV (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of our favorite televisions of the year. It has excellent local dimming, a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD FreeSync — which is great for gaming — and a little less than we saw in Cyber Week.
The thing we like most about TCL TVs is their price-to-performance ratio. Even if they don’t match the picture quality of a few thousand dollars worth of high-end brand TVs, you can still get something great on a budget.
The LG C1 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best TV we tested in 2021. It supports G-Sync and AMD FreeSync at 120Hz and 4K, so it can keep up with all your new console and gaming PC upgrades. Even better, it has a deep black layer and a vibrant, high-contrast display, which makes it one of our favorites.
The biggest strength of soundbars is their advantage, and Roku’s streambar doubles on it. On top of being a decent soundbar, it packs into Roku OS, lets you stream music or audio directly to the device and control it via voice commands.
Hopefully you managed to snatch a console this year despite having a supply chain problem. But once you get the box in your home, you may still need a switch, a gaming headset, additional controller or other accessories for your Xbox Series S / X, or, if you’re lucky enough to be able to do a lot of work, the PlayStation 5.
Switch Pro Controller is one of our favorite consoles. Joy-cons is fine, but it’s much more comfortable for long gaming sessions or intense gameplay. In other words, Hades. Its battery life is also excellent, and it’s a bit cheaper now than we saw in Cyber Week.
A recent entry in our list of favorite wireless gaming headsets, the defining feature of the Astro A50 is its wireless charging base. When your game is over, just set the cradle of the headset and it will be charged and ready the next time you play.
Hopefully you’ve been able to get your hands on the Xbox Series S / X you already want, but if you haven’t (or if you have) many exclusive games are still available through Xbox Cloud Gaming, including the Game Pass Ultimate. Such clips from PowerA allow you to connect your phone to a controller and stream games anywhere, even away from the sofa.
Joy-Con controllers do not charge as normally as most controllers, instead they are charged when connected to a switch. If you want to keep playing while docking, this charging grip is one of our favorite accessories. This allows you to plug in a USB cable to continue charging your controllers even when you are disconnected from your console.
Video Game Deal
Consoles can be hard to find, but games are easy for them to find. We found one Bunch Game deals for each console, some of which are much lower than we normally see throughout the year!
Switch game deals
PS5 / PS4 Game Deal
Xbox X / S / One Game Deal
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