Whilst not all games feature online multiplayer, every gaming setup needs a strong, reliable gaming connection to allow for downloads, updates, interaction and online play. Connectivity doesn’t just end with gaming networks and internet connections. Think external drives, light peripherals and audio equipment!
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Wireless connectivity is great for avoiding unnecessary cables! The two most common forms of wireless connectivity are Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi. Bluetooth devices, such as controllers, headsets and peripherals are great space savers, and remove the need for cables during use. Most Wi-Fi speeds are comparable to wired, ethernet cables, but many gamers choose to hardwire their devices for a more stable gaming connection. The best internet for gaming is the one right for you and your space!
Cables and adapters
All of your devices need cables to draw power, connect to displays or charge peripherals. Common cable types found in gaming setups are HDMI, Ethernet, USB, Micro USB and Aux. You could also enhance your audio quality using an optical cable. If you have multiple devices, consider using cable splitters or port docks. These can help with cable management and keeping your space tidy.
Peripheral connectivity includes optional accessories, such as external hard drives, microphones, charging docks and cameras. The greater the number of peripherals, the more cables you may need to charge them. However, there are options available to charge multiple devices at once, such as charging docks and technology stations.
Connection options and cables all work to create your own gaming network. Whether you play online or offline, you’ll need charging and connectivity options for your controllers and accessories.
Even if your accessories are wireless, you’ll need to plug them in to charge every so often. Make sure you leave yourself room to store these devices either when not in use or during charging!