5 Gaming Accessories That Can Help You Become A Better Competitive Gamer
Being a good competitive gamer revolves primarily around practice. However, there are certain factors outside of traditional practice that can contribute to your overall ability as a gamer and one of those factors revolves around your gaming accessories.
Gaming accessories don’t directly influence your skill level, but they can offer you an advantage that grants you more wins, or helps you get more consistent results – on that note, here’s a look at 5 accessories that can help you become a better gamer.
Thumb grips are one of the most overlooked, yet one of the most useful gaming accessories out there.
They provide you with a firmer grip on the analog sticks on a controller, and by doing so, they prevent your fingers from slipping when you’re trying to perform certain actions.
Thumb grips perfect for high intensity games like FIFA, Apex Legends or Call of Duty where you constantly have to keep your thumbs pressed down on your controller’s analog stick for long periods of time.
If you find your thumbs slipping from your analog sticks while you’re playing a high intensity game, you should consider getting thumb grips – they could make a significant difference in your performance levels.
If you play MOBAs like DOTA 2 and League of Legends, a mechanical keyboard could have a significant impact on your gameplay.
It’s worth noting that there are two types of mechanical keyboards – namely linear and tactile. Linear keyboards need to be pushed all the way down to execute a command. They’re perfect for games that require a lot of precision, as you’re able to know with absolute certainty that you’re pushing the right button.
Tactile keyboards on the other hand only need to be pushed halfway down to activate. They’re perfect for games that require a lot of speed, as you can easily press multiple keys in quick succession.
Unlike normal keyboards, mechanical keyboards have a spring loaded switch underneath each key, allowing the keyboard to make a “clicking” sound each time you press a key.
This “clicking” sound lets you know when a command has been registered – which ultimately makes you more precise, because by hearing the clicking sound each time you perform a command, you’ll always know, whether or not, your inputs have been successfully executed – allowing you to avoid situations where you think you’ve executed a command even though you haven’t.
Surround Sound Headset
Headsets that possess surround sound capabilities can offer you an incredible advantage in games that revolve around stealth.
With a surround sound headset, you’ll be able to pinpoint the exact location of your enemies with a large degree of accuracy, simply by listening in on their movements – allowing you to be “one step ahead of your opponents” in nearly every situation.
Gaming glasses don’t directly influence your skill level, however, they can help you maintain solid performance levels for extended periods.
You see…when you stare at a screen for too long, the glare from the screen can cause eye fatigue, which can ultimately reduce your ability to focus.
Gaming glasses typically have an anti-reflective shielding, which prevents your screen’s glare from triggering eye fatigue – allowing you to play to the best of your ability for longer periods of time.
A Gaming monitor
Using a gaming monitor as opposed to using a TV can reduce your input lag while gaming.
Input lag is the time it takes for your controller or keyboard inputs to be reflected on your display. High input lag directly translates to slower inputs from your controller.
Input lag is measured in milliseconds. A typical TV can take anywhere between 10 milliseconds and 150 milliseconds (or more) to display an input from your controller.
A gaming monitor, however, typically takes between 1 millisecond and 5 milliseconds to display an input from your controller.
Using a gaming monitor will give you an advantage over an opponent who is using a normal TV, because you’ll be able to execute your commands faster than the opponent.