This is how expensive gaming as a hobby is

Many people nowadays – young and old – are into gaming. Whether it is Mobile Legends, PUBG, or World of Warcraft, people are hooked into gaming. Though some play simple games like word puzzles, or simulation games like SIMS, or online casinos with high limit videoslots, there is always a video game for everybody. 


If you are a serious gamer, it can cost you to set up your equipment. These are what you would need. 

Gaming console 

You cannot play video games without a console. Though you can build and set up a computer for gaming, that may set you back USD 1,000 to 20,000, depending on what hardware you put in it. But there are already consoles available in the market. Sony and Microsoft have been at it when it comes to producing the best and cheapest consoles. Depending on what you need, there is one for everyone. If you are looking for best graphics, look for Xbox One X (USD 370). The best one for families would be the Nintendo Wii (USD 53). The Nintendo Switch (USD 299) is the best when it comes to mobility. Playstation 3 (USD 99 for 160GB) would be the best buy if you want the best games and compatibility with old game formats. 


In order to enjoy the gaming experience, a TV set with high quality resolution is a must. This is quite easy since most households buy a high-res TV for watching and streaming shows and movies. However, if you do not do your research, you might end up buying an ultra high-end 4K TV for USD 4,000, which is too much. A good steal would be the TCL 55” 4K Ultra Roku Smart LED TV for USD 670. Throw in USD 180 for an Alto 7+ Home Theater Soundbar with wireless Subwoofer. Or you can grab a Toshiba 55” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR – Fire TV Edition for USD 350. 



There is a plethora of choices when it comes to video games. An avid gamer would have a minimum of 10 games in his arsenal. A Playstation 4 video game starts at USD 60 per piece. Xbox One games start at USD 42. Nintendo Switch and Wii games start at USD 20 each. Most players choose games based on repeatability but buy the hottest or latest releases as well.  

Gaming headsets 

Gaming headsets are different from headsets using in listening to music or watching movies. Though the audio quality required may be similar but gaming headsets are designed with maximum comfort in mind for long periods of playing. Wired headsets usually have longer cables for better mobility, if not wireless. The microphone is also important since you have to talk to other players while playing. One of the cheapest gaming headsets around is the wired Astro A10, which only costs USD 20. Or go wireless with the Astro A20, which is only USD 58.56. Or you can go high-end with the SteelSeries Arctis 5, a wired, 7.1-channel surround sound headset that costs USD 95.  

Gaming controllers 

Controllers are usually console-specific. They are designed with the best ergonomic layout for gamers. The most affordable and budget-friendly controller would be the Logitech Gamepad F310. It only costs USD 15. It works with Vista, Windows XP, and 7. A better one is the Microsoft Xbox One controller. Only costs USD 51, this wireless controller has a very comfortable, ergonomic design. You can also go for the Sony DualShock 4, which only costs USD 47. It has a built-in speaker and a touchpad. 


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