Before you know it, December will be here, and that means it’s time to start thinking about your letter to Santa and your other gift-givers. Which gaming gifts should you put on your wish list?
Will your wish list include an HDMI® 2.1-capable computer monitor or TV? Maybe a new game device? How about the latest GPU-powered graphics card or handheld PC gaming platform?
Possibilities abound. Here’s something.
HDMI © 2.1-capable TVs and Monitors
TV makers introduced several models this year with support for the HDMI 2.1 specification and its gaming features. There has been huge marketing support telling gamers that these models are great for gameplay. HDMI LA is helping to get the word out, with Repeat.GG sponsoring weekly Fortnite and League of Legends gaming tournaments and its HDMI gaming ambassadors on Twitch and Discord. Among the most important features for gamers are 4K resolution with a refresh rate of 120Hz as well as [email protected]; Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for a more fluid gameplay environment and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALM) for optimized gameplay or automatic switching to TV viewing based on input.
Computer monitor manufacturers aren’t letting the rise of HDMI 2.1-capable TVs go unanswered, introducing several new models with support for HDMI 2.1 features and giving gamers a great selection of displays to consider.
Gamers have eagerly snatched up game consoles like the Xbox Series X and S and the Sony PlayStation 5 since their introduction, with 6.5 million sold in their first seven months and the latter 10 million from November 2020 to July. While consumer appetite for game consoles remains strong, chip shortages plaguing the electronic industry may make it difficult to obtain them from retailers.
The Valve Steam Deck handheld gaming device, announced in July with an anticipated December release, might be hard to get until later in 2022 unless you were one of the lucky ones to reserve one right away. A docking station offering HDMI TV and monitor connectivity has been announced.
Microsoft got serious about mobile gaming this summer with a major Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) app release for its Surface Duo. The xCloud Android app offers dual-screen support that places a virtual gamepad controller on one screen and the game itself on the other. Xbox Touch Controls are now available for over 50 games.
don’t forget the sound
What’s an exciting game without the immersive sound from Dolby Atmos and DTS:X? Look for an HDMI 2.1-capable AVR and sound bar to ensure that the entire audience is involved in the game. Many are available and support not only great game audio but also high resolutions and refresh rates.
GPU gamer card
If your holiday list includes one of the latest high-performance gaming cards, there are some questions about whether Santa will be able to deliver given the slowdown in the supply chain. Manufacturers are doing everything they can to get something on the shelves, but it might still be a good idea to give Santa some slack.
So it’s worth focusing your list on what’s available now for the best advanced gameplay, and in that case, it’s hard to beat HDMI 2.1-capable monitors and TVs.