The best gaming hardware of 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, we take a look at the best gaming tech from the past year, from powerful new components and best-in-class peripherals to complete gaming systems that fit in the palm of your hand.

Our winner for Best Gaming Hardware of 2022 is…

valve steam deck

The Steam Deck might not be the first or only handheld gaming PC, but thanks to the backing of Valve and its very affordable starting price of $399, it brought the idea to the masses. Implementing the Linux-based SteamOS wasn’t without its headaches, but the ability to easily access most, if not all, of your Steam library in a handheld form factor – complete with mods, cloud saves, and all the other perks of playing on PC – was downright revolutionary.

Here are our nominees for Best Gaming Hardware of 2022…

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

In a sea of ​​wireless gaming headsets, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless stands out. Instead of just working with one platform, you can connect this headset to two consoles, PCs or any combination of devices. It also has Bluetooth so you can listen to music from your mobile devices at the same time.

Of course, this gaming headset offers more than just tons of connectivity options, its audio quality is also impeccable, and you can further improve the sound of your games by tweaking the EQ via software. Perhaps most importantly, it’s still the only headset (apart from its predecessor) with hot-swappable rechargeable batteries, allowing you to play effectively indefinitely without ever having to worry about plugging it in to charge.

Alienware AW3423DW QD OLED

In recent years, TVs and monitors have taken two divergent directions in terms of the technology they most want to focus on. TVs mainly prioritized picture quality, with market leaders like the LG C2 offering the pristine looks of OLED. Monitors, on the other hand, often offered better refresh rates and response times, making them favorites for pairing with high-end PCs.

Alienware’s AW3423DW QD-OLED lets people have their cake and eat it too. It’s one of the first monitors to use QD-OLED technology, which offers a wider range of colors than OLED while offering faster response times. In other words, the best of both worlds and a look at the best gaming monitors of the future.

valve steam deck

The Steam Deck might not be the first or only handheld gaming PC, but thanks to the backing of Valve and its very affordable starting price of $399, it brought the idea to the masses. Implementing the Linux-based SteamOS wasn’t without its headaches, but the ability to easily access most, if not all, of your Steam library in a handheld form factor – complete with mods, cloud saves, and all the other perks of playing on PC – was downright revolutionary.

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090

The GeForce RTX 4090 has burst onto the scene as the absolute king of consumer graphics cards with gargantuan size, performance, and pricing. At $1,599 it’s well out of reach for all but the most dedicated of enthusiasts, but the gaming performance it brings to the table makes that price almost worth it. Prices aside, it’s truly a remarkable feat of engineering to pack so much power into a consumer-grade graphics card, and it’s never going to be unimpressive to see the latest games ray-traced at 4K Max settings, still capable of frame rates of reach over 100 fps.

game date

Five years after the Nintendo Switch blurred the lines between console and handheld, the world of portable slots has experienced something of a renaissance. At one end of the spectrum are powerful handheld PCs like the Steam Deck. At the other end is the quirky little yellow rectangle that is the Playdate. Equipped with hand-cranked controls and a curated collection of lofi games, the Playdate might seem a bit swanky and gimmicky – and it is – but that didn’t stop it from carving its way into our hearts.

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