Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Accessories and VR
Our editors are sharing their picks for what to buy for the gaming fans in your life. First up, gaming accessories and the latest VR headset.
Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One
With the arrival of Forza Motorsport, Xbox Series X/S owners finally have a cutting-edge, hardcore racing sim. But if virtual gearheads want the most authentic simulation experience, they need a compatible racing wheel and pedals, like this model from Thrustmaster designed after the Ferrari 458 Spider. Features include adjustable wheel sensitivity, paddle shifters, and all the buttons you need to navigate your console.
SanDisk microSDXC Memory Card for Nintendo Switch
The number of great games you can play on Nintendo Switch has grown absolutely massive over the past six years. But even the most expensive model only comes with 64 GB of built-in storage, so unless you want to juggle your save data and games all the time, it helps to have a larger memory card. SanDisk’s offerings come in a few different sizes—64GB, 128 GB, 256GB and 512GB—to suit your budget and storage needs.
Meta Quest 3
The new Meta Quest 3 is the most advanced standalone VR headset yet. In this case, standalone means you don’t have to connect to a console or PC—everything you need is right there in the headset. While VR is also great for watching immersive videos and exploring whatever the metaverse is, the main appeal is gaming experiences that are unlike anything you can play on a 2D screen.
If you’re not up on what VR gaming offers these days, here’s a brief rundown of a few titles you can play on the Quest 3:
Resident Evil 4
This is a full, beginning-to-end remake of the survival horror classic built with virtual reality in mind. If you thought the original was scary, try fighting a chainsaw dude in VR.
I Expect You To Die 3: Cog in the Machine
In this puzzle game (the third in a popular series), you’re a James Bond–style secret agent trying to escape from devilishly designed contraptions.
Playable solo or in multiplayer, this title takes elements of pickleball and tennis to create a familiar but fresh new racket sport that plays to VR’s strengths.