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Gaming

Handheld devices, classic consoles and advances in VR (Virtual Reality) technology have taken gaming to new heights. Our guide helps you to understand brands and consoles, so you can choose the one that’ll offer the most fun for you.

Types of gaming devices

Choose from models to suit your play, whether you’re on the move or gaming with friends.

Games Consoles

A games console is no longer just for gaming; it has in-built apps and marketplaces to customise your overall entertainment. As an entertainment system, you’re able to route your current television provider through a console to create a living room hub.

Gaming PCs

With a gaming PC, you can build a computer that can handle everything from VR gaming to games that are best experienced with the versatility of a controller, keyboard and mouse.

Console Gaming

Sony PlayStation

If you want…

  • Versatility
  • Powerful performance
  • Multi-player capabilities
  • The latest games

Then consider a PlayStation because it...

  • Doubles up as a media system

Sony PlayStation

If you want…

  • Versatility
  • Powerful performance
  • Multiplayer capabilities
  • The latest games

Then consider a Sony PlayStation because it...

  • Doubles up as a media system

Nintendo Switch

If you want…

  • Gaming that’s portable
  • A family-friendly console
  • Easy use and versatility

Then consider a Nintendo Switch because it...

  • Switches easily from console to handheld device
  • Allows you to enjoy family-friendly games that avoid violence
  • Gives you party games with multi-player modes
  • Has classic games like Mario Kart, Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda

Xbox

If you want…

  • Versatile controllers
  • Access to a wide and varied catalogue of games
  • Games that everyone can play
  • Easy use and versatility

Then consider a Xbox because...

  • Power combined with compact design is important to you
  • You have backwards compatibility with a library of Xbox 360 games
  • You won’t need an extra set-top box for TV and entertainment with an Xbox One
  • The Xbox One S supports streaming video and 4K Blu-ray discs
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PC Gaming

If you want…

  • A unique gaming experience
  • Sharp graphics
  • The latest games releases at your fingertips
  • Free multi-player gaming

Then consider PC gaming because...

  • Storage, RAM, motherboard and more can be personalised
  • The hardware inside gaming PCs can outperform parts in video console games
  • You can upgrade PC parts to keep up with new games
  • Online platforms allow you to buy, browse and launch games at a better price than video game console gaming platforms
  • Exclusive games are released earlier on PC than video console 

VR gaming

Continuing advances in virtual reality technology mean VR gaming is more exciting than ever, allowing you to immerse yourself completely as you play.

If you want…

  • Futuristic technology
  • Experiential playing

Then consider a VR headset and console because...

  • You can immerse yourself completely in games using headsets
  • They are at the forefront of gaming technology

Gaming Laptops

Consider a gaming laptop because...

  • They're hugely powerful with dedicated graphics cards and large amounts of RAM
  • Designed so you can play the latest games
  • Some feature dedicated cooling systems to help prevent overheating
  • Screens range from 14.1” to 17”

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

What gaming accessories are available?

Think about the the type of experience you want to have. Some consoles, such as Xbox One, require a controller. Alternatively, the more portable gaming devices like the Nintendo 2DS XL, have integrated speakers and an interactive touch pad.

What’s more, accessories for particular consoles, allow you to connect to friends and family with apps such as Skype. And with the PSTV, you can even take your gaming experience into separate rooms of your home by streaming the game from your console to free up communal spaces.

Different accessories allow you to control the entertainment side of your console without having to use your controller to navigate the applications.

Can I play other media through the console?

You may not just be looking for a gaming console, but a full entertainment system for the whole family to enjoy. Where WiFi is an option, you can access a wealth of media streaming apps, television and gaming.

The Xbox One has the option to play DVD and Blu-ray discs so it can become a hub of entertainment.

Are older games compatible with new consoles?

Some older generation games can be purchased and downloaded through your new console's online shop e.g. Nintendo eShop and Microsoft Store.

How easy are gaming consoles to use?

The Xbox One is an example of where voice control can be used to navigate the entertainment features with ease. And the PS4 has the flexibility to be played remotely, where Wi-Fi is an option. With wireless connectivity options, such as Near-Field Communication and Bluetooth, sharing gameplay is instant as is interacting with optional accessories such as the Nintendo amiibo.

Which TVs are best for gaming?

Most high-end models will feature a dedicated gaming mode, which automatically adjusts the settings to show video games at their best. 

4K and 8K picture resolutions offer the most realistic viewing experience and support the 4K content that is being developed for today's powerhouse gaming consoles, while HDR ensures deeper, richer colors.

Shop OLED/QLED TVs

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You may also want to invest in a separate mouse, graphic tablet or keyboard. These come with a variety of different functions, with the latest mice for featuring touch and gesture controls to help improve your experience.

Ordering

What are my delivery options?

FREE Standard delivery on orders over £50

We also offer next and named day delivery for an additional fee. Click & collect is free for orders of £30 and over, or £2 if you spend less.

INSTALLATION SERVICES

We offer a comprehensive range of services to help you get your new computer up and running.

These services are currently only available through your local shop, but you can still arrange them even if you bought your computer online from us - you'll just need to produce your delivery note.

Computers Guarantee

All our computers come with at least a 2-year guarantee at no extra cost.

They also qualify for our 90 days free software support helpline.

PROTECT PLUS

We also offer extended Protect Plus that can be taken out at any time within 30 days of your original purchase - this offers extra protection against accidental damage.