My Gaming Setup

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It’s currently fairly late on a Sunday, and despite now finally being a full-time writer, I still find myself writing purely for fun – which I suppose proves the old adage true: “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”, or something like that.

I’ve taken to referring to myself as a Professional Nerd™, and I feel like that’s kind of what I’ve always wanted to be. With that in mind, I’ll be posting up something about my home office setup in the near future.

Today is, as you can tell from the headline, all about my gaming setup. I don’t often chat about it, but I’ve had a few people ask so here we go!

Here we go!

Xbox One

The Xbox One X is my primary console, believe it or not. It would be fair to say that Microsoft stumbled this generation, but I find the Xbox One controller to be pretty much perfect (but more on that soon).

My Xbox One X is the standard black model, but with a 4TB hard drive connected up. I also still use Kinect, because when we’re carrying our son, being able to control the TV with your voice is a godsend!

I’ve been an Xbox Live subscriber since Halo 3, but Game Pass is also great so I now use Game Pass Ultimate which combines the two.

In terms of controllers, I use the SCUF Prestige – it’s the white version. I reviewed it for The Daily Star (link coming as soon as it goes live), but the fact I now use it as my primary controller speaks volumes. It’s got the great basic shape of the Xbox One controller, with the added adjustable triggers and excellent paddles of the Elite Controller. It’s not cheap, but it’s worth the extra money.

My Xbox One is the only console I really play online with, so it’s the only console I need a headset for. With that in mind, I was lucky enough to review the RIG 700HX from Poly and it’s perfect. It offers impressive sound depth, wireless connectivity, and is really lightweight. Check the review here.

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 was my first console this generation, but I swapped it out for the PS4 Pro around the launch of Horizon: Zero Dawn and haven’t looked back. Despite sounding like a plane trying to take off sometimes, there’s no arguing with the visual upgrade from the original model.

It’s the standard PlayStation 4 Pro, in black, but I added a 1.5TB hard drive internally since I had one in a drawer somewhere. I then added 2TB on a USB 3.0 hard drive – which is just enough considering it’s my secondary console.

With regards to controllers, I’ve gone full capital-G Gamer again with a SCUF Impact. It’s essentially a Dualshock 4, but with optional longer triggers and paddles. I was sent the Ali-A edition for coverage, and while it’s a little garish for my liking, the sheer variety of options is astonishing.

The only headset I use with my PS4 is the PlayStation VR system. In the run-up to Jackson being born, I took on more and more freelance work to be able to save some money – and I went kind of mad. My fiancee almost insisted I treat myself, and I’m glad I did. The PlayStation VR is incredible, and now that most of the motion sickness has subsided I can enjoy it for longer stretches. Oh, and the PlayStation Move controllers are a must.

Nintendo Switch

Whisper it, but I think the Switch might be one of my all-time favourite consoles. Despite being underpowered in comparison to the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, I find myself coming back to it always (although a Switch Lite would be great for my commute).

My Switch was picked up close to launch and is the standard grey colour – no modded joy-cons, at least yet. Inside, it has a 256GB micro SD card which I’m likely to add to in the near future – games only seem to be getting bigger.

I also use the Pro Controller, and it’s arguably the only essential peripheral you need on Switch.

TV

My main TV is a 55 inch LG that I picked up on Black Friday a few years ago, and it’s been perfect. It’s 4K, I have it mounted on the wall, and it has enough HDMI ports for all three consoles and our Sky Q box.

My secondary TV is a 48 inch Sony TV we keep in our bedroom, and at the moment that’s where the Switch Dock is. It’s over five years old, but it’s still going strong. I also have a PS3 Super Slim connected to it for Blu-Ray and media server purposes. Pour one out for the PlayStation Vita in a drawer somewhere.

There you have it, and I’ll be back soon to go over my home office setup.

Big love!