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Our gift guide for gamers this Christmas

Xbox or Switch, Final Fantasy or Mario Kart, we have the perfect Christmas present for every level of gamer in your life.

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Is there a veteran or budding gamer in your life? We’ve put together a list of gaming consoles and peripherals so you can find the perfect gift for any gamer.

Oculus Quest 2 VR Gaming Headset

VR is getting ever more popular, and Oculus is at the forefront. The Oculus Quest 2 VR Gaming Headset is a powerful, immersive experience. No need to connect the headset to your computer, just set up the app on your phone and pop on the headset to explore a world of VR. With a single-panel LCD screen, cinematic audio and new redesigned Touch controllers, every action and sound in the game will be amplified and your movements will be even more accurate. As the Quest 2 is backwards compatible, you can play your favourite older games and play newer titles too, either solo or connect with your friends online.

Microsoft Xbox Series S

The Microsoft Xbox Series S is an excellent all-round console at a great price. It’s compact but delivers fast loading times and frame rates of 120 fps so lags are at a minimum. It comes with 512 GB of storage so you can download as many games as you want and easily switch between them. You can play for hours in comfort as the new wireless controller has a textured grip and hybrid D-pad. If you have a collection of older Xbox games, the new Xbox Velocity Architecture improves loading times, stabilises frame rates and gives a higher resolution to all your favourite games.

Microsoft Xbox Game Pass

If they already have an Xbox or you want to add on to the present, you can’t go wrong with the Microsoft Xbox Game Pass. For 6 months, your gamer will have unlimited access to over one hundred Xbox titles. Whether they prefer the classic games or latest titles, the Game Pass is great value at only €60 for the six months. Games be downloaded to their console so they can play offline and new games are added every month so you’re never short of something to play.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch skyrocketed to popularity during lockdown. It’s intuitive, portable and, most importantly, loads of fun. The updated Switch comes with an improved battery life so depending on your game you can get between 4.5 and 9 hours of battery. Ideal for long journeys or lazy afternoons. The Nintendo Switch is great because you can connect it to your TV for some traditional console gaming or attach the two Joy-Con controllers to the console and use it on the go. The Switch comes with 32 GB of internal memory so you have plenty of space to store games.

Or, if they already have the Switch and it’s gotten a lot of use over the past two years, why not consider the new Nintendo Switch OLED bundle?

Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure

Make fitness fun in the new year with the Nintendo Switch Ring Fit Adventure. Using the Ring-Con and leg strap, you’ll swat, run, jump and stretch all while defeating evil enemies, exploring your fantasy world and taking on mini games. This addition to your Nintendo Switch is sure to help you break a sweat and get fit like never before all from the comfort of your home – working out has never looked so fun!

Corsair 4-in-1 2021 Edition Gaming Bundle

The Corsair 4-in-1 2021 Edition Gaming Bundle is an ideal gift for PC gamers, whether they’re just starting their exploration of PC gaming or are veterans with hardware that needs an upgrade. This bundle comes with a K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard, the HARPOON RGB Pro Gaming Mouse, the HS50 PRO Headset and the MM100 Mousepad. The RGB keyboard has dynamic backlighting, six programmable macro keys and gives you high precision switches during gameplay. Its even safe from spillages and dust thanks to its IP42-rated protection. The Pro Gaming Mouse also has dynamic lighting and effects, but its power comes from its 12,000 DPI sensor and 6 programmable buttons so you never have to worry about accuracy. You’ll also have exceptional audio with the Gaming Headset as you talk to your teammates as you navigate your game of choice.

Razer Kraken X Lite 7.1 Gaming Headset

The Razer Kraken X Lite 7.1 Gaming Headset keeps you one step ahead with its directional sound. Whether you’re in a fierce battle, facing a fiery explosion or talking strategy with your teammates, the sound will be crisp and balanced. The flexible integrated microphone minimises background noise so the focus is just on the game at hand. The Kraken are light and comfortable to wear, perfect for hours of gaming over the Christmas holidays.

* The last date to order online to ensure your gifts will arrive before Christmas is Sunday December 19th. Blanchardstown, Limerick, Galway, Jervis, Liffey Valley, Sligo, Tralee and Naas will be open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday of Christmas Week. If your local store isn’t one of those, check for Christmas opening hours as they vary store to store.

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