What’s a gamer without his gaming lair? It’s like Batman without his bat cave or Iron Man without his suits: a game room is everything for serious gamers!
Building the ideal setup for a gaming lair is more than just placing a gaming console on the floor and getting comfortable on a bean bag. Your gaming room should be comfortable! It must come with a complete arsenal of accessories and tools to make gameplay an experience.
That said, there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on a gaming lair. Yes, it’s quite possible to build the ultimate beginner gaming setup without draining your life savings.
Regardless if you’re new to gaming or you’re simply looking for great tips for your future gaming hideout, check out our beginner gaming setup guide.
Step 1: Choose Your Gaming Console
The heart of a gaming room is the gaming console. We know a gaming console is a no brainer, but in case you live under a rock, two of the most popular gaming consoles right now are Xbox One and Play Station 4.
Each gaming console has its unique features. For instance, Xbox One offers Live TV and entertainment features along with the games. X-Box’s game lineup is also the best in the business, so chew on that.
On the other hand, PS4 provides a smoother gaming experience + exceptional graphics. The console has a slimmer form factor, and the controllers come with an array of advanced features of their own! The bottom line is, getting a gaming console will be a matter of personal preference. Our advice is to do your research.
Step 2: Invest in a Customizable TV Stand
You can use any TV stand. If you already got one, then good for you, there’s no need to spend more money on the setup. The gaming monitor and the console will be the central piece of furniture in a gaming room. That’s why these items must have their own (secure) place.
For the budget conscious, you can simply mount the TV on the wall and get a tiny entertainment console for your X-Box or PS4. But if you want a souped up gaming room, get an entertainment console with more storage space for your game gears. IKEA is a great place to start your search.
Step 3: Choose Your Gaming Monitor
Assuming that you don’t already own one, you can use your TV as a gaming monitor. Now, a generic gaming monitor will do but if you want to up the ante, get a quality monitor that will elevate your gaming experience.
Some gaming monitors are bundled in sets; others are standalone products. If you’re buying a monitor for your gaming lair, go for a product that can handle fast-moving, highly detailed images on the full-screen setting. There’s no need to buy the most expensive monitor in the store. The price point shouldn’t be the sole deciding factor when buying a gaming monitor. We do recommend HD monitors for gaming. Check the monitor in person to see how it performs.
Step 4: Organize the Cables
Now, gaming consoles can be hooked up to traditional TV or a gaming PC. How to set up your system will be entirely up to you. If you chose the latter; you’ll need additional gaming gears such as a gaming keyboard, gaming mouse, a high powered CPU, and so on.
On the other hand, if you plan to hook your system directly to your TV, there’s no need to purchase a keyboard and mouse. Whichever way you choose to hook your gaming console up, you’ll deal with lots of cables. And nothing ruins a good game quite like tangled wires, so we suggest investing on a good cable organizer. Well that, or you can use good old plastic tie strips to keep your gaming room nice and tidy.
Step 5: Install the Sound Bar
If the budget allows, you can get a home theater audio system so you can hear every creak or thump as you play. But let’s face it, a complete audio system costs a small fortune! For the budget conscious, try installing a sound bar. These audio bars are cheaper, easier to install, and are sleeker than a sound system. Some are even designed to adapt to a wide range of hardware including tablets and smartphones.
Step 6: Set Up Your Router
If you’re an online gamer, you need consistent internet connection for a smooth, trouble-free gameplay. Installing a router in your gaming setup helps keep connection stable, reducing lag. You can get an ordinary router or use an advanced router that comes with smart features for an even better gameplay.
Step 7: Get a Surge Protector
This step is optional but if you’re serious about getting the best gears out there, you need a surge protector. Regulating power is important in keeping your pricey hardware up and running for a long, long time. A surge protector regulates power in your system. It protects your gaming gears from power surges or outages that could damage your monitor or console. Surge protectors come in an array of capacity and prices so choose one that suits your needs.
Step 8: Comfortable Seating
Your gaming room’s pièce de résistance is, of course, a comfortable seat. Nothing goes better with an action-packed game sesh than a cozy space for you to sit on. You can use a beanbag provided that the monitor is still at eye level when you’re sitting down on the floor. You can also use a loveseat because it has all the benefits of a massive couch sans the bulk. But for hardcore gamers who demand the best gaming gears, a cushy recliner will be your best friend. Bonus points for recliners with built-in cup holders!
Other gaming gears worth mentioning:
- A charging station
- Gaming headset
- Audio system
- Proper lighting
Beginner Gaming Setup Considerations
As a beginner, your gaming setup should be simple, easy and affordable to put together. This goes even if you have cash to spend on advanced gaming gears. Curate your gaming gears so you don’t waste your money on things that you cannot maximize. Save the advanced gears for future upgrade!