Top 10 gifts for gamers this Christmas

December 20, 2010

Well Christmas is here and it’s time to get gifts for yourself and your friends/family.

Based on Digital Trends, here are the top 10 gifts for gamers this christmas.

Kinect (Xbox 360 $149.99)

Microsoft’s new hands-free controller is fast becoming the must-have item of the holiday season, and early reports are predicting that as many as 5 million units may sell this holiday season. If you have managed to avoid the advertising blitz, the Kinect is a device exclusively for the Xbox 360 which allows you to play certain specific games with your body movements.

You can get it here

Eagle Eye Mouse and Keyboard Converter (PS3, $59.99)

For the hardcore gamer who grew up playing PC games but made the switch over to the PS3, this item will have their jaws drop in awe. There has long been a contention that when playing online games, especially first-person shooters, the PC gamer has the advantage over console gamers because of the precision of a mouse and keyboard. There haven’t really been any games to test consoles versus PCs, so the argument has remained academic. Until now.

With the Eagle Eye Mouse and Keyboard Converter, gamers can have the best of both worlds and put their money where their mouths are. Beyond just gaming, this device is a good addition for anyone that uses a PS3 as a media center.

You can get it here

Nintendo DSi XL Red Bundle ($179.99)

While the PS3 and the Xbox 360 seem to be getting all the press, the Nintendo DS has gone on to become the best-selling hand-held video game console of all time, and the second best-selling system behind the PlayStation 2. A new 3D version is due out next year, but that means that you can likely score some great deals on this system.

PlayStation 3 Slim 160 GB ($299.99)

The price drop on the PS3 this year has given a new lease on life to the console, and sales have exploded as a result. This bundle offers the PS3 which is also a Blu-ray player, a Netflix-ready device, as well as a gaming system that has the most exclusive titles. You can read our full review of the redesigned PS3 here.

This particular bundle includes the redesigned console, which is lighter and slimmer, as well as a 160 GB hard drive. That might seem small compared to the 360’s 250 GB drive included in a bundle for the same price, but again, you also get a Blu-ray player. There are also other bundles, including one with the PlayStation Move controllers, so check to see which fits you best.

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PlayStation Move Controller Bundle (PS3 $79.98)

The Move is Sony’s attempt to reinvent its system without changing anything fundamental. The Move is a new controller that offers a different way to play games. Similar to the controllers found on the Wii, Sony has taken that idea and created a controller that is technologically far superior.

You can get it here

PSP Go ($199.99)

While the Nintendo DS might have far more titles, the PSP Go offers games that are more technically advanced, making it the system of choice for tech heads. It also plays movies and videos, and it does not require physical discs or cartridges – everything is downloaded digitally (which requires the PSN network). Basically it is a portable media center capable of playing music, storing pictures, and watching videos. Not to mention all the games.

Rock Band 3 Pro Wireless Guitar (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii $149.99)

Available on all systems, this guitar is designed to do more than just play a game, it is designed to actually help teach people to learn the guitar. When paired with the game Rock Band 3, which sadly is not included, the software offers a tutorial for players looking to do more than just simulate the experience. Lessons range from entry level to more intermediate, and while this may not be the same thing as true guitar lessons, it could be the spark that begins the road to true musical competence.

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Voyetra/Turtle Beach Headset PX21 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC/Mac $79.99)

Here’s a perfect gift for that gamer who loves the full immersion of a game, but runs the risk of alienating friends and family when the decibel levels hit “drive people insane” levels.

An independent control box will allow you to control both the sound of the in-game chat, while also offering stereo game sound. Each channel is regulated through the control box, so the volume can be adjusted accordingly.

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Wii Sports Resort with Wii MotionPlus (Wii, $49.99)

If you own a Wii and are looking for something to add a little spice to the system, then check out the Wii Sports Resort with Wii MotionPlus bundle. The game itself is a perfect addition to the party games that made the Wii great, but the controller addition is something that could begin to see a lot more use in the coming year.

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Xbox 360 250GB Bundle ($299.99)

If you are looking for a device that offers Netflix streaming, ESPN 3, can be set up as a media center, and doubles as a gaming system, then check out the newly redesigned Xbox 360. This new look for the five-year-old system also comes with built in Wi-Fi, a better internal design, and a sleek new case.

You can get it here

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