Andrew’s 2017 Shopping Guide for Console Gamer’s

The Holidays are quickly approaching, and some of us are left thinking: What should we get for our family and friends who are gamers? What about ourselves? Well, I am going to suggest a couple items that anyone who plays video games or even just enjoys technology alone might enjoy for the holiday season.

Xbox One Gamers:

Custom Xbox One Controller – Xbox Design Lab allows buyers to customize their Xbox One controllers to many different color schemes. For NFL fans, they also have designs accustomed to all 32 NFL teams on a controller. The various color schemes and customization options in the Design Lab will allow you to purchase your own designed Xbox One controller. Whether it’s for yourself or another gamer, make sure to check out the Design lab on Microsoft’s website to view this product option.

Rechargeable Batteries – Running out of batteries is a big issue and an annoyance among gamers. Investing in rechargeable batteries / battery packs is one of the best things you can do as someone who frequently plays video games. There are many different kinds of rechargeable batteries, but I would recommend battery packs. While playing Xbox, I always have a pack plugged in my system charging, and once my batteries in my controller are low, I always have an instant backup. These are usually fairly priced but are worth the money in the long run.

PlayStation 4 Gamers:

Crash Bandicoot Remastered – Activision remastered this classic game that was very popular on the original PlayStation. For gamers who have not heard of or played this game series, the remaster is 3 full classic Crash bandicoot games packed into one. I purchased this product on its launch date earlier this year (June 2017) and I would definitely recommend this game for purchase as I have found it to be very enjoyable to play. This game is currently only available to play on the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Vue – For those who are upset with cable prices or just do not have cable in general, PlayStation Vue is a great service that streams TV right to your PlayStation, as well as other devices. There are 4 different packages priced based on the amount of channels you receive, with the most expensive package containing HBO. I have a 60 channel package that comes with some of the hottest channels including multiple sports stations. My previous cable plan was not cutting it as I only watched a couple of channels on cable, so I cut cable and switched to Vue and have never been happier with my plan. Besides the PlayStation, you can stream Vue on multiple devices in your home network such as smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, etc. If you have been itching to get a good deal on TV packages, PlayStation Vue is the option I suggest.

PlayStation / Xbox Gamers:

External Hard Drive – With the standard PS4 and Xbox One models containing only 500GB of hard drive space, external hard drives help expand a player’s game library by adding more memory. Brands such as Seagate and Toshiba (the 2 brands that I have for my consoles) offer cost efficient, reliable external hard drives. I purchased two 1TB hard drive devices for both of my consoles which allow me to keep more of my games on hand. Price may vary with respect to the hard drives storage capacity. If you or a gamer you know needs more space, I highly recommend investing in an external storage devices.

Call of Duty: World War II – Another year, another Call of Duty game. This year’s Call of Duty steps back in time to World War II and is on track to be the best selling game of 2017. Black Friday specials and Holiday discounts could reduce the price of this product, so keep an eye out for price drops and pick up this awesome new game of the series. I highly recommend this product to anyone who is a fan of First Person Shooter games and or a fan of Call of Duty.


  1. Jared Carter says:

    Well for me I wouldn’t use any batteries for my Xbox One Wireless Controller. I would just simply use a USB 2.0 cable and plug it into one of my ports. I would get a cheap one on Amazon.

    It is a shame you didn’t add the Xbox One X to this article as it is the world’s most powerful console and a must have for the gamers.

    Also, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Star Wars Battlefront II, Forza Motorsports 7, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Gran Turismo Sport, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Horizon Zero Dawn, Call of Duty: WWII, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Cuphead and Super Lucy’s Tale would be on my lists for gamers for the holiday season.

    The Xbox Design Lab’s NFL-themed Xbox One wireless controllers are a lot of money. But, if you did buy it during Microsoft’s Black Friday sale you could of got a good deal. The regular price for that version is $94.99 and isn’t anything different than a normal wireless control, which is $59.99. I would save your money and just get the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller that is priced at $149.99.

    • Andrew Andrew says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Jared.

      You noted quite a bit of stuff that was worth mentioning. I only put a few things in each category, but any of those things on your list could have easily made the list as well.

      I do agree with the fact that the NFL designs are over priced when not on sale. An extra 35$ for a logo? Pretty outrageous.

      Also, I suggested rechargeable batteries for gamers who are more mobile with their controllers (such as myself) and sometimes are further away from their TV. When in close proximity, I would definitely prefer a cable over batteries.

      Again, thank you for your feedback and I hope you enjoy reading posts that interest you! Feel free to come back and leave your thoughts.

    • says:

      Great commentary you have there Jared and thanks for stopping in. Have you had a chance to sneak a peek at the other guides we have listed here? Some of the others dive a touch deeper.

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