If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a lot of money on your home gaming setup so far. It’s where you spend a lot of your free time, so you need to make sure it’s configured exactly to your liking. Without adjusting how you’re setting up your gaming system and accessories, then you’re really only experiencing the minimum that your gaming station has to offer. Whether you’re into PC gaming or you prefer the stability of a console, there are many things you can do to enhance your experience. You can spend a lot of money on new items that will vastly improve how you game, such as a new gaming TV, but there are other things you can do that won’t cost you too much money at all.
Here’s our guide on how to get the most out of your gaming setup.
1. Hook up a Different Kind of Controller
Whether you are an avid PC gamer or you would rather stick to your consoles, changing up the way you control your games can have a huge effect on the playability of some of your games. If you’re into racing games you can incorporate a gaming wheel into your setup. There are a lot of options for changing your setup, which you can read about here. If you find your keyboard is too cramped for you to get the amount of kills you really want, then hook up an Xbox controller to your computer and play that way and it gives you the best of both worlds!
You might have been put off by the difficulty in getting your different devices to talk to each other. For consoles, it can be as easy as plug it in and play, but for your PC, getting an add-on that’s completely compatible with your computer might seem hard. It’s not really, though. There are actually a few tools you can use that will help bridge the interfaces together. You can map your favorite moves into the buttons and away you go.
2. Organize Your Games and Media
Downloading new games and media is really easy these days, no matter what kind of system you use. If you’re into PC gaming then you probably have quite an extensive Steam library, and given how many sales they have it’s no wonder that things are getting a little out of hand. On your consoles, you might find that you’re running out of room quicker than you can get through games. So what can you do to combat these issues?
Being organized with your games and media will mean that you can play more of what you want when you want. There’s no need to let things get out of hand. Start by clearing up any old save files for games you don’t play anymore. Use the different view modes in Steam to see everything you have at once. Work through it bit by bit, and you wont run out of room again.
3. Sync Everything
There’s going to come a point in your gaming life where you’re going to have a hard drive fail, or a console freeze. Trust me, it will come when you least expect it. Meaning you won’t be as prepared for it as you had hoped. What are you supposed to do about it if you don’t know when it’s going to happen?
The answer is easier than you think. Most consoles no have the ability to connect to a cloud service these days. You can back up your PC saves onto a service like Dropbox, either yourself or by using a game saving manager. It might take you a little time, but think about how much time you’ll save when you don’t have to go back and defeat that last mini boss again.
4. Play the Classics
There’s a lot to be said for classic games. How iconic is the music from the Super Mario games? What about the Secret of Mana? Okay, I’m bringing up a lot of old Super Nintendo games right now but there’s a reason for that and they are classics! Games just aren’t made in the same way anymore. So what are we supposed to do if we want to get a hit of nostalgia? Actually, it’s not as hard as it seems. If you’re running a PC, you can load up an emulator.
What these do is allow you to run old games on your modern hardware. Then, if you spend a little time searching the depths of the internet, you should be able to find the games you want to play. Often, they’re offered by the publishers for free. If you check the stores on your console, you can often dig up classics that have been ported to your system for free. If that doesn’t work for you, you could always add a new mini SNES to your setup and these come pre-loaded with tons of classics. So many options!
5. Expand Your Resources
If you have a gaming system setup, whether it be an Xbox One, PS4 or PC, you might be thinking that once it is setup, then that’s it – you’re stuck with these specifications for good. As new games come out, they have greater system requirements in order to display the resolution and action that you want. So what are you supposed to do to keep up?
You can totally improve your gaming setup any time you want to. For a PC this is actually easier, as you can add more RAM and swap out you graphics card for a better one at any point. But even if you don’t want to spend a lot of money you can still make things run faster. You can try overclocking your video card, which will make your cutscenes run a little more smoothly. For your consoles, you can often increase your hard drive space so you can fit more games on there.
Just because your gaming rig is setup one way, doesn’t mean it has it stay that way forever. There are virtually endless possibilities for you to improve your experience. Whether you’re a sometimes gamer or you are dedicated to your game time, improving your experience will make you a more satisfied gamer.