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#CheckThisOut: Gaming equipment big streamers use and where to buy them

Julian Cirineo
#CheckThisOut: Gaming equipment big streamers use and where to buy them
Sometimes, you need more than good game sense and skill to win the round

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What keyboard is Shroud using these days? Is that a Pulsar Xlite that Noctile is using? And what about those headphones on Pokimane’s setup?

Streamers make games look easy, but the reality is that some rounds can be really sweaty. Of course, most players hone their skills by grinding their favorite games for hours on end, but we can’t disregard the fact that good gear also contributes to how well you play.

A lot of pro-gamers and streamers take their time in testing out gaming peripherals and accessories because sometimes the difference between you and your opponent is something as simple as your mouse’s latency or DPI sensitivity.

Looking for gear can be a very complicated and expensive process, so we made a list of suggestions that you can start with, based on the equipment we’ve seen some popular Twitch streamers use.

Pulsar XLITE Gaming Mouse

[Buy this for P2,490]

The Korean gaming brand created this mouse to be as lightweight as possible, marketing it as a device that is lighter than an egg in your hand thanks to its mesh design. This mouse has straightforward controls, and also comes in white and wireless varieties. It has a high DPI sensitivity range and is durable enough to support your hand as you click some heads. This Pulsar XLITE is one of the latest additions to the collection of Filipino Valorant streamer Noctile.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Headphones

[Buy this for P4,450]

You seldom see Pokimane fanart without her headphones. It’s a staple for her setup! And it is also part of the reason why she’s such a pro in gaming. Pokimane, the biggest female streamer on Twitch, has been a long-time HyperX fan and has a pair of Cloud Alpha Pro Headphones that she has been using for four years now. These headphones have a dual-chamber driver design which separates the bass from the mids and highs for less distortion. It’s also padded with memory foam, has a detachable noise-canceling microphone, and is really designed with gamers of all kinds of consoles in mind.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

[Buy this for P16,495]

Need less wiring for your setup? The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is a lossless headset fit for both gaming and listening to hi-fi music. This is also the pair we see Twitch streamer Masayoshi use and unfortunately fling across the room during jumpscares in-game. This headset is built with lightweight aluminum alloy and steel and has a swappable dual battery system.

Nintendo Switch OLED

[Buy this for P22,995]

There were mixed reactions when the Nintendo Switch OLED was announced as many tech reviewers said it felt like a minor upgrade rather than a major one. YouTuber and Twitch streamer BeatEmUps, however, stands by the new design saying they really improved gaming on the console. The new Nintendo Switch OLED comes with a bigger and better screen as well as a more robust sound system and a thicker kickstand at the back. There are also internal upgrades like higher storage capacity and a new chipset that improves performance as well as battery life.

If the new OLED is too expensive but you still want to experience the platform, the vanilla Switch console is still available, or you can get the Animal Crossing version as seen from Megan Young’s streams.

Power A NSW Fusion Pro Controller for Nintendo Switch

[Buy this for P5,295]

BeatEmUps is also big on Switch accessories and is constantly looking for good controllers and grips. If you’re looking for a good controller, this is one that he stands by. Unlike the Joycons that come with the Switch, the Fusion Pro by Power A has a more conventional and ergonomic design that gives you a better grip and enough real estate to use your controller with more precision.

Logitech G610

[Buy this for P4,179]

Full-time Filipino streamer Ramenstyle is popular for playing FPS and survival games, most recently with Escape from Tarkov. Part of his setup is a Logitech G610 mechanical keyboard, a substantial upgrade from your average office keyboard. This full-sized keyboard comes in Cherry MX switches, and has customizable lighting.

Logitech G PRO X

[Buy this for P5,999]

If a full-sized keyboard is too big for your desk, the tenkeyless Logitech G Pro X has a smaller profile that could work for you. This is also the keyboard that Shroud, a former CS:GO pro player, has been seen using recently. This is also a mechanical keyboard that comes with Cherry MX switches, RGB lighting, and a detachable USB cable.

The ultimate setup

When you’re building or upgrading your gaming setup, just remember that you don’t need to go big right away and buy all the gear you see.

Start by thinking about the kinds of games you usually play and what you’ll need the most. The process will also include a lot of trial and error, so if you aren’t convinced by reviews you see online, ask around and see what other people think about the device you’re eyeing.

Now, GLHF! That’s gamer speak. It means “good luck, have fun!” – Rappler.com

Julian Cirineo

Julian is a senior content producer for Rappler's BrandRap. Before joining the team, he worked for an NGO focused on plastic pollution, and was also a managing editor for a magazine. He started his career as a producer and writer for a TV news network.