It’s the holiday season. And for millions of us, that means desperately trying to figure out what to get our loved ones. Thankfully, if your favorite people are tech inclined, there are plenty of great options out there. Whether you’re looking for a game console, smartwatch, or some prepaid subscription cards for services like Netflix, I’ve rounded up some of the hottest gift ideas for the 2022 holiday season.
My advice: get shopping as soon as you can, because there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get your hands on these devices for very long.
Sony PlayStation 5
Oh, baby. If you’ve managed to get your hands on Sony’s (SONY) PlayStation 5, you’re either incredibly lucky or incredibly persistent. The PlayStation 5 has been difficult to purchase since it first went on sale in Nov. 2020. System availability is wildly inconsistent thanks to the lingering effects of COVID lockdowns and the global chip shortage.
But if you can score a PlayStation 5, you’ll be able to gift one of the most sought after consoles around. With games like “Horizon: Forbidden West,” “God of War Ragnarok,” and “The Last of Us Part 1,” not to mention franchises like “Call of Duty” and “Madden,” the PS5 is a beast of a console. Throw in high-powered graphics, media center capabilities, and game streaming and you’ve got one heck of a gift to give. Or keep for yourself.
Microsoft Xbox Series X
Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox Series X is a bit easier to get this time of year than Sony’s console, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less impressive. The boxy bad boy offers equally powerful graphics, media capabilities, and an expansive array of first-party and third-party games that make it every bit the powerhouse your favorite gamer will love.
Then there’s Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming, which give you access to online gameplay and the ability to stream games to your console via the cloud. Put it all together and the Xbox Series X is easily one of the best choices for the gamer in your life.
Valve Steam Deck
The Steam Deck is Valve’s portable gaming system. Think of it as a Nintendo (NTDOY) Switch on steroids, giving you the ability to access your library of Steam games or use it as a kind of portable PC. Sporting a 7-inch display, touchpads, thumbsticks, and shoulder buttons, the Steam Deck promises to get you gaming on the go without the need for a massive gaming laptop.
The portable comes in three versions. The $399 model comes with 64GB of storage, while the $529 model has 256GB of speedier storage. The top-of-the-line model gets 512GB of faster storage, anti-glare glass on the display, and a handful of other goodies for $649.
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