For most people, gaming is something they do for fun. Who can blame anyone? Video games are enjoyable, and you can play in the comfort of your own home. Difficulties of the missions or levels aside, there are challenges that make playing downright frustrating.
If you are a gamer, you probably have your own shares of issues. Lagging, internet connection issues, dry eyes after hours of playing—whatever it is, there are ways to prevent these from happening. Here are some amazing hacks you should try out.
Upgrade to Gaming PC
For console gaming, you probably don’t need to upgrade as much as when you are on PC. Games for consoles are designed to work perfectly for the platform, and it is pretty much low maintenance as you only need software updates once in a while. For people who play on desktops, however, it’s a whole different thing.
You know those games you’ve been waiting for months or even years to play, and you can’t properly run it on your computer? Yeah, it can be pretty infuriating to be caught unaware that your aging machine can’t support it. The PC gaming industry is constantly churning out newer and better specs that older machines can get left behind.
If you are in this pickle, it is recommended to upgrade your gaming computer to something better. The good news is that you don’t have to completely buy a new one to replace your existing one if you can help it. You can just buy in parts to save money.
That isn’t really an amazing life hack or anything; it’s just a reality you have to deal with if you love PC gaming. It is what it is.
Use Your Flatscreen TV
Frustrated with using a tiny computer screen? If you happen to have one those fancy flat-screen TV, then you will be happy to know that you can use it for gaming. The resolution will probably be a bit better too depending on the settings you’ll be using. For online multiplayer games, you may have to experiment a bit or steer clear from it as there may be some lags here and there. Check out this article for things you need to know when optimizing your TV.
There are a lot of gaming peripherals out there that appeal to a wide variety of gamers. A variant of those is the wireless gaming keyboard and mouse. You have to admit that they do look cool with your gaming setup with their multiple button features and colors, but their being wireless can actually contribute to poor gaming performance.
If the reason you got wireless peripherals is that they’re more convenient for you, you’re right because they are. Wire management can be a bit of a hassle if you use the computer daily.
However, you may run into wireless interference and battery-life issues that can interfere with your gaming experience. Simply put, it’s best to go for wired mouse and keyboard because you don’t have to contend with all those except to look for smart ways to make the wires less intrusive.
Gaming headsets are not cheap, particularly the good ones, so you need to keep them in pristine condition so they’ll last long. Ideally, they should be stored hanging because leaving them around your desk can mean higher chances of spilling drinks on them or falling to the floor. This is where headset holders come in.
There are headset holders out there in the market, branded even, but they can be costly. If you want to make one, there are DIY tutorials out there. If you’re looking for something cheaper, you don’t have to look farther than your local grocery store. A banana holder is a surprisingly effective headset holder, and it only costs a few bucks.
Keep Wires Tidy
As a PC gamer, you know that spaghetti wires are the bane of your existence especially if you haven’t cleaned your hardware in a while. There’s nothing enjoyable about detangling what would seem like miles and miles of cable. In order to prevent this, it is essential to keep wires tidy on the get-go.
Cables and wired peripherals can get easily damaged, but organizing them in a way that’s efficient and neat can help prevent that. You can actually buy split-loom tubes to help prevent electrical cables. You can even use zip ties to keep wires in place and tidy. If you have a lot of loose but valuable wires, you can store them neatly by using toilet paper rolls and an empty box.
Keep It Clean
In case it hasn’t been said enough already, keep your machine clean. It is essential to wipe down your hardware once in a while and open up your CPU case for checking and dusting every few months. Keep your operating system and drivers updated as well.
What are your personal life hacks when it comes to gaming using your PC? Share them below.
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