Gaming gear used by top streamers and where to buy them

Sometimes it takes more than good game sense and skill to win the round

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

Streamers make games easy, but the reality is that some rounds can get really sweaty. Sure, most gamers hone their skills by grinding their favorite games for hours on end, but we can’t ignore the fact that good gear also contributes to the quality of your game.

Many professional gamers and streamers take their time testing gaming peripherals and accessories, because sometimes the difference between you and your opponent is something as simple as your mouse latency or DPI sensitivity.

Finding gear can be a very complicated and expensive process, so we’ve put together a list of suggestions you can start with, based on the gear 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 light as possible, marketing it as a device lighter than an egg in your hand thanks to its mesh design. This mouse has simple controls and is also available in white and wireless versions. It has a high DPI sensitivity range and is durable enough to support your hand when clicking certain heads. This Pulsar XLITE is one of the latest additions to Filipino streamer Valorant Noctile’s collection.

HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Headset

[Buy this for P4,450]

You rarely see Pokimane fanart without his headphones. This is a staple for his setup! And that’s also part of the reason why she’s such a gamer. Pokimane, the biggest female streamer on Twitch, is a longtime HyperX fan and owns a pair of Cloud Alpha Pro headphones that she’s been using for four years now. These headphones have a dual-chamber driver design that separates bass from mids and highs for less distortion. It’s also padded with memory foam, has a detachable noise-cancelling microphone, and is truly designed for gamers of all kinds of consoles.

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 suitable for both gaming and listening to hi-fi music. This is also the pair we see Twitch streamer Masayoshi using and sadly throwing across the room during in-game jumpscares. This headset is constructed with lightweight aluminum alloy and steel and features a system double interchangeable battery.

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 upgrade. YouTuber and Twitch streamer BeatEmUps, however, stand by the new design, saying they’ve really improved gaming on the console. The new Nintendo Switch OLED comes with a bigger and better screen as well as a sturdier audio system and a thicker kickstand on the back. There are also internal upgrades such as 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 it appears in 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 on the lookout for good controllers and grips. If you’re looking for a good controller, this is the one it supports. Unlike the Joycons that come with the Switch, Power A’s Fusion Pro has a more conventional, ergonomic design that gives you a better grip and enough space 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 its setup is a Logitech G610 mechanical keyboard, a substantial upgrade from your average desktop keyboard. This full-size keyboard comes with Cherry MX switches and features customizable lighting.

Logitech G PRO X

[Buy this for P5,999]

If a full-size keyboard is too big for your desk, the Logitech G Pro X Keyless has a smaller profile that might work for you. It’s also the keyboard that Shroud, a former professional CS:GO player, recently used. It’s also a mechanical keyboard that comes with Cherry MX switches, RGB lighting, and a detachable USB cable.

The ultimate setup

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

Start by thinking about the types of games you usually play and what you will need the most. The process will also involve a lot of trial and error, so if you’re not convinced by the reviews you see online, ask around and see what others think of the device you’re looking at.

Now, GLHF! It is the language of the players. It means “good luck, have fun!” – Rappler.com

Robert P. Miller