The 7 Things You’ll Need to Turn Your Apartment into a Gaming Room

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Here’s a guest article by Roy Rasmussen, hope you all enjoy!

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Video game sales results for 2015 are in, and Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the bestseller of the year, NPD announced. EA’s Madden NFL 16, Bethesda’s Fallout 4, EA’s Star Wars Battlefront and Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V rounded out the top five. Meanwhile Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sales surged 47 percent in December. But now that you’ve got the latest games and gaming systems, is your apartment set up so you and your friends can enjoy them in comfort? Here are some ideas for turning your apartment living room into an optimized video gaming room.

TV Stand

Your TV screen is the centerpiece of your gaming setup, and putting it on the right stand is the best place to start organizing. A good stand should let you view your screen comfortably from your seating position, while keeping all your gaming accessories organized and within easy reach. You can adapt a standard stand to this purpose, or you can choose from the dedicated gaming TV stands that are now available. Highground Gaming reviews the best gaming TV stands, which range from budget stands such as the Phoenix Gaming Hub to deluxe models such as the Sony Proforma 46-inch 2-in-1 TV base. Rent.com writer Kelly Bradley recommends that before making major furniture purchases such as TV stands, you should first set a budget, measure everything and decide how you plan to organize the style of your room.

Sound System

For the best video game experience, you need a good sound system. Gamers can now choose from a wide variety of speaker systems to fit all budgets, from stereo to 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound to sound bars. Pure Gaming reviews some of the best gaming speaker options, which include the budget-priced Cyber Acoustics Subwoofer Satellite System for PC gamers and the Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Channel 1000-Watt 3D Blu-ray Home Theater System for video gamers.

Seating

A comfortable chair is essential for an optimal video game setup. A good gaming chair should have strong arms. Some specialized gaming chairs such as the X Rocker 51259 Pro H3 4.1 Audio Gaming Chair come with advanced features such as built-in speakers for superior sound. Gaming Space provides an overview of some of the top gaming chair options.

Wireless Router

If you’re an intense online gamer, you need a reliable wireless router. A good gaming router should have Gigabit Ethernet ports, a quality-of-service engine to let you shift bandwidth to gaming traffic, and dual-band capability if you have any non-gaming devices connected to your network. Consumer Top reviews the best routers for gaming, which range from budget options such as the TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router to higher-end selections such as the TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 DD-WRT Gigabit Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router.

Console Control Charging Stations

Keeping your gaming console charged is another priority. A good multi-unit charger can let you keep multiple wireless controllers ready to play. Best Reviews Guide rates the Anker 5-Device Charging Station with 40W 5-Port USB as the best charging option.

Cable Organization

Between your TV, speakers, consoles and controllers, your gaming area can become a mess of cables. Lifehacker Deputy Editor Alan Henry recommends cleaning up the clutter in three steps. First, make sure you have the right kind of cables for the devices you’re trying to connect, rather than cables that are too heavy, too long or bent at an awkward angle that forces them to bend at the neck. Next, use an AV receiver or an HDMI switch to optimize your port usage. Then, organize your cables, separating power cords from other cords and labeling both ends of cables with the cable type and device it connects to. Finally, use cable management tools such as binder clips and zip ties to keep cables tidy and out of sight.

Box and Disc Storage

Last but not least, a place to organize any boxes and discs you have is a good idea. If your TV stand includes cabinets, you can store boxes and discs there. Another option is removing discs from boxes and placing them in a DVD/CD album. Liz Gumbinner suggests using magnetic disc mounts to keep your most-used discs in easy reach.

Roy Rasmussen, coauthor of Publishing for Publicity, is a freelance copywriter who helps small businesses get more customers and make more sales. His specialty is helping experts reach their target market with a focused sales message. His most recent projects include books on cloud computing, small business management, sales, business coaching, social media marketing, and career planning.

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