The most critical aspect of having an immersive gaming experience is upping your performance. This means not only investing in updated, upbeat machines and accessories, but also optimizing the entire system for maximum performance.
However, if you fancy yourself as the next Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi, then there’s one more hurdle to jump: setting up a dedicated video gaming room.
The main idea behind a thoughtfully set video game room is to create a surreal gaming environment perfect for video gaming. And every detail matters here from the size of your room to how you place your speakers.
Here are some helpful tips on how to set up a video gaming room that puts you at the top of your game!
1. Size of Room
There are no hard and fast lines when it comes to the size of a gaming room. However, this remains one of the most important factors since the square footage available affects pretty much everything else including the design, size, and placement of gaming desks and chairs too.
When figuring out the perfect gaming room size, ensure that it will fit all your gaming paraphernalia and furniture including those that you might want to purchase in the future.
Importantly, you need to have enough room for ample seating while taking care of your buddies who might want to join in.
If you are building a video game room from scratch, keep in mind that having a lot of space makes it very easy to organize your gaming accessories and add more when need be. But it can also be quite expensive to embellish.
2. Get Yourself Some Good Speakers
The Super Mario Bros theme song is put there for a reason. And the sound effects are even much more important to the game than the music.
But what’s even much more important is the surround sound that good quality speakers create. A surround sound fills your room with a truly pulling and engaging experience that takes you in the center of the game while helping you to identify danger signs and clues and knowing when to do what.
So, whether you are currently managing with a PC or you’ve connected a gaming console to a huge screen on the wall, don’t discount the need for quality speakers.
After getting a good pair of speakers, the next problem you’ll face will be finding the perfect level that gets you fully invested into the game without annoying your siblings, parents, or roommates more so if you share a wall.
Honestly, it’s very hard to lower your gameplay volume without also lowering your enjoyment. So, consider soundproofing your gaming space.
If you have the money, you could get a professional to do this for you. However, as an enthusiastic DIYer, there are several ways to do this including fiberglass insulation and spray foam.
4. Gaming Desk
This is a no brainer when it comes to setting up a gaming room – get a desk that works in your favor. A good gaming desk speaks volume about how good you’ll be with your controls – and this means everything whether you are in a survival death match like Victory Royale or you’re trying to score the winning goal in FIFA 20.
When choosing a gaming desk, ensure that it’s big enough to allow you to make large and swift moves with your mouse. Ensure that it fits in your room, though. Otherwise, an oversized table will only congest your room thereby making it difficult to move around.
Also, and although this one has nothing to do with performance, invest in an aesthetically pleasing desk. This will greatly help in boosting your mood – a great way to start a video game football match.
5. Gaming Chair
A comfortable sitting position is everything when gaming. But maintaining a healthy sitting posture is even more important. A good gaming chair can fulfill these 2 needs.
First, unlike a crappy office chair that leaves you feeling like crap after long sitting sessions, a professional gaming chair boasts high-quality padding on armrest, headrest, and ergonomic backrest to guarantee you ultimate comfort. It also prevents arm pain, backache, and neck strain besides improving your posture by promoting normal eye view.
6. Invest in a TV or a Projector
Monitor, TV or Projector for gaming? If you are a PC gamer and don’t have the budget to splash out on a 77’’ TV screen or projector, then you might want to continue playing on your monitor. But keep in mind that monitors are losers in terms of viewing distance and viewing angles.
Debit to its smaller-on-average size, you’ll need to stay as close as possible to the screen. This may cause havoc to your comfort and overall health especially if you’ll be gaming for hours on end.
TVs – especially those that are tailored for gaming purposes – are ultimately larger and offer a much better gaming experience thanks to their superb color reproduction and viewing angles.
On the other hand, if you regularly host multi-player games like Mario Kart 8, getting a projector that supports split-screen gaming might make more sense.
7. Accent Lighting
Good internal lighting is a key element if you want to fully immerse yourself in the foreign in-game worlds you’ll be exploring. Your video game area is quite similar to a home cinema area. You don’t need it overly bright. Instead, it should stay cool and medium moody.
When customizing your gaming setup with lighting, ensure that you don’t put bright colors in front of a TV screen as this may create reflections and thereby interfere with your viewing. If you’ll solely be using a projector, then the room should be dark.
Be free to play around with color. For instance, programmable color-changing LED lights are great for creating an engaging gaming atmosphere.
You should also consider installing general lighting fixtures like recessed spotlights around your gaming room.
8. Get a Theme For Your Gaming Room
Another key tip to leveling up your gaming experience is by theming your gaming room with your favorite games. If you are crazy about war games, for instance, then nothing would do your walls and desktops justice than Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Nightfall posters. Ever thought about that?
9. Think of Storage
As you gather more gaming consoles and gaming accessories, you’ll need to come up with a way to keep your gaming room neat and organized. For this reason, you might want to consider a mounted storage shelf for your games.
If your budget won’t allow you to invest in a floating shelf, you could also consider buying a stylish set of storage cubes. These are actually the best if you are struggling with space in your gaming room as you can easily slide them under your bed or stack them against the wall for maximum space conservation.
Importantly, you don’t want to leave your expensive controllers lying everywhere. Consider getting a few controller wall mounts to place them whenever you are not playing.