Billiards and ping pong tables are passé. If you’re looking to impress guests, or just entertain yourself, you’ll need a game room with a bit more byte.
Below we’ve outlined the ultimate next-gen gaming setup, as well as some options for the classics crowd.
The Optimal Set-Up
Our selections are made to accompany your next-generation gaming console of choice, from Playstation to PC.
Where should your game room go? Ideally, in the world’s most wi-fi enabled cave.
Acoustics and lighting are of utmost concern. You’ll want to cultivate an immersive soundscape, and avoid the lens glare and saturation generated by naturally well-lit rooms.
While “windowless room” doesn’t always evoke the most enjoyable of images, remember what you are going for here: the ultimate at-home theater of gaming.
Basements more often than not make the most sense. Be sure you have a solid wi-fi connection in the subterranean space if you go this route, or be prepared to invest in an extender (or separate router), as online play is an essential component of so many of the latest games.
The LG E6
Last week, when talking about home entertainment systems, we (rightfully) sung the praises of Sony’s $60,000 projector and the IMAX Home Theatre. And while both would provide truly unique gaming experiences, we recommend the LG E6 65″ Class Smart TV, for two reasons:
The E6 is available in 55″ ($3,499.99) and 65″ ($4,999.99).
Wireless 5.1 Surround Sound Package
When it comes to superior sound, it’s hard to rival Sonos.
The Sonos 5.1 Surround Sound Package comes with the PLAYBAR, the SUB and two PLAY:1 speakers and offers the full-theater experience from earth-shattering to whisper sharp sound.
From cut scenes to combat, Sonos Surround Sound will give gamers that additional, and very essential, immersive element.
The Sonos 5.1 Surround Sound Package is available for $1,796.
The Cinema Series
There is a whole industry of dedicated “gaming chairs,” but the options range from the garish to…the gaudily garish.
For the purposes of a top-of-the-line gaming theater, we need top-of-the-line theater seats.
There are a wealth of options, including the option to customize your own chair piece-by-piece, at Elite Home Theater Seating.
We recommend checking out the Cinema Series, which offers motorized recline and lumbar chiropractic support in a variety of layouts for $1,950 per seat position.
Bring the Arcade Home
For those looking to recreate the lost afternoons of their youth, albeit without the endless expenditure of quarters, pinball and arcade machines are the obvious choice.
For those interested in a pinball investment, remember: buying one is just half the battle. Pinball machines, particularly older models, won’t maintain their “crispness” forever, particularly if you are a more aggressive player. Unless you are prepared to teach yourself pinball machine maintenance, plan to pay a professional for upkeep.
BY JOHN ELLIOT
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