2017 is set to be an incredible year for gamers, with some seriously cool upgrades and additions on the way to enhance the gaming experience eg. through gaming gadgets. One of the main talking points of 2016 has been virtual reality with items like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive becoming more prevalent, but there are plenty of other technological innovations that all gamers need to be aware of. Here are some important ones to keep your eye out for in the year ahead.

Gaming Gadgets 2017

Nintendo Switch
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SkinTrack

Smartwatches have yet to become an essential piece of kit in the same way as smartphones. In fact, sales in the wearable tech item declined massively last year, with 2.7million units shipped in Q3 of 2016 compared to 5.6million in Q3 of 2015. Perhaps one of the main reasons that they haven’t taken off is because the small screen can’t compare to that of a smartphone or tablet. 55.7% of the US population played mobile games last year, highlighting how gaming is a primary use of these devices. Normally while playing a game on a smartwatch the user’s finger would obscure their view of the screen.

SkinTrack technology could eradicate this issue. It enables the smartwatch wearer to use their arm like a touch screen instead of swiping on the watch surface. This means that when they play games they will be able to see all the action clearly. The software could be a game changer, and exactly what smartwatches need to regain a foothold in the market.

Samsung Quantum Dot Curved Monitor

Samsung are already ruling TV markets with their curved screens, and have now branched out into desktop monitors. The first releases such as the SD590C 27inch curved monitor were novel but received criticism over low picture quality. Samsung claims to have rectified this with the Quantum Dot Curved Monitor due out this year. This new screen that comes in varying sizes up to 34 inches could be a gamer’s dream. Anything from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to casino classics like roulette at Betway is sure to look amazing and bring players right into the action. Certainly with games like roulette and blackjack the immersive tech will make the user feel as though they are on the casino floor.

Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch could be about to totally change the landscape of the traditional console market. It can be used as a normal console that plugs into the TV, but it also doubles up as a tablet that attaches to the controller. In this form, gamers can continue their games on the move. Long gone are the days of having to rush to finish a game before having to go to work or school. Now you will be able to just

If you prefer more nostalgic items, the Super Retro Boy could be right up your street. This is a remake of the original Gameboy from Nintendo, and if you have any of your old cartridges lying around from twenty years ago, they can slot straight into this new device. This new model is chunky and feels like playing the handheld gaming machines of old, but it has a colour screen and enhanced graphics. This could be a great way to bring back some childhood memories, or buy for the kids to give them the same experiences you had.

These gaming gadgets are exciting, but they only just scratch the surface of what’s coming this year. Apple is planning on releasing a special addition ten year anniversary iPhone, VR is supposedly set to boom, and augmented reality could be about to up its game after the success of Pokémon Go. 2017 cold be the best year ever for gaming.