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6 VR accessories for immersive gaming

by | Dec 20, 2022


Virtual reality is expected to become mainstream in the next 3 to 4 years. In fact, 80% of manufacturers believe it’s just a matter of time before VR hits the mainstream and becomes as common as a cellphone. Whether you already have a VR setup or are planning to purchase one soon, you’ll want to explore all the possibilities. VR accessories can enhance your gaming experience and can make a perfect holiday gift for gamers.

So before you press play on the next VR game, let’s explore some of the accessories you might want to get your hands on first.

What should you look for in a VR accessory?

Woman using VR accessories

With so many amazing VR accessories on the market, it can be difficult to decide which device is right for you. The first step is to consider if the device is compatible with your current virtual reality setup. Do you live with roommates or family? In that case, you probably want a deluxe audio setup so you can enjoy your immersive gaming audio without disturbing others.

Next, think about which games you play most often and which accessories will complement them. For example, if your favorite game is a first-person shooter game, a controller with custom aiming features will enhance your experience.

Let’s look at some of the most useful VR accessories and how they can optimize your current virtual reality setup.

Say goodbye to cords with a wireless adapter

One of the drawbacks of virtual reality headsets is that they still rely heavily on cords to keep you connected. Fighting with cables while you’re trying to fend off bad guys or relax with a calming game certainly isn’t ideal. That’s where a wireless adapter comes in. If you plan on a room-scale virtual reality experience, a wireless setup is vital. After all, you don’t want a tangled cord causing you to lose a game—or worse, causing an injury.

A wireless adapter trades long, twisting cables for invisible wireless signals. Depending on the VR system you have, the compatible adapter will offer different features. You should look for a high-quality adapter that pairs well with your hardware and internet connection to offer the lowest possible latency. Learn more about internet for gaming here.

Replace headphones with an audio strap

Women using VR accessories

VR headsets or gaming headphones can sometimes be bulky and heavy, especially if you’re playing for extended periods of time. An audio strap can help relieve this irritation by hugging your head instead of stretching to fit. The built-in headphones are designed to withstand movement and accommodate different ear sizes.

One of the best uses for audio straps is when you’re playing exercise games for physical fitness.

Master shooting games with an aim controller

With so many shooting games available on the market, Sony created an exciting VR accessory to make gaming even more immersive. The PlayStation VR Aim Controller is comfortable, lightweight, and realistically shaped. It also features advanced motion sensing and light tracking technology, as well as vibration feedback.

Because this is such a popular device, learn how to snag the perfect out-of-stock gift.

Protect your game face with a disposable face cover

The problem with such intense, immersive gaming is that you will likely sweat through your VR headset for hours at a time. You’ll need a set of disposable face covers to keep your headset fresh and clean—for yourself and for others who want to try out your cool new setup. Make sure your face covers are durable and made from a comfortable fabric since they’ll be touching your face for hours.

If you’re looking to play games with your friends and loved ones, check out our guide to multiplayer games for beginners.

Keep your accessories safe in a VR protector bag

Senior couple using VR accessories

Now that you’ve collected some awesome gear for virtual reality gaming, keep your accessories safe and secure in a protective bag. You’ll want a heavy-duty case that can fit your equipment and accessories, as well as additional compartments and protective padding. A comfortable strap will make carrying your case less abrasive on your back and shoulders, no matter how much you’re toting around.

Showcase your setup with a charging display stand

Keep all of your favorite VR accessories conveniently organized in one place with a charging display stand. With a charging stand, you can make sure your controllers are always ready to go when you need them. You’ll be able to simply pick up your controller and start playing.

Virtual reality is the future

Not only is virtual reality the future of gaming, but it’s transforming other areas of life as well—even medicine. Doctors can use VR to practice medicine on virtual patients. VR enables people with disabilities to learn and practice new skills. Patients can do physical therapy exercises in virtual environments. Technology can even help students with disabilities. Visit our blog to learn more about VR and the future of the internet.

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<a href="https://discover.centurylink.com/author/emilyr" target="_self">Emily Richey</a>

Emily Richey


Emily Richey is the Content Manager for the CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber blogs. A recent graduate of Pace University NYC, she's an avid reader and writer. She spends most of her free time in bookstores and cafes, seeking the perfect cup of coffee.