With mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing, one thing clear about Christmas in 2020 is that it’s unprecedented. We may very well be spending the holiday’s virtually, whether it’s by phone call or text message or zoom gathering.
Let’s match that with unprecedented presents.
And if you’re buying for a geek, then I’ve got you covered.
Here are 5 presents that will make your geek forget about how terrible a year 2020 was.
The console wars have climaxed, with a crescendo that will make any atomic bomb jealous.
Both Sony and Microsoft released two versions of their next gen consoles, with better graphics for visually stunning settings, better controls for more immersive gameplay, and 10+ teraflops for greater… flopping.
But by far the best feature is that they now use SSD hard drives. This means that games load up to 10x faster. Say goodbye to load screens.
So which one to buy? It really depends on if you’re an Xbox gamer or Playstation gamer.
I recommend the Playstation 5 Disc for its awesome exclusives and undeniable appeal.
Sadly, you’d have to be lucky to get one at the retail price of $499 USD. Scalpers have really up their dushbag-ness by purchasing all the consoles and reselling for up to three times the price. Now that’s perversion.
So many great games to choose from it’s staggering.
There’s Ghost of Tsushima from Sucker Punch, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla from Ubisoft, and Hyrule Warriors from Nintendo.
Geeks like me are excited for Cyberpunk 2077.
Created by CD Projekt RED, the same company behind the often top-listed Witcher III, this game features a huge open-world city ran by mega corporations where you must work your way through a conspiracy involving Johnny Silverhand (played by non other than Matrix star Keanu Reeves).
Even after being delayed three times, even after releasing with loads of bugs and issues, Cyberpunk 2077 still manages to be the biggest game release this year.
I went ahead and preordered mine so fingers crossed that it arrives before Christmas.
Fantasy guru Brandon Sanderson continues his epic Stormlight Archive series with the release of the fourth instalment the Rhythm of War.
Set in Roshar, an extreme world that is devastated by category 5 hurricanes every two weeks, this story details encounters with near-invincible warriors and their struggles with war. The Cosmere has really built up a lot of interest over the years, and this is only one of the worlds in Brandon’s grand design.
Your geek’s never heard of it?
Buy all four books and get excited about the planned six more instalments coming over the next couple years.
The most advanced virtual reality company Oculus went and top itself by releasing the Oculus Quest 2, the most advanced virtual reality headset.
What makes this one lead the pack is that it’s a virtual reality device all on it’s own – no need for a computer, or a console, or even a phone. No cables either. Just power it up and step into another world.
A major drawback is that it doesn’t directly support loved VR games like Half-Life Alyx or Skyrim, but it is a great introduction for anyone who has never experienced VR before.
Another thing to note, it’s owned by Facebook and you have to login with your account to get it working.
Shouldn’t be a problem for a socialite, but not the geekiest thing to do.
This Echo Dot with Clock rival does everything Amazon’s smart speaker can do, for a couple dollars cheaper.
Lenovo Smart Clock Essential connects to the internet and automatically sets up the time, and with its big, bold display it’s easy to read from anywhere in the room, showing both time and temperature.
Set your alarm, play music, control smart home devices, or just ask Google Assistant for help. It’s a neat utility that fits anywhere you need it to.
So these are some great options for that geek in your life. Try one and let me know how it goes.