Battlefield 2042 is the latest iteration in the open warfare shooter to bring us massive, multiplayer mayhem – this time in the future. If you want to join the levolution and ensure that your gaming setup is up to par for the mid-21st century, there’s plenty of new gear to check out.
Cloud 2 Wireless
Much like Battlefield 2042, the HyperX Cloud II Wireless headset takes the pedigree of the original HyperX Cloud II headset and updates it for the modern day. Wireless 2.4GHz connectivity provides a stable, robust connection, so you’ll never miss a callout from your squad. (Whether you choose to respond to said callouts is on you, though...) A 7.1 surround sound option takes the in-game environment and places it all around you, while 53mm drivers thump out every explosion.
To keep you in contact with your squad there’s a built-in, detachable noise-cancelling mic, monitored in the headset so you know if you’re shouting a bit too much. All of that in an aluminium frame the clocks in under 300g, so even though your back may hurt from carrying, your neck shouldn’t feel the burden even after a lengthy session of conquest. With up to 30 hours of battery life, you shouldn’t have to worry about scrambling to recharge mid-firefight. If you’re joining the battle on PC or PS5/PS4, this is the wireless headset for Battlefield 2042.
When looking at gaming gear that benefits most from wireless freedom, a mouse is high up on the list. Unshackling your aiming hand from the tether of a cable removes any possible annoyance from catching it trailing on the edge of a desk, or that leftover plate from lunch you haven’t cleared away yet (but will absolutely get round to after this match). The HyperX Pulsefire Dart gives you a 2.4GHz connection with 1ms polling and up to 50 hours of game time before it needs a recharge.
On top of that you get a Pixart 3389 sensor that natively detects up to 16,000 DPI, Omron switches in the split main buttons rated for 60 million clicks, and another two thumb buttons for assigning to grenades or health packs. The ergonomic shape is also specifically designed for palm and claw grip mouse users, so if you know your grip type you can treat your hand to a comfortable new toy.
Alloy Elite 2
The HyperX Alloy Elite 2 is a perfect match for Battlefield 2042. While most FPS games can get away with 60% or tenkeyless keyboards, giving you more desk space for your mouse, BF still requires a lot of buttons. From piloting to driving, there are dozens of keybinds to set up, and sometimes having a NumPad can come in handy if you don’t want to have to drop everything and pick up a controller when you jump in a helicopter.