Getting into First Person Shooters is very different from getting good at them. To achieve that you’ll need both practice and the right gaming gear. The former? That’s on you. But we can help set you on the path to pinpoint aim by highlighting the right gear you need for FPS games.
The right gear you need for FPS games
Whether you’re into Counter-Strike 2, Call of Duty, Overwatch 2, or Apex Legends, the right gaming gear can make a huge difference to your performance in FPS games. It helps that quality equipment looks and feels great too! Below, we’ve picked out the key pieces of gear you’ll need, with explanations of why each one is important for FPS players.
A precise mouse: Pulsefire Haste 2
If you’re a PC FPS player, then a mouse is your primary tool for getting that crosshair into place and taking the shot. It’s one of the most important bits of your gaming arsenal. A poor mouse can cause jumps in your aim, create inconsistent movements, and fail to register your clicks.
A quality mouse like the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 will ensure your motions generate the same in-game actions every time. That allows you to build up muscle memory and get more consistent results with your aim. Ultra-lightweight with low-friction skates and a 26K sensor, the Pulsefire Haste 2 is built to glide rapidly across your desk. Ease of movement without a loss of accuracy make it ideal for flick-shots and fast-paced shooters. Just make sure to pair it with a solid mouse pad, too.
You can grab the HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 from the HyperX Store here. Or, if you prefer the cable-free life, get the Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless (with up to 100 hours of battery life) here.
A controller with extras: Clutch Gladiate
Prefer to line up shots on console? A good controller can give you an edge there as well. The HyperX Clutch Gladiate comes with two features extremely valuable to FPS players. First up are the Dual Trigger Locks. These allow you to reduce the activation distance on each trigger, letting you take shots more quickly. Especially important when caught off guard and you need to return fire rapidly.
The next asset in the Clutch Gladiate’s kit is its programmable back buttons. Assign them to actions that let you keep your thumbs on the sticks, or make fiddly controls (like clicking in the left and right analog sticks) more immediately and consistently available. And rest assured that no matter how sweaty a game gets, The Clutch Gladiate’s textured grips will keep the pad firmly in your palms.
A high-quality headset: Cloud III
With your aim sorted, the next most important bit of gear for FPS games is a high-quality headset. In tactical FPS games like Valorant and CS2 especially, sound is your greatest ally. It’s certainly more help than your bottom-fragging best bud.
The HyperX Cloud III – compatible with PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, and mobile – features angled 53mm drivers tuned specifically for gaming. They’ll not only help you precisely identify the positions of nearby foes, but also ensure you can isolate key sounds like footsteps amid chaotic gunfights and explosions.
If you don’t have access to a dedicated microphone, the Cloud III’s noise-cancelling mic will transmit your callouts cleanly to your team. Its built-in mesh filter helps cut out unwanted sounds, and it also has an LED mute indicator so you can be sure IRL conversations stay private.
As an extra bonus, PC players will also get access to a lifetime activation of DTS Headphone: X Spatial Audio when buying the Cloud III. With precise sound localization, it will immerse you in any gaming world by generating a virtual 3D sound stage.
Practical extras: FPS HX3D Keycaps
If you’re lucky enough to own a mechanical keyboard, then you can give its keys an FPS upgrade thanks to HyperX’s HX3D keycaps. Compatible with most standard mechanical keyboards, the FPS Utility Pack will provide you with iconified hotkeys for actions like equipping grenades, swapping to melee, or crouching. Replace the keys you use in-game with these engaging icons and your fingers will never fail to find their mark in the heat of battle.
Prefer to add some immersion to your in-game steps? The FPS Movement Set brings boots to your board with muddy footprints to replace the WASD keys (or your chosen movement selection). You can also grab the utility and movement keycaps together to have your full board looking the part with the FPS Bundle.
A high-framerate monitor: Armada 25 FHD
We really can’t overstate the difference a high-performance monitor can make for competitive FPS players. The swap from a 60Hz Monitor to one supporting 144Hz or higher won’t just make in-game animations smoother, it’ll allow you to spot enemies sooner, too.
Higher framerates will more clearly display enemies when performing rapid camera motions, and the faster update time also means you’ll see an enemy earlier when they move out from around a corner. You can’t eliminate peeker’s advantage entirely, but a high-framerate monitor will level the field as much as possible.
The Armada 25 FHD gaming monitor supports up to 250Hz refresh rates with a 1ms response time, allowing you to make the split-second decisions needed to win each gunfight. And when the action takes a pause or you dip into another genre, the stunning 1920x1080p IPS panel will bring gaming worlds to breathtaking life in vibrant color. It’s also compatible with Nvidia G-Sync, letting you cut out screen tears with minimal input latency.
The Armada 25 also comes with a desk arm included. By clamping to the edge of your desk, it frees up space that would otherwise be taken up by a stand. You can then adjust and position the monitor to your optimal gaming angle.
With all of the above, you’ve equipped yourself perfectly to take a firm grip on the competitive ladder. All that’s left is for you to pull yourself up. That means practicing, we’re afraid! If you’re looking to equip yourself with more than the right gear for FPS games, head over to the HyperX store to see all the other gaming equipment and accessories on offer.