When terrors lurk in every shadow, it pays to come prepared and well equipped. The right gaming gear for horror games won’t just help you identify and escape the terrors of the dark, it’ll also immerse and terrify you like never before. So even if your survival horror protagonist is running low on supplies, you can ensure you’re well stocked with the best gear for horror games.
The right gear you need for horror games
Gameplay can vary drastically between horror games, but there are certain aspects you want your gaming setup to excel at. We’ve picked out the key gaming gear for horror games below to help you get scared senseless but still remain in control of the action. Whether you're into Resident Evil survival horror or Phasmophobia's multiplayer mishaps, here's what good gaming gear can do for you.
An immersive headset: HyperX Cloud III
In horror, audio is every bit as important – if not more so – than visuals. So your first move for crafting the ultimate spooky gaming setup should always be securing a high-quality headset. And you really needn’t look further than the HyperX Cloud III. The latest in HyperX’s signature line of headsets, the Cloud III features angled 53mm drivers tuned specifically for gaming. That means you can enjoy the full, tension-shredding effect of a game’s music, while still picking out the sound cues needed to identify in-game enemies to fight or flee from. We really can't overstate the difference an excellent headset makes to the horror game experience, so don't miss out.
If you’re a fan of multiplayer horror games like Lethal Company or Phasmophobia, then the Cloud III’s upgraded microphone will be essential. So long as you can keep your voice from wavering, it’ll transmit your words with clarity and accuracy to your teammates. Provided they’re still alive, of course. On PC, the Cloud III also comes with a lifetime activation of DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio. Creating a 3D sound stage, it’ll ramp up the immersion to terrifying new levels. There’s also a wireless version available, just in case you’re the kind of horror gamer likely to leap away from the screen when a jump scare comes knocking.
Shockingly good color contrast: Armada 27
We wouldn’t describe most horror game monsters as lookers – though you do you if that’s your thing – but that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a glow up. Darkness so often a core component of the genre, and you don’t want to be straining your eyes to squint at gloomy, poorly defined pixels as you hunt for a threat. Here’s where an impressive gaming monitor can help.
The HyperX Armada 27 widescreen gaming monitor pairs mesmerizing color contrast via DisplayHDR 400 with Quad HD (QHD) resolutions. In horror terms, that’ll bring depth and detail to the darker areas of each level. It’ll make it easier for you to navigate through them and identify dangers, but also bring out unsettling environments an art to scare you all the more. Win-win, if you ask us. The Armada 27 also supports Nvidia G-Sync, so you don’t need to worry about screen tears ruining the atmosphere. Best of all, it comes with a desk-mounted arm, letting you position the monitor precisely where you want it.
Thematic extras: HX3D Spooky Set keycaps and horn headset toppers
In a horror-lover’s house, spooky season isn’t relegated solely October. The haunts keep happening all year long, baby! So why not set the scene for scares with a few of HyperX’s HX3D creations? If you have a mechanical keyboard like the Alloy Origins, the Spooky Set keycaps will let characters like Count Cloud, Commander Skelly, and Patty the Pumpkin lord it over the rest of your board-based realm. Each key is available individually or as part of a bundle, and all are compatible with most mechanical keyboards.
Your keyboard needn’t be the only one getting a boost to its fear factor. If you have a HyperX headset, you might be able to equip these stylish horn toppers. Don them right as you lock your friends in with the monster in an online game to truly indulge in your devilish side. If horns aren’t your style, there are plenty of other options available including dragon wings and bear ears. Just make sure to check the compatibility with your current HyperX headset.
With the right gear you need for horror games, all that’s left is building up the courage required to actually, you know, play them! For more soul-steadying gaming equipment, head to the HyperX store.