Online gaming on Mac has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, meaning that players can enjoy a whole host of compelling multiplayer experiences across every genre from FPS big-hitters to battle royales and beyond.
While you can fire up popular titles on Mac without investing in any extra kit, it makes sense to enhance your experience with a few choice accessories. To that end, here is a look at the best peripherals to buy if you are a Mac gamer.
There may not be official support for Sony’s console controller on Mac, but setting it up is fairly straightforward so long as you have a micro USB cable, and the benefits you will get from having a dedicated gamepad at your disposal will be significant.
Controllers may not be the best option for some online games, but if you want to play the likes of Rocket League or other titles that lend themselves to the use of dual analogue sticks over mouse and keyboard, a pad like this will put you at an advantage.
Of course lots of other modern controllers can be used with a Mac, so if you prefer the Xbox One or Switch Pro pad, you can go this route instead.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro headset
Whether you spend most of your time playing Call of Duty: Warzone or are a fan of the most popular Chinese casino games, having access to excellent audio quality will be essential to your online gaming experience.
The complication facing Mac owners is that a lot of gamer-focused headsets look a little lame, either as a result of cheaper designs or the use of excessive RGB lighting. Thankfully there is an antidote to this in the form of the Arctis Pro from SteelSeries. It comes with its own DAC unit which gives it the edge for music playback as well as gaming, and it also has a retractable microphone which can be tucked out of the way in the ear cup when not in use.
There are tons of other headsets out there of course, and this is at the more expensive end of the market, but it is definitely a worthwhile investment if you are serious about sound quality and aesthetics alike.
Razer Deathadder V2 mouse
Apple makes decent mice for productivity and general use, and the trackpads on MacBooks are famously excellent, but when it comes to gaming, you definitely need a dedicated peripheral to improve your performance and precision.
The Deathadder V2 from Razer ticks all the boxes here, providing a high-DPI sensor for accurate movement, ergonomic design for comfort, a cool light-up logo, and scroll wheel for gamer street cred and durable build quality to withstand many hours of play.
If you are looking for a completely minimalist, wire-free desk setup, then the Razer Viper Ultimate Wireless is a good alternative, if a little more expensive than the wired Deathadder V2. There are also all-rounders from other brands like Glorious that could win you over.
Bose Companion 20 speakers
Gaming with a headset is good for privacy, but if you do not need to worry about disturbing anyone else in the house with your sessions of play, then a separate set of speakers will take the experience to the next level.
Bose is the obvious brand to choose both for sound quality and good looks, with the Companion 20 providing the perfect balance between affordability and performance for this premium manufacturer.
Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes ‘cool’, so do your research and you should easily find Mac accessories for online gaming that will put a smile on your face for years to come.