Here are a few gift ideas for this holiday season from Oculus Quest and Call of Duty to Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and more.
The ultimate VR experience – Oculus Quest 2
With the winter months well and truly underway, why not indulge yourself or your loved ones in the ultimate escapism with the Oculus Quest 2 headset. With a huge library of virtual reality experiences available, the Queen’s Speech will have to be set on record as family members burn off the Christmas turkey playing Beat Saber or settle down to relax with some virtual fishing. The possibilities are endless and will make the laboured game of charades with the in-laws seem like a thing of the past.
- Cost: £299 (128GB)
- Available from: Amazon, Argos, Curry’s PC World, Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis, GAME or the Oculus store.
Staying connected – Facebook Portal
Portal is the new immersive way to connect with friends and loved ones, even when miles apart this Christmas so that you are guaranteed to never miss a moment. Portals are built with integrated Alexa, a smart camera and Story Time, which brings stories to life with animation, music and AR effects – perfect for any family that wants to stay connected at Christmas!
- Cost: Portal is £169, Portal TV is £149, Portal Go is £199 and the Portal+ is £299.
- Available from: portal.facebook.com (Additional retailers include Amazon, Argos, Dixons, Harrods and Selfridges)
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Call of Duty: Vanguard is the latest addition in the Call of Duty franchise. Protagonists of the new game are a handpicked group of soldiers who, despite their different backgrounds, have one common goal: to exterminate the Fourth Reich.
Whether dogfighting over the Midway Islands, defending Stalingrad with sniper’s precision, airdropping over France, or blasting through advancing forces in North Africa, the Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign will immerse you in an engaging and gripping character-driven narrative, telling the stories of those who turned the tides of war and changed history forever.
With the largest-ever number of maps available since launch, Vanguard offers an expansive multiplayer experience, with new modes, 20 maps and more ways to enjoy the game than ever before.
Zombie mode lovers will be able to show their courage as they try to survive the relentless onslaught of the undead in a chilling new Dark Aether Zombies experience titled “Der Anfang”.
With cross-play support across current and next-generation systems, Call of Duty: Vanguard is now for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net, pricing from £59.99.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Get ready to drop in, because the first two games in the critically acclaimed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 – have returned fully remastered and in one brilliant package.
Developers Vicarious Visions have beautifully revived the games that defined a generation, all with original levels, classic pro skaters, old-school tricks, the iconic soundtrack from the original franchise, and more that fans remember from the ‘90s and 2000s. Added features include HD graphics, new tricks, an updated soundtrack, and a new pro-roster to provide players with a super awesome gameplay experience.
Release date: Out now
PEGI Rating: 12
Available Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox Series X and the Xbox One, including the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch and on PC through the Epic platform.
Pricing: From £39.99
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is the first original entry in the Crash franchise in over 10 years and hailed as the “biggest Crash game ever”*. Developers Toys for Bob have brought their own magic to the beloved franchise, breathing new charm and personality to the iconic characters.
The N. Sane fun journey of unifying four powerful new Quantum Masks to restore order to the multiverse is right on the edge of your fingertips. Spin, jump and wump on conflicts of cosmic proportions, discovering expansive new worlds, unexpected allies and larger-than-life boss battles.
Release date: Out now
PEGI Rating: 12
Available Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox Series X and Xbox One devices, including the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch and on PC through the Epic platform.