No matter how old we get, there’ll always be that deep, inherent desire to embrace your inner-child, and why the hell not!? You only live once, right? To celebrate the child-like nature of men, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best gifts and gadgets (because why not treat yo-self) for the boys this holiday season:
Since the days of bad, mid-90s envisions of the future, we’ve been craving real, working virtual reality. Finally, it’s arriving. Playstation’s VR headset is a very capable and comparatively affordable headset that has the arduous task of completely immersing you in a video game by producing two images simultaneously and then sending them to a headset a few feet away. But unlike the competition who require expensive graphics cards to get the job done, PS VR can do it using only the Playstation 4’s built-in GPU. Playstation’s VR headset will launch in January 2017 for R6,499.99 alongside a bunch of VR-specific games; a PS VR bundle that includes a camera will retail for R7,299.99.
If you don’t already own the PlayStation Camera or Move Motion Controllers, the Launch Day bundle is the better bet here – especially considering that you’ll get one of the best games on the platform, PlayStation VR Worlds, for free.
Formerly codenamed PlayStation Neo, Sony ‘s PlayStation 4 Pro, which will launch in November R6,999, is an exciting prospoect for those who have been sitting on the fence about getting a gaming console. The PS4 Pro will complement the standard PS4, rather than replace it. The name was picked to show that it is part of the current version of the console, but aimed at the higher-end gamers. It is not an entirely new architecture and thus not a new generation of PlayStation hardware.
Among the hardware upgrades in the PS4 Pro are a 1TB hard drive, doubled GPU power, and technology adapted from AMD Polaris graphical architecture. These allow the PS4 Pro to reach resolutions “not thought possible on consoles” in 2016. The CPU clockspeed has also been boosted. The Pro will not have a 4K Blu-ray drive.
Electric skateboards are the new form of travel for inner-city and suburban-dwellers, and South African company Houdt is introducing its very-own battery-powered board this season. Weighing just around the 7kg mark and measuring at 92cm, the Houdt Freeboard boasts speeds of up to 30kms/h, which is perfect – because you can cover around 30 kilometres on a single 4-hour charge. The Freeboard can also tackle inclines of 25% meaning a reasonable mountain pass shouldn’t be too challenging. The Freeboard is also available in two forms – Cruiser and Rider.
DJI Mavic Pro Drone
If you’re a drone-fanatic, this is the pinnacle of the current drone market. The new Mavic Pro is DJI’s most sophisticated flying camera ever created. At one-sixth the size of the DJI Phantom 4, there are no cutbacks. The Mavic Pro has a range of 7km and maintains the 4K Camera. It’s also the first drone that can be folded up to the size of a sub sandwich and can be easily stored in a backpack. An improved and simplified smartphone app means that drone flying is even more accessible, especially for new pilots.
Nike HyperAdapt 1.0
Shoelaces are a pain. They’re confusing, awkward and can get any kid (and adult) in knots. So, we’ve been waiting decades for Marty McFly’s labour-saving MAG sneakers from Back to the Future Part II, and they’re here, finally. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement, as the sneakers’ laces will automatically tighten when the wearer hits a sensor with their heel. For adjustment, they are equipped with two buttons on the side that can loosen or tighten their fit. That means comfort isn’t exactly an issue here.
Powered by lithium-ion batteries that’s touted to last two weeks, the shoes have LEDs on the heel and sole to display battery life. Blue means the battery is still going strong, yellow is an indication that it only has a few days’ worth of juice left and red is a sign that it needs to be recharged as soon as possible.
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available on 1 December and will be priced at $720 (around R10,200).
NES Classic console
If you’re desperate for some cross-legged action this holiday, Nintendo are tickling our nostalgia bones with the NES Classic, a miniaturised version of the groundbreaking NES, originally released in 1985. Of course, the redesigned throwback does have some new-world charm – most notably that of HDMI and 30 pre-loaded games. So, just plug the NES Classic Edition into your TV, pick up that gray controller, and rediscover the heart-breaking joy of how difficult some of those darn games actually were.
The NES Classic console is available now and priced at R999.
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