Like Mom, Dad’s given up a lot of life-respawning time to spawn little humans, as well as playing Fortnite with them when he’s more of a Forza Horizon 4 guy. Thank him for the sacrifices by helping him get back into his own gaming groove — or feed his Battle Royale addiction now that you’ve created that monster.

At a loss as to what will thrill him? Here are some suggestions to get you started that are guaranteed to knock him out.


For the gamer on the go:

Nintendo Switch

CNET TAKE: For snatching moments between carpools or meetings, get him a portable console: the Nintendo Switch ( It’s a versatile hybrid game console that easily pivots between a big-screen TV and on-the-go portable. And its initially slim game library now includes a good mixture of must-have Nintendo franchise exclusives, indie titles and even some decent PC ports. The unique TV-or-mobile gaming proposition of the Nintendo Switch is now matched by a stellar library of games, including instant-classics like new Zelda and Mario titles.


For the cutting-edge gamer:

Oculus Quest

CNET TAKE: While the app library for Oculus’ new headset is small, it’s the best wireless option available — perfect for remaining untangled in a small living room or den. But it provides an immersive VR experience with great controls and full positional tracking — no phone, PC or game console, and costs $400, which isn’t bad. There’s no better mobile VR experience than the Oculus Quest (, and its full-motion untethered design feels like the future.


For the unconventional dad:

Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controller

CNET TAKE: When you’re in that demon-killing mood, you should be able to frag with the best of them. Help your dad overcome the frustration of using mainstream game controllers with Microsoft’s $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller ( It maps all the typical controller functions to a design that requires less coordination to operate. While it works with an Xbox console, it also works with PC games.


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