Hey Poor Player Holiday Buyers Guide 2021 – 2021’s Hottest Systems

The Systems Players Want, If You Can Get One

Holiday Buyers Guide

Welcome to the Hey Poor Player Holiday Gift Guide. From Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 19th we’ll be bringing you a guide to all the games, accessories, systems, and other hot items players will be looking for this holiday season. With Black Friday and other Holiday sales set to start in the coming weeks, we thought now was the perfect time to help draw attention to just what you players should be looking for in the coming weeks. So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone else, or maybe something for yourself, we’ve got you covered.

Today we’re looking at this holiday season’s hottest gaming systems, the ones that are sure to be on the holiday lists of all the little girls and boys. Fair disclosure, the last year has been a nightmare for trying to get any new systems and it seems doubtful that this is going to change in the next two months. Getting any of these is going to come down to luck, or in one case patience. Still, if you can find them, these are the systems players are sure to be asking for.


Nintendo Switch OLED


Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $349.99

If you already own a Nintendo Switch, there’s a pretty good argument that you don’t need an OLED. That’s extra true if you play only in docked mode. This isn’t the long rumored pro version of the system. It’s a refresh with a few new bells and whistles like a built in ethernet port on the dock and a shiny new screen.

Still, that screen is awfully shiny. So much so that it has some of us who play our Switch in handheld mode a lot considering an upgrade. If your system is getting a bit long in the tooth, you’ll also get all the little upgrades Nintendo has quietly rolled into the system’s main model over the years as well, like improved battery life. With Nintendo’s holiday offerings including Metroid Dread, Mario Party Superstars hitting too, there’s never been a better time to own a Switch. If you’re a first time buyer, this is the version to get.


Oculus Quest 2


Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $299.99-$399.99

If you’re actually hoping to get someone or your self a new piece of hardware this holiday season, the Oculus Quest 2 may be your best bet. This latest Oculus VR headset has drawn strong reviews since its release late last year. It turns out, VR is a lot more fun when you’re not tied to a console or PC. Unlike most of the devices on this list, this one is readily available.

The Quest has continued to see strong releases throughout 2021, with games like I Expect You To Die 2, Resident Evil 4, and ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos. Devices like the Quest seem to be the future of VR gaming. If that sounds like a good fit for you or someone you love, consider picking one up.


PlayStation 5


Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $399.99-$499.99

Everyone wants one of these this holiday season. Really everyone has wanted one for a year. It’s hard to blame them. Sony’s lightning quick SSD really has changed how we play games and an excellent lineup of games throughout the last year have given players a lot to be excited about. A lot of those games are still coming out on PS4 for now, but that won’t last forever.

If you do manage to get your hands on one, games like Astro’s Playroom, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal will provide things you just can’t do on older hardware. Upcoming games like God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon: Forbidden West may be hitting PS4 too, but there’s not going to be a better place to experience them than the PS5.


Steam Deck (Preorder)


Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $399.00, $529.00, $649.00

So full disclosure, you’re not getting a Steam Deck this holiday season. the small amount which expect to ship in 2021 went within minutes. I got my preorder in within half an hour of them going live and I’m still set for sometime in Q1 2022. Getting an order in now gets you in line for sometime after Q2 2022. There’s demand for this thing.

The nice thing about these though is that there’s no wildly hunting through websites desperate to get one of the tiny allotment each time a new drop hits. Instead, you’ll just put your order in and be put at the back of the line. Its a lot simpler experience and one a lot of us would prefer, even if it destroys the tiny hope of getting one sooner unless you want to pay a scalper. Don’t pay a scalper.

With access to most of the absurdly huge Steam library, players who pick up a deck will have access to most of the best PC games ever made, and will have access to even more if they sideload Windows onto the thing. That’s reason enough to consider putting a preorder in this holiday season.

Edit: As of 11/10 Valve have delayed the Steam Deck out of 2021 entirely. You can however still put in a preorder to get in line for one as soon as possible.


Xbox Series X|S


Holiday Buyers Guide

Price: $299.99-$499.99

Players looking for a chance at getting a next generation system this holiday season might want to consider the Xbox Series S. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still have to wait on drops, but you’ll have a little more luck than with chasing down its older brother. As a digital only console that’s less powerful than the more expensive version this won’t be for everyone, but if you’re not regularly playing on a 4K TV and you’re comfortable with the digital option it’s a nice option.

If you want to future proof and have the most power you can get, the Series X is the way to go but you’ll have a harder time. With upcoming games like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite about to release, the excitement for this system won’t be going down anytime soon. Still, you may have a bit of luck if you’re willing to consider Microsoft’s Xbox All Access program. This allows you to pay the system off over two years for either $24.99 or $34.99 a month. While that gets a bit more expensive, it includes Game Pass Ultimate. If you would end up paying for that anyway, you actually save a few dollars. Not a bad option if you want one of these without the wait.


Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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