Holiday Buyer’s Guide for MLB The Show Gamers

November 27, 2023 by Jeremy Englert

CATEGORIES: Best for MLB The Show


The holidays are fast approaching and there’s typically no better time to snap up deals than Black Friday. These days, the hottest deals often go on sale before Black Friday and we’ve started collecting our favorites here!

Several of the options listed below were featured in our articles highlighting the best screens and controllers for MLB The Show. Except right now – a lot of them are cheaper than when we first recommended them!

Holiday Deals for MLB The Show Gamers

*Please note: Listed prices are current as of publishing. Prices may vary.*

Monitors/Televisions

Arguably one of the best investments that will not only improve your overall gaming experience – but possibly help improve your MLB The Show skills. Monitors often see some of their best pricing around the holidays and it’s the perfect time to hunt down the perfect monitor.

Samsung 32″ Odyssey Neo G8 4K UHD 240 Hz 1ms HDR2000 – $999.99

There are so many premium monitors to choose from that it can be easy to get caught up in the specifications. That’s why I typically rely on rtings.com whenever I’m in the market for a new TV or gaming monitor. As an Xbox Series X user, I was ready to upgrade my monitor and wanted something that would take full advantage of what the Xbox Series X has to offer. That’s when I found the Neo G8 by Samsung. I’ve historically loved every Samsung screen I’ve purchased and this one is a slam dunk purchase according to rtings.com. Their review was glowing on this monitor and even though the Xbox Series X can’t take full advantage of the 240 Hz, the monitor will still shine at 120 Hz with incredible specs across the board. If you’re looking for a true premium monitor for you or a dedicated gamer in your life, then this monitor might just be the one.

Acer Nitro KG241Y (1080p) – $109.99

The Acer Nitro KG241Y is an extremely affordable option that covers the all the necessities you’ll want from a gaming monitor for MLB The Show. For starters, MLB The Show 23 is optimized to run at 120hz on both the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X. That means having a monitor that can take advantage of that refresh rate is important and the Acer Nitro KG241Y does just that. With a refresh rate of 165hz, the Nitro will allow you to run The Show at peak performance.

Another important trait of a good monitor that we’ll be looking for is response time. With refresh rate, the higher the number the better and we need it to hit at least 120hz as this monitor does. For response time, the lower the number the better as that means you have the maximum advantage with timing. The best gaming monitors will range from 1ms-5ms response time and the Acer Nitro offers 1ms response. That is the very best you’re going to get and exactly what we want for The Show.

With screen sizes ranging from 23.8-inches to 27-inches, the Acer Nitro offers some flexibility depending on the space you have in your setup.

If you’re looking to dip your toe into the gaming monitor waters, this is a perfect monitor for most gamers. It’s only capable of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution, but the refresh rate and response time is what you want for The Show and the price tag falling under $120 is a great value to get a monitor into your setup.

  • Refresh rate of 165Hz for smooth and peak performance
  • Impressive 1ms response time for precise timing
  • Various screen sizes available (23.8″ to 27″) for flexibility in setup
  • Affordable price under $120, making it a great value for beginner gamers.

LG 27GP850-B Ultragear – $352.21

Now we’re getting into some of the fancier options for those that are willing to shell out some bigger bucks. This LG monitor packs 165hz refresh rate and 1ms response time together to hit those basic needs we talked about. The big difference over the previous two monitors is that this beast displays at 2560 x 1440p which will take advantage of the beefier hardware in the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

This monitor provides a prettier view with the same specifications we get from the previous monitors. Reviews did state that the stand is quite large so space management might be tough for some. Ultimately, this is the kind of monitor that gamers with varying tastes and a sweet PC setup should consider in addition to their Show gaming. If you’re strictly a virtual baseball aficionado, this might be a bit more dollar than you need to spend.

  • 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time for smooth gameplay
  • 2560 x 1440p resolution for enhanced visuals
  • Visually appealing with the same specifications as previous monitors
  • Large stand may require careful space management
  • Suitable for gamers with varied interests and a powerful PC setup, but may be a pricier option for those solely focused on virtual baseball.

LG C3 Series – $1596.99

For those who prefer a more cinematic gaming experience, stepping up to a TV might be the right choice. The LG C3 Series is not just any television; it’s a gamer’s dream. While monitors are often the go-to for dedicated gaming setups, modern TVs, especially OLEDs like the LG C3, have come a long way in offering features that cater to gamers.

This OLED TV offers deep blacks and vibrant colors, elevating games like MLB The Show to new visual heights. With HDMI 2.1 support, it smoothly handles 120Hz at 4K, ensuring fluid gameplay without visual compromise. Its low input lag and swift response time are on par with many gaming monitors, making it a top contender for console gaming.

  • OLED panel for superior contrast and color.
  • 120Hz gameplay at 4K with HDMI 2.1.
  • Competitive input lag and response time for a TV.
  • Larger screens for an immersive experience.
  • AI-enhanced sound and picture optimization.

For those wanting an expansive screen without sacrificing gaming performance, the LG C3 Series is an excellent pick.

 

Xbox Gamers

PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller – $26.88

Don’t let the low price fool you. The PowerA Enhanced is an officially licensed Xbox controller that brings a lot to the plate.

The PowerA Enhanced is a wired controller that also features two mappable buttons on the back, textured grips and comes in a variety of colors. The layout is similar to the standard Xbox controller, but with improvements in ergonomics.

Why we like it: While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some of the other options, you’d be hard pressed to find a better wired controller at the price point.

Razer Wolverine V2 – $48.99

The Razer Wolverine V2 is an excellent option for Xbox players seeking to elevate their gaming experience. This controller has been engineered for competitive gaming and offers customizable features that set it apart from the pack. It is perfect for MLB The Show fans due to its precise control mechanisms and comfortable design.

The Razer Wolverine V2 offers:

  • Mecha-Tactile Action Buttons and D-Pad: These offer a combination of a soft cushioned touch with crisp tactile feedback, providing players with a high level of control.
  • Razer Synapse Enabled: This feature offers a high degree of customization, including button remapping and sensitivity clutch adjustments.
  • Ergonomic, contoured design: The Wolverine V2 is designed to offer a more natural grip that reduces hand strain, making it comfortable to use during extended gaming sessions.
  • Hair Trigger Mode with Trigger Stop-Switches: This feature allows for rapid-fire inputs, offering players an edge during intense moments in MLB The Show.

Why we like it: The Razer Wolverine V2 combines a high degree of customization with a comfortable, ergonomic design. This combination, along with its competitively priced entry point, makes it a strong choice for any MLB The Show player looking to enhance their gaming experience.

Xbox Digital Gift Cards

While we’re at the end of the game cycle and Stubs are easier to come by than ever, there are many who will still be looking to buy Stubs. Maybe you don’t even want Stubs in The Show – Xbox digital gift cards can be used on anything in the store!

Whether you’re looking to buy a new game, in-game virtual currency or even buy or rent movies – Xbox digital gift cards will get the job done.

Setex Thumbstick Grips

Looking for ultimate comfort and durability to help improve your game? Look no further than Setex Thumbstick Grips. Exquisite performance, natural feel and ultimate durability.

Increase the consistency of your PCI placement and lock-in on focused, precise Pinpoint Pitching with Setex Thumbstick Grips.

Playstation Gamers

PlayStation DualSense Edge Wireless Controller – $199.99

The DualSense Edge is like the standard PS5 DualSense controller – but on steroids. One of its highlighting features is the ability to swap out stick modules – meaning you can easily swap in a fresh stick module and have the “new controller feel” again.

But that’s not all – the DualSense Edge comes packed full of features that can be helpful when playing MLB The Show. Such as:

  • Fully mappable buttons: This lets you remap or even deactivate specific button inputs, allowing you to create a completely personalized control setup.
  • Mappable back buttons: Many players are finding creative uses for these, including using one of the mappable back buttons as their swing button in MLB The Show.
  • Swappable stick caps: The controller comes with three types of stick caps in the box, enabling further customization of your gaming experience.
  • Adjustable trigger lengths: This feature is perfect for tailoring your controller to your preferred sensitivity settings for pitching and batting in MLB The Show.
  • Adjustable triggers, stick sensitivity, and vibration intensity: Configure your stick sensitivity, stick dead zones, and trigger dead zones for finely tuned inputs, and even set your vibration intensity for a completely customized play experience.

Why we like it: The DualSense is already a great controller, and the Edge improves upon it with a great set of features that should help any MLB The Show gamer.

Setex Thumbstick Grips

Looking for ultimate comfort and durability to help improve your game? Look no further than Setex Thumbstick Grips. Exquisite performance, natural feel and ultimate durability.

Increase the consistency of your PCI placement and lock-in on focused, precise Pinpoint Pitching with Setex Thumbstick Grips.

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Playstation Digital Gift Cards

Whether you’re looking to buy Stubs or new games to add to your collection, Playstation digital gift cards are a great resource. Have a Playstation gamer in your life that can’t decide what they want? Toss them a digital gift card and let them take their time to choose!

Nintendo Gamers

PowerA Controller for Nintendo Switch – $41.99

PowerA is known for making high-quality, affordable alternatives to official console controllers, and their Nintendo Switch controller is no exception. This controller is a great option for those looking for a cheaper alternative to the Pro Controller.

The PowerA Controller for Nintendo Switch provides:

  • Familiar ergonomics: The layout and design of the controller are very similar to the official Pro Controller, offering a comfortable and intuitive gaming experience.
  • Advanced Gaming Buttons: Features two mappable buttons on the back, allowing you to customize your controller setup.
  • Bluetooth 5.0: Connects wirelessly to your Nintendo Switch, providing a seamless and cord-free gaming experience.

Why we like it: The PowerA Controller offers a similar feel to the Pro Controller at a reduced cost. The additional mappable buttons provide a level of customization not present in many other controllers at this price point.

 

About the Author

Jeremy Englert

Jeremy is a partner and developer at ShowZone. He also does random stuff, like writing the article you just read.


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