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It's not often that a console company sticks with a controller design for three straight generations, but sure enough, the PlayStation controller that ships with the PS3 is largely the same as the original that shipped with the first PlayStation so many years ago. There's a saying that folks shouldn't worry with fixing things that aren't broken, and we suspect that this is the mantra Sony has been following. The PlayStation's DualShock design is one that's largely beloved, but as the years have passed, controlling a console has become a new art form. Nintendo ushered in a sea change with the Wii... Read more...
NVIDIA made some serious noise and surprised just about everyone in attendance a couple of days before the official opening of this year's Consumer Electronics Show, with the company’s official unveiling of its next-gen Tegra 4 SoC and a portable gaming device, code-named "Project SHIELD." We posted details regarding Tegra 4 and SHIELD late Sunday night and we’d suggest checking out this post for some additional information, photos, and specifications.  Today we got a chance to see SHEILD up-close and personal in a closed-door meeting with some representatives from NVIDIA. Take... Read more...
Gamers who have been around the block a time or two may remember a vaunted product by Belkin -- something called the Nostromo SpeedPad n52. Now, it looks as if peripheral maker Razer is pumping out something similar years later, called the Orbweaver. It's a highly unique product designed for hardcore gamers, offering mechanical keys not in a keyboard, but in a key-based gamepad. Those who swear by mechanical keyboards will almost certainly have to give this one a look. As you'd suspect with any Razer product, this one is highly customizable. It lets users  bind an infinite number of controls... Read more...
Did you end up with a new Xbox 360 from Santa? Lucky you! And now, Razer has a controller than may honestly be superior to the first-party edition that Microsoft shipped with the system. The company has just announced the new Sabertooth Xbox 360 controller, which offers up 6 additional buttons, an OLED screen, and a hugely comfortable grip. Six additional remappable buttons - two at each shoulder of the controller and two removable rocking switches at the bottom - allow gamers to re-bind any choice of buttons on the controller for easy access. A built-in OLED screen is also included, which allows... Read more...
A new day, a new controller accessory. That's a saying, right? At any rate, N-Control has launched a new Avenger Elite, which is expected to release at the end of this month. The device is designed to wrap around gamepads (on PS3 and Xbox 360)and provide actual levers and triggers, which is generally seen as more intuitive than buttons. The new AE is a familiar face, stepping up over the original, with this one boasting improved materials, more sensitivity and a new spring button that bolsters feedback. Yes, you need to be a hardcore gamer to justify $50+ for a controller wrap, but if you aren't... Read more...
What's an SSD without a controller? A reckless SSD. Just kidding. But in all seriousness, these controllers are vital to the performance and uptime of a solid state drive, and Marvell's delivering a new kid on the block for use with what could end up being your next unit. The company this week announced mass deployment of the 88SS9187 SATA controller, a 6Gb/sec unit that includes on-chip RAID functionality, an enhanced ECC engine, improved NAND control logic and SATA Rev. 3.1 compliance. It's engineered to meet the news of both consumers and enterprise users, and the company states that a significant... Read more...
You may have played Super Mario Bros. on a 65-inch television before, and you might have even collected coins on an HDTV much larger. But have you ever chucked fireballs at Bowser using a 12-foot wide Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) controller? Sure it's insanity, but it's also possible on the world's largest game controller, a massive NES control pad that weighs 265 pounds and is fully functional! To celebrate the release of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition 2012 in the U.K., gamers will have a chance to play with the 12-foot NES controller this Wednesday in London. For those of you,... Read more...
Need a new gamepad? This one might take a while to wrap your head around. SteelSeries, a well-known peripheral maker that some gamers swear by, has just teamed up with Ignite Game Technologies in order to introduce the Simraceway SRW-S1 Steering Wheel, an affordable, high-performance PC controller that aims to open up a whole new racing world to players frustrated by the limitations of joypads. A handheld hybrid racing controller that combines the features and functions of a high-end wheel with the portability and convenience of a joypad, the SRW-S1 includes a motion-sensor for steering and a patent-pending... Read more...
Splitfish. It's not an animal that lives in the sea, and it's not a character you overlooked in Finding Nemo. It's a gaming peripheral company, and they're responsible for crafting some of the wildest, most out-of-the-box gaming accessories this side of Razer. Their newest device is tailored specifically for Xbox 360 gamers, the FragFX Shark 360. It's being called the world's first "super precision mouse hybrid gaming controller" (got all that?) for the Xbox 360, and it's certainly a crazy looking thing. It's built for hardcore gamers willing to pay-up for expert controls, with this one boasting... Read more...
When it comes to controlling your favorite PC title, you've got a few options. There's a mouse. There's a keyboard. There's a control pad. And there's a joystick. With few exceptions, those are what you've got to work with. But now, there's one more option, and it's a major one. Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) announced today the SoftStep KeyWorx multi-touch foot controller, the world’s first foot controlled digital interface, providing a new and faster way to operate a computer.  Available for Mac and Windows, this controller is one of the first we've ever seen that sits on the floor.... Read more...
Is the next Batman movie being shot? We're hearing that it is, but a release definitely isn't imminent. Either way, Power-A has just announced a new Xbox 360 and PS3 controller design that they're calling "Batarang." The controller is reportedly being issued to play nice with Batman: Arkham City this fall, and with E3 happening this week, the timing couldn't be better. Both of these are wireless devices, and outside of a funky design and color scheme, they're pretty much standard-fare controlers. The Xbox edition looks more "standard" than the PS3 model, but that seems to always be the case with... Read more...
Xbox 360 gamers have had relatively little choice when it comes to control methods. There's the official controller, a few joysticks, and a handful of third-party controllers that usually weren't up to snuff with Microsoft's own. But this is something radically different. Not quite "Kinect radical," but as far as controllers go, this is pretty wild. Splitfish has made a name for themselves in the peripheral market for producing rather unorthodox items, and the "Holy Grail of FPS Controllers" is definitely no different. The company's latest is the FRAGFX Shark for Xbox 360. This same device has... Read more...
Razer's more typical controllers are easy to describe: mice, keyboards and joysticks usually comprise the company's line. But the Hydra is something entirely different. It's a new set of motion sensing controllers, and while they were announced first a few months back, they're just now being put on sale. Naturally, the timing here is perfectly place; they'll be available as a standalone product or alongside Portal 2, which is storming the digital shelves right now. Razer worked closely with Valve and Sixense to build these, particularly the exclusive Portal 2 content that showcases the power of... Read more...
Remember "GameShark?" How about "Game Genie?" For older gamers, these names bring back memories of a time when game cheats required extra hardware, as our consoles weren't exactly equipped with extra memory or Internet connections -- things that make entering cheat codes easy today. These days, it's pretty tough to cheat when playing online, and that's a good thing. Companies have implemented technologies such as PunkBuster in order to keep the playing field level, but now, Xbox 360 users can get a leg-up on the competition. The XIM3 is an upgraded version of the XIM2, but it's so much more advanced... Read more...
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