Computex and E3 2012 have just gotten over and we’ve got a whole range of new stuff that was being showcased. A lot of cool, wacky gaming peripherals and gadgets have been announced at the events and they’ve already got the gaming community enthralled and excited. Here’s our compilation of the hardware that has the potential to unleash the gaming monster in you.
Razer Artemis controller
Razer's new partnership with Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing culminated in the Razer Artemis, a concept controller crafted to give gamers a competitive edge as they stomp and destroy their way to victory in the dog-eat-dog BattleTech universe. The BattleMech inspired Razer Artemis concept controller puts gamers into the cockpits of their favoured hulking metal behemoths, fully immersed and focused on the dangers of the battlefield, claiming wins for their chosen Great House. With fully-programmable, fine-tuned controls, the ergonomically adjustable Razer Artemis concept controller makes piloting a Mech more efficient and lethal in combat.
Now that's what you call a controller
Set in the year 3049, during the early stages of a massive interstellar war, MechWarrior Online puts you in command of the most powerful war machine to ever walk the field of battle, the mighty BattleMech. Command your Mech and customize it to suit your battlefield role; upgrade systems, replace weapons, and tweak armour with endless options. And with this controller, it’s going to be double the fun.
Head mounted virtual reality glasses have been around for a very long time now, but they’ve never gone mainstream enough to be considered as viable gaming alternatives. One of the main problems of previous VR glasses was the immersion factor. Most of the headsets that were launched didn’t give you the feeling that you were an integral part of the game, as the screen was being projected. All that looks set to change now with John Carmack’s new VR glasses that he’s proudly showed off at E3 2012. Dubbed the Oculus Rift, the projection is done in such a way that all you can see in your peripheral vision is the screen, giving you unmatched levels of immersion.
Presenting, the Oculus Rift! (With duct tape) (Image Source: The Verge)
The Oculus Rift may still be a very early prototype (look at the duct tapes!) and it has a 1280 x 800 screen that is split into two halves of 640 x 800 pixels. The Rift comes with a 90 degree field of view. You can check out a hands on video of the technology here. Gaming is all set to change for the better.
Thermaltake Level 10 M Gaming Mouse
What do you get when a hardware peripherals company collaborates with BMW to deliver a gaming mouse! Well, that’s exactly what Thermaltake has done. The Level 10 M Gaming mouse is the design collaboration by Thermaltake and BMW Group Designworks USA, since 2009. The body is made up of aluminium, while also being lightweight. This is a completely customizable mouse and its technical highlights include 3D Steering Axis Movement, solid Aluminium base and an air-through Ventilation System. The mouse is available in three different colours – diamond black, iron white and military green.
For your gaming needs!
The Level 10 M has been rated high on efficiency, as much as aesthetics. It’s going to keep your hands cool and dry even in the most intense of gaming sessions and with the 8200 DPI sensor, you’re getting unmatched precision. Well, the features list isn’t over yet. This mouse has two separate top and bottom halves that can be adjusted to get the required height and angle. Not satisfied yet? You’ve got 5 onboard button configuration profiles with 11 programmable buttons. With this mouse, it’s all about elegance, unmistakeable style and superiority that will transcend onto your games.
Nyko Free fighter joystick
Nyko, this year announced a bold new product line at E3 2012 that aims to enhance our experience with the evolving range of consoles, handhelds and mobile devices that today's gamers enjoy. One of their stand out devices was the Nyko free fighter joystick that is reminiscent of the button mashing arcade games at gaming parlours.
The Nyko Free Fighter
The Free Fighter for PlayStation 3 is an arcade-quality fight stick with eight face buttons, and a unique ambidextrous design for right or left-handed use. Compatible with all standard fighting games, the Free Fighter is made with authentic Japanese Sanwa Denshi arcade-quality parts and includes an expandable base for comfort and security during laptop use. The Free Fighter includes four fully customizable macro buttons for quick access to combos, as well as two variable speed turbo buttons for fast, slow or user-created tap speed. The Free Fighter will be available at select retail stores nationwide in September 2012 and will retail for an MSRP of $179.99.
Along with this, the company also debuted a controller for Android tablets. The PlayPad Pro is Nyko's full-sized wireless Bluetooth gaming controller for Android devices that features dual analog sticks, a d-pad, face buttons and shoulder bumpers for a console-style control experience on Android devices. That would definitely add to the fun quotient, while gaming on the quad-core tablets now!
Pacific AV8R flight stick
Joysticks are never going to go out of fashion. For flight simulator enthusiasts, atleast. With Saitek’s new AV8R for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, you’ll be getting all that you require to take control of the skies. It’s lightweight and comes with a sturdy base to keep you firmly in your seat as you beat those pilots from behind enemy lines and engage in close combat dogfights. The flight stick comes with three buttons, a realistic trigger and a POV analog stick. It’s pretty portable and the handle is removable, thereby allowing convenient storage. One of the inbuilt features is the integrated throttle that enhances realism levels and the aircraft inspired toggle switches.
The Pacific AV8R
The AV8RR is styled after WWII combat aircraft and the Pacific AV8R FlightStick imparts the sensation of true flight. It features a historically inspired grip with a soft-touch rubber finish for extreme comfort during extended missions and the precise control required to conquer the enemy and rule the skies is in your hands. The device includes a custom decal kit, and the detachable leg supports for versatile gameplay. Rule the skies with flamboyance!
So, that sums up our list of awesome gaming gadgets. These not only help you to get the much needed (and often elusive) gaming edge, but also have an unconventionally high amount of ‘cool’ factor associated with them to give you a fair amount of bragging rights over your rivals. It’s game on!
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