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Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog flight controller shipping this month

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2010

Looking for a decent gaming joystick? It’s hard to beat Thrustmaster’s HOTAS Warthog and it will be landing in America just in time for the holidays. It will start shipping by the end of this month for $499.99.

Sure that’s pretty expensive, but like we said this thing is hard to beat. It practically looks like it was ripped from an airplane cockpit. Might as well be good to yourself this Christmas.

Sony’s Google TV controller shows up

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Sony’s Google TV controller has been leaked ahead of schedule, showing up on an episode of NBC Nightline. The controller looks like it combines a full QWERTY keyboard with two directional pads, your usual volume/channel controls for the TV, and a variety of playback buttons. The large layout leaves room for extra button rows with numbers and shortcuts for other functions. It looks pretty good.

Google TV-enabled devices are scheduled to arrive on the market next week. Sony will introduce its Bravia GT1 TV, while Logitech is readying its Revue set-top box. We aren’t sure if Sony will introduce the controller alongside the TV or not.

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White Final Fantasy XIV PC controller debuts

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2010

FF fans have another piece of gear that they will need to buy. This official PC controller from Sunflex will have you playing the latest Final fantasy in style. It’s a snow white controller, very much like the Dual Shock standard that most PC gamepad makers use.

Though those hand grips are really long. For something called Final Fantasy, these games are never final. Aren’t we up to like 14 now? Should be called unfinal fantasy. The fantasy that never ends.

Real Murder XBox 360 controller is gruesome

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on September 19th, 2010

Maybe video games aren’t so violent. This controller is far more frightening than any game I’ve ever played. The Real Murder Controller is an Xbox 360 controller which is covered in bloodsplatters. The right stick is even soaked in blood and it even has a set of 9mm bullet ABXY buttons.

There’s also a special 8-mode rapid fire modification. I guess with this controller it really feels like you have been in a fight. The Real Murder Controller is $125 of ugly and violence in the palm of your hand.

Pink DualShock 3 coming September 21st

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2010

The PS3 dualshock controllers are pretty manly looking. They look tough and we know that they are capable enough. But now Sony is rolling out another version. It’s the same old controller, but in a pink shade for the lady of the house.

Pricing is the usual $54.99 for this wireless controller and GameStop should have them in within a couple of weeks. It’s strong enough for a man, but clearly made for a woman.

Classic White DualShock 3 appears

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on September 6th, 2010

The heavenly white PS3 Slim pictured above can be found in Japan, but the “Classic White” DualShock 3 beside it has just appeared for preorder at e-tailers in the US. We doubt very much that a white 160GB game system will follow this controller across the Pacific, but it also would not surprise us too much if Sony reveals one before these preorders ship on October 15th.

Because Sony already sells a “Ceramic White” controller, and as Engadget points out, unless you’re attempting to match colors, a single shade of white is generally all you need.

New Xbox 360 controller confirmed for November 9, $65

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

We heard some rumors this morning about Microsoft planning a new Xbox 360 controller. One with an improved D-pad. Sure enough we have some confirmation now. The new D-pad is a disc in it’s basic configuration, but give it a twist and it raises about a quarter-inch.

The analog sticks will be slightly more concave, and the ABXY buttons will be translucent monochrome. The new matte silver controller will only come bundled with the Play and Charge kit for $64.99 when it launches on November 9 in the States and replaces the existing wireless controller.

Review: Nyko Wand+

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

Nyko sent us a review unit of the Nyko Wand+, so we checked it out to see how it works. Nyko’s Wand + is designed to be the best controller on the market for the Wii. It requires no extra attachments for accurate motion control, since the Wii Plus add-on is built into it for full 1:1 movement tracking. So it is compatible with all games that use the Wii Motion Plus attachment.

It’s the first and only Wii controller on the market that has Wii Motion Plus built-in. For now. It’s the same size as the standard Wiimote, but it feels lighter and much more comfortable in your hand. It looks way cooler as well. We played several games and sure enough, it worked smoothly. Just as good as your typical Wii controller and it did seem more precise, which made gaming better.

Microsoft prepping new Xbox 360 controller with improved d-pad?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 31st, 2010

According to Joystiq, sometime this Holiday season, Microsoft will launch a new Xbox 360 controller with a unique d-pad. When you rotate the d-pad ninety degrees on this new controller, it will raise up about a quarter of an inch.

Apparently this is aimed at fighting game fans. We aren’t sure if it will be a separate, special controller or will replace the existing controller.

Fable III special edition Xbox 360 controller

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 15th, 2010

Fable fans, in addition to getting a third installment in the game will also be able to buy this gold limited edition Fable III Xbox 360 controller which is designed to look like the Crown of Albion. Now other players will be forced to call you your majesty while you mash buttons.

Release date is October 5th. That’s three weeks before the game arrives. Plus it comes with a token for downloading an exclusive in-game tattoo. |It will be priced at $59.99.

Video Game controller turns hot and cold

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

Our controllers already vibrate, have six axises and can be swung around and thrown into our TVs, but what we are lacking is hot and cold sensations. Imagine yourself in an arctic level in a game and your controller gets cold. Or maybe it heats up while you travel a desert level. Temperature could really put you more in the game.

An experimental new video game controller was just revealed at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference that includes a pair of thermoelectric panels on each side of the controller. Those surfaces heat or cool rapidly in reaction to what’s happening in the game.

NEXiLUX Guitar Controller

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

This guitar hero controller is perfect for the player that shuttles his instrument back and forth between home and various friends homes. The NEXiLUX wireless guitar controller breaks down into just a few pieces and fits neatly inside a bag.

It’s compatible with the PS3 or PS2, but you can also slide a Wii-mote inside of it and use it with your Wii. The makers also claim that it has more responsive fret buttons than the cheap controllers that ship with the games. If you prefer touch over buttons, there’s a set of five touch-sensitive fret buttons too.

Gioteck HF-1 PS3 controller mixes Xbox DNA for comfort and style

Posted in Controllers,Games by Shane McGlaun on June 22nd, 2010

Some gamers get hooked on a specific control configuration when it comes to gaming and have a very hard time using anything else. Gioteck has announced a new Bluetooth PS3 controller called the HF-1 that uses the Xbox 360 controller layout.

The left analog stick and D-Pad are reversed from what a normal PS3 controller uses. The HF-1 does have some cool features. One of the cool features is a Flipswitch that changes the R1 and R2 positions for easy use.

Genos CYCLOPS universal controller

Posted in Remotes by Conner Flynn on June 14th, 2010

No, this is not a Klingon universal remote, but it looks like one. Genos has introduced the CYCLOPS universal controller, which they are calling the most ergonomically correct controller on the market. It is designed to fit perfectly between your hands and was originally designed to be the keyboard for the GenosTV Cable box, but it ended up as a universal remote control for TVs and devices instead.

There may even be a video game console version coming our way soon. The CYCLOPS can connect with most cellphones via Bluetooth as well. It certainly is beautiful.

Dragon Quest game has a Sword controller

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2010

The only thing missing from this controller is Merlin’s voice saying “He who can free Excalibur from this controller shall forever be king and head nerd for all time”. Then if you can pull the sword out, you can play, otherwise too bad.

This is a concept image of the controller for the Wii port of the arcade game Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road Victory. Yes, it’s crazy. But hey, keep in mind that it’s the offspring of D and D nerds who will be using it. The controller will be made by HORI and will sell for about $138. Gamers will “push down on the sword for your special finishing sword attack.”