Archive for the ‘Peripherals’ Category

Music game controller compatibility update

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Music game controller compatibility gets more complex.

We’ve just got word from Microsoft that Guitar Hero: Metallica will be the first game (that isn’t Lips) to support Lips wireless microphones. Additionally, we’ve tested the Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band USB microphones with SingStar on the PS3, and found that they don’t work.

Do the Guitar Hero World Tour instruments work with Rock Band 2, and vice versa? [Gizmag]

Logitech Driving Force GT (PS3) Review

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Logitech Driving Force GT for the PlayStation 3.

I was well and truly stuck about a third of the way through the A Class races in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. When you’re starting in last place and playing catch up with an equally powerful car, making just one mistake means you’re toast - especially on a speedway-style circuit. I’d all but given up on the thought of beating the game until Logitech told me they were sending over a Driving Force GT.

It probably won’t come as a shock when I tell you that Gran Turismo 5 Prologue comes alive when it’s played with a force-feedback wheel. The jump between a Sixaxis and the Driving Force GT is of a similar magnitude to the jump between the 8-way digital joysticks of the 16-bit era and the dual-analogs of recent years. You can feel the car lose traction, and intuitively wrestle the back end into submission.

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GelaSkin DS, PSP cases look the goods

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

GelaSkin PSP cases.

GelaSkin, famous for making protector cases for iPods, phones and laptops featuring unique artwork from a wide range of artists, are now making cases for the DS and PSP. PSP GelaSkins include matching wallpaper for a seamless look. More designs after the jump.

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Nintendo to re-release GameCube controller in Japan

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

The new GameCube controller in Wii-style white.

Nintendo is set to reissue the GameCube controller in Japan this month. This time around, it features a 3-meter cord, will only be available in Wii-style white, and will cost 2,000 yen (approximately US$20).

If only Sony treated PlayStation owners so nicely with the DualShock 3.

via Engadget

Rock Band wireless guitar and drums shipping in February

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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Harmonix has announced the long-awaited individual Rock Band peripherals will start shipping in February, starting with the release of the US$80 drum controller on February 12. The wireless guitar will cost US$60 and will be released later on April 1.

It has me stumped why Harmonix didn’t prioritize the release of the PlayStation 3 wireless guitar above all else - four months is a long time to wait for a bass player.

via Game | Life

Performance pills for gaming?

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

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Gaming hardware company Tomarni have developed what promises to be the ultimate gaming peripheral - a performance pill targeted at FPS gamers. According to its product website, the pill “accelerates neural processes and heightens perception and capacity of reaction and concentration”.

Being a German invention I was prepared for some crazy feat of pharmaceutical engineering, but alas, all that was listed on the ingredients page were a bunch of amino acids and vitamins, most of which are available in a healthy diet or in a sports supplement shop.

It would be a welcome addition to your existing high-performance FPS diet of caffeinated beverages and more caffeinated beverages, but at EUR 19.90, (approximately US$30) most people may consider alternative options. However this isn’t going to stop me from pestering my editor in obtaining a small quantity for a hands-on review.

via ShackNews

Guitar Wizard will actually teach you how to play guitar

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

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If Guitar Hero fuels the fantasy of being a guitar god, then Guitar Wizard will provide the tools to actually make that happen, on a real guitar. It’s the next logical step for novices who have never picked up a six-string before Guitar Hero, or those who have found traditional teaching methods unengaging and inefficient.

Guitar Wizard teaches you through method alone, making no reference to music theory - with each string designated a shape and each fret color coded. As songs play, the shapes and colors move across the screen in a manner akin to Guitar Hero. The resulting drawback is that instead of referring to E, B and G strings, you’ll forever know them as diamond, heart and square strings.

The set up isn’t too badly priced either. During a hands on interview at CES, Guitar Wizard’s makers have quoted a full package cost of US$300, and that includes a Washburn guitar, MIDI pickup and software. If you’ve got your own guitar, you’ll only need to purchase a MIDI pickup and software for US$150.

Hit the jump for a hands on demo and interview at CES
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Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel drops to $99

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel drops to $99

Yet another price drop has arrived for the Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel. Previously US$130, you can now pick one up for a reasonable US$99 along with a demo of Forza Motorsport 2. With the imminent release of Burnout Paradise you would be crazy not take them up on the offer.

via Major Nelson

Rock Band smoke and light show makes you feel like a real rock star

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Rock Band smoke and light show makes you feel like a real rock star

If you have Rock Band but don’t feel like you are getting the full rock star experience, then maybe you need to check out the Rock Band Stage Kit by Performance Design Products. According to the box the kit housed within is an “interactive light and smoke stage show”. I’m pretty sure no one will disagree with me when I say that no good can come from this. For US$99 you can pre-order the kit right now from Gamestop or wait until it is released on June 26.

via Destructoid

Nyko Rock Band PS3 guitar also works with Guitar Hero III

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

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Nyko will be releasing the Front Man, a guitar controller for the PlayStation 3 compatible with both Rock Band and Guitar Hero III in March. The Front Man features are as follows:

# Compatible with Guitar Hero III and Rock Band
# Up to 80 hours of continuous play time from three AA batteries
# Wireless technology for cordless gaming up to 25 ft. away
# Built-in tilt sensor & responsive whammy bar
# Bi-directional strum bar
# Responsive and durable fret buttons
# Interchangeable pick guard for custom look
# Unique directional pad design for convenient menu navigation
# Effects switch for Rock Band play

No pricing information has been announced as yet.

via 1UP